Edge Carved Rock
Bronze Age Carved Rock
East of Baslow, Derbyshire OS Map Ref SK27287304
OS Maps - Landranger 119 (Buxton & Matlock), Explorer OL24 (The Peak District - White Peak Area)
Gardom's Edge carved rock looking west towards the enclosure walls (buried beneath the bracken and heather) with Gardom's Edge itself beyond.
This is a stunning carved gritstone rock set into the gentle slope behind Gardom's Edge with views eastwards towards Birchen Edge, but everything here is not what it seems. First discovered in the mid 1960's the condition of the carvings on the earthfast rock began to deteriorate and it was decided something had to be done to protect them from the elements. This finally happened in 1996 when the original rock was buried and a polyester resin and fibreglass replica was substituted in its place. The replica is amazingly convincing and is indistinguishable from real stone until you tap it when it becomes apparent that the 'stone' is in fact hollow.
The main part of the design itself consists of a pair of touching ovals that both contain ten cups which are fairly evenly distributed within each oval, a deep cup with two outer rings and between the three motifs is what could be a spiral or possibly a modified cup and ring. The lower part of the rock also has a couple of less distinct cups with rings. There are several additional grooves along the surface, most seem to be natural but others could be man-made or even natural faults that were then enhanced by the carvers.
The rock is just to the east of Gardom's Edge Enclosure and close to several cairns.
Glossary Item: Bronze Age
Other Gardom's Edge sites:
Enclosure (Meg's Wall)
Three Men of Gardom's
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