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Nine Ladies


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A small early Bronze Age stone circle of (actually) ten stones. There are nine surviving stones in the circle, but excavations have shown that there were once at least ten and possibly eleven. The small "King Stone" lies forty metres from the circle and is clearly visible from it.

Like in many other places, traditionally women petrified for dancing on Sunday.

Part of a complex of prehistoric circles and standing stones on Stanton Moor, Derbyshire,  Druids and Pagans occasionally celebrate summer solstice there.


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From 1999 to 2004 this site was in the news over proposed quarrying nearby, eco warriors in the trees and a later court action where the quarries concerned were classified as dormant and cannot re-open. The area is now protected from development. This means that the quarries cannot re-open until the Peak District National Park Authority agrees on a set of working conditions for them.

Stone circles often come on 3's in this case on the map (multimap)  you can see 3 in a line running diagonally.

Second is Doll Tor (SK238628) stone circle nearby. Difficult to see from the air as its on the edge of woodland.

Third known as the Grey Ladies or Nine stones Close (SK225626) from the air on a Google aerial photograph. Only four stones remain of what once was a 45foot circle of stones. The stones are the tallest in Derbyshire, ranging from 1.2m (4 feet) to 2.1m (7 feet) in height, the tallest being located at the southern end of the circle.

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See also

Our section on stone circles

The discussion on the purpose of stone circles

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Nine Ladies Stone circle, Stanton Moor, Derbyshire

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Google Maps aerial photograph

Getting there:

Turn off the A6 between Bakewell and Rowsley onto the B5056 Ashbourne road and turn left where the road to Youlgrave forks off right. About 500m further on, turn left again, to Stanton in Peak. Follow the road through the village and take the second turn left to get onto the moor.


From an unclassified road off A6, 5 miles SE of Blackwell





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none - English Heritage site, managed by Peak District National Park Authority

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Date Updated:03/08

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