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Round cairn on Parlick Pike

A Scheduled Monument in Chipping, Lancashire

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Latitude: 53.8998 / 53°53'59"N

Longitude: -2.6167 / 2°36'59"W

OS Eastings: 359577.278979

OS Northings: 445023.95191

OS Grid: SD595450

Mapcode National: GBR BR5B.9S

Mapcode Global: WH966.S75P

Entry Name: Round cairn on Parlick Pike

Scheduled Date: 8 February 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1011679

English Heritage Legacy ID: 23751

County: Lancashire

Civil Parish: Chipping

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Lancashire

Church of England Parish: Chipping St Bartholomew

Church of England Diocese: Blackburn


The monument includes a round cairn located on the summit of Parlick Pike. It
includes a circular mound of largely turf covered stones measuring 17m in
diameter and up to 1.4m high.
A post and wire fence crossing the monument is excluded from the scheduling
but the ground beneath it is included.

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 caused by the erection of a
post and wire fence across the site, the round cairn on Parlick Pike survives
well. It is a rare survival in Lancashire of an unexcavated example of this
class of monument and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within
the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.

Source: Historic England


Darvill, T., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Bowl Barrows, (1988)

Source: Historic England

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