Standing Stones & Monoliths - stories from the Paranormal Database

 
 


The Murder Stone

Location: Cadoxton (South Glamorgan) - Churchyard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Stone still present, sighting of ghosts pre 1920s?
Further Comments: A stone monument was erected in the churchyard in memory of Margaret Williams, whose murdered body was found on nearby marshland in 1822. Because she was pregnant at the time of her death, it was widely believed her lover and her killer were the same man. Nonetheless, Margaret's killer was never caught. Two ghostly forms were reported by the stones, thought to be of Margaret and her former lover.


 
 


Mysterious Stones

Location: Callanish, Isle of Lewis (Outer Hebrides) - Callanish standing stones
Type: Other
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It is still argued to what extent this stone circle represents the heavenly bodies above, and what its ultimate purpose was. One legend says that the thirteen stones were giants who refused to become Christians - they were petrified for the sin.


 
 


Unlucky Art

Location: Carlisle (Cumbria) - Cursing Stone, Carlisle Museum
Type: Curse
Date / Time: 2001 onwards
Further Comments: Since the installation of artist Gordon Young's sculpted granite 'Cursing Stone' inscribed with a 16th century curse in one of Carlisle's museums in 2001, misfortune has plagued the city - local farm stock were wiped out by foot-and-mouth disease, a devastating flood occurred, several factories have closed, a boy was murdered in a local bakery and Carlisle United football team dropped a league.


 
 


Stone of Dismissal

Location: Carlton (Nottinghamshire) - Devil's Stone (outside the church?)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: In a reversal of the normal tale associated with these stones, if a witness spotted the Devil nearby, she or he had to run around the stone to dismiss Old Nick. The stone was also said to be haunted by a woman in white who was once sacrificed on it.


 
 


John of Gaunt

Location: Carn Brea (Cornwall) - Stones on nearby hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: The giant John would often throw boulders at neighbouring giants, who would toss them back at him - hence, the hillside is covered in large rocks. The giant's remains are said to be buried somewhere on the site.


 
 


Sisters

Location: Catchall (Cornwall) - The Sisters (standing stones), aka Drift Stones
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: These two standing stones are said to be sisters who were petrified after committing an unknown sin.


 
 


Clash of Swords

Location: Cawston (Norfolk) - Duelling Stone at Crossroads
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A duel once fought here can occasionally be heard reenacted many years later.


 
 


Knight in Shining Armour

Location: Cefyn Bryn (West Glamorgan) - Arthur's Stone (aka Arthur's Quoit?)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nights of a full moon
Further Comments: Wearing gleaming armour, this figure emerges from under the stone and walks off towards Llandrhidian.


 
 


Giant Stone

Location: Cerne Abbas (Dorset) - Stone on Bockhampton Green
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Two origin myths surround this stone. One says the rock was thrown into position by an angry giant, while the other states the rock was rolled into position by villages attempting to move it up the hill to use as a weapon against the giant.


 
 


Frozen Maiden

Location: Chapel of Garioch (Aberdeenshire) - Pictish Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The large red monolith is reportedly a maiden who tried to escape from a local warlock - she failed.


 
 


Grey Geese of Addlestrop Hill

Location: Chastleton (Oxfordshire) - Goose Stones
Type: Legend
Date / Time: A couple of stones still present; most have been moved
Further Comments: An elderly lady driving her geese down the road met a witch who requested charity. The elderly woman refused, so the witch turned the geese to stone.


 
 


Giant Grave

Location: Cheselbourne (Dorset) - Round Barrow
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The mound found here is said to be the grave of a giant who dropped dead after losing a game of 'throw the boulder the furthest'. Two stones nearby are said to mark the place where the giant and his (winning) friend stood; when the cockerel crows, the stones move.


 
 


Fairy Music

Location: Clava Cairns (Highland) - Stone Cairns
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The haunting sound of fiddling has been heard in this ancient area, leading some to say that the music is produced by fairies. A few people who have removed stones from the site are reported have returned them after suffering from bad luck.


 
 


Thrown Stone

Location: Clonakilty (County Cork) - Knockatlowig (stone row)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The largest stone found here is said to have been thrown into position by a giant standing a couple of kilometres away.


 
 


Giant's Stone

Location: Clonbulloge (County Offaly) - Clonkeen standing stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: The giant Fionn MacCumhaill was said to have thrown this stone from Croghan , around twenty kilometres southeast. Rolling across the ground, a dog stood in the stone's path and stopped it with his paw; the paw print is still seen on the stone today.


 
 


Rotating Stone

Location: Colwall (Hereford & Worcester) - Stone in the centre of the village
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Every night at midnight (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Old Nick appears at midnight every night to turn the stone around.


 
 


Doctor Barnes

Location: Colyton (Devon) - The Doctor's Stone
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Placed on top of a hill by the good Doctor so he could survey the land whilst resting, the stone is now reportedly haunted by the man's shade - he has been seen perched upon it, smoking a pipe.


 
 


Thrown

Location: Corfe (Dorset) - Rempstone Stone Circle (private property)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: Accidently created by the Devil as he tried to hurl boulders at Corfe Castle, these stones fell in a rough circle shape.


 
 


The Devil's Chair

Location: Corscombe (Dorset) - Corscombe standing stones
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: Named after a belief that the Devil would once sit here, the stones are also called Granny's Armchair (which is not quite as frightening).


 
 


Road Block

Location: Corscombe (Dorset) - Toller Down standing stones
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stones still present
Further Comments: The Devil threw these stones into position in an effort to block the road.


 
 


Soldiers

Location: Cregneish (Isle of Man) - Meayll Stone Circle
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom army comprising of soldiers and their horses are said to haunt the area round these ancient burial chambers.


 
 


Fish Stone

Location: Crickhowell (Powys) - Stone by the River Usk
Type: Legend
Date / Time: 23 June (or Midsummer Eve) (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Once a year this strangely shaped stone dives into the local river and goes for a swim.


 
 


Rockin'

Location: Cross Lanes (Dorset) - Giantís Grave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Two large stones near this round barrow are said to move when they hear the cockerels crow in the nearby village of Chesilborne.


 
 


Calling Stones

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Rowbrook, Broad Stones, River Dart
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that the Dart takes one life a year, by gently calling the victim's name until they fall into the waters and drown.


 
 


Petrified Parson

Location: Dawlish (Devon) - Parson and Clerk Rock
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A Priest and his clerk found themselves lost in the area, and sought shelter in a old house where they found several men eating and drinking to excess. The two visitors joined in, only to soon realise that their host was Old Nick. They tried to escape, but failed. One legend says that they were found dead on the rock that now bears their names, while other stories say that the pair were turned into the stone.


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