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Round cairn on Titlington Pike

A Scheduled Monument in Hedgeley, Northumberland

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Latitude: 55.4378 / 55°26'16"N

Longitude: -1.863 / 1°51'46"W

OS Eastings: 408767.765251

OS Northings: 615998.820821

OS Grid: NU087159

Mapcode National: GBR H5FK.GJ

Mapcode Global: WHC19.CL35

Entry Name: Round cairn on Titlington Pike

Scheduled Date: 2 December 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1007450

English Heritage Legacy ID: 21018

County: Northumberland

Civil Parish: Hedgeley

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northumberland

Church of England Parish: Eglingham St Maurice

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle


The monument includes a round cairn of Bronze Age date, situated on the summit
of Titlington Pike commanding extensive views in all directions. An OS trig
pillar has been erected on its north-western side. The cairn, which has become
spread, is 24m across and stands to a maximum height of 1m. The cairn has a
hollow at its centre, the result of an unrecorded partial excvation. The OS
trig pillar is excluded from the scheduling but the ground beneath it is

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Round cairns are prehistoric funerary monuments dating to the Bronze Age
(c.2000-700 BC). They were constructed as stone mounds covering single or
multiple burials. These burials may be placed within the mound in stone-lined
compartments called cists. In some cases the cairn was surrounded by a ditch.
Often occupying prominent locations, cairns are a major visual element in the
modern landscape. They are a relatively common feature of the uplands and are
the stone equivalent of the earthen round barrows of the lowlands. Their
considerable variation in form and longevity as a monument type provide
important information on the diversity of beliefs and social organisation
amongst early prehistoric communities. They are particularly representative of
their period and a substantial proportion of surviving examples are considered
worthy of protection.

Despite some disturbance to its centre, the round cairn on the summit of
Titlington Pike survives reasonably well. Evidence of the manner of
construction, and the nature and duration of its use will be preserved within
and beneath the mound. The monument is one of a group of contemporary
monuments in the vicinity; taken together they provide a clear indication of
the extent of Bronze Age settlement in the area.

Source: Historic England



Source: Historic England

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