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Penrhyn-Coch War Memorial

Standing Stone / Menhir


I've driven past this War Memorial on numerous occassions, and apart from thinking it was made from a remarkably large lump of quartz, never thought anything of it.

More recently I started to wonder about the origins of the this boulder. It reminded me of some of the standings stones in the area (the Glandwr Stone and one of the Pond Nant y Cagal stones). I made some enquiries and a good friend of mine who lives nearby (and has a passing interest in archaeology) assured me that this was probably just a boulder transported from one of the nearby mines.

It was only by coincidence that while I was thumbing through some records in the NMRW looking for something entirely unconnected, I found an the extract from Sainsbury's thesis (below). This indicates that the stone does have a mining connection, but it wasn't dug out of the ground by modern miners, it was already standing out in the open. I can't help feeling a bit smug.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
10th January 2003ce
Edited 10th November 2003ce

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