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In North West Sheffield, between the 'villages' of Grenoside and Oughtibridge is a lay- by on the road that starts off as Lane Head,Then becomes Oughtibridge Lane. Although only a few miles from the city centre, it's very rural.
Off this lay- by can be seen 2 stones, one of these is The Birley Stone.
Although little is known about this stone, ancient records state that the stone has been here since 1161! It is possible that it is a boundary stone.
The stone stands on a hill, from which you have magnificent views over towards the city,( to the left) or over to the Ewden Valley. It's hard to imagine you're so near to the city centre, and a few minutes away from one of the roughest areas of Sheffield (Parsons Cross). A public footpath passes by the stone. It's also near to the Trans - Pennine Route.
The ridge is known as Jawbone or Whale bone Hill.
Apparently a pair of Whale jaws were erected here as a gateway, a souvenir of a steelworker, who'd made a small fortune, known as Mr Tingle. They've long since rotted away, and I'm not sure as to how a steel magnate acquired the whale bones!
Also, I'm not sure why this is called the Birley Stone- Birley is another 'village' in Sheffield, but in the South East, and apparently is the highest point in Sheffield. There is a trig point on the golf practice range that commemorates the fact. I've also been told that the next land mass on an equal level is in the Urals!
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