Cheetham Close
The stone circle at Cheetham Close measured about 18.5 metres (61 ft) in diameter. Six stones are definitely part of the circle and other smaller stones are scattered about the place. The monument has been damaged, and the stones fractured.

Archaeological surveys
The area was surveyed by Dryden in 1850 who identified a circle of six stones. In 1871 Greenhalgh identified a seventh stone and drew attention to the destruction of the site. In 1894 French discovered a second site which was a "ring bank" type cairn. A saddle quern was found in 1954 and the site was scheduled in 1958. Three barbed and tanged arrowheads were found at a third site in 1959. In 1983 a large scale survey was undertaken by the Bury Archaeological Group and M. Fletcher. The stone circle was in a severely damaged state with only two of the seven megaliths still in situ. The site probably origimally contained ten equally spaced gritstone slabs. The ring cairn lies to the south of the stone circle. Fletcher suggests that Cheetham Close dates from an early period between 2100 and 1500BC in the Early Bronze Age. The quern and arrowheads suggest the settlers were a pastoral community who supplemented their diet by hunting.

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