Tyne and Wear HER(642): Hedley Hall, farmstead - Details
Hedley Hall, farmstead
Agriculture and Subsistence
In 1977 Selkirk claimed a suspected Roman Fort visible as very prominent earthworks on aerial photographs, perhaps double-ditched and with a suspected 'vicus' to the north east. With some stonework visible there. The Ordnance Survey reinterpreted it as not a Roman fort but a misidentification of partly enclosed ridge and furrow. It also seems likely that the remains incorporate those of a medieval or later farmstead or hamlet. The site was subsequently ploughed almost smooth, but possible traces of building survive, and these will be excluded from planned forest planting.
<< HER 642 >> J. Fryer, 1803, Gibside etc. D/St/P6/1/6 -Durham Records Office, Strathmore Collection Aerial Photograph, R. Selkirk, 1977, Hedley Hall, 17 November S 35, 36 , Dept. Archaeology Durham Ordnance Survey archaeological record cards, ISS, 1978, Alleged Roman fort - Rigg & Furrow & boundary banks