A small, intriguingly named moor to the west of Halifax with some interesting features (a robbed tumulus, a stone circle, the site of burial mounds and an Iron age embankment). You can walk around them in a few hours and see lots of wildlife.
Nor can I omit to mention, as one more example of stone circles in the parish of Halifax, a ring of stones, which is not altogather destroyed, in the township of Bankisland. The stones of this circle are not now erect, but lie in a confused heap, like the ruins of a building, and it is probable that many of the largest have been taken away. It gives the name of Ringstone Edge to the adjacent moor.
Gentleman's Magazine Library
Edited by George Lawrence Gomme, FSA.
Archaeology Part II
After a closer inspection of the monuments record I have found some of these mounds. All are concentrated in a relatively small area and one has narrowly escaped being quarried away (photos to come later, I don't seem to be able to post them at the minute). At least one is visible on the sky line looking into the direction of the sun.
I had a closer shufty around here today and found what could be an inscribed stone. It is broken but has a definite cross with a border around it. I have a picture and it will appear here shortly.
I found four large stones today, one at least five foot tall but laying prostrate. The other three were between 2 and a half and three foot tall, again, laying prostrate.
"On top of a flat plateau on this moor, with an extensive view on all sides save on the north, where there is a gentle slope for some hundreds of yards up to the summit of the hill, there are distinct traces of a circular ring of small stones. Pygmie flints have been picked up within a yard or two, but the only other fact to be noted about this earthwork is that there is a tradition to the effect that much earth has been removed from this site. It is not altogether impossible that this is a scanty remnant of a round barrow"
The Ancient History Of Huddersfield: Early Man In The District of Huddersfield by James A. Petch 1921
'Ruinous remains of what on the map is called a 'cairn circle'. 35 paces across; various clumps of stones dotted around it, one fallen stone about 3.5' long; one pile of stones larger than anything else at its southern end; a distinctively sized stone at its centre; enother, oblong, fallen stone travelling clockwise from there about 2' long; another small but distinctive clump a little further round again; a clump of stones at the centre. The whole thing is perhaps embanked.'
Nearby is the Wolf Fold SAM at SE044182 , which is well known . These are more difficult but are a Scheduled Ancient Monument SE01NW 9 at SE048187, a Bronze Age cairnfield consisting of at least seven cairns , all but two ploughed flat .
Meg Dike (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes
A celtic enclosed settlement visible from the roadside. Still an imposing set of earthworks. Judging by the weather, the banks may be for protection from the wind rather than defensive, as they only defend from two sides. There is a quarry at the back so other banks may now be ruined.
Dave 28th December 2003