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placename:- Motherby Stone Circle
locality:- Motherby
parish Hutton parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
stone circle
coordinates:- NY419282
10Km square:- NY42
coordinates:- NY409265
10Km square:- NY42

1Km square NY4128

1Km square NY4026

old text:- Clarke 1787

Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787 and 1789; and Plans of the Lakes ... 1793.
Page 51:-
At this place there has been, I think, a Druidical temple: indeed there is every appearance of it, except the situation; and though the Druids had their temples generally upon hills, this may probably be an exception to that rule. Here are the two large stones which form the entrance on the south side the altar stones, and at the southernmost point of the camp is a circle of large seventeen yards diameter. This circle has been lately dug for treasure, but none was found, nor indeed any thing but a vast number of bones. ...
There is a tradition in this neighbourhood, that a General of the name of Penruddock, who commanded this fort, gave his name to this village; but I can met with no authentic particulars of him.
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

hearsay Circle diameter about 15.5m; blasted to pieces by the steward of the Duke of Norfolk, late 18th early 19th century.
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)

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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