Modern Stone Circle
NO 278 034
This circle consists of 8 to 9 large sandstone slabs set around a heavily planted roundabout on the way to the henge on the B969 just off the A92.
This Eisteddfod Circle
is really well hidden away to the northwest of Mold town centre on Bailey
Hill. We have been to Mold several times and didn’t know it was there.
To find it follow the High Street through the lights and uphill. There is
a signed carpark just past the church where you turn left by the Dolphin
pub. Walk on uphill to the fork in the road where there is another church
and take the path to the right of this. The path leads uphill to a bowling
green, which is the site of a Norman Motte and Bailey castle built in
1093. Carry on either uphill or to the right to reach the circle. (Uphill
is best as you come over the brow to see the circle below you)
The circle has the
standard 12 stones, one has fallen, and two outliers and central slab
arrangements for the bardic ceremonies. It is very well hidden away among
the trees in a pleasant setting. The stones are thin slabs of local
limestone that look impressive from the hilltop but close up the drill
holes are visible where they were fabricated. It is unfortunate that
natural slabs were not used.
On the way back the impressive church in Mold is worth looking at. The mother of Henry Tudor who was the wife of Stanley, Lord of Mold, commissioned it as an offering to God for the victory at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 where Henry killed Richard the third and founded the Tudor dynasty. Tradition has it that Stanley put the fallen crown on Henry’s head. The church took 100 years to build.
This small circle consists of 7 standing stones and 2 or 3 fallen ones covered in ivy (possibly caused by a car or artistic licence?) They are about 5 feet (1.5m) high and made of slate. There is a small parking space near the hospital entrance on the no through road exit from the roundabout where you can stop to get a closer look.
Close up of the roundabout
SH 565 395
Just to the
northwest of Porthmadog on the A487 towards Caernarfon we came across
another modern stone circle. This is an Eisteddfod circle with twelve
stones and inner “altar”. More details on the Modern
If anyone knows of any Eisteddfod circles could you please email me at email@example.com