Talk by Kevin Kilburn.
Since it was first suggested in the mid-1950s, an idea has persisted that Leek’s double sunset perhaps implied a prehistoric legacy for the site of St. Edward’s church. Accurate measurements during the midsummer sunset in 1999 provided data allowing the alignment to be compared
with those from other prehistoric sites elsewhere in the Moorlands, not only at the time of summer solstice but at the more important winter solstice which, to our late Neolithic and early Bronze Age ancestors, would have marked a turning point in the seasons.
Bridestones, is on the southern end of Bosley Cloud; the same hill whose northern end gave rise to the double sunset. Bridestones is the biggest megalithic monument in Cheshire, dating to the end of the Neolithic period. Circumstantial evidence suggests that Bridestones and other prehistoric sites nearby in the bordering moorlands of Staffordshire and Cheshire held solsticial importance over four thousand years ago for a community influenced by similar astronomical alignments elsewhere in Britain.
Is Leek’s double sunset the Bridestones Legacy? I leave it to the listener to decide.
The lecturers in this programme ‘gift’ their talks to the Foxlowe, for which we thank them. Admission is free, with a Bucket Collection, also for the Foxlowe, for which we thank you.
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