Circles Beyond Time – Inner circle

snake-adder-barbrook-merin-stone-beeley-derbyshire-ani-115We walked through the cairns, seeing their contours in the rise and fall of the heather, knowing many more were now hidden by the late summer bracken. We were heading for the prosaically named Barbrook II. We know it better by another name, but that is a different story.

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“…We reach the house-place. My eyes see only the encircling wall of stones, a few courses high… standing stones in the walls… even here she did not escape the Seeing… Her eyes join mine and I see the angled roof of thatch… the low opening covered with hide.

A fire burns within and I enter.

By the door a rough cot covered with fur… On the far side an alcove, draped in hides to keep out the draught, piled with furs… a necklace of seashells, incongruous on the moor, lies beside the bed. Beneath it, I know, is the stone cyst where she placed their ashes. The last of the embers glow softly on the hearth.

The remains of a meal discarded.

It is warm, homely.

They were here not so long ago…”

                From Doomsday: Dark Sage, Stuart France & Sue Vincent

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It is a curious place, unlike any other stone circle I have ever seen. At first glance it seems no more than a hut circle, the remains of a dry stone wall that might once have supported a conical roof, thatched with reeds. That was my first impression, though I have never found any recorded evidence of this. Closer inspection, though, reveals something extraordinary… a small stone circle of nine stones is built into the internal face of the walls. The site is recorded as a ringcairn with a revetment of dry-stone walls and an earthen embankment, but that is only a technical description…

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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10 Responses to Circles Beyond Time – Inner circle

  1. davidprosser says:

    There really is much more to the ancients than we ever give them credit for. A sort of quiet sophistication in the way they built circle of stones into the walls of whatever this building serve as. Home, crematorium or even place of worship. If only we knew the real significance of where and why these ancient places were built.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      The archaeologists look only at the evidence..so though we may have an idea, we will probably never know. But the spohistication is far greater than it looks. When you start exploring the precision with which these places were built across the country, it challenges any idea of crude simplicity xxx

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  2. Jennie says:

    This takes the mind on an incredible trip. Thanks!

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  3. Widdershins says:

    Nine, you say. 😀 well, well, well.

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