|THE RECTANGULAR ENCLOSURE INSIDE CASTLERIGG STONE CIRCLE
I've been to Castlerigg many times over the last 20+ years. Two brief visits in late April 08 reminded me about the rectangular enclosure within Castlerigg. No other stone circle, apparently, has one of these, and officially it's of unknown purpose.
In 1984 or early 1985 I visited with my good friend the late Steve Whitaker, and his interest in the area led me to figure out at least part of the secret of the rectangular enclosure, which I may say was very exciting.
I confirmed my findings as much as possible at the time with help from the Lake District National Park information office. Research in old documents confirmed that others found the same things many decades ago, and reported them in learned journals, but the facts had been forgotten.
I thought the findings, or rediscoveries, were a small sensation, but the National Park people didn't seem to think it was worth adding the information to their documentation of the circle, and so the secret has remained a secret.
I've gone back to the subject now, and I'm looking for some missing pieces of information. As soon as I have enough clear references, I will post an account here. I am hoping for an acknowledgment from the local Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, the National Trust or the Lake District National Park before going public with the facts.
It's not an earth-shattering finding, but I think discovering the function of a unique and previously "unexplained" stone circle feature should be of some interest.
Posted by Guy Lawley
3rd May 2008ce
Edited 1st June 2008ce