Nine Stones Stone Circle
Winterbourne Abbas, Dorset
The Nine Stones Also known as Nine Ladies or the Devils Nine Stones
This is a small nine stone circle near Winterbourne Abbas in a wooded glade.
This elliptical prehistoric (Bronze age) stone circle is believed to have been constructed around 4,000 years ago. It stands beneath a canopy of trees in dappled shade right next to the main A35 road. I have read (2008) on a couple of other sites that the top of the large Beech tree has been removed so more light now enters the site.
It is only a small circle - it measures around 9m by 7.8m and consists of 7 stones that measure less than a metre in height, with an entrance at the northwest flanked by 2 much larger stones. One is a thin pillar that stands over 2m high whilst the other is a square block around 1.8m high. The 2 smallest stones in the circle lie opposite the entrance.
The 17th century antiquarian John Aubrey described another circle about half a mile to the west but this has since been destroyed, although a fallen 2m stone, known as the Broad Stone, lies semi-buried beside the road about a mile to the west.
Nearby are the Winterbourne Poor Lot Barrows. This is a cemetery of 44 Bronze Age burial mounds of varying types and sizes, straddling the main A35 road. See this link for details.
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Site is in the care of English Heritage. Nearby is Kingston Russell Stone Circle.
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