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New Ing Barn Romano-British farmstead, Littondale

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YDNPA, 2004, (334/26)

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New Ing Barn Romano-British farmstead, Littondale

Historical Environment Record No: MYD3857

Parish: Litton

OS Grid Reference: SD891744

Dale: Upper Wharfedale

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The site of a small 3rd century AD farmstead was excavated in 1992 near New Ing Barn. It was one of several farmsteads spaced along the valley sides in Littondale taking advantage of upland grazing and valley lands suitable for growing crops. Small amounts of Romano-British pottery were found during the excavation. The people that lived here were probably subsistence farmers, producing just a tiny surplus that could be exchanged for goods made elsewhere. Part of a rotary quern was also found on site made from locally available millstone grit. It was unworn and appeared to have broken while being manufactured indicating small-scale production of querns on the farm. Source: Maude, Keith (1999) 'The Very Edge. Re-appraising Romano-British Settlement in the Central Pennines; the Littondale Experience' in Nevell, Michael (ed) (1999) Living on the Edge of Empire. Models, Methodology & Marginality. Archaeology North West Vol 3 pp42-46


From Litton (6 miles from Kilnsey) head north east toward Halton Gill for just under 1/2 mile. Take track on left with 'No Through Road' sign. Cross river after 150 metres then turn right through field gate. Take footpath signed to nether Hesleden and continue for just under 1/2 mile until reach second barn. Path goes round back of barn and then along a short walled track and then into a field. At entrance to this field look up to left, earthworks of settlement can be seen at top of field just below where valley side rises steeply.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Kilnsey. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Path is muddy and rough in places. Several hand and field gates.