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Rempstone Stone Circle

Hob Uid: 456759
Location :
Dorset
Purbeck
Corfe Castle
Grid Ref : SY9946082070
Summary : Stone circle located at the foot of Nine Barrow Down. RCHME field investigation in the mid-20th century noted that the surviving stones formed an arc which, if originally part of a complete circle, would have been about 80 feet in diameter. At the time, 12 stones stood on or near their original setting. 5 stood to a height of 2 to 3.75 feet, while the other seven were prone. Some of these latter had clearly been moved. Nine other stones were noted piled together some 80 feet to the east. In 1957, JB Calkin referred to two parallel rows of stones, about 9 feet apart and located circa half a mile west of the circle, but apparently aligned a little to the north of it. He suggested that they may have formed a processional way leading to the circle. RCHME field investigation in 1986 noted that only 10 of the stones belonging to Rempstone Circle were still visible. The field investigator added that "nothing of the supposed stone row(s) survives".
More information : (SY 99468207) Stone Circle (NR) (1)

Rempstone stone circle - (SY 99468207) now incomplete, lies in a wood just S of the Corfe Castle to Studland road at 278ft about OD on a gentle W-facing slope near the foot of Nine Barrow Down. The west site is cut by pools and ditches, owing largely to clay workings shown on a map of 1772 (in the possession of Major D C D Ryder, Rempstone Hall).

The stones are irregularly-shaped of hard gritstone from the local Bagshot Beds. Those surviving form an arc suggesting a circle originally about 80ft. in diameter. Of the 12 on or near their original setting five still stand to heights varying from 2ft to 3 3/4ft; seven are prone and some of these have clearly been moved. The largest visible stone is 6 1/2ft. long 2 3/4ft wide and 2ft out of the ground. Nine other stones are piled 80ft to the E.

The circle was first noted in 1908 and probably belongs to the Early Bronze Age (Dorset Procs XXIX (1908), liii and Pl. facing liv; see also Antiquity XIII (1939),148). In 1957 J. B. Calkin described two parallel rows of stones about 9ft apart 1/2 mile W of the circle but aligned to a point some 12oN. of it. The stones, again of local sandstone, averaged 2 1/2ft by 1ft by 6ins. in size. It was suggested that they might have formed part of a processional way leading to the circle (Dorset Procs LXXI (1959), 114-6). The circle is No.184 on the OS map of Neolithic Wessex but early editions wrongly described the Holdenhurst long barrow against this number. (2)

The Rempstone Stone Circle is as described by Auth 2, except that only 10 set stones are now visible. Nothing of the supposed stone row(s) survives. (3)

Scheduled, RSM Number 29075. (4)

The stones appear of mapping of 1901 date wich conflicts against the view that the site was discovered by the Dorset Field Club in 1908. (5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source : An inventory of historical monuments in the County of Dorset. Volume two : south-east [in three parts]
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Page(s) : 513
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 CFW 02-OCT-86
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Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 20-Jun-00
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Source Number : 5
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 1:10,000, 1901
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Source : RCHME: Rempstone Stone Circle, Dorset
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Neolithic
Display Date : Neolithic
Monument End Date : -2200
Monument Start Date : -4000
Monument Type : Stone Circle, Stone Alignment
Evidence : Structure, Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Stone Circle, Stone Alignment
Evidence : Structure, Conjectural Evidence

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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : DO 9
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 29075
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SY 98 SE 4
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : RCHME: OS SWEEPS
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1983-01-01
End Date : 1994-12-31
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON SY 98 SE 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1986-10-02
End Date : 1986-10-02