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Pond Enclosure


Nearest Town:Penrith (9km SSW)
OS Ref (GB):   NY566374 / Sheet: 90
Latitude:54° 43' 46.17" N
Longitude:   2° 40' 26.41" W

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"To the north of this enclosure lies another enclosure of similar size and shape but with a very wide ditch and an east entrance. It sits on the very edge of the terrace overlooking the Eden and surrounds a large pond. This site is now heavily ploughed and there is no trace on the ground of the ditch which Stukely observed in 1725. He described the site as 'a large spring intrenched about with a vallum and fosse, of a pretty great circumference, but no depth'. The juxtaposition of the enclosure and pond is not coincidental; similar enclosures of prehistoric and roman date are known to be sited near tarns and other water sources elsewher in Cumbria, although a concentric arrangement is rare. Several ditches fan out from the entrance area; immediately to the south a double ditched trackway funnels out into the valley and seems to underlie a number of ditches running at right angles to it".

Source - "new evidence of ritual monuments at Long Meg and her Daughters, Cumbria".
by Grahame Soffe & Tom Clare
Antiquity 62
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
17th May 2004ce