- HER number: MEL1414
- Site Name: White Well
- Grid Reference: 362380 667399
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- Monument Type:
- Summary: Sheep fold, possible earlier banked enclosure
- Description: NT66NW 3 6238 6740.
(1) (NT 623 674) The RCAHMS, in 1924, describe a "fort" on the summit of a hillock (1000ft OD) 600 yards SE of the White Well. An area, 48ft in diameter, is enclosed by two concentric earthen banks. The inner bank is 9ft broad and 1ft high, while the outer, 64ft away, is 6 1/2ft broad and 1ft high. The highest part of the interior is 5 1/2ft above the base of the outer bank. There is an entrance through the outer bank in the NW; this has been banked on either side as far as the inner bank which it does not penetrate. These banks are 4ft broad 9ins high, converging regularly from the outer bank, where they are 20ft apart, to the inner, where they are only 7ft apart. However, in 1954, this feature was re-classified as merely a circular, turf-walled sheep-fold.
RCAHMS 1924, visited 1913; MSS, visited 1954
(2) This feature is a prominent twin-banked enclosure, as described by the RCAHMS. It could be a sheepfold, although the outer work with a 'funnel' to the NW has no analogies as far as is known.
Visited by OS (RD) 26 August 1968
NT 6238 6740. A collapsed turf-banked sheepfold with an outer enclosure. The converging banks were used to funnel sheep into the fold; the entrance is obscured by collapsed wall material.
Visited by OS (MJF) 1 May 1979.
(3) The site was visited by B Simpson, East Lothian Council, 16/10/2002. "Circular enclosing bank around foot of what is a possible natural prominent mound with linear entrance to NW. On top of summit and in centre of enclosure a large circular enclosure with no obvious entrance (blocked?). RCAHMS have reclassified this site as a sheepfold with shank. However it looks a bit like an Iron Age enclosed settlement. It may have become a sheepfold later."
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- (1) Bibliographic reference: RCAHMS. 1924. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Eighth report with inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of East Lothian. 136, No.218.
- (2) Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Site Visit.
- (3) Unpublished document: Simpson, B. 2002. White Well Sheepfold.