North Ings

Central length of the row. View from north west.

Location

England North Yorkshire North York Moors NZ 64532 12444
Lat 54.5032277   Long -1.00496872

 

Plan of North Ings stone row (Source: GPS survey by Sandy Gerrard). Click on the plan to open a higher resolution version in a fresh window.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 490.6m
No. of stones: 83 Size of stones: Small, medium and large
Orientation: 5° Altitude: 306m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairns
Notes: Stone alignment incorporated into later bank. Excavated. Stones are earlier.

Identification

Category: Plausible. Excavation and field observation indicate that the stones are earlier than the earthwork bank which has incorporated some parts of the row. The sea view reveal at the upper end of the row together with a prehistoric context strongly supports a prehistoric interpretation.

Photographs

The lower part of the row at NZ 64504 12003. A small cross has been carved into one stone. Perhaps an attempt to Christianise the stones. View from north east (Scale 1m).

The southern end of the row. View from south (Scale 1m).

The southern end of the row. The stones at this point are not associated with an earthwork bank. View from south (Scale 1m).

Looking south along the row at NZ 64505 12014 (Scale 1m).

Along much of the row the stones protrude through an earthwork bank with a western ditch. View from south (Scale 1m).

The stones are not equally spaced. In places they are almost touching. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stones forming part of the row at NZ 64533 12254. View from south. 

Stones forming part of the row at NZ 64533 12254. View from south. The sinuous form of the row is very marked at this point. Click on image to open a higher resolution version.

Stones forming part of the row at NZ 64533 12254. View from south (Scale 1m).  A cairn not visible from the lower end of the row is now clearly visible on the skyline.

Stones forming part of the row at NZ 64533 12254. View from south. 

A pair of stones at NZ 64533 12254. This is reminiscent of the pair of stones at the single row at Sharpitor West on Dartmoor. View from south (Scale 1m).

A pair of stones at NZ 64533 12254. View from north (Scale 1m).

The earthwork bank is very obvious at NZ 64535 12269.

Two closely spaced stones. View from north east.

Well preserved length of row at NZ 64535 12269. View from north east (Scale 1m). Click on image to open a higher resolution version.

 

At this point towards the top of the row the bank is situated a short distance to the west of the stones. This relationship indicates that the stones and the bank are not contemporary and excavation has demonstrated that the stones were raised before the bank. View from the south (Scale 1m).

As you walk up the row the nearby cairns appear one by one on the nearby skyline.

Row in the foreground with the Hob on the Hill cairns on the skyline beyond. 

 

The sinuous form of the row is obvious from this angle. View from north.

Looking north along the row.

A line of stones with a purpose. View from south east.

Sea View Reveal

Landscape views from the lower part of the row are very restricted. As you walk up the row one cairn after another appears on the skyline before finally at NZ 64534 12411 the North Sea suddenly appears 30m from the northern end of the row.

For much of the length of the row views of the nearby sea are blocked by rising ground. View from south (Scale 1m). 

At NZ 64534 12411 the sea suddenly appears.

A few steps further and more of the sea comes into view. View from south.

The sea comes into full view at the northern end of the row. From this point the distant land at Whitburn forms what looks like a pronounced headland. The row builders may have be interested in this also.


Access Information

Car parking is available at NZ 65681 10501. From here follow one of the footpaths leading north to the row.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     PastScape     Doc Brown

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