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Mayburgh - Cumbria, England
Henge
National Grid Reference: NY 519 284

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How To Get There

This fine henge can be found at Eamont Bridge, about a mile south of Penrith. From Penrith follow signs for Shap on the A6. After crossing the bridge in Eamont Bridge take the next turn right on to the B5320. You'll see the remains of King Arthur's Round Table at the corner! Mayburgh Henge is signed just a couple of hundred yards up this road.

It seems remarkable to me to find two such great henges virtually within a stones throw of each other. Mayburgh is the larger of the two monuments and could probably be regarded as being in better condition. The other site, "King Arthur's Round Table" was partially destroyed by road building.

The solitary standing stone at Mayburgh is all that remains of a setting of four at the centre of the monument. Another four originally stood at the entrance to the henge. This sole survivor is over 9 feet high but still appears to be quite dwarfed by the huge proportions of the henge bank. The bank was actually built using pebbles from the nearby rivers. As the bank stands around 15 feet high and has a diameter of around 380 feet this strikes me as a truly monumental task. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of pebbles must have been incorporated into this monument and they are still visible where the grass doesn't grow.

William Stukely, the famous 18th Century antiquarian witnessed the destruction of the stones at this site as he also did at Avebury. He tells of the stones being blasted into fragments with gun powder and also of the fate of a couple of the workmen involved in doing so. One hanged himself and another went mad!

Nearby Sites

King Arthur's Round Table

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Notes

Henge :-

A henge is a roughly circular prehistoric earthwork consisting of a ditch and bank with a level plateau in the centre. A henge does not have to contain a stone circle but many do. Stonehenge, Avebury, Mayburgh and Arbor Low are all examples of henges which contain (or contained) stone circles. Woodhenge, close by to Stonehenge in Wiltshire is an example of a henge monument that didn't contain a stone circle. It had a series of wooden posts at its centre which might have been free standing posts or the posts of some kind of wooden structure.