Calder Stones

Calderstones Park in Liverpool gives local residents a much needed area of green space for recreation. And it also home to the Calder Stones: six Neolithic stones which are thought to be the remains of a burial site. The stones are about 4,800 years old.

After their 'discovery' in the 19th century they were left out in the open for about 100 years but after some 20th century vandalism they were, in 1954, moved to a purpose built glass house nearby. They were arranged in a small circle, presumably because they were thought to be the remains of a stone circle. Although they were protected from the weather, ultimately it was decided that being kept indoors was not good for the stones.

So in the past few years the stones have been moved again, this time to a protected location just outside the Calderstones Mansion House. Here they are displayed in two rows, rather than a circle.

Like many other Neolithic stones, there are intriguing carvings including spirals and circle - similar to the carvings we saw on the stones of Cumbria's Long Meg and her daughters. There is much debate on the exact meaning of these type of carvings but it is clear that our ancestors 5,000 years ago were intrigued by circles.

Quite a find in suburban Liverpool and a bit of an insight into what life was like before the modern city emerged.