The Hemlock Stone: 3D Laser Scanned

by Joe Earp

On Saturday 14th September 2013 the Hemlock Stone was finally scanned by the Faculty of Engineering from Nottingham University. This was part of the Three Stones Project. The aim of the project is to 3D Laser Scan three of Nottinghamshire’s large natural geological features. In order of size they are: The Hemlock Stone at Bramcote, The Alter or Druid Stone at Blidworth and Bob’s Rock located in Stapleford.

For more on the Three Stones Project see link below:

The weather luckily stayed warm and dry all day. The Stone first had to be scaffold to make it safe to scan from the top. The Scaffolding was provided by Judd Whyle & Son based in Nottingham. The scaffolding took approximately half an hour to complete after many trips up and down the hill carrying all the scaffolding equipment.  In the end everybody who was there helped out with the carrying of the equipment.

The scanning was conducted by Craig Hancock and Lukasz Bonenberg from Nottingham University. The scanning process took most of the afternoon, with the team having to set up the scanners in different areas around the stone.

It is hoped that once all the scanning has been processed and developed, the Team will be able to answer some long debated theories regarding the Hemlock Stone. Further results will be published shortly on this page.


The Hemlock Stone Being Scaffold for the Scan
Credit: Joe Earp- Nottingham Hidden History Team


Scaffolding the Hemlock Stone
Credit: Joe Earp- Nottingham Hidden History Team


The Team from Nottingham University Prepare for the Scan
Credit: Joe Earp-Nottingham Hidden History Team

Further Links:

Frank Earp, Project Director of the Three Stones Project explains about the Hemlock Stone and what will be achieved from the scanning of the stone:

Craig Hancock from the Faculty of Engineering, Nottingham University, explains about the 3D Laser Scanning process and how it works:

Scaffolding the Hemlock Stone:

BBC article regarding the scan of the stone:


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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