House platform north west of Laddie's Knowe settlement


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1008360

Date first listed: 22-Apr-1994


Ordnance survey map of House platform north west of Laddie's Knowe settlement
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Northumberland (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Kirknewton


National Grid Reference: NT 87386 29576

Reasons for Designation

Unenclosed hut circle settlements were the dwelling places of prehistoric farmers. The hut circles take a variety of forms. Some are stone based and are visible as low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor area. Others were timber constructions and only the shallow groove in which the timber uprights used in the wall construction stood can now be identified; this may survive as a slight earthwork feature or may be visible on aerial photographs. Some can only be identified by the artificial earthwork platforms created as level stances for the houses. The number of houses in a settlement varies between one and twelve. In areas where they were constructed on hillslopes the platforms on which the houses stood are commonly arrayed in tiers along the contour of the slope. Several settlements have been shown to be associated with organised field plots, the fields being defined by low stony banks or indicated by groups of clearance cairns. Many unenclosed settlements have been shown to date to the Bronze Age but it is also clear that they were still being constructed and used in the Early Iron Age. They provide an important contrast to the various types of enclosed and defended settlements which were also being constructed and used around the same time. Their longevity of use and their relationship with other monument types provides important information on the diversity of social organisation and farming practices amongst prehistoric communities.

This house platform is in good condition and is substantially intact. It is spatially associated with Roman period sites to the north and south east and will contribute to studies on land use throughout the prehistoric and Roman periods.


The monument includes a single house platform located 41.4m south of a settlement west of Mid Hill (the subject of a separate scheduling). The platform has been cut into a natural north-facing hill to provide a platform suitable for a house. Such structures are typical of the Bronze Age and Iron Age in the borders area. The site has views northwards into Scotland and east into an adjacent valley. The southern part of the platform has been built to a height of 2m above the slope of the ground. The internal diameter of the platform measures approximately 12m. The entrance into the platform is from the east.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 24569

Legacy System: RSM

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