Southerscales is a small deserted settlement located on the western flank of Ingleborough south of the former post-medieval farmstead now called Souther Scales Cottage and close to the village of Chapel le Dale. The project aims to determine the true date, and to support better management of the site, while compiling the first detailed survey and geophysical plans of the entire settlement.

Why is it special?

It is one of a handful of scheduled settlement sites in the Yorkshire Dales and one of the best preserved. Despite being scheduled in 1964 and thus identified as of national importance there has never been any analytical survey of the settlement and there is considerable uncertainty about its date and full extent. It has been suggested as being Iron Age, Romano British, medieval and late medieval in date.

The settlement contains earthwork remains of six seemingly discrete building nucleations, possibly farmsteads, each of which consists of two or three rectangular structures, showing now as dwarf walls, with associated enclosure or paddock stone banks/wall lines.

How will the project be delivered?

Trained volunteers, working alongside professionals, will produce geophysical plans and detailed archaeological surveys. The project is being led by local historian Dr David Johnson.

The results of the fieldwork, research and other interpretation material will be accessible to the wider public. This will ensure that a long-term educational resource is available that can be used to educate the local community and visitors to the area. These new archaeological and historical data will also be available to professionals and researchers, who can help embed the results within a wider research context for the benefit of future generations.

Get in touch

If you’d like to get involved in the Southerscales project please visit their website or contact Hannah Rose, Stories in Stone Administrator on:

T 01524251002

E hannah.rose@ydmt.org

(please note that there is no public access to the site but it is visible from the nearby footpath)