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House platform north west of Laddie's Knowe settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Kilham, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.5597 / 55°33'34"N

Longitude: -2.2015 / 2°12'5"W

OS Eastings: 387386.455907

OS Northings: 629575.994687

OS Grid: NT873295

Mapcode National: GBR F424.5T

Mapcode Global: WH9ZF.4JX6

Entry Name: House platform north west of Laddie's Knowe settlement

Scheduled Date: 22 April 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008360

English Heritage Legacy ID: 24569

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Kilham

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Kirknewton St Gregory

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes a single house platform located 41.4m south of a
settlement west of Mid Hill (the subject of a separate scheduling). The
platform has been cut into a natural north-facing hill to provide a platform
suitable for a house. Such structures are typical of the Bronze Age and Iron
Age in the borders area. The site has views northwards into Scotland and
east into an adjacent valley.
The southern part of the platform has been built to a height of 2m above the
slope of the ground. The internal diameter of the platform measures
approximately 12m.
The entrance into the platform is from the east.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Unenclosed hut circle settlements were the dwelling places of prehistoric
farmers. The hut circles take a variety of forms. Some are stone based and are
visible as low walls or banks enclosing a circular floor area. Others were
timber constructions and only the shallow groove in which the timber uprights
used in the wall construction stood can now be identified; this may survive as
a slight earthwork feature or may be visible on aerial photographs. Some can
only be identified by the artificial earthwork platforms created as level
stances for the houses. The number of houses in a settlement varies between
one and twelve. In areas where they were constructed on hillslopes the
platforms on which the houses stood are commonly arrayed in tiers along the
contour of the slope. Several settlements have been shown to be associated
with organised field plots, the fields being defined by low stony banks or
indicated by groups of clearance cairns.
Many unenclosed settlements have been shown to date to the Bronze Age but it
is also clear that they were still being constructed and used in the Early
Iron Age. They provide an important contrast to the various types of enclosed
and defended settlements which were also being constructed and used around the
same time. Their longevity of use and their relationship with other monument
types provides important information on the diversity of social organisation
and farming practices amongst prehistoric communities.

This house platform is in good condition and is substantially intact. It is
spatially associated with Roman period sites to the north and south east and
will contribute to studies on land use throughout the prehistoric and Roman

Source: Historic England

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