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Chesters Farm,enclosure 300m south of

A Scheduled Monument in Haddington and Lammermuir, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.9266 / 55°55'35"N

Longitude: -2.6945 / 2°41'40"W

OS Eastings: 356703

OS Northings: 670613

OS Grid: NT567706

Mapcode National: GBR 2W.ZLKS

Mapcode Global: WH7V5.L94D

Entry Name: Chesters Farm,enclosure 300m S of

Scheduled Date: 20 June 1994

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM6044

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: enclosure (domestic or defensive)

Location: Garvald and Bara

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Haddington and Lammermuir

Traditional County: East Lothian


The monument comprises the remains of an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date represented by cropmarks visible on oblique aerial photographs.

The monument lies on the summit of an unnamed hill above Chesters Farm in arable farmland at around 155m OD. The site commands extensive views and lies in an area rich in the remains of prehistoric settlement apparently focussed on the hillfort on Traprain Law.

The enclosure has overall dimensions of approximately 80m E-W by 65m and is oval, defined by a ditch which varies in width up to a maximum of approximately 6m. Two entrances, facing E and SW, are clearly visible and are marked by slightly expanded ditch terminals. Concentric with the S arc of the ditch is an arc of palisade trench which appears to define part of an internal enclosure set somewhat off-centre within the ditched enclosure. Several ill-defined

cropmarks may represent the remains of internal buildings.

The area to be scheduled encompasses the visible features and an area around them in which traces of associated activity may be expected to survive. It is irregular on plan with maximum dimensions of 150m ESE- WNW by 110m as marked in red on the accompanying map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to add to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is greatly enhanced by its association with the wider landscape of prehistoric settlement in the area around the major prehistoric centre of Traprain Law.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 57 SE 49.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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