Crouse: hole stone, cairn, chapel and moated site

We spent today and yesterday at Crouse recording the White Cairn, a hole stone, and the supposed site of a chapel. We also went to the area recorded in the Name Book of 1948 as being the site of a moated enclosure. In 1970, the Ordnance Survey recorded that the moated site had been ploughed out and we can confirm this. However, the other three sites kept us occupied for much longer.

Gemma, Helen and Mike recorded the hole stone, a large monolith with a hole right through it. Local legend states that the stone was traditionally used in marriage ceremonies; read the Royal Commision’s records here. Team Gemma also recorded White Cairn using the GPS.

Charlotte, Chris and Jane went down the hill to check out the moated site, and then headed off to the site of a chapel, read the record here. The site consists of banks in a roughly rectangular shape, with much of the interior covered by gorse. We recorded the site using the total station.

The weather has been pretty awful, so well done to our volunteers for persevering in the rain and gales! Fingers crossed it will get better as the week goes on.

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