Bronze Age Stone Circle
North of Chatsworth, Derbyshire OS Map Ref SK24967679
OS Maps - Landranger 119 (Buxton & Matlock), Explorer OL24 (The Peak District - White Peak Area)
stone circle that stands on Froggatt Edge with views over the Derwent
Valley and of Grindleford is also referred to as Stoke Flat circle.
It consists of around eleven typically small Derbyshire stones, most about half a metre tall with only one that reaches just over a metre in height. The stones seem to form a double ring with six set into the inner edge of a 2 metre wide rubble bank and a further five set into the outer edge of the bank, the whole structure being about 14 metres in diameter. It has been suggested that there were originally sixteen to eighteen stones here and that they could have been linked by drystone walling.
The circle has two opposing entrances - the one to the north-northeast could have been blocked at some time in prehistory while the one to the south-southwest is flanked by the tallest stone of the circle. The photograph above is looking north through this south-southwest entrance with the stones of the opposite entrance framed in the middle of the picture.
Excavations of the site sometime before 1939 by the Duke of Rutland are said to have recovered cremation remains and an urn.
Date: Bronze Age
Looking out through the north-northeast entrance. The stones in the foreground are set into the inner edge of the bank with the two stones beyond set into the outer bank.
A murky winters day at Froggatt Edge Circle looking west across the Derwent valley
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