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A large swamp called Leachfield, situate about a mile from Baslow, on the road from that village which leads to Sheffield, is said to be the site of a buried village. Some people say that this buried village once belonged to one man who saw it all go down into the swamp one day as he stood on a hill. I am told that near this fen or swamp are two stone circles and two rows of unmistakeable stone-built barrows.

In Glover's Derbyshire (vol. ii. p. 86.) the following lines occur about this place:

When Leach-field was a market town,
Chesterfield was gorse and broom;
Now Chesterfield's a market town,
Leach-field a marsh is grown.

I have heard the last two lines repeated thus:
Now Leach-field it is sunken down
And Chesterfield's a market town.
From 'Household tales with other traditional remains' by S O Addy (1895).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
7th February 2010ce

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Newbridge Farm (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

Amongst the cairnfields and field systems of Birchen Edge is this low burial cairn with several remaining stones of a cist.
SK2846 7226 about 600m east-ish from the ring cairn of Birchen Edge South.
stubob Posted by stubob
14th March 2008ce

Newbridge Farm (Cairn(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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14th March 2008ce

Birchen Edge North (Ring Cairn) — Images

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6th May 2003ce

Birchen Edge North (Ring Cairn) — Fieldnotes

This ring cairn is quite near to the road but is still tricky to find. A bit more visible(??) than the Birchen Edge South ring cairn, but also not very impressive.
At around 20x20m the 2m wide banking is just about covered by peat, grass and heather.
A cairn is built on to the NE corner of the bank ( really).
Excellent views across Ramsley and Big Moors. Nelson's ships on Birchen Edge itself are visible quarter of a mile away across the moor, to the South(ish).
stubob Posted by stubob
8th January 2003ce

Birchen Edge South (Ring Cairn) — Fieldnotes

This is a probable ring cairn, it is very irregular in shape and it becomes hard to follow the line of the bank in the South. It lies next to a cairn field and old field systems.
The site is tricky to find as the overgrown bank is very low and narrow.
stubob Posted by stubob
8th January 2003ce