Setterah Park, near Helton

Setterah Park, near Helton, Cumbria: Heritage Impact Assessment

As part of a proposed scheme of tree planting, woodland pasture creation, and watercourse realignment along the River Lowther close to Setterah Park, near Helton, Cumbria, Greenlane Archaeology was commissioned to carry out a heritage impact assessment. This comprised a desk-based assessment, walkover survey, and heritage impact assessment, considering not only the individual sites identified in the area, but the elements of the site that convey Outstanding Universal Value as part of the English Lake District World Heritage Site.

The site comprises numerous low-lying small fields along the west side of the River Lowther, as well as larger fields surrounding the buildings of Setterah Park farm. The area covered by the farm and these larger fields is the suggested area of a medieval park, and includes a moated site which is statutorily protected through being a Scheduled Monument.

The mapping evidence shows relatively little change within the area of the site from the time of the first available detailed map at the start of the 19th century until the present day. The walkover survey identified 55 sites, of which 17 were previously recorded in the Historic Environment Record.

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