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placename:- Little Meg
other name:- Maughanby Stone Circle
parish Hunsonby parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
stone circle; tumulus; cairn circle
Altitude 558 feet
coordinates:- NY577375
10Km square:- NY53

1Km square NY5737


Little Meg -- Hunsonby -- Cumbria / -- 26.8.2005

old text:- Camden 1789 (Gough Additions) -- possibly relevant

Britannia, or A Chorographical Description of the Flourishing Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, by William Camden, 1586, translated from the 1607 Latin edition by Richard Gough, published London, 1789.
Page 190:-
... a smaller circle of 20 stones, 50 feet diameter, and at some distance above it another single stone, regarding it as Meg does her circle.
date:- 1789
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

The 11 stones are an irregular ring about 5.9x4.7m, they were the kerb stones of a tumulus over a burial cist, but are now uncovered. The site is confused by boulders cleared from the field. One large stone has a spiral and concentric circles; another, now missing, had cup and ring marks. Early bronze age.
Waterhouse, John: 1985: Stone Circles of Cumbria: Phillimore and Co (Chichester, Sussex):: ISBN 0 85033 566 3
Burl, H A W: 1976: Stone Circles of the British Isles: Yale University Press (United States)

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