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    THE GRASMERE CUP-MARKED STONE, Cumbria.

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    Sunbright57

    Join date : 2011-02-10
    Age : 59
    Location : Nelson - the one in Lancashire sorry to say!

    THE GRASMERE CUP-MARKED STONE, Cumbria.

    Post  Sunbright57 on Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:24 pm

    Os grid reference NY.338 078. An interesting, but often overlooked, prehistoric site in Grasmere. The site lies beside the Broadgate Meadow carpark at the northern edge of the village just off the B5287 road.

    Beside the carpark and beneath some trees a small mound consists of a rocky outcrop of glacial rock, one of the lower smooth faces of which, has numerous prehistoric cup-marks carved upon it. Some of the cup-marks are more well defined than others and often hold rainwater; there are also some criss-crossing carved linear lines going from left to right across the slab and intersecting at or near the centre. It is apparently difficult to count the exact number of cups - there are said to be several dozen. Other cup-marks can be found further up the outcrop, but these are more difficult to see and reach.

    So, if by any chance you are visiting Grasmere and Wordsworth's cottage, park the car in the said carpark and search out what is now regarded as Grasmere's well-kept secret.

    References:

    Holder, Geoff., The Guide To The Mysterious Lake District, The History Press 2009.


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    Paulus

    Join date : 2009-08-20
    Location : Yorkshire

    Re: THE GRASMERE CUP-MARKED STONE, Cumbria.

    Post  Paulus on Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:52 pm

    Oooooohhhh...I like the sound of this Ray! Any images would do very nicely so we can add it to TNA. Have you got any?

    We were out today on Ilkley Moor and found two new cup-and-ring stones...or rather, previously uncatalogued ones. One was really faint, but clearly shows a very large C-shaped 'ring', with a singular cup between the ends of the 'C' itself - if y' get wot I mean. I got a few photos, which shows it faintly, but if we'd have had some water to highlight it under the sun, it would have come out great. Sadly we didn't! We'll get some better images when we're next up there.

    atb - Paul
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    Sunbright57

    Join date : 2011-02-10
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    Location : Nelson - the one in Lancashire sorry to say!

    The Grasmere cup-marked Stone, Cumbria.

    Post  Sunbright57 on Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:18 am

    Sketch drawing of the cup-marked stone slab in the carpark at Grasmere, Cumbria. Sorry but I do not have a photo of this stone at moment.

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