Standing Stones & Monolith Folklore

 
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.


 
Thrown Missile

Location: Crail (Fife) - Blue Stone (outside the parish church)
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The Devil, who may have been secretly involved in constructing the church, was angered by a local man. The Devil fled to the Isle of May and threw a stone at the church. The projectile fell short, and remains in place to this day.


 
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.


 
Fairies' Cradle

Location: Cromarty (Highland) - Stone near St Benet's Spring (spring may no longer exist)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone destroyed 1745
Further Comments: If a baby had been replaced by a changeling, the fairy child could be placed on a stone known as the Fairies' Cradle and the little people were forced to return the stolen human child. The stone was broken up by a minister.


 
Dying Cattle

Location: Crowle (Lincolnshire) - Field containing a large stone (no longer present?)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large stone, known as the Black Stone, on a farmer's field was said to be cursed - if moved, the farmer's cattle would all die. Someone stole the stone, and as forewarned, all the cattle died. The stone, however, was returned soon after.


 
Witch's Footprint

Location: Culross (Fife) - Stone on common land
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This stone was used as a launch pad by a flying witch - her push off point is marked by her footprint.


 
Petrified Hunter

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Bowerman's Nose (rock formation)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Bowerman was turned to stone by a coven of witches after letting his hounds disturb the women as they worked.


 
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.


 
Thrown Stone

Location: Denton (Lancashire) - River Tame
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Robin Hood, with the help of some fairies, threw a stone the 'size of a man' from the top of Werneth Low, which was later found within the waters of the River Tame.


 
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.


 
Witches

Location: Forres (Moray) - Sueno's Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: A Picto-Scottish standing stone, one legend says that Macbeth met the three witches by the stone (and that they were later imprisoned within it).


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