Intrigue as ANOTHER metal monolith appears at Sheffield beauty spot

The discovery of a metal monolith that has suddenly appeared at a Sheffield beauty spot – the third to be found in the city this year – has sparked intrigue.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 5:11 pm

Jonathan Skull stumbled across the bewildering metal structure as he took a new route through Lady Canning’s Plantation, off Sheephill Road in Ringinglow, and was among a number of walkers who appeared surprised to find it there.

This comes after the first one to appear in the city was discovered in Parkwood Springs on New Year’s Day, and then a second was found in the Rivelin Valley at the beginning of last month.

Jonathan, of Ecclesall, estimated that the reflective, long pillar was around seven feet tall, and one foot wide.

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A mysterious metal monolith has appeared at Lady Canning's Plantation. Picture: Jonathan Skull

"It was very intriguing to come across that at Lady Canning’s,” said the 55-year-old, adding: “We had walked past the spot about a week before and I'm sure that it was not there then.”

Sheffield joins locations around the world where monoliths have suddenly appeared without explanation such as Utah in America, where the first monolith was found, as well as Australia, Romania and Belguim.

They have also been found closer to home in the Isle of Wight and Glastonbury Tor.

The monolith is still believed to be in place at Lady Canning’s, but Jonathan first noticed it on Sunday, February 28 – leading him to notice a pattern.

A mysterious metal monolith has appeared at Lady Canning's Plantation. Picture: Jonathan Skull

“They do seem to be appearing around the beginning of the month, with Parkwood Springs on New Year’s Day, and Rivelin Valley on February 1,” he said.

Jonathan has plotted the approximate location of the monolith on What Three Words here.

Many people have posited theories on the reason behind the sudden appearance of the mysterious columns, with some even going so far as to suggest they have a connection to extraterrestrials, and others putting it down to an unique art installation that has been copied around the world.

The only thing we do know for sure is that we cannot predict the location of the next monolith.


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