Bronze Age Stone Circles
East of Grosmont, North Yorkshire OS Map Ref NZ850046
OS Maps - Landranger 94 (Whitby & Esk Dale), Explorer OL27 (North York Moors - Eastern Area)
The eastern setting of the High Bridestones looking northwest. To the left of the tall upright are the three fallen stones while to the right in the middle distance are the three smaller uprights of the second setting with an outlier stone just beyond on the brow of the hill.
To the east of the village
of Grosmont and just below the crest of Sleight's Moor is this confusing
collection of standing and fallen stones that are known collectively as
the High Bridestones. They are considered by some people to represent
the remains of two stone
circles of a particular form know as a 'four-poster' which as the
name implies is a setting of four stones that occurs most commonly in
Scotland but there are several known or suspected monuments of this type
in England (see the Goatstones in Northumberland
for a good example). The eastern stones of the High Bridestones consist
of one 2 metre upright which is sandy coloured, smoothish and fractured
with three others sprawled out close by, these seem to be a darker colour
and are heavily pitted. Perhaps their eroded surface is evidence that
they fell a very long time ago though, rather than being toppled recently.
A smaller stone stands just to the east of the group. These stones stand
on part of a rough limestone pavement and the upright has suffered over
the years with people jamming coins into cracks in the rock which are
adding to the erosion of the stone.
The upright of the southeastern setting.
The three fallen stones of the southeastern setting.
360 Degree Panorama
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