The Castles, Bedburn

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  • Description

    ".....Set on a shallow south facing hillside and amidst a light canopy of birch and hazel woodland is an enormous rectangular enclosure whose walls are made of hundreds of thousands of tons of stone. Although they stand in places 2 or 3 metres high the walls were never held together with mortar and are now slumped. Only on the east side are there any signs of clear purpose where a gate way leads across into the enclosure and built into the wall is a small chamber, to the south of this the wall stands straight and proud and has steps on the inside leading to the top. So who built this and what was it for? There is no historical documentation which provides a builder's name and a date and the structure does not appear on a map until 1820, though the first written description was made by Hutchinson in 1794. Excavations were undertaken in 1909-11 and 1932 by Hodgkin....."
  • Owner

    Keys to the Past (Durham & Northumbria County Councils)
  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
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    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 2 years, 9 months ago
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