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Cheetham Close (Stone Circle) — Fieldnotes

Beautiful day - 27/3/2003 - quick visit to two stones at the foot of the hill that I have long been interested in but had seen no comments on - see the images os ref SD717152 and SD714155.

The two are rough hewn (local stone gateposts are smooth hewn) and have the large hole at their top.

Both are to the West of the hill and stand at the side of footpaths. The first stands alone with no walling close to it, the other is part of the stone wall that separates the farmland from the moors and forms part of the entrance - at one time there must have been a gate hung from it.

Both have had metalwork inserted into them at some time using some form of hard filler. The one within the wall has had the top hole filled, partly with a small stone block and partly with filler.

Cheetham Close (Stone Circle) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Cheetham Close (Stone Circle) — Miscellaneous

This is my local circle and have visited it semi-regularly since my mid-teens.

I stopped visiting for a period of maybe 7 or eight years returning to the site for the first time about 4 years ago.

I was dismayed to find that the site had deteriated so much in that time. Stones that I recall as fully or semi visible are now dispoiled, broken and/ or hidden.

There was never a great deal to see, even in the late 60's, early 70's when I first visited but at least you could easily discern the location of the circle - the triangulation point was always a good pointer, especially when coming straight up the West side of the hill.
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