Bronze Age Standing Stones
East of Chatsworth, Derbyshire OS Map Ref SK2825571378
OS Maps - Landranger 119 (Buxton & Matlock), Explorer OL24 (The Peak District - White Peak Area)
Gibbet alignment - two small stones in the foreground with the large boulder on the skyline 80 metres NNW
A track leads across the northwestern corner of Gibbet Moor and a few metres north of this track are a couple of small standing stones. Nothing remarkable, until you raise your eyes to the slight rise in the ground to the northnorthwest where a large boulder stands 80 metres away on the skyline - it then becomes apparent that these three stones stand in alignment. The two smaller stones measure about half a metre in height and stand a couple of metres apart and it is possible that another pair of stones are now missing and together they formed a similar type of monument to the nearby 'four poster' that lies 500 metres away due south. However it is equally possible that this three stone alignment was deliberate with either some kind of ritual purpose or simply part of a Bronze Age field boundary. If we draw an imaginary line through the alignment we find that it extends northnorthwest just below, and following the line of, Birchen Edge, across the top of Gardom's Edge, shaving the western edge of Swine Sty and then onto White Edge passing several contemporary settlement, farming and funerary areas. Several other stones stand nearby and it has been suggested that these may also form alignments.