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Wincobank (Hillfort)

I used to live very near to Wincobank Hill and visited the site many times. It is clear that the banks of the hillfort were subjected to intense heat as vitrified stone is very easily found. Must have been some fire! Definately worth a visit. Superb views over Sheffield from here.

Bar Dyke Ring (Cairn(s))

I believe there used to be another cairn, a little further up the path called "Dukes Road" .I think it was called "Apron Full Of Stones".

Whitley Church (Enclosure)

Situated on the top of Wharncliffe Crags. A series of enclosures formed by stone and turf banks surveyed and later excavated by the late L.H. Butcher and members of Hunter Archaeology Soc. 1958-1960.
The excavation revealed a cobbled floor and entrance plus post holes. The finds were mostly of roman pottery including some Samian ware. It was concluded therefore as a Romano-British settlement
There is a long standing legend that this was once a church of Whitley village (now lost). It is also in the area associated with the Dragon Of Wantley. There is no such place as "Wantley" and I wonder if it could be a corruption of the place name Whitley.
See above plan for results of the excavation.

Constantine Church stone (Christianised Site)

I visited the 3 cists marked on the posted map. You can find flint microliths etc here. I found evidence of flint knapping easily. Worth a look, all around the mounds which are easily found. All 3 mounds have been dug into in the past. This is obvious when you look at them. Access is easy as footpath goes right past them. It is possible that there were more mounds than the 3 there now.
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