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Viewing website implies consent to set cookies on your computer. Full details Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 956
 Date Entered 13/10/2016
 Updated on 13/10/2016
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Earthworks
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 05/01/2013
 Location Gilling with Hartforth and Sedbury CP. Gilling Wood
 Brit. National Grid NZ 152 049
 Record Name The Gilling Wood Linear Earthwork
 Record Description The Gilling Wood linear earthwork dyke is undated but may have been planned and constructed to protect the north-western flank of Richmond and of the high road to Marske and Mid Upper Swaledale. Thus, if proved to be contemporary, enhancing the Grinton/Fremington Dyke complex. The Gilling Wood Dyke is just 500m in length and comprises a very substantial frontal west facing ditch and rear rampart. The northern end of this earthwork terminates at the steep sided ravine of Smelt Mill Beck. Thus, this earthwork, of fairly mimimal length, incorporates the ravine of this stream which runs downslope towards Hartforth. The linear earthwork together with the ravine and stream thus provide an effective continuous obstacle of at least 2.5km across the best line of approach to Richmond and Mid Upper Swaledale from the North and West. In short, an effective defensive barrier to a small band of raiding cavalry.
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 Image 1 Description Entrance through the earthwork at change of direction. The Public Right of Way passes through this entrance.
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