"And back on the unchanging Flat of Stoke
Stand rugged stones in circle, whence the sun
The whole of day was seen, and where the stroke
Of sacrifice was at his rising done.
And out on Ramsley's brackened floor,
And high on Eyam's black barren moor,
And far o'er Offerton and all around
These olden temples stud the higher ground."
A verse from The Pride of the Peak by Ethel Bassett Gallimore (1926)
There seems to be some difference of opinion on this site.
Pastscape sums it up with the description "conical mound with an outer ditch and bank, previously alleged to be a barrow, but probably a mound constructed to be topped by a mid 18th century obelisk - since removed. Scheduled as a Saucer Barrow."
Recorded as a Ring Barrow in the 1920's. In 1958 the OS's V.J. Burton interpreted the site as a possible Saucer Barrow. Notes that the summit has been dug into or levelled and reports that in 1954 a large erratic block was concreted on top of the mound, but that just four years later it had fallen off into the valley below!
However, in 1974 D.J. Clarke of the OS cited the excellent state of preservation, the unusual external bank and the level top as reasons to make it unlikely to be a barrow.
It may have been excavated by Molyneux in the late 1800's and the North Staffs Field Club proposed excavating the site but seem not to have done so.
Staffs. H.E.R. entry (PRN 00863) records it as The scheduled fragmentary remains of a probable Bronze Age Saucer Barrow. Pape notes it may have been robbed as the centre appears to have been dug into. Listed in Gunstone's gazetteer of barrows as Baswich 2.
Finally, National Heritage List for England has the scheduling info. Grid Ref:- SJ 97656 20788. Scheduled Monument No.= 1009312. Scheduled as Saucer Barrow on Spring Hill. RSM=22423. First scheduled 21st January 1993.
Described as a Saucer Barrow consisting of an oval earthen mound upto 0.5m high, max dimensions 20.5m x 17m. bank and ditch surrounding it on all sides except the South-East. Ditch - 1.7m wide and upto 0.3m deep. Bank - 4.7m wide and 0.3m high. Monument not known to have been excavated. The concrete post is scheduled too!
Appears on OS Map as an earthwork symbol and Mound label in normal script.
English Heritage satisfied pink drapes on Nine Ladies Stone Circle was not vandalism
By Kelly Tyler
The Nine Ladies stone circle at Stanton Moor, near Bakewell, was mysteriously draped in pink fabric.
The striking dressing of the Nine Ladies monument, believed to have been built more than 4,000 years ago, was spotted by a walker on Monday.
A cryptic note left at the circle signed by the "Spirit Wrestlers" said the gritstone blocks were decorated as an "act of love and gratitude for their eternal being".
English Heritage, which owns the site at Stanton Moor, near Bakewell, said it is not known exactly why the material was placed over the stones.
A woman who came across the unusual sight said: "As I approached I thought the stones had been – as had happened a few months ago – vandalised with pink paint.
"However, as I neared the stone circle, it was apparent the Nine Ladies had been seemingly dressed in a bright pink fabric.
"A note had been left in the middle of the stones referring to the earlier attack and also the troubles in the world today. Interesting, I thought, if not a little strange.
"This is the Nine Ladies though, I suppose, so anything is possible."
The ancient monument dates back to the Bronze Age and is popular with walkers and pagan worshippers.
The stones were traditionally believed to be nine ladies turned to stone as punishment for dancing on Sunday.
The site was vandalised in March this year by offenders who sprayed yellow and green paint on the rocks.
A note left at the spot said the stones were wrapped as a "direct response to an act of vandalism on the Nine Ladies some months ago and the knowledge that the Universe must be realigned."
It went on to say: "The consequences of our actions will only become apparent over time.
"Do something to make the world a better place, whether this act is large or small matters not.
"Doing it is what drives us forward. Whatever next?"
An English Heritage spokesperson said: "Having been contacted about the sighting of pink material on the stones earlier yesterday, we visited the site to investigate this afternoon and it would appear it has since been removed without trace.
Although these two barrows lie within the parish of Stanton, East Staffordshire they are a considerable distance to the North-West of the village. Stanton Dale barrows are in an accessible location to the South-West of Calton Moor crossroads where the A52 Cheadle road meets the A523 Leek to Ashbourne road. A rough track called Dale Lane runs to the North linking Common Lane to the A52 Cheadle road. A single footpath leads off Dale Lane across three fields before turning slightly to the right and enters the field containing the second barrow - with the other barrow just over the field wall to the South. Both barrows are shown on OS Landranger Map 119 and Explorer Map 259 by two earthwork symbols and a Tumuli label.
Stanton Dale 'A' - SK10775 48088. Scheduled Ancient Monument No. = 1009684. Scheduled as Bowl Barrow 190m North of Dale Abbey Farm. RSM = 13580. NMR = SK14 NW3.
A small, roughly oval stone and earth barrow with a flattened top 16.5m by 12m and up to 0.7m high sited to the South of the summit of the hill. The barrow lies to the South of the public footpath in the field adjoining Mount Pleasant Farm. The North-East and South-West sides of the mound are steep - possibly suggesting some robbing has occurred. There is an irregularly shaped shallow pit 0.1m deep at the centre of the mound that is thought to be the result of excavation. The previously unlocated excavation of Dale barrow recorded on page 125 of Bateman's Ten Years Diggings... is now thought to have probably been at this site.
On the 6th September 1848 Samuel Carrington opened a barrow at Dale (in the township of Stanton) about a mile from Calton Moor House. It is recorded in Bateman as irregular in form being 13 yards North to South and 16 East to West and about 3ft high. On the natural surface an unusual interment was found - two skeletons lain in a line head to toe which had been "exposed to the action of fire upon the spot, in such a manner as to preserve the bones in their natural state." They were surrounded by charcoal and earth and were of different sexes. Parts of an unburnt skull and some teeth were disturbed by the more Southern of these cremation-like deposits suggesting that an earlier inhumation had been moved to accommodate the burning of the skeletons. Some flint flakes and a fragment of pottery were found nearer to the surface of the mound.
John Barnatt included the barrow in his 1989 survey of Peakland barrows and speculates that the unusual shape of the barrow and nature of these partial cremations could indicate that Stanton Dale A is a Neolithic barrow.
Stanton Dale 'B' - SK10724 48123. Scheduled Ancient Monument No. = 1017688. Scheduled as Bowl Barrow 220m North of Dale Abbey Farm. RSM = 13579. NMR = SK14 NW3.
The second barrow to the North of the public footpath is less impressive. It is an oval earth and stone mound 24m by 18m up to 1m high which merges into the natural slope of the summit of the hill. Both the barrow and the natural slope have been ploughed down and spread leaving the barrow mound poorly defined. There are two shallow pits upon the mound but it is unclear if these are the result of excavation, stone robbing or plough damage. Pastscape states the barrow is not known to have been excavated but the NMR excavation records "Dale Abbey" excavated 1848 by Carrington - this may be a duplication of the Dale barrow excavation.