Barbrook II
Bronze Age Embanked Stone Circle
North of Chatsworth, Derbyshire  OS Map Ref SK27757582
OS Maps - Landranger 119 (Buxton & Matlock), Explorer OL24 (The Peak District - White Peak Area)

Barbrook II embanked stone circle looking southwest
Barbrook II embanked stone circle looking southwest.
Just 260 metres to the northnorthwest of Barbrook I circle lies its sister Barbrook II. Although it is embanked, like other Derbyshire stone circles, what sets this one apart is that the stones are now set into drystone walling contained within a rubble bank. Although it may have been built like this originally, what can be seen today is the result of rebuilding work undertaken around 1989.

The nine stones (it is thought there were originally ten) within this wall are typical of the area, all less than a metre in height, with a larger stone to the west, very similar to Barbrook I and the circle has a diameter of around 14 metres with an entrance to the northeast. Inside the circle, but to the west are the remains of a stone piled cairn and just next to this cairn is what is believed to be a cist cover that has three or four cups and a faint chevron carved into it. I first visited this site in the mid 1990's and the following notes accompanied the photographs on this page at the time (now replaced with something better).

'The photograph above does not do this interesting circle justice, the day I was there was fiercely windy and sleety and I had problems just standing still long enough to get the pictures that I did without being blown off the hillside. Indeed while I was there, a rainbow briefly appeared to the east but sadly the resulting picture didn't do that justice either - ahh, the British weather..... I'll have to return on a nicer day to get a better picture.'

Between the two circles next to the track that runs close by is a stone row of half a dozen or so rocks that may once been a part of a Bronze Age field system while the area to the north and west contains an extensive cairn field - I counted at least a dozen in various states of preservation although there are probably many more that I didn't find.
Barbrook II Cairn
The cairn with drystone walling bank with a couple of inset stones behind..
Barbrook II - one of the stones inset into the bank
One of the stones inset into the drystone-walled bank.
Barbrook II cist lid with faint carvings
Cist lid with faint cups and chevron carving.
360 Degree Panorama
360 Degree Panorama

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