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Over Hartside,enclosure 300m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Leaderdale and Melrose, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.7803 / 55°46'49"N

Longitude: -2.8524 / 2°51'8"W

OS Eastings: 346635

OS Northings: 654435

OS Grid: NT466544

Mapcode National: GBR 81JL.8R

Mapcode Global: WH7VP.4ZZ4

Entry Name: Over Hartside,enclosure 300m N of

Scheduled Date: 28 July 1988

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4555

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: enclosure

Location: Channelkirk

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Leaderdale and Melrose

Traditional County: Berwickshire


The monument is an enclosure of the Middle Ages (some 400 to 800 years old) situated on a plateau overlooking the Raughy Burn. The enclosure is roughly square with rounded corners and consists of two banks, probably turf-covered stone walls, with a medial ditch. The banks survive to c 1m high with an entrance in the E side. There are no internal features and the function of the enclosure is unknown but the complexity of the defences suggest that it is more than a simple enclosure. The monument measures c 40m (NE-SW) by c 35m transversely overall. The area to be proposed for scheduling includes the enclosure and an area around it in which traces of activity associated with its use will survive. The area is a rectangle measuring 65m (NE-SW) by 60m transversely.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it is a well-preserved example of a medieval enclosure which has the potential to enhance our understanding of monuments of this type. It is one of only a few monuments other then military or religious sites which can be identified as Medieval and as such has the potential to greatly increase our understanding of the settlement and economy of rural areas in the Middle Ages in S Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is recorded in the RCAHMS as NT 45 SE 6.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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