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Shorn Cross

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YDNPA, 2004, (CNB67)

Shorn Cross

YDNPA, 2004, (CNB71)

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Shorn Cross

Historical Environment Record No: MYD4146

Parish: Kettlewell with Starbotton

OS Grid Reference: SD969753

Dale: Upper Wharfedale

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This medieval boundary marker consists of the base of a stone cross with the broken shaft lying nearby. It is described as the Shorn Cross in a late 14th century perambulation so clearly it was damaged at an early date. It is located on the top of a Bronze Age round barrow and may once have marked a point on the boundary of the Coverham Abbey estate at Kettlewell.
Moorhouse, Stephen (2003) 'The anatomy of the Yorkshire Dales: deciphering the medieval landscape' in Manby, T G et al (eds) (2003) The Archaeology of Yorkshire: an assessment at the beginning of the 21st century. Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 3 pp298-362


From Starbotton, take the public bridleway heading east for 1 1/4 miles. The cross is up an embankment to the right of the track, 90 metres before it joins another track, called Top Mere Road.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Starbotton. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Steep climbs. Rough, stony track.

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