Threestoneburn House

Stone forming part of the stone row and stone circle beyond. View from south (Scale 1m).

Location

England Northumberland Rest of England NT 97151 20552
Lat 55.478786   Long -2.0467132

 

Plan of the Threestoneburn House stone circle and row.  Recumbent stones in stone circle shown green and upright stones shown grey. Row stones are highlighted red. Source: Waddington and Williams, 2002, 6.

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 60m
No. of stones: 6 Size of stones: Medium and large
Orientation: 18° Altitude: 313m
Upper end: Stone circle Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: No
Context:  –
Notes: Two of the stones are described as being almost entirely submerged in the peat.

Other Information

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

Interpretation

Category: Probable. Deep peat combined with historic damage means that it is not possible to be absolutely sure that the stones to the north of the Threestoneburn House stone circle form part of a stone row or indeed precicely what the original form of the row may have been. Of the seven stones known to the north of the circle six of them can be seen as forming part of a wide double row. Alternatively, there may have been a single row including four or five of the stones together with outliers. A double row interpretation currently best fits the available evidence, but the evidence is far from complete.

One possible interpreation of the evidence is that the stones represent the remains of a double row.

Alternatively they could represent the remains of a single row with a pair of associated outliers.

Photographs

Plan showing position of numbered stones.

Stone 1 is recumbent, measures 1m long by 0.97m wide and 0.30m high. View from east (Scale 1m).

Stone 2 sits within a clump of heather.

Stone 3 is also completely hidden by heather. View from north east (Scale 1m).

Stones 4 and 6 are within dense woodland and could not be seen at the time of the visit.

Stone 5 measures 1.2m long by 0.73m wide and stands 0.4m high. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stones 5 and 7. Stone 7 is beside the ranging rod and is completely covered by heather. Stone 5 is on the right hand side of the photograph.

The western arc of the stone circle with the row beyond. View from south (Scale 1m).

Access Information

This is not an easy to get to and some might wonder whether the effort is worth it.  Bridleways shown on Ordnance Survey maps do not exist and visiting it on the hottest day of the year is not recommended. Sadly in common with many rows next to forestry you will need to watch out for ticks. The route described below worked for me, but alternatives may exist. Park at NT 96325 23259. Cross the bridge and follow the footpath to NT 96195 22029. From here the best way is to follow the quad bike track on the southern side of the wall. This will take you to the access gate into Threestoneburn Wood at NT 96970 20964. From here follow the forest track to the row and circle.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     PastScape     Historic Environment Record

Northern Archaeology

Other Sources

Waddington, C. and Williams, A., 2002, “A Survey of Threestoneburn Stone Circle”, Northern Archaeology, 19, 1-22.

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