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Maidens Grave – Burton Fleming, North Yorkshire

With kind permission of YAAMAPPING

A henge located north of Rudston,The henge was discovered as a cropmark on an aerial photograph in the early 1960s, although subsequent field investigation showed it to survive as an earthwork, albeit badly plough-damaged.

Cana Barn Henge

The stats for this Neolithic monument are astounding: 200m across, once a great circle of earthen banks and deep ditches. Today, almost lost: 5,000 years of plough and neglect have flattened the banks and filled the ditches, and Cana Henge is now nothing but a smoothly undulating grassy field on the moor overlooking Ripon.

The Brigantes of Lancashire

An interesting heading in Robert Morden’s map of Lancashire (1695) places “The Brigantes” in Lancashire. Worth investigating to try to understand exactly what Robert Morden was trying to portray here.

Nunwick Henge

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A henge at Nunwick visible both as a low bank and shallow internal ditch and as a cropmark. A berm was originally present between ditch and bank.

St Marys Church Wath

Most of the present church dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries, but there is evidence of much earlier stonework in the building. The church also contains much Victorian stained glass. It has two fonts – one inside the church and one outside the church!

All Saints Church Rudston

All Saints Church in Rudston sits in the grounds of the famous Rudston Standing Stone, this alone clearly points to the area being of ritual use thousands of years before this Norman church was erected.

Rudston Standing Stone

Rudston is England’s tallest Standing Stone and it’s presence gave the name to the village that it’s located in. It’s presumed to be of Neolithic origin. It’s just over 25ft high.

St Cuthberts Church Forcett

Whilst the current church lacks much in the way of indications of ancient origins, it’s entry porch boasts a wealth of 12c carved stones and is definitely worth a visit.

St John the Baptist Church Stanwick

The church at Stanwick sits very close to the original centre of the Iron Age fort. It’s churchyard seems to respect a more ancient ritual use and it’s siting in conjunction with not only Mary Wild Beck but also the Sacred Spring in at the front of this church and it’s 10th century origins indicate this site was a focal point for ritual activity right back to the Iron Age and before.

Piercebridge Roman Fort and Vicus

The fort at Piercebridge guarded access to the Main north-south crossing of the River Tees in Roman times, a sizeable vicus grew up on it’s eastern side towards the earliest crossing point.

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