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Hanging Walls of Mark Anthony

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Hanging Walls of Mark Anthony

List entry Number: 1007135

Location

The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Cumbria

District: Eden

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Culgaith

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 19-Jan-1968

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: CU 380

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

The Hanging Walls of Mark Anthony, Medieval Lynchets and Building Platform.

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 Hanging Walls of Mark Anthony lynchets and building platform are reasonably well-preserved and provide insight into medieval farming practice. Due to their prominent position they are a significant landmark in the local landscape and will contain archaeological deposits relating to their construction, use and abandonment.

History

See Details.

Details

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 medieval lynchets and a building platform, situated on a hillock next to Ran Beck. The lynchets, or cultivation terraces, lie on the breast of the hillock overlooking the beck and are laid out with two terraces, fanning out into four terraces and then returning to two terraces again. Ramps between terraces are preserved as earthworks, there is also an unenclosed spring known as Mark Anthony’s Well at the west end of the site and on the top of the hillock are the foundations of a circular building and a revetted bank.

Selected Sources

Other
PastScape Monument No:- 13668

National Grid Reference: NY 65211 32198

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