Tyne and Wear HER(745): East Holywell, cropmark - Details
East Holywell, cropmark
Aerial photos show cropmarks in the field south-east of Holywell Grange Farm, north-east of the onetime East Holywell pit. George Jobey, whose note of 15/2/66 survives on photo NZ/3173/E , dismissed them thus: "The site is almost certainly a 2nd World War gun-post". An alternative view suggests that it is: "...a rectilinear, single- ditched enclosure, measuring c. 81 x 71 m....(with) an entrance in the centre of the southern side...two dark sub-circular marks may mark... sunken yards. These could flank a central causeway...". Its identification as an Iron Age or Romano-British rectilinear farmstead is supported by the existence, at the farm, of several milling-stones of the appropriate period.
<< HER 745 >> Aerial Photograph, N. McCord,1961, Sept, G/022478/17, 18, 28, 42-4 -Museum of Antiquities Aerial Photograph, T. Gates, 1978, 18 Aug, SF/1365/2 -Museum of Antiquities Aerial Photograph, North Tyneside MBC Technical Serv., 1980, 18 Oct, Run 2 no. 38 Aerial Photograph, RCHME, RAF, 1954, F21.82/RAF/1008 - 1.9.54 - frames 0274-0275 Archaeological Assessments Heritage Site and Landscape Surveys Ltd. 1992, The Proposed Open Cast Site at Fenwick's Close Farm... p. 15, no. 39(1) Aerial Photograph, T. Gates, 1992, NZ 3173/15, TMG 13976/89