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Type of record:Monument
Name:Dyke, Latheronwheel


A substantial stone and earth bank recorded during feld survey.


F4. Facing NW. (photo by John Wood)  © Highland Archaeology Services LtdGeneral view. Facing NE. (photo by John Wood)  © Highland Archaeology Services Ltd
Grid Reference:ND 1872 3181
Map Sheet:ND13SE
Civil Parish:LATHERON
Geographical Area:CAITHNESS

Monument Types

  • DYKE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD? to 1900 AD?)

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG55059

Full description

A substantial stone and earth bank with ditches to both sides, running NW-SE. Approximately 2.5m across and 0.5m high. Its date is unclear. This feature does not seem to have been recorded previously. It is suggested that the land here, which consists of a steep slope running down from the road to the cliffs, would not be generally suitable for cultivation and that the attempts to clear the land may date from the period of the clearances. <1>

When compared to historic OS maps it is quite clear that this feature is the remnant of the rectilinear field system laid out around Latheronwheel House. This particular feature is shown on the 1st Edition OS map. This is clearly in an area of more marginal land on the south side of the road.

<1> Wood, J, 06/2011, Shore Park, Latheronwheel, Caithness: Archaeological Survey, F4 (Text/Report/Fieldwork Report). SHG25429.

Related Monument/Building records - none

Related Investigations

EHG3579Rapid walkover survey - Shore Park, Latheronwheel (Ref:HAS-LNW11)

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