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Castle Ring

Hillfort

Fieldnotes

Castle Ring is situated adjacent to the small villiage of Cannock Wood in Staffordshire (not to be confused with the larger town of Cannock). Only living a 10 minute drive away I'm up there at least once a month. It's not obvious to the casual observer what it actually is, and I'm sure that many dog walkers gopast it or over it without giving it a second thought.

From the top of the structure, being the highest point on Cannock Chase you can see right across the forest that covers most of the chase and which is steeped in mystery and folklore (see Nick Redfern's books "3 men seeking monsters" and "Man Monkey" for detail about that).

I find Castle Ring confounding since the information provided at the site at the local tourist information says that there is evidence of agriculture inside the ring but no settlements as such which really makes you wonder. Why would a community fortify a field? what was it they were growing that needed to be protected? Was this a religious site of some kind, for open air rituals on the point closest to the heavens?

To me, Cannock Chase is a very special, Castle Ring one of my favourite spots there.
neoncthulhu Posted by neoncthulhu
15th June 2008ce

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