Cockpit Howe

A wet and windy morning. Cockpit or Blakey Howe is a Neolithic round barrow sited immediately behind the Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge between Rosedale and Farndale. It is one of thousands on the North York Moors, originally burial mounds but believed later to have some territorial significance. The stone post is 18th century and probably erected by Thomas Duncombe on the boundary of his Duncombe Estate although it may be a recycled prehistoric standing stone. There is a depression on the howe which is thought to have been used for cock fighting hence its name.

Cockpit Howe map

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