British Folklore
Fairy Lore & Prehistoric Sites in Britain
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Nine Ladies

The Nine Ladies

This is an early Bronze Age burial ground with hundreds of cremations, seventy or so barrows and cairns.  On the moor stands a small stone circle only about fifty feet in diameter that sits low on a rubble bank.  Entrances sit on the north-east and south-west.  There are just nine gritstone boulders, and the tallest is just a smidgen above 1 meter tall.

The old tradition is a common one; the 'Ladies' were turned into stone for dancing on a Sunday.  There is a lone standing stone 27 miles to the south-west, sometimes called the King Stone, that is also sometimes called 'The Fiddler' to the Ladies' dancing.  Three stones have been destroyed since the 18th century and are no longer there.