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Nine Ladies - Derbyshire, England
Stone Circle
National Grid Reference: SK 249 635

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How To Get There

This site can be found on Stanton Moor, about 3 miles north west of Matlock. Look for signs pointing to Stanton-in-Peak, Stanton Lees or Birchover.

Stanton Moor is the site of a large Bronze Age burial ground. The remains of about 70 cairns are littered all over the moor and you will have a good view of many of them as you walk to the stone circle. There are many ways onto the moor from the road, and once onto a path you should now find the stone circle is signed. The circle its self is small, only about 36 feet across and the stones that make up the circle are also small, about 3 feet high. But the place has a lovely atmosphere, especially if you can get there early in the morning when there aren't many people around (Stanton Moor seems to be a popular local spot for walking dogs etc). The circle is surrounded by trees and can be a wonderfully peaceful place to just sit and contemplate.

This circle, like many others, is said in folklore to have been formed by people being turned to stone for dancing on the Sabbath. The "King Stone", just a few yards away was said to have been their fiddler.

While you're on Stanton Moor take a look at the Cork Stone (pictured left), a large boulder of sandstone shaped by wind erosion. It is located to the south west of the stone circle, maybe half a mile away (again, I think it is now signed once you are on the moor).

After a plea for more information about the Cork Stone on this page I have received the following from Alastair McIvor who now lives in Ontario but used to live in Buxton, Derbyshire and knows the local ancient sites very well indeed.:-

'The handles were added in the last century I suspect by a curious Victorian antiquarian - I know of no "rite of passage" type of connection.'

I had been curious about this stone for the previous five years, and within two weeks of putting this web page on-line I had a lot of the answers I was looking for. Thanks again Alastair!

(and thanks to Marc for climbing up the stone for me)

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Notes

Bronze Age :-

The label used to describe the period of prehistory between around 2000 BC and 700 BC, named in this way due to the emergence of bronze smelting and working skills. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin. The Bronze Age falls between the Neolithic and the Iron Age, and like all labels of this kind must be treated as a rough guide only. The periods tend to cross over; bronze implements will have been in use in some areas during the latter stages of the Neolithic and vice versa.

 

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