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Shieling on Foulbog Rigg; the easternmost of a group of seven

A Scheduled Monument in Askerton, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.0919 / 55°5'30"N

Longitude: -2.604 / 2°36'14"W

OS Eastings: 361550.016001

OS Northings: 577665.063002

OS Grid: NY615776

Mapcode National: GBR B98K.1H

Mapcode Global: WH90D.Z85T

Entry Name: Shieling on Foulbog Rigg; the easternmost of a group of seven

Scheduled Date: 13 March 1964

Last Amended: 11 March 1996

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1014054

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25172

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Askerton

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Gilsland St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

Details

The monument includes the remains of a shieling of medieval or post-medieval
date which forms part of a group situated in the valley of the Red Sike, a
tributary of the River Irthing. The shieling is visible as the footings of a
rectangular building orientated east to west measuring 6.1m by 3.4m. It is
thought that it is divided into two rooms by a partition wall. A document of
13th century date indicates that the area was being used for sheep pasture,
and further documents of the late 16th century describe a shielding system on
the moor of which this shieling formed a part.

MAP EXTRACT
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

Shielings are small seasonally occupied huts which were built to provide
shelter for herdsmen who tended animals grazing summer pasture on upland or
marshland. These huts reflect a system called transhumance, whereby stock was
moved in spring from lowland pasture around the permanently occupied farms to
communal upland grazing during the warmer summer months. Settlement patterns
reflecting transhumance are known from the Bronze Age (c.2000-700 BC)
onwards. However, the construction of herdsmen's huts in a form distinctive
from the normal dwelling houses of farms, only appears from the early medieval
period onwards (from AD 450), when the practice of transhumance is also known
from documentary sources and, notably, place-name studies. Their construction
appears to cease at the end of the 16th century. Shielings vary in size but
are commonly small and may occur singly or in groups. They have a simple sub-
rectangular or ovoid plan normally defined by drystone walling, although
occasional turf-built structures are known, and the huts are sometimes
surrounded by a ditch. Most examples have a single undivided interior but two
roomed examples are known. Some examples have adjacent ancillary structures,
such as pens, and may be associated with a midden. Some are also contained
within a small ovoid enclosure. Shielings are reasonably common in the uplands
but frequently represent the only evidence for medieval settlement and farming
practice here. Those examples which survive well and which help illustrate
medieval land use in an area are considered to be nationally important.

Although the shieling on Foulbog Rigg is now rather ill-defined it is
reasonably well preserved and retains significant archaeological deposits. It
forms part of a larger group of shielings in this valley which taken together
will add greatly to our knowledge and understanding of the wider Border
settlement and economy during this period.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Ramm, H G , Shielings and Bastles, (1970), 14
Ramm, H G , Shielings and Bastles, (1970), 27
Ramm, H G , Shielings and Bastles, (1970), 15

Source: Historic England

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