Leskernick

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

Location

England     Cornwall     Bodmin Moor     SX 18702 79858     Lat 50.590231   Long -4.5626642

 

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

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.


Photographs

 

Looking east along the row. Visible stones highlighted by small arrows. The sinuous form of the row is clear.

Looking east along the row.

Looking east along the row.

Looking east along the row in the vicinity of the later tinwork.

The eastern terminal includes three substantial recumbent orthostats. View from east.

The western length of the row. The nearby cairn sits on the near skyline and Brown Willy is visible beyond.

Looking west along the row.

Looking west along the row. The sinuous form of the row is apparent, whilst the row seems to deviate to avoid the cairn.

Looking west along the row. At this point the row seems to point at the cairn but then shifts to avoid it.

 

 

Looking west along the row. Only the summit of Brown Willy is visible.

View from the east. 

Looking west along the row. The cairn and Brown Willy appear together on the skyline.

Further east and the cairn drops below the skyline. Walking westward along the row the cairn seem to emerge from the ground.

For the remainder of the row the cairn is below the skyline. 

The most significant landscape reveal is however provided at the western end of the row where the cairns on the summit of Brown Gelly appear only as you reach the terminal. These cairns are hidden from view along the entire length of the row making an appearance only at the end. When there it feels as if the terminal point was chosen to provide and celebrate this significant reveal.

The cairn near the western end of the row. View from the south west.

Access Information

Limited parking is available at SX 20389 80372. From here follow the path westward to the row.


Acknowledgements

I would like to thank Roy Goutté and the TimeSeekers Clearance Group for showing me around 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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