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The Hoarstones, with Corndon Hill in the background.

The Hoarstones form a stone circle in the civil parish of Chirbury with Brompton in the English county of Shropshire. The circle comprises 38 stones, all less than a metre high.[1] There are two small mounds in the north-west of the circle that may be the remnants of barrows.

The ring is also known as Black Marsh, Hemford and Marsh Pool.[2] There are holes drilled in some of the stones, but these date from a much later period, when local miners would use the stones during wedding celebrations by filling the holes with gunpowder and setting it off.[2]

The Hoarstones may have a connection to the similar circle nearby at Mitchell's Fold, and a third circle formerly to the south known as the Whetstones.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Castleden, R. Neolithic Britain: new stone age sites of England, Scotland, and Wales, Routledge, 1992, pp.163-4, ISBN 978-0-415-05845-2
  2. ^ a b Burl, A. A guide to the stone circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, 2005, p.74
  3. ^ Burl, p.75

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