Keys to the Past

West Whelpington multi-period settlement (Kirkwhelpington)

Excavations at West Whelpington.
Photo by Harry Rowland, 1976.
Excavations at West Whelpington. Photo by Harry Rowland, 1976.

Between 2000 and 3000 years ago, during what archaeologist call the Iron Age, people created an enclosure at West Whelpington surrounded by a wooden fence. This may have been a settlement, or it may have been a stock enclosure. People certainly lived at West Whelpington approximately 1500 years ago, during what archaeologists call the early medieval or Anglo-Saxon period. Archaeologists have found pieces of pottery, a post hole and a drain dating from this time. Around 500 years later, the village of West Whelpington had at least 25 houses, and possibly a tower house. By 1720 West Whelpington was a deserted medieval village. Today, the site of the village has been destroyed by quarrying. West Whelpington is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N9556
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Early Medieval (410 to 1066)
Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):MEASURED SURVEY, The Deserted Village of West Whelpington, Northumberland 1959
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT, Steadings windfarm - cultural heritage impact, including assessment of cumulative effects 2007; Oxford Archaeological Associates

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Kirkwhelpington

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