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Broomrigg G: standing stone in Broomrigg Plantation, 730m south east of Street House

A Scheduled Monument in Ainstable, Cumbria

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Coordinates

Latitude: 54.8145 / 54°48'52"N

Longitude: -2.7048 / 2°42'17"W

OS Eastings: 354802.625002

OS Northings: 546857.812502

OS Grid: NY548468

Mapcode National: GBR 9DKR.6X

Mapcode Global: WH80L.F77Y

Entry Name: Broomrigg G: standing stone in Broomrigg Plantation, 730m south east of Street House

Scheduled Date: 26 May 1960

Last Amended: 20 March 1997

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1015275

English Heritage Legacy ID: 27739

County: Cumbria

Civil Parish: Ainstable

Traditional County: Cumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cumbria

Church of England Parish: Cumwhitton St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Carlisle

Details

The monument includes a standing stone known as Broomrigg G. It is located in
Broomrigg Plantation and includes a roughly rectangular flat-topped granite
stone measuring approximately 2.5m by 1.5m and up to 1m high.

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

Standing stones are prehistoric ritual or ceremonial monuments with dates
ranging from the Late Neolithic to the end of the Bronze Age for the few
excavated examples. They comprise single or paired upright orthostatic slabs,
ranging from under lm to over 6m high where still erect. They are often
conspicuously sited and close to other contemporary monument classes. They can
be accompanied by various features: many occur in or on the edge of round
barrows, and where excavated, associated subsurface features have included
stone cists, stone settings, and various pits and hollows filled in with earth
containing human bone, cremations, charcoal, flints, pots and pot sherds.
Similar deposits have been found in excavated sockets for standing stones,
which range considerably in depth. Several standing stones also bear cup and
ring marks. Standing stones may have functioned as markers for routeways,
territories, graves, or meeting points, but their accompanying features show
they also bore a ritual function and that they form one of several ritual
monument classes of their period that often contain a deposit of cremation and
domestic debris as an integral component. No national survey of standing
stones has been undertaken, and estimates range from 50 to 250 extant
examples, widely distributed throughout England but with concentrations in
Cornwall, the North Yorkshire Moors, Cumbria, Derbyshire and the Cotswolds.
Standing stones are important as nationally rare monuments, with a high
longevity and demonstrating the diversity of ritual practices in the Late
Neolithic and Bronze Age. Consequently all undisturbed standing stones and
those which represent the main range of types and locations would normally be
considered to be of national importance.

Broomrigg G standing stone is a good example of this class of monument. It is
one of a number of prehistoric monuments within Broomrigg Plantation including
small and large stone circles, burial cairns, hut circles, and standing
stones, and thus indicates the importance of this area in prehistoric times
and the diversity of monument classes to be found here. It will contribute to
any study of the function of standing stones and other spatially associated
monuments in the area.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
SMR No. 739, Cumbria SMR, Stone Circles in Broomrigg Plantation, (1984)

Source: Historic England

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