Foxrush Farm Community Woodland, Redcar

Foxrush Farm Community Woodland was only planted in 1997 but is already pretty well established. The farm itself is now owned by Saltburn Animal Rescue Association (SARA). and is also the site of an Iron Age settlement
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The carved fox is the work of Steve Iredale back in late 2007, as of 2011 a mosaic map of the area has also appeared, produced by the Redcar Community College
Foxrush Farm, Redcar

Eston Nab – Iron Age Hill-fort and Napoleonic Beacon

The remain of earthworks surrounding the Iron Age Fort are still very prominent on the ground.

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Tees Archaeology have produced an excellent leaflet on the subject here.
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The Napoleonic Beacon was built in 1808 as part of a chain to warn of attack.

The actual watchtower appears to have been built and little later around 1819/1820 (thanks to Joan for the additional information), that later became a private residence and was inhabited up until the 1950s.

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It was demolised in 1956 and ICI erected the current monument.
Eston Nab Eston Nab Eston Nab

The view from the top is still spectacular

Eston Nab

Street House Archaeological Dig

Stephen Sherlock has been investigating this area for many year, the Street House long cairn was excavated in 1979–1981.

The current excavation started in 2004 has turned up Iron Age, Roman and Anglo Saxon finds, theres a detailed explanation of the site in the May/June issue of British Archaelogy.

The open day on 7th September 2008 was technically cancelled due to weather conditions, but Stephen was kind enough to show those who still came around the remains of a Roman building that has just been uncovered.

Street House Archaeological Dig Street House Archaeological Dig

 UPDATE : The excavations lead to the discovery of the grave of a Saxon Princess, gold artifacts from which can now be seen at Kirkleatham museum

Percy Rigg Iron Age Hut Circles

There are five circular hut bases, two of them 28 feet in diameter with paved floors and walls still standing to a height of three courses of stone. Nine saddle querns and the base of one rotary quern were found – The North York Moors Stanhope White 1979
Commondale Kildale Iron Age Hut Circle
Commondale Kildale Iron Age Hut Circle

A much better visualisation of the circles is gained by clicking ‘Show on Map’ above to view this site via Google Earth.

There are reports of a well which possible served the settlement down towards the stream in the valley, the site was excavated by Roland S Close and a memorial to him is attached.