There are two standing stones near Wirksworth. The Westward Stone stands on the south side of the road from Wirksworth to Brassington. It measures about 4ft x 1ft 4ins by 7ft 6ins high. This stone is weather-worn on three sides; the fourth side is probably the bed from which it was quarried. (1) [The 'Eastward Stone' is lost/destroyed - see SMR 15511]
[SK 2740 5420] A standing stone, (Matthew's 'Westward Stone'), known locally as 'Bradstone' and shown on O.S. 6" at Lat. 53o 5' 2": Long. 1o 35' 28". Visited in 1932. It is 7' 6" high with a slight lean. There is no associated mound. (1)
A large standing stone; the name "Bradstone" is no longer in local use. See G.P. AO/66/4/4. Published survey (25") correct. At SK 27625413 is a smaller stone standing on a slight bank [see SMR 15513]. The purpose, period of erection and/or relationship between the stones was not determined, the latter may be a simple rubbing stone or boundary feature, but the size of the former is most impressive. (3)
Article in serial: Matthews, T. 1915. 'Some menhirs', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 37. p55-8.
Unpublished document: Phillips, C W. 1932. Typescript Notes 'Derby'.
Personal Observation: F1 FDC 14-NOV-66.
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WIRKSWORTH, DERBYSHIRE DALES, DERBYSHIRE
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