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Habchester,fort 1100m ESE of Bastleridge

A Scheduled Monument in East Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.8226 / 55°49'21"N

Longitude: -2.0906 / 2°5'26"W

OS Eastings: 394420

OS Northings: 658823

OS Grid: NT944588

Mapcode National: GBR F1V3.5L

Mapcode Global: WH9Y3.VXN5

Entry Name: Habchester,fort 1100m ESE of Bastleridge

Scheduled Date: 6 March 1989

Last Amended: 14 June 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4637

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Ayton

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: East Berwickshire

Traditional County: Berwickshire


Possibly by David Bryce, later 19th century. Single storey and attic, 3-bay house. Squared and snecked stugged sandstone with droved stop-chamfered margins.

SE ELEVATION: boarded door to centre with 2-pane rectangular fanlight above. Canted window to each flanking bay corbelled to square to eaves height, breaking eaves in substantial gable with small bipartite window, with ornate pierced trefoil bargeboarding with kingpost and timber finials.

NW ELEVATION: 3-bay. Broad gabled bay to centre with boarded door to right, with wrought iron hinges and window left of centre. Bay to right raised and gabled. Single storey bay to left with 2 boarded doors.

4- and 5-lying pane timber sash and case windows. Slate roof, some fish-scale slate bands with iron ornamental cresting and variety of ashlar and rendered, coped stacks.

INTERIOR: not seen, 1995.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is a well preserved example of a type now relatively rare in this area; the majority of forts of this type have been ploughed flat and appear now only as crop marks. Excavation of the defences and interior could recover information of importance on the way of life of the inhabitants. The monument is of particular interest because of the excellent state of preservation of its defences, and of such features as the quarry pits in the interior. The monument is of national importance to the theme of Iron Age defence and settlement.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



2nd edition (1900, revision 1897-8) and 3rd edition (1908; revision, 1906) OS maps.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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