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Monument Name Alphamstone churchyard
SMR Number 9320
Summary Several large stones in Alphamstone churchyard - reputed remains of a stone circle.
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Description Several large stones in Alphamstone churchyard - reputed remains of a stone circle. <1> There are four sarsens lying in the ground between the west end of the church and the church boundary and another on the grass verge immediately outside the church wall north of the church. One of these was found four feet down from the surface whilst digginga grave on the west side of the churchyard. These sarsens are not positioned stones and there is no evidence to suggest that they ever formed part of a stone circle. The local farmers informed OS field officer that sarsens are a very common feature of the Colne valley. <2> According to the RCHM "there is a considerable collection of sarsens stones in and about the churchyard, which appear to have been brought together by human agency". <4> Many sarsen stones have been found in the area and are distributed in and about the churchyard; one large sarsen projects from under the SW corner of the nave. <5>
Monument Type(s) STONE CIRCLE (Dated 4000BC to 2001BC)
Period 4000BC to 2001BC Neolithic
Status Not Known
National Grid Reference Square: TL83NE
Ref: 878354
Finds None listed
Events None listed
Sources Photograph : unknown (unknown) Dated : unknown

<1> Mention : SMR (unknown) Dated : unknown

<2> RECORD SHEET/FORM : OS cards (Ordnance Survey) TL83NE04, 1960 Dated : unknown

<3> Mention : TL83-010 (Hedges, John D) Dated : 1973

<4> Desc Text : An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex - Volume 3 (RCHME) Vol 3, p3 Dated : 1922