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    HOLLOWHEAD LANE LONG BARROW SD 690 323

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    HOLLOWHEAD LANE LONG BARROW SD 690 323

    Post  Guest on Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:53 am

    HOLLOWHEAD LANE LONG BARROW SD 690 323

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    This slightly raised long mound can be found up Hollowhead Lane west of Stone House Nook on the south-western flank of Wilpshire Moor. The mound is some 20 yards in length, 7 yards in width and is slightly raised above the field surface. No excavation of the site has been undertaken. To the SW of the mound is an old disused quarry much grown over. The mound is on farm land and a footpath runs 20 yards nearby.

    The site commands spectacular views over the lower Ribble Valley, Ramsgreave, Mellor Moor and the length of the Bowland Fells. Inglebrough and Pen-y-Ghent can be clearly seen in the distance.

    The mound stands above a clough (Showley Brook) that marks the boundary between Ramsgreave* and Wilpshire. Ramsgreave in pre-Conquest times was a Forest, and the place-name ‘Wilpshire’ denotes some ancient pre-Conquest boundary.

    (* Ramsgreave represents a fragment of a former, pre-Conquest, area of Forest south of the Ribble. The place-name ‘Wilpshire’ recalls the ancient boundary of this Forest and the place-name ‘Harwood’(Great Harwood & Little Harwood) refers to the Forest itself. Forest areas then differed greatly from the later Post-Conquest Royal Forests, the former being vast areas of upland grazing that made commercial stock rearing possible, being an essential part of a mixed farming economy organised on a regional scale.)

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    Re: HOLLOWHEAD LANE LONG BARROW SD 690 323

    Post  Guest on Sat Jun 26, 2010 3:11 pm

    This BA burial mound stands on the Lancashire section of the trans-Pennine Neolithic highway known as Rombalds Way on the SE extension of the Pendle Massif.


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