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Cairn on Ludworth Intakes

A Scheduled Monument in Marple North, Stockport

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Latitude: 53.4186 / 53°25'6"N

Longitude: -2.0168 / 2°1'0"W

OS Eastings: 398979.595828

OS Northings: 391310.722536

OS Grid: SJ989913

Mapcode National: GBR GXCX.57

Mapcode Global: WHB9Y.ZBSK

Entry Name: Cairn on Ludworth Intakes

Scheduled Date: 6 September 1994

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1008596

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23319

County: Stockport

Electoral Ward/Division: Marple North

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Charlesworth St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Derby


Ludworth Intakes is located on the western edge of the north west gritstone
moorlands of the Peak District. The monument includes an irregularly shaped
grass-covered gritstone cairn measuring c.25m north-south by 15.5m east-west
and standing c.1.5m high. The irregularity of the cairn is due to the
material being spread by an antiquarian delve and past land use and,
originally, it would have been more uniformly circular. Disturbance on the
west side indicates that it may be the cairn in this area which was recorded
by Marriott as having been partially excavated c.1809. This partial
excavation revealed cremated remains in a pottery urn, indicating that the
cairn dated to the Bronze Age. The cairn lies at the junction of three
Enclosure period drystone walls and also occupies the parish and county
boundary between Marple and Chisworth. The walls and fencing crossing the
monument are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath 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.

The cairn on Ludworth Intakes is a reasonably well preserved example which
may have been partially excavated revealing evidence of Bronze Age use.
Although somewhat disturbed by past land use, it retains substantial intact
archaeological remains.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Barnatt, J, The Peak District Barrow Survey (1989), (1989)
Barnatt, J W, Peak District Barrow Survey, 1989, unpublished survey
Marriott, (1810)

Source: Historic England

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