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Becks,settlement 800m north of

A Scheduled Monument in Annandale East and Eskdale, Dumfries and Galloway

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Latitude: 55.1552 / 55°9'18"N

Longitude: -3.0315 / 3°1'53"W

OS Eastings: 334368

OS Northings: 585031

OS Grid: NY343850

Mapcode National: GBR 788T.HS

Mapcode Global: WH7YP.DPN8

Entry Name: Becks,settlement 800m N of

Scheduled Date: 26 March 1987

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4392

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: settlement, including deserted, depopulated and townships

Location: Langholm

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is a very well preserved farmstead and part of a field system of the pre-improvement period. The farmstead comprises the remains of seven rectangular buildings, set on platforms measuring up to 12.9m x 6.7m, cut into the hillside. An eighth building lies c.40m to the NW. A series of banks originating in the settlement and running to the NW indicate the presence of a contemporary field system.

An area measuring a maximum of 215m NW-SE by 155m transversely is proposed for scheduling to include the houses and the field system.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because of its good field characteristics, the houses seem well preserved. It is of national importance because of the survival of part of its contemporary field system. It is of national importance to the themes of pre-improvement settlement and economy. It is of particular interest because of the number of structures, there are four settlements of this size in the area. Taken with other farmsteads of this period in the area, it is of national importance to the theme of the development of the pre-improvement landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NY38SW 33.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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