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Standing stone at Ginclough 400m WSW of Gin Clough Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Rainow, Cheshire East

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2841 / 53°17'2"N

Longitude: -2.0686 / 2°4'6"W

OS Eastings: 395525.090002

OS Northings: 376345.898001

OS Grid: SJ955763

Mapcode National: GBR FZZG.YG

Mapcode Global: WHBBJ.6Q77

Entry Name: Standing stone at Ginclough 400m WSW of Gin Clough Farm

Scheduled Date: 1 September 1995

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013480

English Heritage Legacy ID: 25702

County: Cheshire East

Civil Parish: Rainow

Traditional County: Cheshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cheshire

Church of England Parish: Rainow Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Chester

Details

The monument includes a Grade II Listed standing stone on the side of the hill
above Hayles Clough in Rainow. The stone is a large gritstone glacial erratic
cut away on two sides to create a square face on the east side. The stone
stands 0.86m high and is 0.72m wide on the east face and 0.9m deep at the base
where it is widest.
It stands 2.5m from the B5470 on the south side of the road. The drystone wall
1m to the south of the stone is not included in the scheduling, although the
ground beneath it is.

MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Standing stones are prehistoric ritual or ceremonial monuments with dates
ranging from the Late Neolithic to the end of the Bronze Age for the few
excavated examples. They comprise single or paired upright orthostatic slabs,
ranging from under lm to over 6m high where still erect. They are often
conspicuously sited and close to other contemporary monument classes. They can
be accompanied by various features: many occur in or on the edge of round
barrows, and where excavated, associated subsurface features have included
stone cists, stone settings, and various pits and hollows filled in with earth
containing human bone, cremations, charcoal, flints, pots and pot sherds.
Similar deposits have been found in excavated sockets for standing stones,
which range considerably in depth. Several standing stones also bear cup and
ring marks. Standing stones may have functioned as markers for routeways,
territories, graves, or meeting points, but their accompanying features show
they also bore a ritual function and that they form one of several ritual
monument classes of their period that often contain a deposit of cremation and
domestic debris as an integral component. No national survey of standing
stones has been undertaken, and estimates range from 50 to 250 extant
examples, widely distributed throughout England but with concentrations in
Cornwall, the North Yorkshire Moors, Cumbria, Derbyshire and the Cotswolds.
Standing stones are important as nationally rare monuments, with a high
longevity and demonstrating the diversity of ritual practices in the Late
Neolithic and Bronze Age. Consequently all undisturbed standing stones and
those which represent the main range of types and locations would normally be
considered to be of national importance.

The standing stone at Ginclough survives well and is in its original position.
It forms part of a relict Bronze Age landscape on the side of the hill,
including a tumulus 400m to the north east and another 1000m to the south
west.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Cheshire County Council, SMR, (1994)

Source: Historic England

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