Roman soldiers at re-enactment at Brockhole copyright Steve Reeve

Archaeology and history

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Monument of the Month:

Three Shires Stone

This is a great monument because:

It marks the original junction between Westmorland, Cumberland and Lancashire. As well as being situated in a stunning location, I love the idea of something standing in 3 places at once! Ambleside resident John Field replaced the 3 original ‘inconspicuous’ stones with the current pillar in 1870.

Where is it?:

Wrynose Pass. Lakes CP. NY277 027

Chosen by:

Annie Hamilton-Gibney, Access to Archaeology Project Officer

Find out more:

Heritage Environment Record for Three Shires Stone (opens in new window)

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