Land off Greengate, Levens

Land off Greengate, Levens, Cumbria: Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment

Prior to the submission of a planning application for a residential development on land off Greengate, Levens, Cumbria, Greenlane Archaeology was commissioned to carry out a desk-based assessment. The assessment was carried out by Greenlane Archaeology in March 2014 and included a site visit.

The site is located on the north side of the village of Levens close to a concentration of late prehistoric remains previously recorded on Sizergh Fell, but also a group of burials of unknown, but possibly early medieval, date near Hyning and another of Iron Age date found within the village itself. The area in general has several other known sites of archaeological interest ranging from prehistoric to post-medieval, with the estates of Levens Hall and Sizergh Castle forming the prominent medieval structures in the local area. Levens village was previously known as Beathwaite Green, a name of probable Norse origin, although Levens may be equated with the site of an early medieval battle.

The site visit identified few constraints to further archaeological work and little in the way of disturbance to the land, although it has evidently been improved and has a high level cable running over its north end.

The full report will be made available on the Archaeology Data Service website.