SE0398 : Old defensive dyke

taken 5 months ago, near to Reeth, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Old defensive dyke
Old defensive dyke
Running down a north-facing valley slope, terminating abruptly at the start of steeper slopes at its south end and at the limit of the River Swale floodplain at the north end, are the well preserved remains of a linear earthwork consisting of a ditch and earth and stone rampart approximately 670m in length. The rampart, which is now surmounted by a modern wall, has a maximum width of 14m and a maximum height of 2m above the base of the ditch which runs along its east side. The massive proportions of this earthwork would suggest it was constructed as a defensive barrier against movement from the east, rather than being a boundary bank or emparking structure, and it is most probably contemporary with similar earthworks crossing Swaledale and Arkengarthdale to the north and east. Part of the Grinton - Fremington Dyke system with comparable earthworks evident on higher ground to the south and south-west now considered to date to the early medieval period possibly built as defence against Anglo-Saxon invaders.
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Dyke 220yds (200m) W of Dyke House is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (List Entry Number: 1004043).
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Date Taken
Thursday, 14 June, 2018   (more nearby)
Monday, 25 June, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Paths  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 0367 9854 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:22.9405N 1:56.7000W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 03642 98649
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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