A. Thom D2/2 Class III Survey

Type A flattened circle. Diameter 76, ft = 27.9 my. Perimeter 85.4 my = 34.2 mr. Central stone off-centre as usual. Note that there is a hole cut in the stone at one end of the axis of symmetry and 2 holes cut in the stone at one end of the cross axis. I have heard a rumour that these were cut recently but it seems a peculiar coincidence that they are on the axes (assuming that the construction was slightly slewed).

Black Marsh D2-2

A. Burl (Shrops 1)

The ring stands at 3 00 m O.D. on a high level moorland, now often boggy, 5^ miles N of Lydham. It is the most northerly of several megalithic monuments in the Corndon-Stapeley region.

The stones, generally small, the largest lying at the SE being only 1.4 m long, are doleritic and probably came from Stapeley Hill nearby. Origin­ally there may have been 38 pillars in a ring about 76 ft (23 m) in diameter. Some stones remain buried in the peat that has formed in the area since Bronze Age times. A wider gap at the approximate east may mark the position of an entrance.

There is a stone, about a metre high, just south of the centre of the ring. Unusually, some of the circle-stones may have been shaped, and the larger stones seem to have been supported on a rough floor of small pieces of sandstone from the locality.

Bibliography

L. F. Chitty, TSANHAS 10, 1926, 247-53.

W. F. Grimes, in: Culture & Environment, 1966, 127.

A. L. Lewis, JRAI 1 1, 1882, 3-7.