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    Join date : 2011-05-29
    Location : Earby used to be in Yorkshire

    stone tools

    Post  QDanT on Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:13 pm

    Out here at the perimeter, there are no stars.

    Join date : 2010-11-01
    Age : 69
    Location : CLITHEROE

    Re: stone tools

    Post  lowergate on Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:41 am


    The road below the above two sites is historically known as the ‘Lincolngate’, an ancient trans-Pennine route that ran between Clitheroe and Lincoln via Ponefract.

    The road starts below the Castle at Clitheroe, runs along Lowergate and Brookgate (now Duck Street) then follows Mearley Brook to Worston via Upbrooks. From there it runs above Downham and over Annel Cross Moor to Laneshaw Bridge beyond Colne. A moorland highway then leads to the former de Lacey estate at Stanbury near Haworth and thus on across the Pennines. This route is recorded in the early charters of Gilbert de Lacy who was granted the Hundred of Blackburnshire after the Norman Conquest.

    Befor the Conquest the Anglo-Scaninavian Thegn Leysingr, son of the Thegn Gamall, held tenure of land in the honours of Clitheroe and Pontifract. It is more than likely that this highway existed then.

    To state correctly as to the age and origins of this trackway is not an easy task. All sources agree on its ‘ancient’ nature and that during the Medieval period it formed a section of a trans-Pennine highway.

    Evidence of early human activity and extensive trade contact in the Stoney Bank vicinity of the trackway are to be found in a number of polished stone axes of Cumbrian and Welsh origin being found hereabouts. Two of these axes were actually found upon the trackway itself. These were products of the Langdale axe factories formed from the Borrowdale volcanic rock Rhyolite (relatively light in weight with a flinty appearance). These axes were important trade items and would not have been discarded lightly.

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