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WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Photo 523


Posted 1905.

Taken c1920, Giants Chair, Harboro Rocks, Nr Brassington

Giants Chair, Harboro Rocks,
Nr Brassington

Harborough Rocks are on the East of Hopton Moor, at 1,200 ft, about a mile NE of Brassington, OS reference SK 242-553. The Rocks are a few yards North of the Cromford & High Peak Railway, now called the High Peak Trail and Midshires Way. They are made of Dolomite, and stand proud of the surrounding limestone so are popular with climbers. The special feature of the Rocks is the natural cave which, when excavated by W. Storrs Fox in 1907 produced evidence of Bronze Ago and Iron Age occupation.

Rooke informs us of "druidical remains on Harborough Rocks, Derbyshire; viz. circles, caves, basins, &c. The most remarkable is a rock cut in the shape of a great chair, near another stone having a bason at the top. One of these huge rock-chairs is situated at the side of a small plain opposite to a rock-idol. They are supposed to have been the occasional seats of the officiating druids; who, being near the rock basin, might conveniently consult the pure water, or snow, collected in it".

A Popular walk visiting Harborough Rocks is given elsewhere on this website.

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