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Anglezarke Misc 9 (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Note :- The exact location of this site cannot be guaranteed as it does not appear on any O.S. maps.


This strange linier feature is situated on the moor to the North of Great Hill.

The first edition O.S. map shows a feature called "Fish Pond" in the same location, but after today's visit I'm not so sure!

The feature seems to consist of a banked earthwork that has been cut through by a stream producing a clear section as shown on the first photograph. From the stream bed to the top of the bank I would guess to be 20 to 30 ft. The section clearly shows a solid core to the bank a gravel infill at the sides that is topped off by peat.

The age of the site is difficult to estimate, but while walking around the top of the bank "bog oak" and other timbers could be seen emerging from the eroding peat.

One word of warning.

The surrounding area is extremely wet and boggy and care should taken approaching the site. One wrong step meant that I sank up to my waist in smelly brown stuff !

Anglezarke Misc 10 (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art)

Note :- The exact location of this site cannot be guaranteed as it does not appear on any O.S. maps.


Walking up to the summit of Great Hill, I came across this this 'dimpled' stone on a stone platform which maybe rock art.

Anglezarke Moor Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Heading East from Black Coppice Cairn towards Round Loaf, the upright stone appeared on the horizon. The plateau on which it stands to the North of Hurst Hill had been badly burned last summer and most of the vegetation had been removed exposing the peat layer which was now eroding.

The site consists on 1 upright stone (a rare feature on Anglezarke) and the possibility of others emerging through the peat.

Views of the surrounding landscape are superb from here, with Great Hill to the North East, Round Loaf to the East, Winter Hill to the South and the Lancashire plain to the West.

Anglezarke Misc 5 (Chambered Cairn)

Note :- The exact location of this site cannot be guaranteed as it does not appear on any O.S. maps.


This site looks very similar to Black Coppice Chambered Cairn but still buried with a similar sized cap stone fully visible but only a small gap visible of the possible chamber.

Unfortunately the photograph I took came out corrupted. This may have been the cold getting to it internals or something else !!

I suggest this site is seen at its best during the winter months as summer vegetation will obscure it.

Anglezarke Misc 4 (Cairn(s))

Note :- The exact location of this site cannot be guaranteed as it does not appear on any O.S. maps.

I stumbled across this whilst looking for Black Coppice cairn.
This feature consists of an arc of stones which may form a complete circle (the remainder is still concealed under the peat), and an upright stone sitting among a collection of stones that may have formed a cairn.

Anglezarke Misc 3 (Carving)

Note :- The exact location of this site cannot be guaranteed as it does not appear on any O.S. maps.


This stone just outcropping from the surrounding peat and vegetation shows a curious curvi-linier marking similar to the playing card shapes associated with Roman forts ?

Anglezarke Misc 1 (Carving)

Note :- The exact location of this site cannot be guaranteed as it does not appear on any O.S. maps.

This chance find was on the top of Hurst Hill surrounded by many other stones / boulders outcropping through the eroding peat.

When I put my compass next to the grooves to give a feeling of size, I was surprised to see that they aligned precisely North / South.

Black Coppice Chambered Cairn

Finally manage to make the time to visit the site. After leaving White Coppice cricket ground and avoiding a long line of walkers ( I forgot the Anglezarke Amble was taking place) I manage to scramble up the steep bank to the plateau above Black Coppice.

The large capstone of the cairn was clearly visible on the horizon about 20 feet back from the top edge of the quarry. Arriving at the site the cavity formed by the cap stone propped up on the underlying rocks was clearly seen. The cairn was surrounded by a spread of an assortment of rocks / boulders that may have been part of the structure. Adjacent to the site was a depression containing 3 stone mill wheels in various stages of manufacture.

With the close proximity of the quarry and the mill wheels, and without any datable evidence for the cairn, its hard to tell if it is ancient or contempory with the industrial features.

To the north of the cairn I found another feature of note. This consists of a curvi- linear spread of hand sized boulders forming an arc of approx. 30 ft diameter. At the centre of the arc was an upright stone approx. 18" tall.

As this feature does not appear on the 1st edition or modern O.S. maps and so doesn't have a name or date its not possible to add this as a new site on T.M.A.

But, as my Archaeology tutor drummed into me :-
"the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."
So maybe these sites should be added !!

Cass ny Hawin (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork)

Excavations at this site have provided the oldest datable evidence for early (Mesolithic) settlers on the Isle of Man.

Astley Hall Farm Bronze Age Burial Site (Enclosure)

Although nothing now exist of this site, I think that it needs a mention on TMA as it is one of the few Bronze Age Burial Sites to be found in Lancashire.

Discovered in 1963 when a farmer uncovered a burial urn in land adjacent to Astley Hall Farm. Excavations of the site was carried out between 1974 and 1977 when a further urn and four cremations in shallow pits were unearthed.

Four of the six burials where found in an area enclosed by a ditch or trench 36feet in diameter the other two on the southern edge of the feature.

At the southern end of the feature there appeared to be an entrance and a cobbled forecourt, but as this area had been disturbed my digging.

30 feet to the south a pit was found containing 30 sherds of prehistoric pottery and a handful of flints. Charcoal and evidence of burn was also found.

A further three empty pits were found, one in the central area and the other two to the east.

URN 1 contained the remains of a 40-year-old female with signs of osteo-arthritis. The remains of a second younger body were also present. The urn also contained a burnt small flint knife and a struck flake of igneous rock believed to be Neolithic.

URN 2 contained the remains of a seven year old. It was noted that the bones had a green tinge probable caused by the breakdown of a copper or bronze article. The urn also contained charcoal, earth and pebbles, fragments of a miniature collared urn and fragment of what was either a small wooden bowl or cup.

CREMATION 1 contained the remains of at least one body.

CREMATION 2 contained the remains of the one body of a child or adolescent.

CREMATION 3 contained the remains of the one body.

CREMATION 4 contained the remains of an adult.

This information was taken from The Surviving Past by John Hallam

Stronstrey Bank Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir)

This stone has ‘bothered’ my for quite a few year.

Visible from Grey Heights (ChorleyNab) and from the Moor Road near Watermans Cottage but difficult to find on Anglezarke Moor.

The stone is located on the southern end of Stronstery Bank on the edge of the plateau below Grain Pole Hill. The stone stands about 4 foot tall and has a triangle incised on it. I’m not sure what this represents or indicates, but is it showing the location of the Pikestone, Round Loaf and another site ?.

Bleasedale Circle (Timber Circle)

Just been scanning in a selection of old photographs and came across these images of Bleasdale Circle.

If I remember correctly the visit took place one wet December day. After wading through a field of mud and reaching the copes of trees hiding the circle I was impressed with the clarity of the site, the way that the positions of the wooden post had been replaced by concrete stumps (now aged and moss covered), the definition of the ditch of the inner circle.

The main image I came away with was the view from the centre of the inner circle, through its entrance and across the field up to a notch on the eastern hillside. I’m not sure if it has any significance with sun or moonrise on a particular day of the year, but the alignment was intriguing.

Born, bred and still live in Lancashire.
Been interested in Local History & Archaeology all my life'
Spent most of my teenage years 'rooting around Anglezarke'. If you live up here you'll know where I mean.

Member of Leyland Historical Society

Member of Lancashire Archaeological Society

Currently involved in the Lancashire Place Name Survey and tracking down Tenon top Gate Posts. If you don't know what these are check out my web page.

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