Nine Ladies Stone Circle


A small early Bronze Age stone circle of (actually) ten stones, traditionally women petrified for dancing on Sunday. Part of a complex of prehistoric circles and standing stones on Stanton Moor in Derbyshire. The site is the most popular in Derbyshire and much in the media spotlight due to quarrying plans in the area. The stones are all composed of local millstone grit and none are taller than one metre in height. They were embedded in a grassed over stone rubble bank approximately 11.5m by 10.5m in diameter. The bank has now all but disappeared, as has the cairn, which once lay in the centre. During the summer of 1976, the famous drought of that year brought to light a tenth stone which had lain unnoticed for generations beneath the soil.

Below are a selection of photographs from my visit there.