Field Trip to Strelley and The Catstones

by Joe Earp

The site that is now referred to as the Cat Stones, was discovered by Frank Earp and Peter Hannah in the late 1960’s. The site, which on the north east slope of Catstone Hill Strelley, consists of a large ‘pillar’ of native sandstone bedrock, shaped rather like the top of the Hemlock Stone. In 1940, this stone was, in a new-paper article, mistakenly identified as being the Cat Stone. However, the real Cat Stone which gave the hill its name was around 200 yards to the south on the opposite slope. The pillar stands on the western side of a shallow kidney shaped depression which also contains 4 large earth-fast conglomerate boulders, one smaller boulder and a coffin shaped stone. Two of the boulders lay close to the base of the pillar, (south side), two, (one of which had a notch or rove cut along its upper surface) stood a few meters to the north, together with the smaller boulder and coffin shaped stone.

In the late 1990’s, the two large boulders to the north were ‘up-rooted’ from the ground. These proved to be much larger than they appeared, with a greater mass under the surface than above.

Now Frank Earp claims that someone has ‘uprooted’ the ‘Notch Stone’ which was positioned roughly in the middle of the stone complex. The stone is believed to have been moved to the opposite side of the hill, very near to where the original “cat stone” used to sit.

On Saturday 23 March 2013, Frank Earp led a field trip around Strelley and to the Catstones. Despite the bad snow and mud, the walk went ahead as planned and was a very successful day. Below are some photos from the day:





About nottinghamhiddenhistoryteam

Originally formed in 1965 to try to save or at least record before destruction the cave sites continually discovered during the major redevelopment of the City that took place in Nottingham in the 1960′s. Almost every day new sites were unearthed and destroyed before anyone was notified; last thing they wanted was someone telling them to stop what they were doing; TIME is MONEY. The word HIDDEN in the Team’s title is because a lot of what was being invisibly lost in the redevelopment was our early history in the caves, they are under most, if now all, of Nottingham. In the 80’s and 90’s the Team conducted with the help of Dr Robert Morrell and Syd Henley, research and work on Nottingham’s history, folklore and local archaeology. The Team published quarterly magazines on their findings. The Team lapsed for a few years after the death of Paul Nix who was the team leader for thirty plus years. The Team has reformed and is now back working on Nottingham local history. On this blog you will find a series of history, folklore and archaeological related articles and information. Most of the material published will be specifically related to Nottingham/shire local history.
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2 Responses to Field Trip to Strelley and The Catstones

  1. Keep up the excellent work. I’m surprised you could see anything in the deep snow! Strange about the moved stones.

    • Hi Ross,

      The snow was so thick, literally by the end of the walk there had been at least ten inches of snow fall by the time we had finished. Despite the weather the trip went very well and hopefully will raise awareness of the Stones and the surrounding area.

      Glad you are liking everything, if you ever want to contribute anything to the site, we would love to share it and credit to you of course!



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