Tyne and Wear HER(16323): Brenkley, ridge and furrow - Details
Brenkley, ridge and furrow
Agriculture and Subsistence
Ridge and Furrow
Area of ridge and furrow located close to Gardener's House Farm (HER16322) and Brenkley village (HER1329). A 1769 Manor Plan labels this area as East Calferlands. These fields contain north-south and east-west aligned ridge and furrow. The field containing north-south aligned earthworks is unusual in that a later phase of R&F with a wavelength of 7-8m overlies a narrower (3-4m) system. The broader R&F usually tends to pre-date the narrow (mechanised) system. The east-west alignment has a wavelength of between 3-4m and an average surface depth of 0.15m.
Tyne and Wear Musuems, 2012, Brenkley Lane South - archaeological assessment