Section of linear boundary in Dalby Forest, 630m north west of Jingleby Tower


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1020335

Date first listed: 11-Feb-2002


Ordnance survey map of Section of linear boundary in Dalby Forest, 630m north west of Jingleby Tower
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale (District Authority)

Parish: Allerston

County: North Yorkshire

District: Ryedale (District Authority)

Parish: Thornton-le-Dale


National Grid Reference: SE 88393 89530


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Reasons for Designation

This boundary section is a well-preserved and documented example of early post-medieval enclosure on the Tabular Hills. It illustrates the process of physical division between parishes of formerly common uplands, which took place in the late medieval and early post-medieval periods. The boundary section provides a sample of a more extensive network of post-medieval boundaries within the parish of Allerston. The continued use of many of these boundaries during the post-medieval period demonstrates their importance in the landscape. The stratigraphic relationship between the two parts of this boundary will preserve important evidence which will date its sequence of construction. This network of post-medieval boundaries is superimposed upon a pattern of land division dating from the prehistoric period. The spatial relationships and differences in form between the boundaries of these two periods demonstrate the changing character of landscape division over time.


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The monument includes a section of a post-medieval boundary, which is situated on the central plateau of the Tabular Hills. It runs approximately north to south for 280m, with the last 80m curving more to the north west. The linear boundary to which it belongs runs from Dixon's Hollow in the north to the converging heads of Sand Dale and Heck Dale in the south and is used to mark the modern division between the parishes of Allerston and Thornton Dale. For its southern 200m, the boundary segment survives as a rounded bank of earth and stone, 3.5m wide and standing up to 0.5m high. The bank has a ditch on its west side 2m wide and 0.5m deep, which increases to 3m wide and 1m deep as the boundary descends the slope towards its northern end. For the last 80m at the northern end the bank has a much more stony composition and is up to 3m wide with a height between 0.5m to the east and 1m to the west. There is no ditch visible alongside this northern part of the bank, which in the 19th century formed the western side of an enclosure belonging to Staindale Warren. The southern end of this section of the boundary has been truncated by a surfaced forestry track and an unsurfaced track has breached the centre of the section. This boundary section forms a sample of the network of post-medieval boundaries which were constructed from the 17th century onwards, to enclose the wastes in the township of Allerston. They lie in an area which has a history of land division which dates from the prehistoric period.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.


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

Legacy System number: 35157

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Spratt, D A, Linear Earthworks of the Tabular Hills: North East Yorkshire, (1989), 36
Winchester, A J L, The Harvest of the Hills, (2000), 26-51
Harris, A, Spratt, D A, 'Yorkshire Archaeological Journal' in The Rabbit Warrens of the Tabular Hills, North Yorkshire, , Vol. 63, (1991), 177-206

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