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    Stone Circle, Altham, Lancashire SD 772 331

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    Stone Circle, Altham, Lancashire SD 772 331

    Post  Guest on Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:03 am

    Stone Circle, Altham, Lancashire SD 772 331

    RINGSTONHALGH

    The chuch at Altham (St James, originally St Mary, est: 1140, Norman)is built on a raised spur of land above the River Calder. In the 14th century Coucher Book of Whalley Abbey the church was said to stand on "de Ryngestoneshalgh", 1352.

    The chuchyard walls are semi-circular to the north west.Diameter of semi-circle = 60m

    Built into the south wall of the church is a Norman/Roman (?) tympanum with rows of small chip-carved St Andrew's crosses.

    Placename: Aelfgeat's Estate (poss Romano-British)


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    Re: Stone Circle, Altham, Lancashire SD 772 331

    Post  Paulus on Fri Jul 09, 2010 7:44 am

    I like the sound of this one John. Have you had a look round the place to see if there are any uprights in the walling or owt? Any folklore here, or heathen lore?

    cheers - Paul

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    SITE VISIT, Altham Church,

    Post  Guest on Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:21 am


    Site Visit 13 July 2010

    At least one large standing stone on the inside of the circular churchyard wall a few yards to the NE of the church.

    Another large stone just on the outside of the circular churchyard wall to the NW of the church.

    The churchyard sits on a large raised circular feature 60m dia.

    A full investigation of the outside wall was not possible due to nettles - will return in the winter months.

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