|On September 29th Jane Harrison and Sue Nicholson made a visit to Applegarth settlement near Richmond.
This site was first listed as a Scheduled Monument in 1962. Tim Laurie has also reported it in database record 228 on this website. Tucked at the bottom of Whitcliffe Scar it enjoys panoramic views up and down Swaledale and is designated as Romano-British. It consists of two large enclosures, defined by substantial stone ramparts, separated by a Hollow Way. The Historic England record notes further rectangular and circular subdivisions of the space, perhaps for stock management.
Comparisons with The Hagg are inevitable; another Romano-British site, ostensibly agricultural/domestic, while surface finds of Samian Ware suggest trading links with Roman military. The topography is comparable, at a similar height above the Swale and with the same kind of panorama, except that Applegarth is also well defended from the North.
We were especially intrigued by the "beehive features"; two (perhaps three) sunken pits with a passageway between, showing remains of walls and stone lintels with what may have been a domed roof.
If any members have anything further to add, especially photo's if you've visited, I'd be glad to hear from you on Sue@swaag.org