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Stanhope, enclosed settlement 800m south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Tweeddale West, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.5496 / 55°32'58"N

Longitude: -3.4023 / 3°24'8"W

OS Eastings: 311623

OS Northings: 629331

OS Grid: NT116293

Mapcode National: GBR 44P8.6F

Mapcode Global: WH6VF.QR1Y

Entry Name: Stanhope, enclosed settlement 800m SW of

Scheduled Date: 26 December 1972

Last Amended: 2 November 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3262

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Drumelzier

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Tweeddale West

Traditional County: Peeblesshire


The monument comprises an enclosed settlement of prehistoric date. The monument was first scheduled in 1972. The original scheduling documents contained a mapping error, so that not all of the archaeological remains were adequately protected. The present rescheduling rectifies this.

The monument lies in rough grassland on the NW flank of Laigh Hill, at around 240m OD. It comprises a sub-circular enclosure measuring about 40m E-W by about 45m N-S, defined by a grass-covered bank measuring about 3m thick with an entrance on the NW. Within the enclosure there are a number of house platforms, and in the NW quarter is a hut circle with a diameter of about 7m. Hut circles are characteristic of Bronze and Iron Age settlement sites and represent the remains of timber-roofed roundhouses.

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related material may be expected to be found. It is circular with a diameter of 60m, as marked in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its potential to contribute to our understanding of prehistoric settlement and economy. Its importance is increased by its proximity to other monuments of potentially contemporary date.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



The monument is RCAHMS number NT 12 NW 32.


RCAHMS 1967, Peebleshire: An Inventory of the Ancient monuments, Edinburgh: HMSO.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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