Karl Lofts  Westmorland


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Karl Lofts like this:

CARL-LOFTS, a remarkable antiquity, either Druidical or Scandinavian, in Westmoreland; on the Lancaster and Carlisle railway, 2 miles S of Shap. It was originally an enclosure about ½ a mile long, and from 30 to 60 feet wide, by lines of unhewn granite blocks of great size, with a terminating circle, about 40 feet in diameter, of similar character; but it has been extensively demolished by blastings for building material, and by the forming of the railway.

The location is that named on the Ordnance Survey First Series map as "Karl Lofts", close to Shap station, although the descriptive gazetteer entries seem to relate more to the "Druidical Circle" marked a mile or so to the south. Additional information about this locality is available for Shap

Karl Lofts through time

Karl Lofts is now part of Eden district. Click here for graphs and data of how Eden has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Karl Lofts itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Karl Lofts, in Eden and Westmorland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th January 2021

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