Keys to the Past

Whittonstall Hall Farm Roman fort (Shotley Low Quarter)

A series of ditches were discovered by aerial photography in the 1980s. They have been interpreted as cropmarks of a suspected Roman fort. Three of its corners are visible and some stone features have been seen on the ground. However, trial trenching and a geophysical survey in 2009 failed to find any evidence of the fort and the remains seem to be associated with former linear colliery workings.

Reference number:N9842
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Event(s):MAGNETOMETRY SURVEY, Hoodsclose Proposed Surface Mine, near Whittonstall 2009; Archaeological Services WYAS
DESK BASED ASSESSMENT, Hoodsclose Proposed Surface Mine: coal and fireclay scheme 2009; Entec UK
TRIAL TRENCH, Land at Hoodsclose, Whittonstall 2009; Archaeological Services Durham University

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Source of Reference
Local History of Shotley Low Quarter

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