Broomrigg A

Site of the row. View from the north west.

A possible single stone row measuring 112m long, including three medium-sized orthostats leading from a stone circle situated on a gentle east facing slope.  The row is orientated north west to south east and stands in the vicinity of several cairns and two stone circles. Two or possibly three outlying stones in the vicinity may represent the remains of a second row or some other form of structure which is too badly damaged to permit identification.

Location

England Cumbria Rest of England NY 54733 46779
Lat 54.81385192   Long -2.70603361

Map showing the location of Broomrigg A stone row.

Plan of Broomrigg stone row and circle (Source: Hodgson, 1935).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 112m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Medium and small
Orientation: 138° Altitude: 195m
Upper end: – Lower end: Stone circle
Straight (Yes or No)  :  Sea View: No
Context:  Stone circle, cairn and standing stones
Notes:

Other Information

Public Access:  Access appears to be permitted when forestry operations are not active.
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: Yes

Identification

Category: Possible. This is a problematic site in terms of interpretation. The survey carried out by K.S. Hodgson in 1934 depicts a single row of three stones leading north west from the stone circle with two other outliers close to the field wall.  The Historic England scheduling description mentions six stones forming either side of a double stone alignment. The situation is further confused by recent damage caused by trees being uprooted and other removed. At the time of the field visit only three stones were identified with certainty. The others may have been removed or hidden by vegetation. It is possible to be fairly confident that at least one row of three stones leading from the stone circle exists or once existed. The idea that there is a double row here cannot currently be supported. The distance between the separate rows stones is said to be 35m, a figure that is more than twice as much as the distance between the stones at the West Kennet Avenue and perhaps more significantly greater than the distance between Merrivale 1 and Merrivale 2 stone rows on Dartmoor. At best there may have been two separate rows leading towards the stone circle but on the basis of the available evidence this can not be proven and therefore it is probably best to follow Hodgson’s interpretation which was made at a time before the area was afforested.

 Photographs

Plan showing position of numbered stones.

Stone 1 measures 0.9m long by 0.8m wide and 0.3m high. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 2 at NY 54773 46761 may have formed part of the row. View from north. 

Alternatively perhaps this stone forms part of the row. View from north.

Stone 3 measures 0.5m long by 0.45m wide and stands 0.33m high. View from north (Scale 1m).

Stone 3 had a lucky escape. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 4 stands 0.93m high and has been incorporated into a drystone wall. View from west (Scale 1m).

The eastern side of stone 4. View from south (Scale 1m).

Access Information

The stone row is in a working forest and access is therefore sensibly restricted on occasions. Parking is available at NY 54190 46783. From here walk along the forest tracks to the row.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Hodgson


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.


Timeline

VISITED:- 2nd August 2017

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 6th April 2019

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