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Round cairn 250m south-south-west of Bluegill Fold

A Scheduled Monument in Lakes, Cumbria

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Latitude: 54.4618 / 54°27'42"N

Longitude: -2.8849 / 2°53'5"W

OS Eastings: 342733.709488

OS Northings: 507737.591578

OS Grid: NY427077

Mapcode National: GBR 8J9V.6B

Mapcode Global: WH827.N3FV

Entry Name: Round cairn 250m south-south-west of Bluegill Fold

Scheduled Date: 10 November 1964

Last Amended: 11 October 1993

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011349

English Heritage Legacy ID: 22552

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Lakes

Traditional County: Westmorland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Troutbeck Jesus Church

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle


The monument is a round cairn located close to the valley bottom of Hagg Gill
250m south-south-west of Bluegill Fold. It includes a slightly oval mound of
partly turf-covered stones up to 0.6m high with maximum dimensions of 9m by
8.5m. There is an irregularly-shaped hollow 0.2m deep on the monument's

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 minor surface disturbance to the monument's summit, the round cairn
250m south-south-west of Bluegill Fold survives reasonably well. It will
contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the cairn and upon the old
landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Darvill,T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)
SMR No. 1924, Cumbria SMR, Two Cairns S. of Blue Gill Fold, (1985)

Source: Historic England

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