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The Kirk

Stone Circle

Nearest Town:Ulverston (5km SE)
OS Ref (GB):   SD251827 / Sheet: 96
Latitude:54° 14' 3.31" N
Longitude:   3° 8' 57.28" W

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In addition to Fitz's information:
On Kirkby Moor.. is a low ringwork of loose earth and stones. "It goes by the name of 'The Kirk,' and a 'venerable inhabitant' (Archaeologia, liii.) could recollect that it had once borne a peristalith. The natives assert that the spot was traditionally 'a place where their fathers worshipped', and, as a matter of fact, games used, until recent times, to be held on the spot by the Lord of the Manor at Eastertide" (Allcroft, Earthworks of England, 1908, p139).
Lancashire Folklore
T B Partridge
Folklore, Vol. 26, No. 2. (Jun. 30, 1915), pp. 211
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
1st October 2006ce
Edited 1st January 2007ce


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"The Kirk has been used for social functions until comparatively recently. Well into the 19th century, the lord of the manor and his tenants congregated at the circle on Easter Monday afternoon. There they indulged in games of wrestling, dancing, hurling and leaping. Such pastimes were not without their dangers, and the last lord to attend broke his thigh during one of the games. Sober counsel prevailed, and the games were discontinued"

The Stone Circles of Cumbria
John Waterhouse
Pub. Phillmore & Co Ltd
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
23rd July 2005ce