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Towtop Kirk

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<b>Towtop Kirk</b>Posted by RhiannonImage © Miss Noble
Nearest Town:Penrith (13km N)
OS Ref (GB):   NY493179 / Sheet: 90
Latitude:54° 33' 12.84" N
Longitude:   2° 47' 2.33" W

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<b>Towtop Kirk</b>Posted by Rhiannon

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"A presumptive old trackway goes above the northern bank of Haweswater Beck in the Lake District, to a prehistoric henge called Tow Top Kirk. There was never any Christian kirk here. If one asks locally for an explanaition of the name, the answer: 'Probably they had some sort of religious ceremonies here in prehistoric times' ".

Brigantia - A Mysteriography
Guy Ragland Phillips
Routledge & Kegan Paul
1976
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
3rd February 2006ce
Edited 3rd February 2006ce

ArchSearch comes up with Bampton Towtop Kirk as an enclosure that could be the result of digging for peat , whereas ARCHI in 2001 has it down as early Christian enclosure ( whatever that is ) .
P.S. see Towtop Kirk forum for fuller description .
wideford Posted by wideford
28th February 2004ce
Edited 28th February 2004ce

Bit of controversy over this one.
In his book "Walks in Ancient lakeland" Robert Harris says, "This ancient henge is slightly smaller but similar in scale to King Arthur's Table at Penrith, but it seems to lack the interior ditch.
English Heritage's record of Scheduled Monuments describes the site as an "Early Christian Enclosure".

Could this be a christianised henge? Roll on the good weather!
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
28th February 2004ce
Edited 28th February 2004ce