I'm researching my next 3rd Stone 'Site Watch' magazine column at the moment
and will be writing about the Bull Ring. Does anyone have any other ancient
sites under threat that you would like investigated and publicised.
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From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of p.morgan
Sent: 30 April 2002 07:28
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Subject: [stones] Bull Ring and Nine Ladies
A little while ago Jez posted the response she received from English
Heritage regarding damage to the Bull Ring in Dove Holes. We have also had
a response and here are the relevant parts...
"The changing rooms/village hall next to the Bull Ring have been vandalised
and burnt down. We are in close contact with the Dove Holes Community
Association (as the owners) and are aware that the site is a mess, although
fortunately we don't think that any significant damage has been caused to
the archaeological remains themselves. We were told by the DHCA that the
rutting of the surfaces and banks was caused by the vandals.
For some years the Bull Ring has been a problem, and we are engaged in a
campaign to improve its condition - largely by getting the local community
to respect and value the site. As well as the DHCA, I think we need to
persuade High Peak Borough Council that they should take a closer interest
in the condition of the henge and its setting. Most recently we have
carried out geophysical survey of the monument (although this failed to
yield any new information), and there is an intention to provide an
interpretation panel as soon as we can get agreement on the improved
safeguarding of this sadly unloved monument!"
As for Nine Ladies, the mystery of the King's Stone and excavation
"As for Nine Ladies, you will be aware that EH and the Peak Park are engaged
in a programme of works to stabilise and improve the condition of this
monument. Firstly, we need to carry out works to repair the monument; and
secondly, we need to work hard to raise awareness of the fragility and
sensitivity of the site. The various users of the site are getting a little
better at regulating their own activities, yet clearly we still have some
way to go. You may be aware that we have Local Management Agreement with
the Peak Park for the day-to-day management of the monument, and the Ranger,
Andy Farmer does a tremendous job in preventing some of the worse excesses.
Some years ago the King Stone was damaged and cracked by a reversing vehicle
(unbelievable though this seem...) which was on the moor illegally. The
stones you refer to were used to provide some additional support. Happily,
however, the damage to the stone has now been fully repaired with stainless
steel dowels and the crack has been sealed.
The November 2000 excavations are the subject of an unpublished technical
report for English Heritage, but it is the intention of Trent & Peak
Archaeological Unit to publish a short account of the work in Derbyshire
Archaeological Journal. I am not clear, however, of the timetable for
publication as this will depend partly upon how much is in the 'queue' for
inclusion within DAJ."
I may well give High Peak District Council a bell (metaphorically) to see
what they have to say about the Bull Ring.
Paul and Vicky