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Nine Stone Close, Stone Circle, Harthill Moor
Copyright - Eric Brown
c 1910s - 1930s
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Nine Stones circle is the only site left in Derbyshire with stones as high as a person, between 1.95 m and 2.2 m tall. The circle is thought to have once had a diameter of 12-13.5 m. There are only 4 stones to be seen, though others may have existed once. Similar stones at Arbor Low would have been taller (if they were ever erect). The site stands on a rise of ground, west from Stanton Moor, and lower lying. The site is also known as the Grey Ladies and on moonlit nights folklore says that ' the stones spin and dance.' A Derbyshire Antiqurian writing in the 19th Century told of a farm labourer who while resting at the stones found an old clay pipe. He cleaned it out and began smoking his tobacco. 'A peculiar and delicious scent' came from his pipe, he then noticed by one of the stones that the ground had become transparent, and when he gazed into it he saw a beautiful world. More colourful than anything he had seen, with gaily dressed small people!