MHG55069 - Dyke, Latheronwheel


A substantial stone and earth bank recorded during feld survey.

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status

  • None recorded

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.

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Grid reference Centred ND 1872 3181 (58m by 64m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND13SE
Civil Parish LATHERON
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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