Round cairn on Thornley Hall Fell, 430m east of Meg Hall


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019447

Date first listed: 14-Mar-2000


Ordnance survey map of Round cairn on Thornley Hall Fell, 430m east of Meg Hall
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Lancashire

District: Ribble Valley (District Authority)

Parish: Thornley-with-Wheatley

National Grid Reference: SD 64527 40470


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Reasons for Designation

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.

Despite some disturbance to the northern part of the monument, the round cairn on Thornley Hall Fell, 430m east of Meg Hall survives reasonably well and will contain undisturbed archaeological deposits within the mound and upon the old landsurface beneath.


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The monument includes a partly mutilated prehistoric round cairn located on the summit of a local high point on Thornley Hall Fell, 430m east of Meg Hall. It consists of a circular mound of earth and stones 36m in diameter and up to 0.5m high. The northern part of the cairn has been disturbed and a small pile of loose stones have been dumped upon the cairn's summit.

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.


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

Legacy System number: 32845

Legacy System: RSM


SMR No. 165, Lancs SMR, Thornley Hall Fell, (1985)
SMR No. 1839, Lancs SMR, Thornley Hall Fell, (1985)

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