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Mitchell's Fold

photo by Gordon Dickins On the windy South-western sloped of Stapeley Hill, Mitchell's Fold is an ancient bronze-age stone circle.

Around Stapeley Hill there are other stone circles called Whetstones and Marsh Pool Stone Circle. No-one is quite sure of the reasons bronze-age man built these circles. It is thought they probably had some religious significance and could be a way of pointing out star alignments at important times in the peoples' lives.

Mitchell's Fold stone circle is roughly 27m in diameter and 14 stones remain. They are not regularly spaced, so there may have been more originally. Off to the South West is a lone stone by a cairn (or pile of rocks). This stone is known as "the altar".

On Stapeley Hill you are standing in England but your view is dominated by the nearby dark mass of Corndon Hill, which is in Wales. On a clear day you can get beautiful views across some of the wildest areas of Wales.

The Legendmap

A version of the story can be found in the Middleton-in-Chirbury church. It was carved around a sandstone pillar by the church's vicar, Reverend Brewster, in 1879., There are many different versions of the story - generations upon generations of local people have told and embellished the story in their own way.

Priest Weston

The tiny village of Priest Weston straddles the English / Welsh border about a mile to the South West of Mitchell's fold. I haven't visited recently but on my last visit I was much taken by the hospitality of the village pub.

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