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Alison Topham
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A friend of mine has being involved in the creation of a new stone circle in North Yorkshire. The final stone was placed in position at sunset last weekend marking the culmination of this mammoth 3 year project.

Here's the link to Sue’s blog with photos of the final stone raising – it really is inspirational to see a group of strangers come together though common beliefs and over the years build by hand this amazing circle. Further back in her blog are more details and photos. Sue's Blog

The owner of the land, Derek Plews, is hoping this circle will be a place for spiritual gatherings and peaceful meditations well away from the tourism surrounding our ancient sites. Interview with Derek Plews

I wonder what people will think about the circle if it is still standing in 2,500 years time…

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Ian Topham
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It reminds me of the Druids

It reminds me of the Druids Temple in Ilton which was a folly created in the 1800's, but even though it is newish, it still has a great atmosphere.

I suppose it does raise the question of what people think about newly created monuments designed to resemble ancient sites and what do people think about restoring ancient sites. Repositioning stones in stone circles that have fallen down etc.

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When Eisteddfods are held in

When Eisteddfods are held in Wales, they often create a modern stone circle (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Eisteddfod_of_Wales). There are quite a few of them now. I mention it because one caught me by surprise many years ago where I wasn't expecting a circle.

Matt.H
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The plural of eisteddfod is

The plural of eisteddfod is eisteddfoda, pedantry fans.

I remember reading something a while back about one alleged stone circle down South. One theory is that it was actually some sort of neolithic stadium, and that what appeared to be standing stones would actually have been structural components in the seating area. Not sure quite how accurate or convincing that is, but it's interesting to note that what we view as mystical sites may actually have been originally built for a far more prosaic reason

Alison Topham
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It's interesting to see on

It's interesting to see on the link from Mysteryshopper that in 2005 they created a temporary plastic stone circle due to cost saving (not to mention time saving).

Part of me likes the idea that it's simply representative and therefore can be taken down and reused at the next location but on the other hand I wonder if it had the same influence / effect / spiritual connection etc as a stone circle would have...

I wonder if Stonehenge are selling inflatable versions yet.

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Re: Sentry Stone Circle, North Yorkshire

The Sentry Circle is great! I was there a few years ago for the Sacred Brigantia Beltane bash at Thornborough and stayed at the farm!

I watched folks doing a stone raising - I would have helped myself but I'd drank a bit too much to be pratting around with a big stone!

Alison Topham
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Re: Sentry Stone Circle, North Yorkshire

Hi Redfearn,

It's nice to hear from someone else that has been there for festivals, and watched the stone's being raised. Sound like you were wise just to watch!!!

:-)



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