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    BEADLE HILL, EXTWISTLE, BURNLEY

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    Sunbright57

    Join date : 2011-02-10
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    BEADLE HILL, EXTWISTLE, BURNLEY

    Post  Sunbright57 on Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:53 am

    Os grid reference SD8895 3420. The low hill called Beadle Hill is located about half a mile north of Swinden Reservoir between Worsthorne and Haggate in the area called Extwistle. It is just a short distance south of Monk Hall and a little east of Monk Hall farm. The earthworks are a long rectangular feature on a low hill (more of a mound really).

    The earthworks are more noticeable on the south and west sides but less so at the eastern and northern edges of the mound. They can't be said to be in any way defensive. The thinking is that this was a Romano-British farmstead or settlement from the late 4th century AD and, not as often thought a Roman camp. The name Beadle is apparently from the Anglo-Saxon/Old English word 'Beado' or 'Beadlo' meaning 'battle' So could the hill be the site of some long forgotten skirmish from the time when the Romans were leaving the north of England or could it refer to the 'Battle of Brunnanburh' which was fought close by in 937 AD ? In that battle King Athelstan fought against, and defeated, the Danes and Scots who were moving south from Northumbria.

    At the south side of Beadle Hill there is an ancient spring, and to the east is Twist Castle - a circular earthwork that could date from the same period as Beadle Hill. Also, there are a number of tumuli and cairns in this area though these are pre-historic in date, probably Neolithic or Bronze-Age. I do not know whether the site has been excavated ? If anyone has any more information on this forgotten site please let me know.
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    Paulus

    Join date : 2009-08-20
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    Re: BEADLE HILL, EXTWISTLE, BURNLEY

    Post  Paulus on Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:36 am

    Hi Ray - I always wondered what this place was all about. You reckon it'd be OK to add it to the TNA site? Wink

    Cheers - Paul
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    Sunbright57

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    Re: BEADLE HILL, EXTWISTLE, BURNLEY

    Post  Sunbright57 on Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:14 am

    Hello Paul, yes you may do so if you wish. I don't have a photo at the moment but might get one in due course. The source of my information comes from Roger Frost's excellent book 'A Lancashire Township - The History of Briercliffe-with-Extwistle' The Rieve Edge Press, Briercliffe - Burnley 1982. Thanks.
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    Paulus

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    Re: BEADLE HILL, EXTWISTLE, BURNLEY

    Post  Paulus on Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:24 am

    Cheers Ray! spot-on I'll try gerrit on by the end of the nite. (we were out again yesterday & found another small cluster of cup-and-ring stones, which I'm going thru at the mo)

    All the best - Paul
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    Paulus

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    Re: BEADLE HILL, EXTWISTLE, BURNLEY

    Post  Paulus on Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:59 am

    Here it is:

    http://megalithix.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/beadle-hill/

    If any drawings or photos turn up, I'll add them to the site.

    atb - Paul Cool

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