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Calverley Woods (Natural Rock Feature) — Folklore

Calverley Woods at one time had a wishing well, of the ebbing and flowing type, and more than a local reputation for the quality of its water.

Also in the woods was a rocking stone. This was a huge block of stone which at the slightest touch rocked.

On wild, dark nights it was said that a headless horse rider could be seen. The rider was supposed to be Sir Walter de Calverley, who murdered his two sons, Walter and William, but the locals added: "It had to be very dark," or you could not see him, he rode so fast.
Shipley Times and Express, 26th May, 1943.

I'm thinking the rocking stone could be the same thing as the Hanging Stone? There's a picture of this at the Leodis photographic archive. It certainly looks precarious.

All in all it sounds a strange spot, and not entirely encroached upon by the quarrying and industry that was once there, an exploding fireworks factory and the gardens of big houses that are very close by.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th October 2018ce

Calverley Woods (Natural Rock Feature) — Links

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Details of the cup-marked rocks lurking in these woods.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th October 2018ce

The Devil's Arrows (Standing Stones) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>The Devil's Arrows</b>Posted by spencer<b>The Devil's Arrows</b>Posted by spencer<b>The Devil's Arrows</b>Posted by spencer spencer Posted by spencer
13th October 2018ce

The Hanging Stone (Natural Rock Feature) — Folklore

From the Lichfield Mercury, 9th March 1906.
From the summits of a hill in the Deer Park at Swythamley two great stones which manifestly must be heavily counterpoised at the other end project themselves some eight feet into space where they hang in the air as if they were the beetling brows on the head of this pine-clad eminence.

Here they have hung through untold centuries - local tradition says, ever since they were left there by the Flood; when, maybe, they frowned upon the slow subsidence of the sullen waters.

Two centuries ago, however, it was proved by a local antiquarian that the construction is palpably an artificial one; that it constitutes what has been called a "Charemluach," or Hill-altar, such as certain ancient races were accustomed to offer their sacrifices upon. This Staffordshire example of a Charemluach is known as The Hanging Stone, a name to which the word Stone-henge is literally equivalent.
In the 21st century the 'literally' makes the author sound all the more desperate to connect their local stoney site to the famous druidy sacrifice place in Wiltshire. I think I'd prefer a trip here though; it looks solidly monumental and cool.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
6th October 2018ce

Carl Wark & Hathersage Moor — Images

<b>Carl Wark & Hathersage Moor</b>Posted by spencer spencer Posted by spencer
23rd September 2018ce

Mitchell's Fold (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Mitchell's Fold</b>Posted by carol27<b>Mitchell's Fold</b>Posted by carol27<b>Mitchell's Fold</b>Posted by carol27 Posted by carol27
19th September 2018ce
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