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Giant's Grave

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Details of Long Barrow on Pastscape

Two standing stones, both cup-marked; recorded as standing on a barrow in the 18th century and possibly part of a stone circle.
(SD 13608110) Standing Stones (NR) known as Giants Grave (NAT) (1)
Two standing stones, 10ft and 8ft high, known as the Giants' Grave, with a cup-mark on the taller one, are situated half mile west of Lacra. (2-3)
Formerly eight massive columns forming a circle 23 yards in diameter. (4)
The remains of a stone circle as described, see photograph.
Published survey (25") correct. (5)
(SD 13608110) Giants Grave (NAT) Standing Stones (NR) (6)
The earliest reference to these stones states that "At a place called Kirksanton, is a small tumulus, on the summit of which are two huge stones... near adjoining to this monument, several large stones stood lately....." (b). The adjacent stones were possibly those of a circle, since destroyed. There is now no trace of a tumulus on the site of the two standing stones. (7)
SD 136811 Giants' Graves Standing Stones, Kirksanton, scheduled. (8)
Giant's Grave standing stones; two standing stones, both with cup-marks and described in the 18th century as being located on a barrow. (9)

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( 1) Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) OS 6" (Prov) 1956
( 2) General reference Trans Cumberland and Westmorland Antiq and Archaeol Soc 1 1874 pp280-1 sketch map (J Eccleston)
( 3) General reference Trans Cumberland and Westmorland Antiq and Archaeol Soc 23 1923 p270 (W Collingwood Bruce)
( 4a) General reference Beauties of England & Wales 3 p232
( 4) General reference Trans Cumberland and Westmorland Antiq and Archaeol Soc 26 1926 p58 (W Collingwood Bruce)
( 5) Field Investigators Comments F1 RWE 21-JAN-69
( 6) General reference OS 1:10000 1977
( 7b) General reference The History of Cumberland 1794 (W Hutchinson)
( 7) edited by C L N Ruggles and A W R Whittle 1981 Astronomy and society in Britain during the period 4000-1500 BC
BAR British series1 (1974) - 88 Page(s)208
( 8) General reference DOE(IAM) Record Form 29 5 86 illust
( 9) General reference English Heritage SAM Amendment 21.7.94
Chance Posted by Chance
9th August 2012ce

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