Brook House Farm
Brook House Farm is the name given to an Iron Age farmstead site in Halewood. It consists of an enclosure surrounded by two ditches (one large and one small), and was discovered via an aerial photograph
The site was datable through the pottery types found in the ditches. There were 90 pieces of Cheshire Very Coarse Pottery (VCP), six of which were found in a Roman Iron Age setting. Other pottery included local Romano-British pieces and three Samian fragments.
Within the enclosure a number of structures were found across the entire area. There were also gullies and some pits, and slag found on-site reveals that some iron working probably took place at Brook House Farm.
The landscape around Brook House Farm
Analysis of the filled-in ditches suggests that the local landscape during the initial occupation of the enclosure was heavily wooded, with the trees encroaching close to the monument. In later centuries the wood was disappearing, either through human activity or a changing climate, and the dense woodland was replaced with a willow scrub woodland.
Similar Sites in Merseyside
Duttons Farm, Lathom, Iron Age farmstead.
Cowell, RW and Philpott, RA, 2000, Prehistoric, Roman and medieval excavations in the Lowlands of North West England: Excavations along the Line of the A5300 in Tarbock and Halewood, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool. Engerdahl, T., 2010, A World apart? An Investigation of the Roman Influence on Rural Settlements in Britain compared to Sweden during the Roman Iron Age, Bachelor thesis in archaeology, Gotland University. (available at http://hgo.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:376110, retrieved 4th August 2011)