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Stoney Raise cairn

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Stoney Raise cairn - aerial photo

© YDNPA, 2004, (344/11)

Stoney Raise cairn

© YDNPA, 2004, (GE41)

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Stoney Raise cairn

Historical Environment Record No: MYD4202

Parish: Bainbridge/Thornton Rust

OS Grid Reference: SD951869

Dale: Lower Wensleydale

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This large stone cairn of probable Bronze Age date is situated in a highly visible position on Greenber Edge above Wensleydale. The township boundary wall between Thornton Rust and Bainbridge runs over the top of this cairn, making a detour to incorporate this prominent landmark. Charles Fothergillís diary of his travels in 1805 records that upwards of a thousand loads of stone had been led away from the cairn and that it had been searched for treasure some 50 years earlier. The only finds were a few teeth in a chamber near the base of the mound. It still survives as a high stone mound (up to 2.4 metres), surrounded by a low stone kerb 34.5 metres in diameter. Fothergill may have been exaggerating but there is clear evidence for stone robbing on the Bainbridge side of the boundary wall. Source: White, Robert (2002) The Yorkshire Dales. A Landscape Through Time. Ilkley: Great Northern Books


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