Standing Stones & Monoliths - stories from the Paranormal Database

 
 


Drop Dead

Location: Devizes (Wiltshire) - Market place
Type: Other
Date / Time: 1753
Further Comments: Ruth Pierce swore in the name of God that she hadn't just cheated her business partner, and that she would be struck dead if it was so. She immediately dropped dead, and so a monolith was erected as a warning to other corrupt business people.


 
 


Buried Boulder

Location: Digby (Lincolnshire) - Exact location unknown - somewhere on the edge of the fen, near the Dorrington boundary
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This large stone is said to have buried itself, and underneath is hidden treasure.


 
 


Hole

Location: Disley (Cheshire) - Road between Disley & Whaley Bridge - area is marked by a memorial stone
Type: Other
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The site of a murder of William Wood in 1823, the hole left in the ground caused by the impact of his head as it hit the grass has remained evermore; the grass in it died, no other plants will grow on the spot, and all attempts to fill the hole have failed. Well, a marker stone recording the murder is at the site, but the hole is no longer present!


 
 


Janet Horne

Location: Dornoch (Highland) - The Witch Stone, located near the golf course
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of the last witches to be executed in Scotland, the ghost of the old lady is still seen near the spot where she was burnt to death.


 
 


The Hummadruz

Location: Dorstone (Hereford & Worcester) - Arthur's Stone
Type: Other
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: For a number of years people have reported hearing a strange humming sound around this area, without apparent cause.


 
 


St Olan's Cap

Location: Dromatimore (County Cork) - Close to St Olan's Well
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This healing stone would cure headaches, if balanced on the head, and would also deal with any problems during pregnancy. If removed from the site, the stone would teleport back, although it is not sure where it currently is located.


 
 


Dropped

Location: East Knoyle (Wiltshire) - Large stone (exact location unknown)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large stone in the village was once believed unmovable, and was said to have been dropped by the Devil as he constructed Stonehenge.


 
 


Dropped in a Huff

Location: East Worlington (Devon) - Standing Stone (private land)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: Angered after hearing the bells of East Worlington church, the Devil dropped this stone - some say it can not be moved by man or beast. Four crosses decorate the stone.


 
 


Countless Stones

Location: Eccles (Kent) - Little (or Lower) Kit's Coty
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A baker attempted to count the stones here, to prove that it was possible to number the so-called 'countless stones'. The baker placed a loaf of bread on each rock, and when complete, counted each one he took back. The Devil had other plans, however, and consumed several loaves before the baker had finished.


 
 


Petrified Man

Location: Enstone (Oxfordshire) - Hoar Stone
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 23 June (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The three stones standing here are said to be a man, his dog and his horse. The man, the larger stone, is said to wander down to the village stream on Midsummer Eve. The stones are also said to return to their positions if anyone tries to remove them.


 
 


Thirsty Rocks

Location: Evenjobb (Powys) - Four stones near Hindwell Pool
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Midnight
Further Comments: Each night on the stroke of twelve, these four standing stones walk to Hindwell Pool to quench their thirst before returning before the sun rises.


 
 


Petrified Stones

Location: Fetlar (Shetlands) - Haltadans stone circle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This group of standing stones are said to have been trolls who danced until dawn - unable to return to their cave in time, they all turned to rock.


 
 


Storm

Location: Fowey (Cornwall) - Menhir in the area
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A group of men tried to remove this stone to reach the mythical treasure beneath. A storm blew up, the wind, thunder and lightning driving them away.


 
 


Knight of the Round Table

Location: Fowey (Cornwall) - The Tristan Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This stone is thought to have marked the position of the grave of one of the knights of the round table, though it has been moved at least once since being placed.


 
 


Grey figure

Location: Glamis (Angus) - Malcolm's Stone (tombstone)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ghost has been observed around this ancient headstone.


 
 


Dead Husband

Location: Glanworth (County Cork) - Labbacallee (aka The Hag's Bed), wedge tomb
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: Sheela, a giant's wife, killed her husband after throwing their bed at him - he had argued with her and struck her shoulder with an axe. His body still lays under the tomb, and Sheela can be heard in times of national crisis calling out her husband's name. Another story says four treasure hunters arrived at the stone and started to dig beneath it. Before long, a cat appeared with a burning tail. The light blinded the men and they staggered off, one falling into the River Funshion and drowning.


 
 


Abhartach

Location: Glenullen (County Derry / County Londonderry) - General area, Abhartach's final resting place marked by a large stone with a thorn tree growing up from the side
Type: Vampire
Date / Time: Fifth century
Further Comments: In a battle for the throne, the warrior Cathrain killed his rival Abhartach. Abhartach, however, returned from the grave two days later and preyed on the locals. Cathrain once again killed the undead fiend, but two days later, Abhartach came back and continued his attacks. Cathrain discussed the problem with druids, who told him to stab his adversary through the heart with a weapon made of yew. This he did, and Abhartach never returned.


 
 


Weather Controller

Location: Gourock (Inverclyde) - The Granny Kempock Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It was once thought that the stone could control the weather; prior to fishing journeys, the fishermen would leave gifts at the base of the rock. In 1662 a 'witch' claimed she had managed to raise storms by abusing the power of the stone.


 
 


Turn Around

Location: Hallam Moors (Derbyshire) - Head Stone (also known as Stump John)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown, but stone still stands
Further Comments: This six metre tall stone is reputed to turn over when it hears the crowing of a cockerel.


 
 


Red Woman

Location: Hardley (Norfolk) - Small block of stone at the crossing of three roads and a dirt path
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Midnight, though exact dates uncertain
Further Comments: On a few select nights of the year, a ghostly woman in red materialises and sits on this small stone.


 
 


The Grey Ladies

Location: Harthill Moor (Derbyshire) - Stone circle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: It was reported that these boulders transformed into women at night, who danced until the cock crowed.


 
 


Devil Speaking

Location: Hemswell (Lincolnshire) - Devil's Pulpit
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Children would once poke pins into a boundary stone before running around it several times. After this they thought they could hear the Devil speaking from deep underground.


 
 


Treasure Hunter

Location: Higher Combe (Somerset) - The Caratacus Stone, just outside the village
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Weather Dependent: Foggy nights
Further Comments: The jutting rock is said to have treasure concealed beneath it, though it is now protected by the ghost of a man who tried to remove the stone to find the hidden wealth - his body was found crushed under the stone.


 
 


Devil's Stone

Location: Honiton (Devon) - Church Hill
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This rock is all that remains after the Devil and the locals threw stones at each other.


 
 


Reapers

Location: Hownam (Borders) - Standing stones
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This stones are said to be people who tried to reap their crops on the Sabbath.


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