A CUMBRIAN hill farmer who planned to build a sheep shelter in the fells, near Buttermere, may have to pay thousands of pounds for an archaeological dig after evidence of an 800-year-old dairy farm was discovered on the land.
Willie Richardson has been waiting eight months for a decision from the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) on his plans for the 1,235 square metre shelter at Gatesgarth Farm, Buttermere.
Now the work has been delayed indefinitely after an archaeological officer visited the site in October and discovered the remains of a 1260 dairy farm.
Odd time frame going here. . . . .