Keys to the Past

Hethpool Stone Circle (Kirknewton)

One of the stones at Hethpool stone circle, Kirknewton. Photo by Northumberland County Council.
One of the stones at Hethpool stone circle, Kirknewton. Photo by Northumberland County Council.

This is a Neolithic stone circle standing at the head of the College Valley. The stones from a ruined circle to the south with a group of stones forming smaller clusters to the north. At least seven stones are lying in a fallen position. The stones to the north may once have formed a second circle. The site is overlain by ridge and furrow, probably of medieval date. This is the only known example of large stone circle from Northumberland. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N613
Historical period: Neolithic (4000BC to 2200BC)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD SURVEY, A Survey of College Valley, North Northumberland 1981; P Topping
WATCHING BRIEF, Hethpool, Northumberland 2000; TYNE AND WEAR MUSEUMS

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Source of Reference
Local History of Kirknewton


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