Arbor Low was a source of fascination to early antiquarians. The Chesterfield-born Reverend Samual Pegge (1704-1796) included an illustration of the monument in his pamphlet, A Disquisition on the lows or barrows in the Peak of Derbyshire particularly that capital British monument called Arbelows.
The illustration was one of thousands pasted in Isabella Thornhill’s copy of the Lyson’s Magna Britannia.
Whilst Pegge’s illustration could be accused of using a little artistic license, it does show the monument in a form similar to that we see today. The picture clearly shows the stones lying down, with two entrances in the ditch and bank, and the large barrow that is built into part of the henge.
This illustration has been taken from Derbyshire Record Office’s copy of Lysons’ Magna Britannia.
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