Crop Circles 2015

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Somewhere about the 15th July 2015 two crop circles appeared in the wheat field between the King’s Men and the Whispering Knights.  

The larger circle is a complex design based on a five pointed star 150 ft (46 m) diameter.  The smaller design is a simple double circular formation  50-60 ft (15 m) diameter.

There are a number of theories to be found on the Internet as to the meaning of the designs: a 'golden ratio', 'golden triangle' or kite, night sky astronomy, the image of a 'bird' in the landscape or 'signs on the earth' that foretell the return of Christ.

There are some that believe that the larger crop circle was announcing the conjunction of the sun and Venus on the 14th August 2015 as can be seen in the above graphic.

For further explanations visit http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2015/whispering/articles.html .

According to Wikipedia the first known recording of a crop circle was in 1678 in a news pamphlet ‘strange news out of Hartfordshire’ (see above). The scientific consensus is that crop circles are constructed by humans as a prank but we all know who was really responsible!

Saxon Burial

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Bronze patera found in the Saxon grave (image courtesy of M.Sassoon)

In April 2015 a group of metal detector enthusiasts who had been given permission to search land at King Stone Farm discovered a Saxon grave only a few hundred yards from the King Stone. The detector picked up the signal of a bronze ladle or patera (see image on left). The site was then excavated and the skeleton of a Saxon female was uncovered.

News stories from the archive

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Mark Rylance talks to Melvyn Bragg

In 2014 Melvyn Bragg conducted a major interview with Mark Rylance who is a patron of the Rollright Trust for the South Bank Show.  For part of their converstaion, they came to the Stones where Mark explained the important role the site has played in his thinking about use of space in drama and the special influnces such places have.  He recalled his dramatic production of the Tempest in 1992 as one of his formative experiences as a director.  Mark has since won great acclaim for his leading role in Wolf Hall and winning a best supporting actor Osacar for his part in 'Bridge of Spies' 

Filming Father Brown

Filming Father Brown at the King’s Men (image courtesy of BBC)

In the autumn 2014 the BBC set up camp at the Rollright Stones and in the field adjoining the King Stone field.  They were there to film an episode of the television period drama, Father Brown.

Dark Sky Status

View of the night sky from the Kings men stone circle

In December 2014 the quality of the night skies visible from the Rollright Stones were officially recognised when they became part of the growing number of national public sites being awarded the coveted title of 'Dark Sky Discovery'. 

The Rollright Stones Witch

The Witch (image courtesy of Ragged Robin)

In 2012, inspired by the legend of the witch and the King, the environmental artist David Gosling created a wooden sculpture of a witch.