Prehistory in Nidderdale

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Ashfold Side near Pateley Bridge

Abstract from the Yorkshire Archaeological Register within the Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 53 (1981), p.144: via Dr. K. Boughey




(SE 12686661). A roughly rectangular enclosure is defined by a stone wall 10 ft. thick, of rubble with coursed dry stone faces on both sides. Features within include a rectangular area, level and scooped into the hillside, a hut circle and a small (corn-drying?) kiln.

(SE 12506657). A D-shaped enclosure contaning two hut circles is incorporated at the downhill end of a larger rectilinear complex of dry stone walled folds and pens with two further hut circles among them.

(SE 12256643). Two hut circles are tangential one to the other, the northern having an entrance to the SE. These mark the SW extremity of an area of dry stone walled fields extending to the D-shaped enclosure. Long walls run E-W along the slope of the valley, with N-S subdivisions not crossing them. Several large natural boulders have been incorporated into the surviving footings of the walling.

These remains, well preserved and probably of Romano-British or late Iron Age date, were reported by Miss Calvert to Miss Collins of Pateley Bridge and visited by H.G. Ramm.


Ancient Enclosures and the Nidderdale Way at Ashfold Side