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Steel Knowe, medieval and later settlements and field systems

A Scheduled Monument in Hawick and Denholm, Scottish Borders

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Latitude: 55.3713 / 55°22'16"N

Longitude: -2.551 / 2°33'3"W

OS Eastings: 365173

OS Northings: 608725

OS Grid: NT651087

Mapcode National: GBR B6MB.HC

Mapcode Global: WH8Z2.S8D4

Entry Name: Steel Knowe, medieval and later settlements and field systems

Scheduled Date: 30 September 1997

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7144

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: farmstead

Location: Southdean

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Hawick and Denholm

Traditional County: Roxburghshire


The monument to be scheduled consists of an extensive group of farmsteads, enclosures and field systems on the NW and SE sides of a stream known as the Jordan Sike.

The southernmost farmstead comprises a round-ended building which is 26.5m long from NE to SW by 3.6m transversely and is set into the slope on its SE side. This structure is divided into two unequally sized compartments and has two opposed entrances and a third single entrance at its NNW end. An oval enclosure is attached to its SW end.

The northernmost farmstead also comprises a round-ended building whose NE end is cut by one of the boundary ditches. The field systems comprise a set of enclosed rig and furrow lines running ESE to WSW on both sides of the Jordan Sike.

The area to be scheduled excludes Southdeanrig Farm and the A6088 and is irregular, measuring a maximum of 1640m between its northernmost and southernmost points by a maximum of 630m transversely, as indicated in red on the accompanying map extract.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

This monument is of national importance as the extensive remains of medieval or later rural settlement and field systems. It has the potential to provide important information about rural architecture and contemporary economy and land use.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS records the monument as NT 60 NE 38.02.


RCAHMS (1994) Southdean Borders an Archaeological Survey.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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