Old Castle Hill

Only two stones remain. The eastern one is in the foreground and the western one is beside the 1m ranging rod in the background.

Location

England North Yorkshire North York Moors NZ 67359 12015
Lat 54.49900317   Long –0.96142582  

 

Plan of the Old Castle Hill stone row. The position of the grey stones is approximate and known only from the Elgee photograph (Source: GPS survey by Sandy Gerrard and photograph taken by Elgee).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 27.3m
No. of stones: 5 Size of stones: Medium and large
Orientation: 104° Altitude: 247m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  –
Notes: All recumbent. The central stones have been removed.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

Category: Plausible. Despite considerable mutilation, the photograph taken by Elgee confirms that a stone row once stood at this location. A prehistoric explanation is the most plausible.

Photographs

Photograph of the row taken in around 1930. View from east © Frank Elgee.

The stones in Elgee’s photograph superimposed onto a modern photograph.

The eastern stone is visible in the foreground and the western stone lies beside the ranging rod. View from east (Scale 1m).

The western stone. View from south (Scale 1m).

The eastern stone. View from the east (Scale 1m).

Landscape Treat

From the top of the row, nearby Freebrough Hill looks like a huge barrow. As you walk eastward along the row it slowly disappears below the near hillslope.

At the lower end of the row, Freebrough Hill is at the limit of visibility. Whilst impossible to prove, this visual relationship is likely to have been of interest to the row builders. The similarity with artificial mounds of this period is obvious and this particular visual relationship provides further circumstantial evidence for particular and definable links between the rows and the landscape in which they were erected.

Access Information

Car parking is available at NZ 67145 11618. The row is a short, but uneven walk from here.

Online Resources 

Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     The Smell of Water

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. 217.

Elgee, F., 1930, Early Man in North-East Yorkshire, Gloucester, pg. 106.

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