NY6194 : Old track above site of Bells Chapel

taken 4 years ago, near to Kielder, Northumberland, Great Britain

Old track above site of Bells Chapel
Old track above site of Bells Chapel
An old track, showing only as a hollow-way, mounts the slope above Bells Burn amid ruined the boundaries and plough-marks of small former fields, just below a partial wall and fence which now marks the England-Scotland Border. The location of Bells Chapel, not always located on the English side, lies in the flat, weedy grassland closer to the burn.
Bells Chapel
An old religious site now in England close to the Scottish Border but once firmly Scottish.

Bell's Chapel, also known as Bell's Kirk, stood near Bells Burn, on the border between Scotland and England. It is mentioned in a document written in 1590. The chapel itself no longer exists, but a hollowed out natural boulder, probably used as a font, marks a possible former location. The remains of a deserted medieval village are nearby.

The earliest reference to the chapel are in the C16th when it was under the jurisdiction of Jedburgh Abbey. The Bells appears to have been an important meeting place in the Middle Marches. Indeed, the England-Scotland Border follows the Bells Burn down from its high point on the Larriston Fells but its line turns sharply back on itself just above the site of the chapel, following a prominent wall over the ridge of Bells Moor to Thorlieshope Pike before eventually descending down an unnamed sike to Deadwater and the low watershed there between the River North Tyne and Liddel Water.

James Logan Mack considered that the Border Line may have previously continued down Bells Burn to its junction with the North Tyne, leaving the chapel and community of Bells on Scottish ground. This was for a long time disputed territory, bandit country of the Liddesdale and Tynedale Reivers.
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Date Taken
Friday, 5 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Saturday, 6 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Paths  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Woodland, Forest 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 6127 9498 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:14.8486N 2:36.6444W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 61246 94970
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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