Two Medieval Shielings on Akeld Hill, 680m Wnw of Gleadscleugh
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County Council (Unitary)
Northumberland County Council
SJ946946 (394580, 629276)
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The earthwork remains of two medieval shielings, an enclosure and midden, situated on the east side of a neck of land between Akeld Hill and White Law. The enclosure is roughly 'D'-shaped, measures 27 metres by 33 metres and is defined by banks up to 1 metre high. The entrance lies on the north side, marked by massive boulders, and gives access to a funnelled entrance 1.5 metres wide running east-west and faced with stone. The shielings lie to the south of the enclosure, are oval in plan and measure 9 metres by 6 metres and 11 metres by 6 metres. The smaller shieling is built against the edge of the enclosure and has an internal division. A smaller, circular feature, 3 metres in diameter, lies to the west of the shieling and is interpreted as a possible midden. Scheduled.
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