The iron age defensive ditch at Wendel Hill, Barwick-in-Elmet.
The photograph shows the defensive ditch at the north eastern side of Wendel Hill. The ditch was built at some time in the period 600 B.C. to 50 B.C. The modern development of the village, which has been allowed to extend to the very edge of the ditch, can be seen on the left.
|In 2007 the ditch was cleared of decades of dumped garden rubbish, but in the next seven months two large trees were blown down, damaging the banks and blocking the ditch. It took considerable volontary labour to cut up and clear the ditch. The photograph illustrates the depth of the ditch and, behind the group, the damage caused by a falling tree.