Bradup
Bronze Age Stone Circle
Northeast of Keighley, West Yorkshire  OS Map Ref SE08954390
OS Maps - Landranger 104 (Leeds & Bradford), Explorer 297 (Lower Wharfedale & Washburn Valley)


Former Site Of Bradup Circle
Is this the area where the circle once stood?
Bradup bouldersThis stone circle is a mystery. At the time I first visited it a few years ago the area where I thought it was was covered with a thick carpet of heather. Rooting around in this heather I uncovered several large boulders (shown in the photograph to the right), were these some of the 12 stones that my guide book told me remained of an original 18?
After some research I realized that these stone were not part of the circle, and in fact only one stone still remained within an earth embankment, and not in the location I had looked in. I returned to Bradup after a space of 3 or 4 years. The boulders I had seen before were still there but this time the heather had been burned back, I knew these stone were not the circle, but the area where the stone should have been had been recently ploughed – there was no stone left. All I could find was a patch of roughly circular soil that was a slightly lighter colour than the surrounding land, and a pile of boulders at the field edge. These all showed deep gouge marks from the bucket of some kind of earth mover. Whether one of these stones is from the circle or not, I don’t know, but it sadly seems that this circle has now been completely destroyed

Glossary Item: Bronze Age

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