Bronze Age Round Barrows
Southeast of Grosmont, North Yorkshire OS Map Ref NZ860024
OS Maps - Landranger 94 (Whitby & Esk Dale), Explorer OL27 (North York Moors - Eastern Area)
|Flass Brow barrow looking east|
|This probable round
barrow stands about 600 metres southeast of the main A169 road and just by
the track along the Whinstone Ridge (an vein of hard volcanic rock that was formerly
mined for road making). It measures about 10-12 metres in diameter and less than
a metre high with a pair of stones placed on top of it. It has been suggested
that the tallest of these stones may have a prehistoric origin but due to the
fact that at least one side and face have been carved makes this hard to verify.
The face also bears the inscription 'Sneaton Libert (?) Assize 1784'
If Flass Brow is indeed a barrow then it forms part of a chain of similar monuments that runs for nearly 7 miles from Black Brow in the north to the head of the valley of Stockland Beck in the southeast and it could be these barrows formed part of a Bronze Age territorial boundary. The chain includes Flat Howes, Pen Howes, Breckon Howe, Sil Howe, Flass Brow, Robbed Howe, Foster Howes, Ann Howe, Louven Howe, Lilla Howe, High Woof Howe and Low Woof Howe.
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