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Old Gayle Lane earthwork

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Old Gayle Lane earthwork - 1978-9 excavation

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Old Gayle Lane earthwork

Historical Environment Record No: MYD3864

Parish: Hawes

OS Grid Reference: SD875894

Dale: Upper Wensleydale

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A rescue excavation was carried out on this site in 1978-79. It consists of a sub-rectangular enclosure, possibly of Anglo-Saxon date. The enclosure was defined by an earth and stone bank with an outer ditch. The outer side of the enclosure bank was revetted with drystone walling. Inside was an oval building of boulders, probably a temporary shelter, then later, a Medieval barn. To the south are the remains of a late Iron Age or Romano-British field system consisting of small rectangular fields. Source: Turnbull, Percivall (1986) ‘Gayle Lane Earthwork, Wensleydale’ in Manby, T & Turnbull, P (eds) (1986) Archaeology in the Pennines. Oxford: BAR British Series 158 pp205-211


From Gayle take Old Gayle Lane running east to A684. Site lies 400 metres along lane on both sides of road just after Blackburn Farm. No public access. View from roadside.

Public Transport Details

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


Viewable from roadside over wall.

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