It was that Hill of Stags,
A beacon fires to Hameldon,
No Stags upon them hills away,
No antlers hung by Stags heads
The general area to where the poem relates is in the main the hill to the East/NE of Haslingden in Rossendale, Lancashire which are high grounds and part of the Pennines.
Photo: Cribden Hill is the hill shown in the photograph above and it's summit is around the 1317ft (Triangulation Point)
Relates to Cribden or Cridden or Keirudon = The Hill of Stags in Haslingden or (Hazeldene),
Then walk over the top of Cribden and across to Clowbridge, (Bridge upon a Cloud)
Peat should include historic Stags, Deer, Silver Birch and Hazel Trees.
Reference to local Cribden topography and local landmarks upon its sides eg: Pinner Caves, Top O'th Slate Caves and Mining Shafts on the head of Cribden now smothered in its Moor Grass.
The haunting calls of Curlews and summer drumming snipe, that lovely sweet smell from the fields below. The waters from Cridden gave the first food to thirst, then it powered the industry in the vale, and freshened flora and fauna alike. Haslingden or (Hazeldene) was built on the sides of and lived by the fruits offered by Cridden.
At one time I worked in the Duckworth Clough Quarry which was blasted out for its fine Millstone Grit. The quarry was later used for "landfill" purposes. I remember on a couple of occasions being told by reliable persons that there was a preserved fossil of a Red Deer somewhere in the sedimental layers of stone within that area. Never checked it out at the time!! SHAME.......
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