Fortune was indeed with me today, as on my return to Clitheroe in the early afternoon I decided to take a wander over the Big End of Pendle. Looking down from above Fox’s Well I noticed a circular feature in the moorland landscape below (given the heavy rain of late the moorland grasses are ‘pressed down’ making for good conditions for picking out features in the landscape, especially from high points). Low and behold, when I got down there I discovered a stone-ringed-banked circular earthwork with an entry facing east. The raised stone-reveted bank was 2m in width, and the whole circle roughly 19 paces in diameter. From my initial observation (I will be doing a full survey of the site on Sunday for inclusion on the Lancashire Sites & Monuments Record) I can state that the site is not unlike the one on Easington Fell that we examined on a recent TNA Field Trip, but smaller in size. My first thoughts are that I may have found a Iron/Bronze age living hut, and given the size this may be the case.
If, and as always with these features it is a big IF, I am proved right in my assumption, then this will be the most significant find from that early period to date in this part of Lancashire.
The banked-ringwork is located on a high point of ground above the Downhan to Barley road. I shall post the exact location on TNA on Sunday evening when I have Emailed my survey to Peter Isles at Lancs SMR, Preston.
I anyone wishes to come along on the survey with me on Sunday, feel free to do so. I will be on site at 10.30am. Contact me via TNA mail.