Lynchets WNW of Wharton Hall


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1007100

Date first listed: 28-Oct-1968


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cumbria

District: Eden (District Authority)

Parish: Wharton

National Grid Reference: NY 76879 06202


Lynchets, 250m north west of Wharton Hall.

Reasons for Designation

Strip lynchets provide distinctive indications of medieval cultivation, representing a means to increase the land available for cultivation by the construction of terraces on steep slopes. The fields thus formed were used as a part of the strip tenurial system of medieval land division. They occur widely in southern and south eastern England, and are prominent features on the Wessex chalkland. Each lynchet or terrace has two components, consisting of a scarp or riser and flat strip or tread. They can be up to 600m in length, and whilst many systems include only two or three lynchets, some have five, six or more.

The lynchets 250m north west of Wharton Hall are well-preserved as earthworks and will contain archaeological deposits relating to their construction and use. The monument provides insight into agricultural practices during the medieval period.


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 29 March 2016. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes the remains of a series of lynchets of medieval date, spread around a hill to the north west of Wharton Hall. The group contains eight strip lynchets, which are preserved as earthworks. Further archaeological remains survive in the vicinity of this monument but have not been included as they have not been assessed.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: CU 431

Legacy System: RSM - OCN


PastScape Monument No:- 14653

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