Monument details

HER Number:1626
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:The Murder Stone: A standing stone 150m NW of Cornfield Farm


A standing stone erected on a ridge above the brook at Handley Fold. The stone is a triangular natural slab of local gritstone. It is earthfast and stands on the crest of the ridge affording good visibility in all directions except the north east where the view is obscured by higher ground. The stone measures 1.22m at its widest point and 0.44m deep. It stands 1.14m high. It is Grade II listed and a Scheduled Monument.

Prehistoric standing stones would have had some line of ceremonial or ritual significance. They are often sited near other significant monuments such as burial sites. They could have served as meeting places, route or burial markers.


Monument Types

  • STANDING STONE (Bronze Age - 2350 BC to 801 BC)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1013479: The Murder Stone: A Standing Stone 150M North West Of Cornfield Farm; Listed Building (II) 1232106: STANDING STONE 170 METRES, NORTH WEST OF CORNFIELDS FARM

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