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Little Meg, Hunsonby
Little Meg
Maughanby Stone Circle
civil parish:-   Hunsonby (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   stone circle (?) 
locality type:-   tumulus
locality type:-   cairn circle
coordinates:-   NY57683747
1Km square:-   NY5737
10Km square:-   NY53
altitude:-   558 feet
altitude:-   170m

BJU47.jpg (taken 26.8.2005)  

evidence:-   possibly old text:- Camden 1789 (Gough Additions) 
source data:-   Book, Britannia, or A Chorographical Description of the Flourishing Kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland, by William Camden, 1586, translated from the 1607 Latin edition by Richard Gough, published London, 1789.
image CAM2P190, button  goto source
Page 190:-  "..."
"... a smaller circle of 20 stones, 50 feet diameter, and at some distance above it another single stone, regarding it as Meg does her circle."

The 11 stones are an irregular ring about 5.9x4.7m, they were the kerb stones of a tumulus over a burial cist, but are now uncovered. The site is confused by boulders cleared from the field. One large stone has a spiral and concentric circles; another, now missing, had cup and ring marks. Early bronze age.

Waterhouse, John: 1985: Stone Circles of Cumbria: Phillimore and Co (Chichester, Sussex):: ISBN 0 85033 566 3
Burl, H A W: 1976: Stone Circles of the British Isles: Yale University Press (United States)

The kerb stone furthest into the field is marked; also two stones in Penrith Museum.

Becckensall, Stan: 2002: Prehistoric Rock Art in Cumbria: Tempus Publishing (Stroud, Gloucestershire)

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