Standing Stones & Monolith Folklore

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 Castle (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.


Dropped by a Witch

Location: Craigie (Ayrshire) - Witches Stone (no longer present)
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witch picked up this large stone, placing it in her apron and flying towards the church, with the intent of dropping it on the building. Before reaching her target, one of her apron strings snapped, and the rock fell. The stone was later blown up by a farmer and removed.


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.


Thrown Stone

Location: Crolly (County Donegal) - The Large Rock Of The Foxes Leap, aka Crolly Stone
Type: Legend
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: Fionn Mac Cumhaill threw this large boulder during the pursuit of Diarmuid and Grainne but missed his targets. It is said to grant a wish if three small stones can be successfully thrown on top of it. Another legend says the boulder will roll if the most beautiful maiden in the all the land stands in its shadow.


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 and/or first floor of the church steeple
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 an 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!


Floating Stone

Location: Dollar (Clackmannanshire) - Deil's Cradle, found on a glen which was known as Burngrens
Type: Legend - Old Nick
Date / Time: 31 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The stone was said to float in the air on Halloween's night, the Devil sitting upon it, surrounded by witches, until dawn breaks the following morn.


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.


Petrified Saddle

Location: Douglas (Isle of Man) - Saddle Road
Type: Fairy
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A vicar was left perplexed after discovering that someone was riding his horse without permission. The vicar asked around the neighbourhood but was unable to uncover the identity of the culprit. A few days after the unauthorised borrowing began, the vicar watched as a little man in a green jacket dismounted the horse and remove the saddle. The little man turned around, realised that he had been seen, and promptly turned invisible. The little man's saddle, left on a fence, turned to stone, and it was from this stone that the road took its name.


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.


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