Scout Moor Archaeology

Introduction – Under Construction…

This post will briefly cover the historical background to the area, (including the Forest of Rossendale) to better understand the context of the many archaeological sites in and around Scout Moor.

Exciting Discoveries

There are some exciting newly discovered sites to reveal. As in the case of the adjacent Rooley Moor, the area has never had a thorough archaeological survey, perhaps that is an understatement.

See for Yourself (from the comfort of your browser)

Select one of the links below to see sites of Farmsteads Fecit Lane and Coal Road: (centered on SD 81852 17717).

http://www.aardvarkmap.net/map/7F5LDXBI

To the North of these on Higher Hill (This site is not on any OS maps as far as I know).

http://www.aardvarkmap.net/map/BWM90AKQ

The feature is best viewed with Microsoft Bing Maps birds eye view.

See the sites in Fecit Lane and Coal Rd. as they were in 1851 (surveyed 1844 to 1848) on and old OS map of Lancashire LXXX.

http://maps.nls.uk/view/102344003

Ouch
Wind farm road cuts ancient ditch called Man Road Ditch,  of unknown date or purpose.

 

Before the wind farm
http://www.aardvarkmap.net/mape/7B8ZE88Y

Medieval and other documentation for this area

The extensive body of medieval documentation for the area has been largely ignored by archaeological surveys of the area. This has been covered here.

Missed Sites

Some of the sites archaeological surveys of the adjacent areas have missed include:

  • A ruined medieval manor house (Naden Head) complete with earthworks and early wall
  • Several prehistoric burial sites, including a prominent site on Hunger Hill (see the picture at the beginning of this blog.)
  • Prehistoric Fields on Rooley Moor
  • Several early farmsteads, such as Birchen Holts

Cowpe

There was a vaccary (medieval cattle ranch) somewhere in Cowpe, location not yet verified.

Scout Moor lies mostly in what was the NW of Spotland, a township in the parish of Rochdale, and in what was Bury Parish.

Note
These are the historical areas (which were all in Lancashire), modern boundaries are very different; with the area now divided between Greater Manchester and Lancashire (Rossendale district).

References

Lancashire Forests and the Forest of Rossendale

Newbiggin – History of the Forrest of Rossendale

Medieval Forests – The Lancashire Antiquarian

Springhill website

Aerial Photographs

Google Maps

Lancashire’s Mario map site

Microsoft Bing maps

HER (Historic Environment Record)

Greater Manchester HER

Terminology

Forum on Information Standards in Heritage (FISH) Thesauri

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Books and Websites about Lancashire Archaeology – Updated!

Archaeology Books

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The Archaeology of Lancashire – edited by Richard Newman, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-1-86220-010-4 and ISBN-10: 1-86220-010-6

Man and the Changing Landscape – Bernard Barnes, Joan Taylor, ISBN 0-906367-12-3, 1982

Prehistoric Lancashire – Barrowclough, D. ISBN-13: 978-0-7524-4708-7 2008.

The Prehistory of Saddleworth and Adjacent Areas – Stonehouse W.P.B Saddleworth Archaeological Trust, 2001. ISBN 0-9540702-1-6.

Medieval Manchester: A Regional Study. Michael Morris, ed. Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, 1983. The Archaeology of Greater Manchester, Vol. 1. ISBN 094612602X.

Lancashire’s Sacred Landscape: from Prehistory to the Viking Age:  Sever L. The History Press 2010 ISBN 0752455877.

Roman Lancashire

Roman Lancashire; or, A description of Roman remains in the County Palatine of Lancaster, by W. Thompson Watkin – 1883
S.R. Publishers Ltd., reprinted 1969

Romans in Lancashire by David Shotter
Dalesman, 1973.

Websites

English Heritage Pastscape (Example showing search for Whitelow, Bury – Excavation by N.Tyson)

ArchSearch Great map or text based search, also has documents.

biab british and irish archaeological bibliography, great resource, many references to sites in SE Lancashire,

Bury Archaeological Group Essential reading!

Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit Now closed

Lancashire County Archaeological Service

Lancashire Archaeological Society

Megalithic Portal

The Modern Antiquarian

The Northern Antiquarian

Prestwitch and Whitefield Heritage Society

University of Central Lancashire

West Yorkshire Archaeological Service

Gatehouse: gazetteer and bibliography of the medieval fortifications and castles of England and Wales

Stone in Archaeology Database – includes Lancashire

Roman Inscriptions – Lancashire

On-line Archaeological Reports

The Bronze Age Complex on Chetham Close, Turton – A New Survey M. Fletcher

Excavations at Radcliffe Tower – N. Tyson 1979-80

National Sites

CBA Council for British Archaeology

Archaeology UK a database (called Archi) for UK archaeology, try a search, it includes place-names too.

If you can add to this list please post a comment!

Under construction…!