Standing Stones & Monolith Folklore

 
Stoned Man

Location: Trotternish, Isle of Skye (Highland) - Old Man of Storr
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Turned to stone by a couple of antisocial ogres, the old man of Storr has remained a monolith for hundreds of years, and no doubt will forevermore.


 
Jack's Grave

Location: Tweedsmuir (Borders) - The Giant's Stones
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: These stones mark the final battle between Jack the giant killer and one of his mortal foes - they managed to kill each other in the fight. The body of either Jack or the giant lies under one of the stones.


 
Sheep Rustler

Location: Upper Lambourn (Oxfordshire) - Hangman's Stone
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A sheep stealer received his comeuppance as he rested on this stone - the cord that he used to lead this stolen sheep wrapped around his neck as he slept, strangling him. The man's phantom is said to walk the area.


 
Fire

Location: Vale (Guernsey) - L'Ancresse Bay - large stone (no longer standing)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown - pre twentieth century
Further Comments: Despite dire warnings from locals, Mr Hocart of Belval had workers cut this former monolith into stone for his new house. The day the building work had finished, a fire broke out, killing two servants. Two ships which carried spare stone to the UK sank within the year, and even though Hocart moved into a second house to Alderney, the fire curse followed him, destroying that dwelling also. Hocart finally returned to Guernsey, but just prior to landing, some rigging fell and landed on his head, killing him instantly.


 
Bird

Location: Verwood (Dorset) - The Verwood Stone (aka Hoarstone, aka Stephen's Stone)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: Under this stone is said to be a golden container. A large black bird protected the treasure, scaring away any tomb raiders. There have been reports of unnatural cold spots in the area.


 
Satan's Stone

Location: Walton Hill (Fife) - Stone on a roadside close to a farmhouse
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: Satan and Samson had a stone throwing contest. The Devil's stone landed on the roadside, while Samson's travelled further, shattered on impact and the rubble used to make a barn.


 
Impending Pregnancy

Location: Warton (Lancashire) - Bride's Chair
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A local rocky outcrop known as the Bride's Chair is said to bestow child to any newly wed woman who sits on it.


 
Treasure

Location: Wellington (Somerset) - Cockcrow Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This stone, animated by the sound of a cockerel's crow, is said to cover a secret treasure.


 
White Dog

Location: West Kennet (Wiltshire) - Long Barrow
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve), sunrise (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Appearing to mark the start of the longest day of the year, this pale hound has been observed at sunrise. Some reports say the dog is accompanied by a ghostly druid.


 
Witch's Stone

Location: Westleton (Suffolk) - St Peter's Church
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Standing by the chancel door, this stone is said to be used to summon the ghost of a witch. Any object placed in a hole in the wall above the stone would vanish after the owner ran around the church seven times, and the chinking of chains would echo around the area. Legend has it that grass will not grow in the area.


 
Galdus's Grave

Location: Wigtown (Dumfries and Galloway) - Torhouse Stone Circle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The final resting place of King Galdus is thought to be under one of these large stones.


 
Thrown Stone

Location: Williton (Somerset) - Battlegore tumulus
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Battlegore was the landing site of a stone thrown by a giant from West Quantoxhead, competing with the Devil. Old Nick failed to throw his rock as far, and was banished from the area.


 
Clawed Stone

Location: Winceby (Lincolnshire) - Boulder near area known as Slash Hollow
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Moved to the side of the field in 1970
Further Comments: The stone was finally buried by a farmer, who dug a hole next to the boulder and pushed it in. A failed previous attempt had resulted in the Devil appearing who scratched the stone with his claws. The stone was believed to have been placed on top of treasure, however when the stone was finally moved to one said, no treasure (or Devil) was found.


 
Wagon

Location: Winsford (Somerset) - Winsford Hill
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The wagon that haunts this spot was supposedly crushed as its owner tried to move aside the heavy monolith located here, in order to steal the treasure beneath.


 
Frozen Figures

Location: Winterborne Abbas (Dorset) - Nine Stones (stone circle)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The stones are said to be either children (or maidens) who were petrified for dancing on the Sabbath, or the Devil, his wife, and his children.


 
Dancing Stone

Location: Wrington (Somerset) - The Waterstone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Nights of the full moon
Further Comments: This stone becomes animated on nights of the full moon.


 
William the Giant

Location: Wroot (Yorkshire) - Thumb Stone and Little Finger Stone (no longer present?)
Type: Curse
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: These two boulders were thrown into position by William, the local giant and wizard. A farmer who tried to move one using six horses failed to do so, and all the horses died shortly after their attempt - it became known that to mess with the stones was unlucky.


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