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Foster Howe

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery

<b>Foster Howe</b>Posted by Chris CollyerImage © Chris Collyer
Nearest Town:Whitby (10km N)
OS Ref (GB):   NZ874008 / Sheet: 94
Latitude:54° 23' 41.68" N
Longitude:   0° 39' 13.37" W

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The OS 1:50000 map shows two barrows here but there are actually three that stand in an almost north-south line along Foster Howes Ridge with the land falling away gently on each side. The barrows are visible from some distance, particularly when approached from the northwest when they are silhouetted on the skyline and there are fine views across Goathland Moor to the southwest and down to the sea at Robin Hoods Bay to the east from the barrows themselves.
When approached by track from this northwest direction it is the smaller northern barrow that is met with first, with the central barrow just beyond it but on the other side of the fence. The third (and largest) barrow stands a little further away just to the west of a gate and stile. This southernmost barrow also had a stone kerb although a very quick rummage through the heather only turned up one stone - there may be more. All three barrows show the signs of previous diggings with craters in the top, the one to the south has a rough looking boundary stone in it's crater, the central barrow is also said to have it's own stone although I can't confirm this.
Chris Collyer Posted by Chris Collyer
10th August 2007ce

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EH gives the following measurements for the barrows.
North - 12 metres diameter and .75 metres high with a 2 metre wide ditch on the south side.
Centre - 20 metres wide and 1.75 metres tall with traces of a 2 metre wide ditch.
South – 20 metres diameter and 2 metres high with traces of a 2 metre wide ditch.
Chris Collyer Posted by Chris Collyer
10th August 2007ce
Edited 10th August 2007ce