Access to the Ad Gefrin site
Opening up the field in which a major part of the royal township lay to public access was a significant factor in the Trust’s interest in the site.
Following initial effort directed towards the physical restoration of the site’s infrastructure - re-instating collapsed walling and replacing sheep fencing, - a new tenancy agreement established both a lower sheep stocking level to protect the fragile archaeological resource from the effects of over-grazing, and opened the site up to public access.
Kissing-gates at both ends of the site have been installed which are designed to allow wheelchair access to a field where information panels offer the visitor a glimpse of over 5000 years of human activity.
Through the generosity of the Northumberland National Park, a new footpath now links the site with the Iron Age hillfort on Yeavering Bell to the south, and to the wider Cheviot landscape beyond.
The Palace Gates
The magnificent goat head gateposts and other carvings you will see at the site are the work of local artist Eddie Robb. As well as the goat heads you can find a carving of the head of a Saxon warrior and representations of the 'Bamburgh Beast'. The pictures below show work in progress on the carvings in Eddie's workshop.
We all agree that these touches add immensely to the impact of the work of the Gefrin Trust at the site. They are very much in the style and spirit of the illustrations done by Brian Hope-Taylor himself in the pages of his book 'Yeavering, An Anglo-British centre of early Northumbria'