Today Peter, Ellen and Rosie went with Charlotte to record the 18th century dovecot at Glasserton Mains. The tall square tower has a vaulted basement beneath, and the brick-built interior has hundreds of slate-shelved nesting boxes. The team then trooped off to find a cup-marked rock recorded in 2006. This rock did not make itself apparent. Bah humbug.
After deciding that we definitely could not see a cup-mark ANYWHERE, we headed off to Carleton Fell, where we easily found Machermore’s Millstone. Marked on the OS map, there is an unfinished millstone 1m in diameter visible in a rocky outcrop. According to local tradition, “the millstone was carved in the late 19th century by workmen rebuilding Carleton Farm” (http://bit.ly/t25ucC). From here, it was a short walk towards the sea to the site of a prehistoric homestead. With the walk back to the vehicle, we must have walked about 5 miles. What a long day!
To add insult to our previous no-cup-mark injury, Gemma, Helen, Mike and Janet came home with a lovely scale drawing of a cup and ring marked rock from Glasserton. Gemma taught the team a method of offset drawing, and a grand job they did of it too.