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The Devil's Ring and Finger

A Scheduled Monument in Loggerheads, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.9366 / 52°56'11"N

Longitude: -2.437 / 2°26'13"W

OS Eastings: 370726.166899

OS Northings: 337781.093485

OS Grid: SJ707377

Mapcode National: GBR 7X.M2JM

Mapcode Global: WH9BY.JGR2

Entry Name: The Devil's Ring and Finger

Scheduled Date: 19 November 1928

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003495

English Heritage Legacy ID: ST 6

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Loggerheads

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Mucklestone St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


Two stones standing 200m east of Norton Forge Farm known as The Devil’s Ring and Finger.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 2 June 2015. The record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes two stones to the south-east of Norton in Hales situated on a gentle slope running down to the River Tern. The stones stand adjacent to each other at the edge of a field boundary. The northern stone is grooved and measures 1.8m high and 1m by 0.6m wide. The southern stone is holed and measures 1.5m high and 1.9m by 0.5m wide. The aperture in the holed stone is 0.45m in diameter and large enough for a person to pass through. There is no evidence to confirm they are in their original position and their leaning nature against a field boundary wall indicates they have been moved. They are likely to be from a chambered tomb or stone setting. There are currently no known associated monuments of the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods within the vicinity, however, the site of a possible Bronze Age disc barrow lies 350m to the south-west.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Despite being removed from their original positions, the two stones standing 200m east of Norton Forge Farm known as The Devil’s Ring and Finger represent an evocative reminder of Neolithic society and ritual. In particular, the holed stone represents a very rare survival with only a handful of similar stones currently known in England. Both stones were likely to have been upstanding as part of an arrangement of stones such as a stone alignment, circle, or chambered tomb within the nearby vicinity. Monuments containing holed stones are known from the Neolithic period but a Bronze Age date is also possible.

Source: Historic England


PastScape 74273 and 74301.

Source: Historic England

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