MHG1928 - Thrumster 'Little' Broch


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  • BROCH (Iron Age - 550 BC to 560 AD)

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Broch (NR) (remains of) OS 1:10,000 map, (1975)

Broch, Thrumster Little: The ruin is mostly beneath a grassy mound, which is about 9ft above the level of the field, but the whole of the outer circumference of the broch is visible and shows an overall diameter of 56.5ft. The interior is only partly cleared and the assumed internal diameter is about 30.5ft. <1>

The whole of the outer circumference of the broch, although fragmentary in places, is visible. It has an over all diameter of 17m, and the outer wall face has a max height of 1.5m. The entrance, 1m wide, is on E side and has an exposed length of 2.5m. On the left side of the entrance, 1.2m in, is a check-stone. There are fragmentary traces of what is probably the inner wall face to the left of the entrance giving the wall a width of some 3.8m. The interior is a mutilated mass of turf-covered stones in which no broch features were seen. The remains have an over all height of 2.7m above the surrounding ground level.
Revised at 1:2500. Visited by OS (W D J) 22 April 1963.

No change to the previous field report.
Visited by OS (J B) 19 August 1982.

The site was visited by C Dagg in 2000 during a walkover survey in advance of a proposed new water main. It was noted as being a clearly visible, well-preserved feature lying next to the track to the farm. It lay within 50m of the proposed pipeline route but would probably not be affected by associated works. <1>

Probable solid-based broch in Wick, Caithness, standing in a flat field; it is mostly a grassy mound now but has been partly cleared so that all the outer face, though fragmentary in places, is visible all the way round [1]. The foundation stones are very large.
The entrance (which has lost all its lintels) is on the east-north-east side and in 1910 was 3.9m (13ft) long in and 1.0m (3ft 3in) wide at the outer end [2]; it is no longer completely exposed [1]. A pair of door-checks formed of projecting stone slabs is situated 1.83m (5ft 6in) from the exterior, and the passage is 1.17m (3ft 10in) wide behind these; only one check is now visible, and is reported as at 1.2m in [1]. It is not possible tell whether a guard chamber existed without further excavation. Only part of the inner face is exposed, for some 6m (19.7ft) to the left of the inner end of the entrance. About 2.4m (8ft) clockwise along this wall there was visible in 1910 an opening which appeared to be the void over the buried doorway to an intra-mural chamber, visible behind [2]; these features can no longer be seen [1], but the void is enough to allow the structure to be classified with reasonable confidence as a broch.
Dimensions: the overall diameter is now about 17m and the wall is some 3.8m thick; this would suggest an internal diameter of about 9.4 m.
Sources: 1. NMRS site no. ND 34 NW 2 (with photo.): 2. RCAHMS 1911b, 146, no. 503: 3. Proc Soc Antiq Scot 7 (1868-70), 416. <3>

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Grid reference Centred ND 3383 4583 (45m by 41m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND34NW
Civil Parish WICK
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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