Alexander Thom L2/14     Class III Survey

Construction: Type A flattened circle but stones all fallen. Diameter 14 3. ft 52.5 my. Perimeter 160.7 my =64.3 mr. Diameter obviously uncertain.

Orton

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Aubrey Burl (Westmorland 3)

This ring, whose stones are nearly all fallen, lies on level ground at 270 m O.D., 1 1/4 miles E of Orton and 6| miles SE of Shap. All but one of the stones are reddish, coarse-grained granite erratics of which there are plenty in the neighbourhood. The other stone is a local limestone boulder.

The ring, about 146 x 123 ft (44.5 x 37.4 m) is flattened at the SSW. Originally it may have had as many as 42 stones but today many of them have been dragged away to a drystone wall at the S. There are traces of a low bank on the circumference, and there may possibly have been an entrance at the SE.

About i862 the whole area was ploughed, 2 or 3 stones were buried and some others blasted. A slab of a probable sandstone cist was founfl and dumped against a NE stone. 2 worked flints were discovered.

From its architectural features this may have been quite an early stone circle of about 2000 be (c. 2520 BC).

Bibliography

R. S. Ferguson, TCWAAS 6, 1881-2, 183-5. Fell, TCWAAS 64, 1964, 408.