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Cairn known as Millers Grave on Midgley Moor

A Scheduled Monument in Wadsworth, Calderdale

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Latitude: 53.7517 / 53°45'6"N

Longitude: -1.9724 / 1°58'20"W

OS Eastings: 401913.391962

OS Northings: 428368.994862

OS Grid: SE019283

Mapcode National: GBR GTN1.RV

Mapcode Global: WHB87.NYYR

Entry Name: Cairn known as Millers Grave on Midgley Moor

Scheduled Date: 10 June 1998

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018236

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31486

County: Calderdale

Civil Parish: Wadsworth

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Luddenden with Luddendenfoot

Church of England Diocese: Leeds


The monument includes a large cairn known as Millers Grave, situated on the
summit of Midgley Moor. The cairn has a diameter of about 15.5m and survives
to a height of approximately 1.5m. It is built of medium-sized stones piled
around a glacial boulder which has a deep cleft. Stones have been removed from
the centre of the cairn to reveal this boulder; this has created a hollow.
Some of the stone has recently been piled around this hollow to make a
shelter. With the exception of these recently piled stones, the rocks which
make up this cairn are well embedded and overgrown with heather.

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.

Although the cairn known as Millers Grave has been slightly disturbed, it
survives well and will retain significant archaeological information,
including burials. It is a prominent landscape feature, and one of a number of
prehistoric sites on the moor.

Source: Historic England

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