Standing stone at Brierley, overlooking South Kirby Hillfort (photo by Mothy)
Local folklore had a stone circle located on Ringstone Hill near Brierley in South Yorkshire, overlooking South Kirkby Hillfort. It disappeared many years ago but recently there were reports that it might have been rediscovered, guarded by a nearby standing stone.
Exploration on the spot revealed that the nine stones were a little too similar in size to be the real thing and on further investigation it emerged that they were placed there, not by Druids or Ancient Britons but by the SESKU (South Kirkby, South Elmsall and Upton) Regeneration team in around 1990 as part of the regeneration landscaping of a former colliery landscape that surrounds the village. Today they provide a place from which to view the local landscape and act as a feature on the Ringways Path.
Still, as Mothy, a contributor on Julian Cope’s Modern Antiquarian web site (http://www.themodernantiquarian.com), says ” Whoever built this was certainly aware of its position in the landscape. It’s a cracking spot.”
Location: The new Ringstone stone circle is on the NE edge of Grimethorpe Grid Ref: SE 430 105. Mothy on the Modern Antiquarian also gives instructions on how to find it, as follows:
” Setting out from the South Kirkby Hillfort car park, walk or drive up Holmsley Lane towards Brierley. Turn right at the junction and then into the lay-by immediately in front of the waste recycling centre. To the right of the WRC is a gateway with car park (no signs).
“At the back of the car park is an ornate gateway and a standing stone can be seen behind it on the horizon. The gateway says “SESKU Environmental Group” and there is an image of a presumably celtic couple (see photo above).
“This is the Brierley Gap entrance to the Ringways Path, a 13 mile environmental project and pathway in the area. Go through the gateway (ignoring the graffitti and trying not to trip over the burnt out remnants of various fridges, bedsteads, computers, etc) and walk up the field to the circle.
“There is one standing stone and nine recumbent stones, seven of which are laid to form a circle, the other two being inside the circle towards the area of the standing stone.
“The site immediately overlooks South Kirkby Hillfort (see photo) to the West, and the area of Ferrybridge Henge is visible to the North (see photo -look for the plumes of smoke on the horizon – this is Ferrybridge C powerstation.
Nearest Town: Barnsley (9km SW)
OS Ref (GB): SE426099 / Sheet: 111
Latitude: 53° 35′ 1.05″ N
Longitude: 1° 21′ 23.21″ W