You are not the first person to pass through this farm on your way to Arbor Low. On 25 June 1927 members of the Bardic Circle of the Imperishable Sacred Land held a meeting at the monument, posing at the farm for a photograph.
Thirteen bards took part in the ceremony, which initiated two new members into the Circle. Ralph de Tunstall Sneyd led the proceedings, taking up position by the central stones as other members ranged themselves around the outer stones. By all accounts the weather was unpleasant. One attendee, Revered Wilson, recalled,
If anywhere in Peakland they might hope to catch the age-long echoes of Bardic voices it was there on that bleak mountainside.
The Bardic Circle had been set-up by Ralph de Tunstall Sneyd (1862-1947) who had developed a lifetime interest in divine wisdom and folklore, particularly Druidism and Arthurian legend. The circle was organised to promote “a cult of poetry, art and music, to foster the study of the culture and religion of the British forefathers of our race”.
Sneyd was born into a wealthy Nottingham family but was disowned from his inheritance after converting to Catholicism and marrying someone that his family disapproved of.
For much of his life he lived in the Peak District at Fairview House, Onecote. He became well known for his eccentric behavior, such as building battlements around the house during the first world war to “keep the Germans out”.
Many people still visit places such as Arbor Low for spiritual reasons, the latest in a long line of visitors stretching back thousands of years. Many Roman and Saxon offerings have been found at prehistoric sites – a skeleton discovered in 1902, buried near the centre of the monument, may have been Roman.