Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle

Mitchell’s Fold is a Bronze Age stone circle that sits on high moorland 330m (1083 ft) above sea level at the south-west end of Stapely Hill.

It is thought that there were originally 30 stone pillars although now only 15 remain and these range in size from 0.25 m to 1.91 m. Although it is called a stone circle, the stones are in fact arranged in an ellipse 27 m NW-SE by 25 m.

The true history of Mitchell’s Fold – sometimes also called Medgel’s Fold or Madges Pinfold – is unknown, although the name of the circle may derive from ‘micel’ or ‘mycel’, Old English for ‘big’, referring to the size of this large circle.

Whether by design or coincidence the tallest of the remaining stones lies at the south-east end of the major axis close to the line of the southern moonrise.

The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (number 107448) in the guardianship of English Heritage.

There is an interesting legend concerning Mitchell’s Fold described in this BBC Archive article – although the truth is that the stones were placed on Stapely Hill by Bronze Age man about 4,000 years ago.

You can drive the 16 miles to Mitchell’s Fold in about 30 minutes and both entry and on-site parking are free. It is well worth the visit to experience the scale of these stone circles and enjoy the panoramic views.

Mitchell's Fold Picture

Mitchell’s Fold Picture

Here at Folly View we want you to enjoy all that Shropshire can offer and so we’ve chosen to decorate the walls of Folly View with maps and pictures that highlight local attractions – including the dramatic photograph of Mitchell’s Fold shown above.

Blue Remembered Hills

Blue Remembered Hills

Blue Remembered Hills

 

“Blue Remembered Hills” is one of the most famous lines from Alfred Edward Housman (26 March 1859 – 30 April 1936), usually known as A. E. Housman, an English classical scholar and poet, best known to the general public for his cycle of poems A Shropshire Lad.

The relevant lines are:

Into my heart an air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?

Housman first published A Shropshire Lad, a collection of sixty-three poems, at his own expense after several publishers had turned it down.

Flounder’s Folly

Folly View Let is so-named because of the view from your self-catering accommodation of Flounder’s Folly – a local monument (or folly) which can be seen from your self-catering accommodation.

Flounder's Folly

Flounder’s Folly

 

Flounder’s Folly is a landmark which is visible for miles and from which, on a clear day, you can see wonderful views of the Malverns, the Black Mountains, Cader Idris and the whole area around Craven Arms and Church Stretton including the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

Flounders Folly Tower

Flounders Folly Tower

 

Flounder’s Folly is a stone tower built in 1838 by Benjamin Flounders (hence the name) and is approximately 80 feet (24 m) tall and 16 feet (4.9 m) square. There are 78 steps to the viewing platform at the top of the tower which features specially commissioned illustrations that enable visitors to work out exactly what landmarks they are looking at in the landscape.

The tower was erected by Benjamin Flounders (1768—1846) to mark the boundaries between four large estates and maybe to celebrate his attaining his 70th year, his ‘threescore years and ten’. Over time the Folly fell into disrepair but in 2001 it was bought by what became The Flounders Folly Trust who completed the restoration in 2005. The tower is now open to the public at least once a month and you can find details of the open days at the Flounders Folly Web Site.