Alexander Thom L1/10           Class II Survey  n.b. 

Construction: Type D flattened circle on slight slope partly re-erected Diameter 88.9 ft = 32.7 my. Perimeter 100.7 my = 40.3 mr. If this was originally a true circle then its perimeter would be 102.6 my = 43.0 mr. 

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Aubrey Burl (Cumberland 14)

This ring, near the coast, stands in an exposed position about 24 m O.D. on a slight rise. It is about 89 ft (27 m) in diameter. It is 2 miles WSW of Gosforth.

Its stones are local volcanic lava agglomerates. None weighs more than 4 tons and all are about 1.3 m high. In 1820 all but one were buried by a tenant farmer. 10 of the original 12 were re-erected in 1949. A large broken boulder 200 m SW may have been one of the missing stones. An outlying stone was discovered 21 m N of the ring and also re-erected.

The site was excavated in 1949. A central kerbed cairn 22 x 15 ft (6.7 x 4.6 m) contained traces of charcoal, bone fragments, grass'or bracken stems 6 hawthorn berries, flint flakes and a scraper, and a jet or lignite ring possibly of the later Wessex culture c. 1600-1400 be (c 1975-1710 BC).

A broken Group VI stone axe from the Langdale factory was found by the eastern stone. The axe-factory was abandoned around 1800 be (c. 2200 BC).


W. Fletcher, TCWAAS 57, 1957, 1-8.