Keys to the Past

Local Histories

Starting with K - 9 Settlements found.

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Kelloe (County Durham)
The village of Kelloe lies south-east of Durham in countryside which still bares many reminders of the industrial era of coal mining and quarrying. However, the village has history going back as far as the Bronze Age. At nearby Garmondsway a group of flint tools of this date were found. This assemblage included two arrowheads; perhaps they had been left here by an early hunter. They are not the oldest remains known from Kelloe though. A Neolithic flint tool was found at Raisby Quarry - it is possible that it was used by one of the earliest farmers in this part of Durham. It was during the Neolithic period that forests were first being cleared to allow fields to be cultivated....


Kielder (Northumberland)
The civil parish of Kielder lies in western Northumberland, on the border with Scotland. Much of the parish is covered by the largest man-made forest in Britain and the largest man-made reservoir in Europe. Many of Kielder's archaeological remains have been affected by tree planting, or submerged under Kielder Reservoir....


Kilham (Northumberland)
Kilham parish lies at the very north of the Cheviot Hills on the England-Scotland border and has few natural boundaries. These slopes make up most of the parish but there is a limited fringe of lowland between the hills and the River Glen and north-east towards Milfield. The survival of archaeological remains varies accordingly and date from the early Bronze Age to post-medieval times. A wide range of important prehistoric and medieval sites are preserved as earthworks in the upland parts of the parish....


Killerby (County Durham)
The village of Killerby lies in the south of County Durham. The earliest remains recorded in this area is a simple flint knife of spearhead of Neolithic or Bronze Age date....


Kirk Merrington (County Durham)
Kirk Merrington, a village north east of Bishop Auckland, near Ferryhill and Spennymoor. A large number of prehistoric flint tools have been in the fields around the village. The earliest group date to the Mesolithic period- these may have been the hunting tools used by early settlers in this area. These people would have lived through hunting wild animals and collecting wild plants. Farming did not begin until the Neolithic and Bronze Age period. Some of the other flints found around Kirk Merrington may have dated to this later period. However, although many tools and objects have been found there have been no discoveries of early burials or prehistoric settlements....


Kirknewton (Northumberland)
Kirknewton parish covers a large part of the northern Cheviots and lies on the border between England and Scotland. The parish is dominated by the hills either side of the College Burn, including the north side of The Cheviot itself, but lowland areas lie around the fringes, near the River Glen. Both earthworks and standing structures survive throughout the parish....


Kirkwhelpington (Northumberland)
Between roughly 4000 and 6000 years ago, settled farming lifestyles took over from nomadic hunting lifestyles. Archaeologists call this the Neolithic period. Discoveries of tools, such as the stone axe head and mace head found on Kirkwhelpington Glebe, prove that Neolithic people were living in, or travelling through, Kirkwhelpington. Some mysterious carvings have been found on rocks in Kirkwhelpington. Archaeologists think cup marked stones were made by Neolithic people as religious symbols, or perhaps to act as route markers. The rocks continued to be significant to the people of Kirkwhelpington up to 2000 years after they were carved as they have been found in Bronze Age burials, including one at The Fawns....


Knaresdale with Kirkhaugh (Northumberland)
Between roughly 4000 and 6000 years ago, settled farming lifestyles took over from nomadic hunting lifestyles. Archaeologists call this the Neolithic period. Archaeologists have not found the remains of their farms or houses, but they know that people were living in, or travelling through, Knaresdale with Kirkhaugh at this time. Archaeologists think a cup marked standing stone and cup marked rock outcrop were made by Neolithic people as religious symbols, or perhaps to act as route markers....


Kyloe (Northumberland)
Kyloe parish lies on the coast of north Northumberland overlooking Holy Island. It rises from the shore westward to the Kyloe Hills. Here, there are rocky crags where Iron Age settlers built their homes. Elsewhere, there is a mix of arable farming and forestry plantations....
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