Stanton Moor Introduction
Bronze Age Stone Circles, Cairns, Ring Cairns
Northeast of Birchover, Derbyshire  OS Map Ref SK247635
OS Maps - Landranger 119 (Buxton & Matlock), Explorer OL24 (The Peak District - White Peak Area)


Stanton Moor - Cairn T2
Part of the bank of cairn T2, one of the most prominent cairns on the moor.
Stanton Moor is an area of gritstone that stands at a height of 280-320 metres above sea level in Derbyshire between the villages of Stanton in Peak to the north and Birchover in the south and with the River Derwent to the east.

The area has been occupied since at least the Bronze Age and contains the remains of two definite stone circles (Nine Ladies and Doll Tor), three other possible circles or ring cairns (Stanton Moor North, Central and South) and over seventy burial cairns as well as several natural standing stones and rock outcrops. Most of these sites lie on the eastern and southern slopes of the moor and have fine views towards the Derwent and the hills beyond but stone quarrying in the central area could have robbed us of many other unrecorded cairns or circles.

The sites have also received the attention of antiquarians and early archaeologists since the 18th century who may have actually done them much harm and made modern interpretations difficult, in particular the father and son team of the Heathcotes whose 1930's and 40's excavations and inaccurate reconstructions have hindered our understanding of the original form of many of the cairns.

Much of what remains is now covered in thick layers of heather while increasing visitor numbers have lead to erosion on the moor particularly around the area of the Nine Ladies which has lead to the site being resurfaced with new turf. The Nine Ladies has also been threatened in the past by proposals to reopen the nearby stone quarry which could have had irreversible effects on the circle and the surrounding moorland, currently however (2006), it would seem that these quarrying plans have been abandoned.

Featured sites:
Nine Ladies Stone Circle,  North Stone Circle,  Central Ring Cairn,  South Stone Circle
Doll Tor Stone Circle  also further west - Nine Stone Close stone circle
Plan of Stanton Moor
Map showing the distribution of sites on Stanton Moor (after Barnatt).
Cairn on Stanton Moor
Remains of cairn T55 which measures over 16 metres diameter.
Stanton Moor - The Andle Stone
Stanton Moor - Cork Stone
Left: The Andle Stone. This natural outcrop has several large cup marks or basins on its top.
Right: The Cork Stone, a natural rock feature.

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