Standing Stones & Monoliths - stories from the Paranormal Database

 
 


White Cow

Location: Lydham (Shropshire) - Michell's Fold stone circle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Pre eighteenth century
Further Comments: During times of drought or hardship, a white cow would appear in the middle of the circle and allow everyone in the neighbourhood to fill one bucket with milk. Michell, a local witch after whom the circle was later named, milked the cow into a sieve until the creature vanished.


 
 


Vanishing Leapfroggers

Location: Marston Moretaine (Bedfordshire) - Devil's Stone, also known as Devil's Jump Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A stone marks the spot where the Devil played a game of leap frog with three local lads - when they jumped over his back, a hole to hell opened up, and they were never seen again.


 
 


Loser

Location: Melcombe Horsey (Dorset) - Giant's Grave
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This earth mound is said to contain the body of a giant who lost a stone throwing contest against another of his ilk. The two stones are close by, and are said to rotate when a cockerel is heard to crow.


 
 


Swimming Stone

Location: Michaelstone-y-Fedw (Gwent) - The Druidstone, on the grounds of Druidstone House
Type: Legend
Date / Time: When a cock crows during the night
Further Comments: This stone, standing over three metres in height, goes for a swim in the nearby river if woken up at night.


 
 


The Long Stone

Location: Minchinhampton (Gloucestershire) - Large stone along the Avening road
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large rock is said to walk around the field in which it stands at midnight, and occasionally wander to the spring at Minchinhampton to have a drink. Mothers were said to have passed their children through the gap in the stone to cure them of rickets or smallpox.


 
 


Petrified Hurlers

Location: Minions (Cornwall) - Hurlers stone circle
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: For playing the ancient sport of hurling on a Sunday, these men were transformed into stone as a warning to others. As hurling had a habit of radically reducing life expectancy, it is rarely played today.


 
 


King William II

Location: Minstead (Hampshire) - New Forest, the Rufus Stone
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 02 August (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Murdered (allegedly) on this spot by a close friend, William II is now doomed to rise on the anniversary of his death and walk to Winchester.


 
 


Milking Witch

Location: Mitchell's Fold (Shropshire) - Stapeley Hill
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: A fairy gave the villagers a white cow that could yield enough milk for everyone in the area. A local witch attempted to fool the cow, placing a bucket under the creature filled with holes. As the woman went to milk the creature, a storm erupted - the cow ran off and the witch was transformed into rock.


 
 


Hulac Warren

Location: Monsal Dale (Derbyshire) - The Warren Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: Monsal Dale was once known as Demon's Dale, and a race of sadistic giants lived there. A shepherdess killed herself rather than be kidnapped by the giant's leader Hulac; the gods were so outraged by his actions that the giant was instantly turned in to the Warren Stone.


 
 


Petrified Quoits

Location: Moretonhampstead (Devon) - Hel Tor and Blackingstone hills
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: According to legend, King Arthur stood on Hel Tor, the Devil on Blackingstone, and a game of quoits ensued. They threw discs at each other until Arthur finally won - the Devil, disgusted with the outcome, turned the last two quoits into stone.


 
 


Not by Guilt

Location: Mottistone (Isle of Wight) - Rocking Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A large rocking stone here could be moved by the wind, but never by a man possessing a guilty conscience.


 
 


Giant Quoit

Location: Mulfra (Cornwall) - Dolmen
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The pile of rocks are said to be the discarded remains of stones used by giants during a game of quoits.


 
 


Drinking Rocks

Location: New Radnor (Powys) - Standing Stones east of village
Type: Legend
Date / Time: When the church bells ring
Further Comments: Upon hearing the ringing of the local church bells, these standing stones move to a nearby pool and start drinking.


 
 


Flogged Man

Location: North Newbald (Yorkshire) - Whipping Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Stone still present
Further Comments: A large stone in the village, once the base of a large cross, is said to have been the location where people were once whipped to death. One person has reported that the stone is haunted by a man executed in the twelfth century, who manifests each night to take revenge on the living.


 
 


St. Gervase de Mertoun

Location: NW6 (Greater London) - Red stone close to Kilburn Priory (no longer present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: St. Gervase was killed by his brother Stephen after Stephen fell in love with Gervase's wife. The stone upon which his body fell turned red with blood, forcing Stephen to confess his crime. The stone remained red for decades after the event.


 
 


Frozen Maidens

Location: Okehampton (Devon) - Nine Stones, Belstone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: This set of nine stones are said to be maidens who were caught dancing on the Sabbath. They sometimes come back to life and continue dancing.


 
 


Rotating Stone

Location: Orby (Lincolnshire) - Wych Boulder
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: This pear-shaped rock is said to turn itself over when the clock strikes twelve.


 
 


Gytrack

Location: Philpots (Dorset) - The Big-Upon-Little Stone (aka Great-Upon-Little stone)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: This phantom black hound once kept the local populace away from the area at night.


 
 


Madgy

Location: Porthgwarra (Cornwall) - Madgy Figgy's Chair (rock formation)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local witch by the name of Madgy Figgy would fly through the air and land on this rock formation, using a lamp to lure ships towards her and their doom.


 
 


Turning Stone

Location: Pyrford (Surrey) - Pyrford Court
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Sunrise (reoccurring)
Further Comments: A large rock near the gateway of the court rotates when the cock crows and dawn breaks.


 
 


Grave

Location: Redhill (Somerset) - Hurdlestone Wood
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: A giant's grave is said to be within this wooded area. The area is said to take its name from a rock that sits on the edge of a nearby cliff, thrown there by the Devil during a competition.


 
 


Giant Arthur

Location: Reynoldston (South Glamorgan) - Arthur's Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Walking stone legend said to occur 01 January (reoccurring)
Further Comments: One story associated with this Neolithic tomb has King Arthur finding a stone in his boot. The king picked the pebble out and threw it to one side, thus placing the stone where it now stands. Another legend says the stone walks down to the sea once a year for a quick drink. Finally, another story says the stone was split by a miller who was after a millstone - unable to lift it, the split stone has remained laying there since.


 
 


Bridge Builder

Location: Rill Point (Cornwall) - Loose, rough stones in the area (was known as the Apron String)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An evil spirit wanted to build a bridge to France to aid smugglers, however the spirit's apron string broke as it moved the stones required for the task, so gave up.


 
 


Wedding Guests

Location: Ropley (Hampshire) - Bridestone Lane
Type: legend
Date / Time: Still present?
Further Comments: A wedding party failed to invite any of the local fairies to their big day. Travelling back from church, everyone was transformed into stone; they stood by the roadside as a warning to others.


 
 


Charlotte Dymond

Location: Roughtor (Cornwall) - Near a memorial stone to Charlotte
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 14 April (reoccurring)
Further Comments: While Charlotte's boyfriend was hanged for her murder, it is widely believed he was innocent; this could be the reason why Charlotte has returned, dressed in a gown and silk bonnet.


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