Leskernick

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Looking east along the row from The Terminal. Position of stones shown with markers.                          Copyright Roy Goutté.

Location

England     Cornwall     Bodmin Moor     SX 18936 79911     Lat 50.59073899   Long -4.5594682

Leskernick Hill row plan

Simplified plan of the Leskernick stone alignment (Source: Johnson, N. and Rose, P., 1994, 32).

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Simplified plan of the Leskernick stone alignment (Source: Goutté, R.).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 302m
No. of stones: 56 Size of stones: Large, medium and small
Orientation: 67.5° Altitude: 290m
Upper end: – Lower end: Three stones
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  Stone circles, cist and prehistoric settlement
Notes: This row has recently been partially cleared and recorded by the TimeSeekers Clearance Group led by Roy Goutté who found previously unrecorded stones and a possible cist. This work also revealed a visual treat which is certainly worth mentioning. Along the entire length of the row until the western end is reached at a point they call The Terminal, Brown Gelly complete with cairn on top is completely invisible. However, at the Terminal the cairn at the top of Brown Gelly is suddenly revealed though the hill itself remains hidden from view (Goutté, 2016, 3) Another example of a very precise visual relationship between a row and its landscape. The cumulative evidence for these visual links illustrates that the stone rows were carefully placed within the landscape to acknowledge and celebrate them. Goutté notes a second visual link available from The Terminal. At this point he notes that Brown Willy is perfectly framed in the saddle of rising ground” (Goutté, 2016, 2). This is reminiscent of the view available from the lower end of the Yar Tor stone alignment on Dartmoor.

In common with all the longer rows this alignment is far from straight and Goutté has identified a point close to the tinners’ gully where the orientation of the row shifts. This point may have been of particular significance to the row builders or may indicate an extension to the original row.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: AONB
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

Category: Plausible. No doubts have been expressed regarding the prehistoric interpretation of this row.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

TimeSeekers Clearance Group

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 214.

Goutté, R., 2016, Leskernick North and South Stone Circles and Stone Row clearance, including re-exposure of buried ring stones by the TimeSeekers Clearance Group Members.

Johnson, N. and Rose, P., 1994, Bodmin Moor – An archaeological survey Volume 1: The human landscape to c 1800, English Heritage and RCHME, pg. 32.

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