NGRef: NY545630
OSMap: LR86
Type: Fortlet

Roads
Stanegate: WSW (3) to Old Chvrch (Cumbria)
Stanegate: ENE (3.5) to Nether Denton

Boothby Stanegate Fortlet

N.G.Ref Dimensions Area
NY 5452 6305 246 x 170 feet
(75 x 52 m)
c. 1 acre
(0.4 ha)

The Boothby fortlet occupies the top of a small hill from which the fort at Nether Denton is visible; only the southern and eastern defenses are recorded on aerial photographs, the northern defenses having succumbed to land-slips. It was partially excavated by the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society conducted by F.G. Simpson in 1933, the report appearing in the Society Transactions the following year. The fort is delineated by a single ditch measuring about 10 feet (3 m) wide, backed by a rampart of beaten clay, these defenses measuring about 246 feet NNE-SSW by 170 feet transversely (c. 75 x 52 m) and enclosing an area of just under 1 acre (0.4 ha). There is a break in the middle of the southern defensive ditch, probably indicating a gateway, which was presumably mirrored on the north. The only visible trace on the ground is the ditch marking the south-east corner-angle. The dateable evidence consists of a quantity of south-Gaulish Samian ware of the late-1st/early-2nd century, which indicates that the fortlet was part of the original system on the Stanegate.

Boothby Bibliography and Links

Air Reconnaissance of North Britain by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xli (1951) p.55;
Hadrian's Wall from the air by G.D.B. Jones & D.J. Woolliscroft (Tempus Stroud, 2001);
www.pastscape.org.uk
Link to maps of the area from: StreetMap Old-Maps MultiMap