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Stanton Moor North

Stone Circle


What a mess. The stones here are so strewn around that I wasn't entirely sure I had found the remains of this ring cairn/stone circle at all Add to that the heavy undergrowth and the covering of birch trees and the site is almost impossible to work out – Stubob's pictures taken early in the year give a much better idea of what's left.
Sometimes known as SM1 (Stanton Moor 1?) or just plain "61" by the Heathcotes, Rooke recorded two entrances to the north-north-east and south-south-west but I couldn't figure them out, there were certainly traces of an earth and rubble bank, along with much disturbance in the centre as well as several scattered smallish boulders, one of which could have well have been a standing stone. A rough estimate of the diameter would be 8-10 metres although it could well have been larger. The position of the site is interesting despite the destruction and flora intrusions, at this point the land is already beginning to drop away to the northeast towards Stanton Woodhouse and the River Derwent just beyond.
Probably best visited in winter.
Chris Collyer Posted by Chris Collyer
26th September 2003ce

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