Halter Valley Archaeology
Members of Yetholm History Society,
together with those from the Hawick Archaeological Society, are
currently assisting the Berwick-on-Tweed based Border Archaeological
Society undertake a survey of sites of potential archaeological
interest in the Halter Valley.
Throughout the Middle Ages the Halter
Burn marked the border between England and Scotland. The status
of the area between the burn and the current national boundary was
the subject of much argument and its acceptance as part of Yetholm
Parish is a comparatively recent development. The landscape of the
valley is dotted with hillforts, boundary dykes and abandoned settlements.
Of particular interest is locating the site of the lost St Etheldreda's
Chapel and the grange of Colpinhope, which belonged to Kelso Abbey.
The project is supported by the Scottish
Borders Council and the Northumberland National Park Authority,
both of which are providing funding. The objectives, apart from
providing a single record which ignores the division created by
the border itself, are threefold:
1. To improve the overall knowledge
of the area and its past.
2. To highlight the historical significance of the Halter Valley
and surrounding neighbourhood.
3. To focus attention on the largely unspoilt tract of country and
the need to protect it from future unsuitable development.
It is anticipated that this project
could take up to five years to complete.