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).
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 (.....no 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).
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.