49. Look at the sun in this picture. It's so small you could almost catch it!
We have already noted that the Whispering Knights are placed a little below the top of the rise on which they stand. There are only two possible reasons for this. One is to hide a distant peak south that would otherwise appear above the near horizon and spoil it, and the other is to get a clearer picture of a star or two as they rise and set.
Option one can be counted out, since there are not distance peaks south to break up the near horizon.
Option two: The extinction angle of a star or stars. When viewed over a level horizon, i.e. zero altitude, stars become invisible as they approach the ground due to having to pass through several layers of atmosphere. The placing of the Knights a little below the peak, means that these stones - this family of stones in humanoid form - were placed to view everything that rises and sets in the south. And there was and is so much to see.
The humanoid family of stones known as the Whispering Knights
53. MY SURVEY OF THE ROLLRIGHT CIRCLE
Despite looking worm ridden, most professionals agree that the best faces of the stones were, like Stonehenge, placed facing inward.
So, measuring the circle internally, we find it to be exactly 37 megalithic yards in diameter - one MY bigger than Stonehenge.
54. Winter solstice sunrise 2016.
55. And this is where the sun sets in mid December, but we have to pass through the trees to see the horizon.
56. And what an eye-opener it is. Whilst the far horizon might well have been visible to Stone Age people with their excellent eyesight and clearer skies, it takes a setting sun these days to expose the eight-mile distant Icomb Hill.
57. Imagine my surprise while waiting for the sun to set that I should turn around and find that the humanoid Stone 13 was reflecting sunlight like a mirror.
Stone 13 is one of the few stones known to be undisturbed since new. And it is still in its original position. We hardly need further proof that Stone Age folk were into reflecting sunlight off stones.
58. The concave shape of the inner face of Stone 13. This stone, on its own, proves that the whole circle was meant to reflect sunlight into the middle of the ring.
59. The poorest face of Stone 13 faces outward, as do most other stones in the ring proving that the Rollright Circle was an internal device meant to collect light. Stonehenge was similar but was a more sophisticated Hall of Mirrors. Early peoples thought-processes clearly followed the same path as scientists of today who wondered what would happen if light was bounced between two mirrors. Consequently, todays scientists went on to invent lasers. Stonehenge operated on laser principles too!
This reminds me of a young lady I was taking to whilst leaning against on of the stones. I mentioned how the stones of the circle were meant to collect light in a similar way to a Laser. Her response was to whirl her forefinger upwards towards the sky, as if the circle was taking off.
Exactly, I said.
60. This natural mound, progenitor of all long mounds known as long barrows, is what drew Mesolithic people to the Rollright ridge in the first place.
61. Crossing the road called the Jurassic Way to see the natural mound that Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age visitors must have thought was a gift from the gods. This mound, known of and revered at the very start of the Stone Age, must have been the true instigator of all other long barrows that followed it.
On the top of the mound, early folk built a circular cairn some 20 megalithic yards diameter. Beyond that cairn, and at the other end of the mound, someone was buried with Mesolithic flint coming from Norfolk.
62. Just one of many alignments on the sun, moon and stars that benevolent nature gave to mankind at Rollright more than 9,000 years ago. This is a picture of where the major moon, according to my calculations, should be seen to set in the Foxcote gorge sometime in 2024, through a notch between Nebsworth and Ebrington Hill, some nine mile distant.
63. This is a close-up of the Foxcote gorge? formed between Nebsworth and Ebrington Hill. Although it has to be said that this superb beauty spot has several ravines similar to this one scattered around its sides.
64. Setting summer solstice as seen from on top of the Rollright mound on the evening 20 June 2020. Stone Age folk must have thought the 9-mile distant Ebrington and Nebsworth hill to be a gift from the gods. The sun sinks into it at one end, as is seen above, and the major moon sets at the other. Just as Woodhenge, near Stonehenge, scans both ends of Sidbury Hill.
There is an old fable about a witch that turned the kings men to stone because the King couldn't see the village of Long Compton in the valley below. You cannot see it in this picture either, because it's too far to the right.
This Fable was written by a certain Evans, who in 1895 failed to realise that Long Compton did not exist when the stones were set up. So, bringing things up to date, I have rewritten Evan's poem to incorporate where the northernmost moon sets, and will set again in 2024, through a couple of notches in the nine- mile-distant Nebsworth and Ebrington Hill seen above.
"Seven long strides shalt thou take, and if Nebsworth Hill and moon thou canst see,
King of England shalt thou be."
The exultant King cried
"Stick, stock, stone
As King of England I shall be known."
But on his seventh stride the ground before him rose up in a long mound obscuring his view, and the witch cackled.
"As long as Nebsworth Hill and moon thou canst not see
King of England thou shalt not be.
Rise up stick, and stand still, stone,
For King of England thou shalt be none:
Thou and thy men hoar stones shall be
And I myself an eldern tree."
Some go looking for the elderberry tree that the witch said she would turn herself into, but there are no elderberry trees to be found at Rollright.
This fable is another Red Herring to direct us away from the facts.
Latest. This is what the moon-aligned Beckampton stone avenue is aligned on. Coming in from the right, calculations show that a little before the moon reaches her southernmost limit, both sun and moon will set either side of Bishop's Cannings Down. Except for the offending treeline, of course!