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#337627 - 22nd Jul 2009 11:16am Ancient stolpi stepping stones
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Anyone heard of these? I read about them on a site about viking wirral and it mentions them crossing the river dibbin next to the old norse settlement that was near Raby Mere. Trying to find exact location if they still exist??

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#337631 - 22nd Jul 2009 11:31am Re: Ancient stolpi stepping stones [Re: ghostly1]
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I had forgotten these, played on them when I was a kid (so they must be old), yes they still exist and are on most maps ....


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#337643 - 22nd Jul 2009 12:33pm Re: Ancient stolpi stepping stones [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Thanks for that, is there a footpath you can get to them along?? Might go for a wander later.

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#337661 - 22nd Jul 2009 1:46pm Re: Ancient stolpi stepping stones [Re: ghostly1]
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Wouldn't mind getting some photographs myself, if you would like to meet up and if the rain holds off.

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#338369 - 25th Jul 2009 12:37pm Re: Ancient stolpi stepping stones [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Apologies for not getting back sooner. I ended up going down there about 7.30 after work (last minute thing). Couldnt find anything obvious but then I didn't know what i was looking out for. It looked like there where some stones in the water but nothing I would call ancient. Also it was is a bit close to someones back garden and got a sense I was trespassing so didnt hang around hence no photos either.

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#338886 - 27th Jul 2009 5:40pm Re: Ancient stolpi stepping stones [Re: ghostly1]
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Id be up for this for a quick UE. I mad busy at the minute with work but reckon i could get away for a short time some night or weekend. Im sure Dava249 will go to !
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#338896 - 27th Jul 2009 6:27pm Re: Ancient stolpi stepping stones [Re: Doctor_Frick]
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I went the other day, as ghostly says, the stones seem to have gone missing, as has a path that at one time was the original road. So not to waste the day, I walked up the stream towards the mere (up what I suppose was the mill cutiing), then went beside the stream in the other direction towards Dibbinsdale Rd. Didn't realise it but I turned round only yards short of where Clatter Brook meets the Dibbin. I'll try and put pix up later.
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#345510 - 28th Aug 2009 3:35pm Re: Ancient stolpi stepping stones [Re: diggingdeeper]
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I got an e mail back from Professor Steve Harding regarding this yesterday...

"Dear Phil,
There is a page on this in my book Ingimunds Saga. It shows a photograph taken around 1900-05 of a man crossing them and gives the ordnance survey coordinates to help with the location. La Stopelrake is referred to in 1406 with Old Norse rak meaning "lane" - the lane to the stepping stones. A Stone Stupes also appears in Neston parish. ON stolpi (post/pillar), again there's something in the book, with coordinates.

The Wirral News blog should be starting up next month,
All best

Steve"
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