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Romano-British farmstead, 750m north-west of Grottington Farm

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Romano-British farmstead, 750m north-west of Grottington Farm

List entry Number: 1011097

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Northumberland

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Wall

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 04-Apr-1951

Date of most recent amendment: 04-Feb-1994

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 20994

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

In Cumbria and Northumberland several distinctive types of native settlements dating to the Roman period have been identified. The majority were small, non- defensive, enclosed homesteads or farms. In many areas they were of stone construction, although in the coastal lowlands timber-built variants were also common. In much of Northumberland, especially in the Cheviots, the enclosures were curvilinear in form. Further south a rectangular form was more common. Elsewhere, especially near the Scottish border, another type occurs where the settlement enclosure was `scooped' into the hillslope. Frequently the enclosures reveal a regularity and similarity of internal layout. The standard layout included one or more stone round-houses situated towards the rear of the enclosure, facing the single entranceway. In front of the houses were pathways and small enclosed yards. Homesteads normally had only one or two houses, but larger enclosures could contain as many as six. At some sites the settlement appears to have grown, often with houses spilling out of the main enclosure and clustered around it. At these sites up to 30 houses may be found. In the Cumbrian uplands the settlements were of less regimented form and unenclosed clusters of houses of broadly contemporary date are also known. These homesteads were being constructed and used by non-Roman natives throughout the period of the Roman occupation. Their origins lie in settlement forms developed before the arrival of the Romans. These homesteads are common throughout the uplands where they frequently survive as well-preserved earthworks. In lowland coastal areas they were also originally common, although there they can frequently only be located through aerial photography. All homestead sites which survive substantially intact will normally be identified as nationally important.

The site north of Grottington survives well and is a good example of a small farmstead containing stone houses. It is one of a group of native prehistoric settlements in the vicinity of Hadrian's Wall and will contribute to study of the wider settlement pattern at this time.

History

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Details

The monument includes a farmstead of Romano-British date situated near the edge of Redhouse Crag. The irregularly shaped farmstead exhibits two contiguous enclosures contained within a strong rampart. It is best preserved at the northern end where it is 1.2m high and 2.5m wide. The most northerly enclosure is roughly 30m east-west by 15m north-south. The southern enclosure is less well defined but measures roughly 35m east-west by 30m north-south; within the southern enclosure there are the well preserved foundations of three circular houses, each measuring 7m in diameter within a stone wall 2m wide and standing to a maximum height of 0.8m.

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.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Hogg, A H A, 'Proc Soc Antiq Ncle 4 ser 11' in Proc Soc Antiq Ncle 4 ser 11, (1947), 174
Other
5324,

National Grid Reference: NY 97086 70521

Map

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