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Monument Number 381601

Hob Uid: 381601
Location :
Essex
Braintree
Alphamstone
Grid Ref : TL8790035400
Summary : Alleged stone circle, seven sarsen stones in the yard of Alphamstone church.
More information : "Alphamstone church (TL 879354) stands on what is almost
certainly the site of a stone circle." (1)

There are four sarsens lying on the ground between the west end of the church and the church boundary, and another on the grass verge immediately outside the church wall north of the church. One of
these sarsens was found four feet from the surface whilst digging
a grave on the west side of the churchyard. These sarsens are not
positioned and there is no evidence to suggest that they ever formed
part of a stone circle. Mr. Stuck and Mr. Tyler, both local farmers,
informed me that sarsens are a very common feature of the Colne
valley. (2)

There are now seven sarsen stones to be seen in the vicinity of the
church. One is by the west wall, five lie at the foot of the adjacent
hedge and one outside the north gate on the roadside.

They are irregular in shape and average 1.5m. maximum dimension.
See photograph.

No evidence of a former stone circle was encountered. (3)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Colchester Museum Report 1928
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Source Number : 2
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JET 15-JUN-50
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 BHS 18-AUG-76
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
Display Date :
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date :
Monument Type : Stone Circle
Evidence : Uncertain Evidence

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TL 83 NE 4
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON TL 83 NE 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1950-06-15
End Date : 1950-06-15
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON TL 83 NE 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1976-08-18
End Date : 1976-08-18