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Beacon Hill, Aspatria
Beacon Hill
locality:-   Aspatria
civil parish:-   Aspatria (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   hill
locality type:-   beacon (site?) 
coordinates:-   NY14064179 (etc) 
1Km square:-   NY1441
10Km square:-   NY14
altitude:-   285 feet
altitude:-   87m
references:-   OS County Series

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Cmd 36 5) 
placename:-  Beacon Hill
source data:-   Maps, County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.

evidence:-   old text:- Gents Mag
item:-  tumulus (?); skeletonswordinscription
source data:-   Magazine, The Gentleman's Magazine or Monthly Intelligencer or Historical Chronicle, published by Edward Cave under the pseudonym Sylvanus Urban, and by other publishers, London, monthly from 1731 to 1922.
image G7890663, button  goto source
Gentleman's Magazine 1789 p.663  "COUNTRY NEWS."
"A few days ago, as Mr. Rigg, surgeon in Aspatria<>i>, near Carlisle, was superintending some labourers he had employed in levelling and (sic) artificial mount, called Beacon-hill, close behind his house, in that village, they dug into a cavity which contained the skeleton of a man, entire from the crown of the head to the ancle-bone. Across the fore-head, or more properly at the head of this gigantic skeleton, was found a sword; the blade of which is remarkably broad, and the whole length (including the handle, which is strongly plated, and ornamented both with gold and silver) is five feet. Several pieces of armour were also found, and a dirk, or hanger, the handle of which appears to be highly ornamented and studded with silver."
"- A belt was also dug up, the buckle of which is supposed to be gold; and a breast-plate. The scabbard of the sword is of wood, and has been lined with cloth, a part of which adheres to the rust on the blade. The place in which these remains were found is about three yards deep, measuring from the top of the hill, and as many feet below the surface of the ground at its base; the last depth is walled round, and the cavity was covered with large stones, on some of which are inscriptions, not yet understood."

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