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Cairn at Rombalds Moor triangulation pillar

A Scheduled Monument in Ilkley, Bradford

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Latitude: 53.9031 / 53°54'10"N

Longitude: -1.8269 / 1°49'36"W

OS Eastings: 411467.902388

OS Northings: 445223.625278

OS Grid: SE114452

Mapcode National: GBR HRP9.8L

Mapcode Global: WHC8V.X565

Entry Name: Cairn at Rombalds Moor triangulation pillar

Scheduled Date: 20 June 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013472

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25293

County: Bradford

Civil Parish: Ilkley

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Ilkley St Margaret

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes a large, circular, truncated cairn 17m in diameter and
0.6m high. The main Rombalds Moor triangulation pillar is located slightly
south of the centre of the cairn on an earth and stone mound consisting of
cairn material disturbed when the triangulation pillar was erected. The north
eastern quadrant of the cairn is hollowed out, probably as a result of stone
robbing for the nearby boundary wall. Just to the south of the cairn is an
Ordnance Survey bench-mark carved into a boulder.

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

Rombalds Moor is an eastern outlier of the main Pennine range lying between
the valleys of the Wharfe and the Aire. The bulk of this area of 90 sq km of
rough moorland lies over 200m above sea level. The moor is particularly rich
in remains of prehistoric activity. The most numerous relics are the rock
carvings which can be found on many of the boulders and outcrops scattered
across the moor. Burial monuments, stone circles and a range of enclosed
settlements are also known.
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.
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. A substantial proportion of surviving examples are
considered worthy of protection.

Although disturbed, this cairn still retains important archaeological evidence
of its original form and of the burials placed within it.

Source: Historic England


Title: OS card SE 14 NW 9
Source Date: 1965

Title: OS card SE 14 NW 9
Source Date: 1965

Source: Historic England

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