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The Henges and Megaliths of Cumbria

Mayburgh Henge

Mayburgh Henge henges Megaliths English Cumbrian Ancient history druides stone circles King Arthurs Round Table Penrith

Location: NY 519284, Sheet 90.
Nearest Town: Penrith.

Less than half a mile west of Eamont Bridge and just south of Penrith is the magnificent Mayburgh Henge.
Constructed entirely of cobble stones and measuring some 280ft/87m in diameter it has been estimated that it would have taken 1000 men six months to build. A single tall stone is all that remains of a stone circle that once stood in the centre of the Henge. There were other standing stones on the banked entrance to the Henge but these have disappeared - presumably used in nearby buildings.

 

King Arthur's Round Table

King Arthurs Round Table henges Megaliths English Cumbrian Ancient history druides stone circles Mayburgh Henge Penrith

Location: NY 523283, Sheet 90.
Nearest Town: Penrith.

I'm afraid not. This Henge pre-dates King Arthur by a few thousand years. The Table is less than half a mile from Mayburgh Henge.
This is an earthwork consisting of banks and ditches as opposed to Mayburgh's cobblestone construction. Unfortunately road building has destroyed parts of the Henge and again it would seem that a stone circle has been destroyed for use as building material.

Of the two Henges Mayburgh is thought to be the older, but both are probably significantly older than any of the Stone Circles.

 

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