British Folklore
Fairy Lore & Prehistoric Sites in Britain

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 meters 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.