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Chelmorton Low (Round Barrow(s)) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Stoke Flat (Stone Circle) — Miscellaneous

"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)

Thirst House (Cave / Rock Shelter) — Images

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Roystone Rocks — Images

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Robin Hood's Stride (Rocky Outcrop) — Folklore

"An unfrequentd path of another quarter of a mile led us to the base of Mock Beggar Hall, a curious assemblage of sand-stone rocks thrown confusedly together, yet so arranged as to form at a distance a strong resemblance to a regular building, with a huge chimney at each extremity; hence the name which this mass of rocks has obtained: the stony towers at each end are called Robin Hood's Stride."

'Peak Scenery or The Derbyshire Tourist' by Ebenezer Rhodes 1824.

Gardom's Enclosure — Folklore

"The story was that 'Meg' the witch or fortuneteller, was driven out of the village and lived near this wall, or near the Nelson Monument, and that the wall was named after her. But 'Meg' is probably one of the usual excuses offered in clerical-medieval days to explain away the credit for remarkable works made by primitive, or pagan, man...........'Meg' however, is also Greek for big, or great, i.e megalith for big stone.

From the 'Sheffield Clarion Ramblers' 1942-3 by G.H.B Ward.

Hirst Stones (site) — Miscellaneous

"In our walk to Matlock, we passed along the side of the hill to Riber Top, where a singular assemblage of stones, supposed to have been originally a druidical altar; some antiquaries say, a cromlech, which appears more probable: they are called Hirst Stones, and are not unworthy of a visit; since those who feel no interest in these ancient relics will be amply repaid for the toil and trouble of ascending this eminence by the prospect it commands"



From 'Peak Scenery or The Derbyshire Tourist' 1824 by Ebenezer Rhodes.

Hanging Bank, Ecton Hill (Round Barrow(s)) — Images

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Hanging Bank, Ecton Hill (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Top of Ecton Hill on a clear day in the Peak, for views, takes some beating. Swallow Moss, Axe Edge, the Hills of Parkhouse and Chrome, High Wheeldon fill the northern horizon. While the Wolfscote, Glutton, Narrowdale and Wetton hills dominate toward the southern one.
There Five barrows on Ecton Hill; this one, of three, on Hanging Bank being the pick of them. Excavations have left their mark but it survives as a pretty decent barrow in a Peak sorta way.

Carl Wark & Hathersage Moor — Miscellaneous

"....as we cruise again down the valley to Grindleford Bridge; first making a detour to visit the grand rocky platform of Hu-Gaer, ("The city of God"), and the old British fort of Caelswork ("which means, the fort or building of the Churl - Anglo-Saxon 'Carl'" - and not "the work of the Gaels," as a repitition of writers have it;) and to bask on Millstone Edge......"

Edward Bradbury 'All About Derbyshire' 1884

Swine Sty (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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Twyford Henge (site of) and Round Hill (Round Barrow(s)) — Folklore

" Now for what can only be claimed as tradition, though the story may be quite true. Close by the northern bank of the River Trent, between Swarkston and Willington, is the little village of Twyford with its short spired church and wide views of the flat river plain stretching away under Midland skies. Half a mile to the eastward lies what is known as Round Hill, a large tumulus or burial mound. Here it is said were buried the bodies of those slain during a Civil War encounter. It should be remembered the Egginton Heath, or Common, lies but 3 miles to the west."

"Peakland Days" Roger A. Redfern, 1970.

Carl Wark & Hathersage Moor — Folklore

" Carl Wark was the site of a British encampment. A Celtic tribe lived here before the Roman legions came toBritain. At the end of the sixth century this area was part of the kingdom of Argoed, governed by Sir Lamoracke, one of the knights of King Arthur's Round Table, who stood next to Sir Launcelot and Sir Tristram in deeds of valour.
Men knew Sir Lamoracke (or Llywarch, to give him his celtic name) as a fierce warrrior. He had twenty-four sons, and at Carl Wark he and they fought the hordes of Loagrians, who invaded the country when the Roman army of occupation left Britain. After a long and bitter defence the knight and the remnant of his forces were driven from the stronghold.
"

Norman Price "The Derbyshire Dales" 1953

The Old Woman's Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Faybrick (Natural Rock Feature) — Images

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Ecclesall Woods (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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Lord's Seat (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

The first verse of many by William Bennet 1867.

THE DRIVING OF THE DEER.

Lord Peverel stood on the Lord's Seat,
And an angry man was he;
For he heard the sound of a hunter's horn
Slow winding up the lea.
He look'd to north, he look'd to south,
And east and west look'd he:
And " Holy cross! "the fierce Norman cried,"
Who hunts in my country?

Harthill Moor Barrow (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images

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Harthill Moor Barrow (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Miscellaneous

Easily seen in the field between the road and the farm. Ploughing has damaged the barrow which was excavated in 1877 by Jewitt and Greenwell when a
disturbed limestone cist was discovered together with the remains of two cremations.

Nine Stones Close (Stone Circle) — Images

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Sanctuary Wood (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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Sanctuary Wood (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Fieldnotes

This Early Bronze Age settlement lays a couple of hundred metres south of the Nine Stone Close. There's no upstanding remains between the two low rock outcrops that occupy the site apart from a small circular mound of stones. These may be stones of field clearance although the circular nature of it looks a bit weird if that's the case.
We found a few flint flakes in the mole hills in the area.
G. A Makepeace described and excavated here in the 1960's, whether this was published I don't know but getting hold of the report may help in understanding the site.

Dobb Edge (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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Dobb Edge (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Fieldnotes

Parking at Robin Hood it's a walk of about a mile up and along Under Pasture Edge to Dobb Edge; a sometimes hairy walk along the edge in places.

The stone's position is excellent with fine reaching views for the most part. To the north the horizon is filled with Birchen Edge, and moving westward, Gardom's Edge, Big Moor, Eaglestone Flats (although the Eagle Stone isn't visible on the horizon), Sir William Hill on Eyam Moor and Bretton Moor. To the west is Longstone Edge and Moor with Fin Cop prominent. The east rises up to Gibbet Moor via Peak o' Bill's Rocks and the White Peak occupies the southern horizon.

There's rocks galore in the area surely there's more rock art waiting to be uncovered/discovered here.

Dobb Edge (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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Farley Moor (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Miscellaneous

HER No.: 9871


A standing stone was identified in woodland on Farley Moor, at c. SK 29966302. It was reported as standing over 6ft tall. The stump of another was said to be a little distance away; no grid reference was provided for this second stone.

The 1st edition 25" Ordnance Survey map of c. 1880 marks 'Stone' at this site, which at that time was open moorland. Nothing is shown on the 2nd edition.



(Heritage Gateway)

Harboro' Rocks (Rocky Outcrop) — Images

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Harboro' Rocks (Rocky Outcrop) — Miscellaneous

The views from the Rocks are about to change....a windfarm is being built on the nearby Carsington Pastures. Groundwork's already started.

Harboro' Rocks (Rocky Outcrop) — Images

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Wirksworth I (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Robin Hood's Stride (Rocky Outcrop) — Images

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Farley Moor (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Miscellaneous

Along with the Peak Park Board I also contacted the Forestry Commission, who are the landowners, about the stone, to see if they had any thoughts or info on the stone.
In the end I ended up telling them what I had found out. But they did tell me that there are plans to carry on clearing the area around the stone of trees.

Elton Common — Images

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Farley Moor (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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Farley Moor (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

It's hard to think of the moors above Matlock as being part of the Eastern Moors. As today much of it has been improved, enclosed and afforested. Perhaps the only reminder is a part of Matlock Moor proper.
Tower, Blackbrook, Farley, Upper, Middle and Bottom Moors have all been interfered with to varying degrees.
As with the Eastern Moors to the north these southerly reaches too had Bronze Age monuments and settlement. Enclosure and the coming of the forest however consigned the monuments here to the history books; the Seven Brideron/Bretheren stone circle and the stone/cairn circle near Woodbrook Quarry both destroyed.
A couple of years ago I noticed that a stone was marked as having stood on Farley Moor on the first edition of the 1:2500 O.S map. As with other stones marked on old maps the stone could be anything of any age; marker stone, guide stone, boundary stone or even standing stone.
Working the position out on a modern map put the stones’ location in the middle of forestry. Thinking of the two destroyed circles I assumed the stone, whatever it was, to have long disappeared. How wrong I was.
Luckily, going by Google Earth a fair bit of the plantation had been cleared and the stone should stand just off the clearing in the trees.
And there it was around 6feet tall slender with a tapering top and well weathered. A post medieval marker stone didn’t seem to ring right; it seemed older for what that’s worth.
After researching the stone and area I could find nothing so in the end contacted the Peak Park Board.
In 2003 John Barnatt and Frank Robinson had visited the stone, very impressed, they surmised that with the stones position and weathering that it is quite possibly prehistoric; although excavation would only be able to say for definite.
If it is prehistoric the stone is the third largest standing stone on the Eastern Moors after the felled Old Woman’s Stone on Bamford Moor and the one on Gardom’s Edge.

Elton Common — Images

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Ashover (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Fieldnotes

These pair of stones are returning to nature. The little fenced rock garden, that houses the stones, is now overgrown in June and the designs are becoming moss covered. The stone with the lightly pecked motif is now completely lost to the moss; and many of the cup marks in the design of the neighbouring slab are also moss filled.

It may be the intention to let the stones get a more natural feel to them. Although I much preferred them when they were free of moss and the like and more of a feature in the garden. Each to their own.

Ashover (Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art) — Images

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