HOME
The Info List - Beech Bottom Dyke


--- Advertisement ---



Beech Bottom Dyke, is a large ditch running for almost a mile at the northern edge of St Albans, Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
flanked by banks on both sides. It is up to 30 m (98 ft) wide, and 10 m (33 ft) deep, and it can be followed for three quarters of a mile between the "Ancient Briton Crossroads" on the St Albans
St Albans
to Harpenden road until it is crossed by the Thameslink/Midland mainline railway at Sandridge. Beyond the railway embankment it continues, to finish just short of the St Albans
St Albans
to Sandridge
Sandridge
road. This part is not accessible to the public. It was constructed towards the end of the Iron Age,[1] probably between 5 and 40 AD. This, and other similar earthworks in the district, may have been built by the powerful Celtic tribe established in this area, the Catuvellauni, probably by King Cunobelinus
Cunobelinus
to define areas of land around their tribal centre at Verlamion - the predecessor of the Roman city of Verulamium. Beech Bottom Dyke
Beech Bottom Dyke
is thought[by whom?] to have originally been part of a defensive system for a Belgaic settlement. Other defences are the Devil's Dyke and another ancient earthwork known as "The Slad". These may have created a defensive earthwork running from the River Lea
River Lea
to the River Ver
River Ver
enclosing a very large area.

Photograph of the Dyke

Photograph of the Dyke

Photograph of the Dyke

References[edit]

^ Historic England. " Iron Age
Iron Age
territorial boundary known as Beech Bottom Dyke (1019136)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2015-04-19. 

Coordinates: 51°46′09″N 0°19′35″W / 51.7693°N 0.3263°W / 51.7693; -0.3263

This article about a Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
building or structure is a stub. You can help by expanding it.

v t e

This article relating to archaeology in the United Kingdom is a stub. You can help by expanding it.

v t e

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Beech

.