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Ravenstone Rocks

Rocking Stone (Destroyed)

<b>Ravenstone Rocks</b>Posted by RhiannonImage © Paul Anderston
Nearest Town:Oldham (9km WSW)
OS Ref (GB):   SE020077 / Sheet: 110
Latitude:53° 33' 56.07" N
Longitude:   1° 58' 11.28" W

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Hmm imagine being glowered over by those rocks on the hill above. And they can look after themselves (to a point):
On the edge of Ravenstone precipice, in Greenfield, there formerly stood a large rocking stone (by the rocking of which the Druids tried their criminals for minor offences), but this stone was ruthlessly destroyed by the miners engaged in excavating the Standedge canal tunnel. These worse than Celtic barbarians assembled on this spot, and blew this time-honoured memorial into countless fragments, one of which, however, struck one of the men and killed him on the spot.
From Saddleworth Sketches by Joseph Bradbury, 1871.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th April 2016ce
Edited 27th April 2016ce