Saturday, 13 February 2016

‘Stone circle’ plan for Carlisle park

A prehistoric-style henge or stone circle could be erected in Carlisle’s Rickerby Park.

The Eden Rivers Trust has approached the city council for permission to set up seven 6ft-high stones, which it describes as “educational sculptures”.

Officials were unable to say how much the circle will cost but say the money is coming from a £1 million Heritage Lottery grant for education and access projects.

The stones have been hewn from six different rock types found in the Eden’s catchment area – Kirkstone slate, Shap limestone, Penrith sandstone, millstone grit, Lazonby sandstone and Shap granite.

A seventh stone in the centre would act as a seat. Each has information about the rock’s origins engraved into it. For example, the wording for the Kirkstone slate stone reads: “Formed 460 million years ago from layers of volcanic ash and mineral deposits when England was
30 degrees south of the equator where South Africa is today.

“It is used for making roof and floor tiles and is seen in dry stone walls. You can find this rock high up on the Kirkstone Pass near Ullswater.”

The Eden Rivers Trust is a Penrith-based charity that aims to conserve and protect the River Eden and its surrounding countryside.

A city council spokeswoman said: “We’re seeking opinions from the neighbourhood forum and the Friends of Rickerby Park before deciding whether to accept the Eden Rivers Trust’s offer.

“We’d also like to hear from any members of the public.”

There should be no cost to council taxpayers.

The council says that transport and installation costs would come from the lottery grant and there would be no maintenance costs as the site is grazed by sheep.

It adds that the risk of damage from flooding is minimal, given the stones’ size.

The Eden valley already has at least two ancient stone circles.

Long Meg and her Daughters, near Little Salkeld, and Mayburgh Henge south of Penrith. They probably date from around 1,500BC and were likely to have been used as meeting places or for pagan rituals.

Despite such pagan associations, the modern circle in Rickerby Park is unlikely to attract as much controversy as the notorious cursing stone at Tullie House Museum.

This 20th-century sculpture carries a 16th-century curse against the Border Reivers.

Christian fundamentalists blamed it for bringing all manner of woes on the city.

The Rt Rev Graham Dow, then Bishop of Carlisle, entered the controversy saying the curse was “ungodly” and it would be “better if the stone were not there”.

Have your say

undecided if for or against, but, wonder if it invole a council meeting uhum with meals included, anyone know????

Posted by liz on 13 September 2010 at 17:24

The local druids must be delighted by this announcement, but I cant believe it will strike a cord with many others.

Keep up the good work Carlisle Council!!

Posted by V Cords on 13 September 2010 at 13:53

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