Neolithic Merseyside

Something of a ‘ritual landscape’ can be glimpsed in the locations of the Calder Stones – a former burial chamber – along with the Pikeloo Hill, the Rodger Stone and Robin Hood’s Stone. Only the first and last of these survive in any form, and away from their original position.

However, the area (now Allerton) must have had some significance to the Neolithic people of Merseyside, and it is a shame that more of these ancient remains have not survived. The standing stones of Robin Hood’s Stone and the Rodger Stone may have been way-markers on the route to the Calder Stones tomb. On a wider scale, the Calder Stones look like tombs in Ireland, Wales and Scotland – around the Irish Sea – proving that some cultural influence reached quite a distance.