Men of Gardom's
Bronze Age Cairn
East of Baslow, Derbyshire OS Map Ref SK271547278
OS Maps - Landranger 119 (Buxton & Matlock), Explorer OL24 (The Peak District - White Peak Area)
There are two things that are immediately obvious when you visit this site. One is the three conical mounds of stone that give the site its name - they are said to commemorate three shepherds (or even drunken priests) who lost their life near here during a storm. Although these only date from the 18th century they are built on top of a low Bronze Age barrow or cairn constructed of boulders but now mostly covered in earth and grass that can be seen as the slightly raised mound in the image above.
The other noticeable feature is the spectacular view to the west over Baslow and the River Wye to the rolling landscape beyond. This vista must surely have been important in the decision of the early population of the area to build the barrow here, just as it was for more recent generations to erect the piles of stones on top of it.
Other Gardom's Edge sites:
Carved Rock, Enclosure (Meg's Wall), Pit Alignment
Ring Cairn, Round House, Standing Stone
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