NINE LADIES

THE NINE LADIES STONE CIRCLE,
STANTON MOOR, ENGLAND.
Nine ladies stone circle is a bronze age stone circle on Stanton Moor in derbyshire, england. Stanton moor has many prehistoric remains, cairns, standing stones and stone circles. It is part of the Peak District National Park, and is much visited by walkers, and seasonal ceremonies are performed at the site by various pagan groups.


The King Stone

There are nine upright stones and one which was discovered in 1976 lying flat, and another stone called the King Stone about 50 yards to the south west.










Legend says the stones are the remains of dancing witches who were turned to stone for dancing to the sound of the devils fiddle, but when the full moon shines on the circle the ladies move around in a ritual dance once more.                                            
Nine Maidens has been the site of a 10 year protest and court battle between 1999 and 2009, against planned quarrying, which seems to finally have been won and the stone circle saved.

here are a couple of links for more information.




These lovely photographs were taken by my friend Clare.