Shropshire plateau, S of Pontesbury.
A bleak upland plateau in Shropshire extending for several miles. The whole area has been mined for lead and other minerals since Roman times and today there are still gaunt derelict remains of engine houses and chimney stacks to be seen around the fringes of the plateau. The Stiperstones are capped by great outcrops of rock, the most famous of which is known as the Devil's Chair.
D.H.Lawrence (1885-1930) used the Stiperstones and the Devil's Chair in particular as a setting for part of his novel St. Mawr (1925).
Malcolm Saville (1901-1982) was also intrigued with the area and included it as a backdrop to some of his children's adventure stories, such as Lone Pine Five (1949).
Mary Webb (1888- 1927) knew the area intimately, called the Stiperstones the Diafol Mountains in her fiction and, in The Golden Arrow (1916), gave us memorable descriptions of this strange and inhospitable place.
Location map of Stiperstones courtesy of Streetmap.co.uk
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8 October 2002
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