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Archway - Tower Bank
Art Gallery
Captain Craster Memorial
Chapel Row
Church Street
Coastguard Cottages Coquet View
Craster Tower
Craster Village
Distant Shores
Dunstanburgh Castle
Dunstanburgh Road
Haven Hill
Iron Age Settlement
Jolly Fisherman
Little Adam's House
Memorial Hall
Methodist Chapel
Middle Rigg
Quarry, Aerial Ropeway and Bins
Radar Station
Reservoir 'Tank'
Robson's Smokehouse
St Peter the Fisherman
The 'Shute'
The 'Square'
Summer House
We Can Mind the Time
West End Cottages
Whin Hill
World War Two

The Arval - Iron Age Settlement

An iron age settlement on the edge of the heugh to the west of Craster.

The Arval, iron age settlement near Craster, situated on the edge of the cliff by the telephone post

English Heritage label the site Monument No. 8084 and they have the following:

"NU 25521954. A triangular shaped earthwork situated on the edge of some crags in a defensive position. It consists of a single rampart running parallel with the crags on the southern half of the west side, a single rampart on the S side - this is by far the strongest bank being c3.0m high - with a line of stones set on edge forming a wall down the bank, and a single lynchet bank and outer rampart along the NE side - a small bank gives an added defence at the NE angle. The banks of stone and earth vary in height from 03m to 3.0m and from 1.0m to 8.0m in width; a simple entrance is at SE corner. There are no internal dwellings and although the interior has been much disturbed by moles, there are no traces of any occupation or artefacts. The earthwork is of a simple form, defensive, and is of prob native origin. There is no trace of the circular dwelling at the N end. An adequate water supply is available. (First OS Archaeology Field Investigator JHO 17-MAR-55)"

Their full comments can be accessed at: English Heritage - Past Scape

The following passage is to be found in the 'History of Northumberland', Ed. Bateson, 1892.

"The township of Craster, in its older spelling 'Craucestre,' is situated on the coast at the south-eastern extremity of the parish of Embleton. The name of the place is probably derived from a camp upon Craster Heugh, about one-third of a mile south-west of the village, and a quarter of a mile east of Craster tower. The camp is an irregular entrenchment, naturally protected on the north and west by the steep sides of the heugh, and artificially defended on the east and south sides by two parallel ramparts. The ramparts, composed of earth and rough unhewn stones, may still be clearly traced to the north of a stone wall which now intersects the camp. To the south of this wall the outer rampart has been ploughed down, but the inner one remains. The camp is 215 feet long and 102 feet wide from the edge of the heugh to the inner rampart at the southern end. At the northern end it is 92 feet in width to the corner of the outer rampart. At the south-east corner of the camp a gap in the entrenchment has been made in recent times. The heugh on which the camp is placed is a high and undulating ridge of whinstone, which begins at Scrog Hill in the neighbouring township of Dunstan, and running southwards parallel to the coast terminates in the bay of Swine Den, two-thirds of a mile to the south of Craster village.' From the camp upon the summit of the heugh an excellent view may be obtained of the surrounding township."

A Craster Panorama

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