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Bloch Farm,enclosure 600 m north of

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

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Latitude: 55.1272 / 55°7'38"N

Longitude: -3.0539 / 3°3'14"W

OS Eastings: 332891

OS Northings: 581935

OS Grid: NY328819

Mapcode National: GBR 7934.MV

Mapcode Global: WH7YW.2D07

Entry Name: Bloch Farm,enclosure 600 m N of

Scheduled Date: 31 May 1989

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM4690

Schedule Class: Cultural

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

Location: Langholm

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Annandale East and Eskdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire


The monument is a D-shaped enclosure of the Iron Age, incorporating a steep natural slope to the SW as part of its defences. The enclosure comprises an inner bank 0.5m high internally and 1m high externally with, in the N and W, a 1m deep medial ditch and corresponding outer banks; and in the E and S simply a 0.6m deep ditch. The entrance, in the NW, is a 3m wide gap between the end of the banks and the steep river cut slope.

The interior of the enclosure measures up to 47m by 34m. it resembles enclosures in the Upper Esk Valley. An area measuring a maximum of 100m (NW-SE) by 80m to include the enclosure and an area around it in which the remains of ancillary activities will survive is proposed for scheduling.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance to the theme of Iron Age settlement. It is of national importance, taken with the other sites in the Esk Valley, to the theme of the organisation and development of the Iron Age landscape; the area of Eskdale and Ewesdale is rare in allowing the possibility of the study of such a landscape.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NY 38 SW 2.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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