Land at Barn Hey, Allithwaite

Land at Barn Hey, Allithwaite, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria: Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment

Greenlane Archaeology carried out an archaeological desk-based assessment and site visit prior to the submission of a planning application for a proposed residential development on land at Barn Hey, Allithwaite. The site is part of a large area of improved pasture and maps show that the site has been open fields since at least the early 19th century. The site visit identified the line of a former field boundary preserved as a lynchet across part of the site and another lynchet in an adjoining field.

Although no archaeological finds or features are known from within the proposed development area, the site lies within a wider area of significant archaeological interest. The site is c500m south-west of a Bronze Age cremation cemetery, which was excavated in 2001, and c500m west of a second Bronze Age cremation cemetery excavated in 2015. The discovery of two such sites at Allithwaite, less than 1km apart, represents a significant discovery in the region and there is potential for archaeological remains to be present, especially those of Bronze Age date, which could inform the answers to outstanding questions about the occupation and use of the area during that period.

The full report will be made available on the Archaeology Data Service website.