Askham Fell Cairn

The two western stones and nearby kerbed cairn. View from south (Scale 1m). 

Location

England Cumbria Rest of England NY 49403 21951
Lat 54.590201   Long -2.7845071

 

Map showing the stone rows identified by M.W. Taylor. (Source: Taylor, 1886. Original available here).

Simplified map showing the position of the Askham Fell cairn stone row. The red stones are no longer considered to be a stone row. (Source: Taylor, M.W., 1886).

Plan of Askham Fell Cairn stone row (Source: Cairn after M.W. Taylor and row from a 1:200 survey by Sandy Gerrard).

Plan of Askham Fell Cairn stone row showing height of stones

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 2.2m
No. of stones: 4 Size of stones: Only small
Orientation: 135° Altitude: 316m
Upper end: Cairn Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Cairns;stone alignment;
Notes: The relationship with the cairn to the north suggests that it is a stone row rather than a field boundary. The row is aligned on the western edge of the cairn. It is likely that other stones have either been removed or survive as buried features.

Other Information

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

Identification

Category: Possible. The four stones look like they have been deliberately set and one possible interpretation is that they represent the remains of a double stone row which has either been badly mutilated or survives largely as a buried feature. However they may represent the remains of a stone setting or an other structure. There is currently not enough evidence to confirm the identification as a stone row but on the other hand on the basis of what is known a stone row interpretation is possible. The association with a kerbed cairn and the proximity of another row support the stone row explanation.

Photographs

The kerbed cairn is considerably more impressive than the row. View from the west (Scale 1m).

The four stones are small and barely protrude through the turf. View from the north east (Scale 1m).

The four stones are small and barely protrude through the turf. View from the NNE (Scale 1m).

View from the north west (Scale 1m).

The row is situated near a fine kerbed cairn. The ranging rod is standing beside the row. View from north west (Scale 1m). 

Access Information

Car parking is available at NY 50066 21704. From here walk along track leading west to the point where it joins the bridleway. Head north along the bridleway until you reach the row.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     PastScape     Trans Cumberland and Westmorland Antiq and Archaeol Soc

Old Cumbria Gazetteer

Other References

Taylor, M.W., 1886, ‘The Prehistoric Remains on Moordivock, near Ullswater’, Trans. Cumberland and Westmorland Antiq. and Archaeol. Soc. OS 8, pgs330-331.

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