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Monument record MDR4140 - The Three Men barrow and cairns, Gardom's Edge, Baslow

Type and Period (2)

  • (Stuart to Victorian - 1700 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age - 3000 BC to 1501 BC)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

"The Three Men" (named as such on the Ordnance Survey 25" map at SK 2715 7278) are conical, modern guidance cairns. They are 1.5 high, but stand on an almost amorphous stony mound, maximum height 0.5m. The latter is probably natural but could, just possibly, have been a large cairn/barrow providing the material for the superstructures. (1) This feature comprises a stone-built barrow surmounted by three cairns known since at least the 1870s as the Three Men. The barrow has a diameter of 20.5m x 17.5m and is 0.7m high. It was probably built in the Later Neolithic or Earlier Bronze Age for funerary and other ritual purposes. The Three Men cairns appear on the 1879 Ordnance Survey map and there is a local tradition dating well back into the 19th century which states that they were built to commemorate the deaths during a snowstorm of a packhorseman or cleric and two sons. There is also a record of three clergymen travelling from Eyam to Yorkshire on April 22 1740 who were caught in a snowstorm with the result that two died. This may be the incident commemorated. The cairns, which are about 2.5m - 3m wide and 1m to 1.2m high, are periodically rebuilt by walkers. (5, 6) Photographic record. (7-8)

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <1> Personal Observation: F1 FRH 19-JAN-66.
  • <2> Index: NDAT. NDAT 0238. 0238.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Marsden, B. 1977. The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire. p19.
  • <4> Index: Hunter Archaeological Society. 1977. Peak Park Treasures: B105. B105.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Barnatt, J. 1989. The Peak District Barrow Survey (updated 1994). Site 29.16.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Barnatt, J (PDNPA). 1998. The Chatsworth Estate Historic Landscape Survey, Chatsworth Moorlands: Archaeological Survey 1997-8. p 44, Feature 12.11.
  • <7> Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Black and white photograph collection. 424.10a-12a.
  • <8> Photograph: Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA). Slide Collection. 1304.1-4.



Grid reference Centred SK 2715 7278 (22m by 23m) (Centre)

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Related Events/Activities (2)

  • EDR3856
  • EDR1238

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Record last edited

Sep 1 2016 10:19AM

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