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The Devil's Stone

Standing Stones


A standing stone, "perhaps of no great antiquity", about 4ft high. {1}

An upright block of conglomerate 1.3m high and 0.5m by 0.6m in section. Possibly a comparatively modern rubbing stone. The field has been drained by a series of late or post medieval broad furrows dividing the area into plots The stone stands in one of the plots and it seems unlikely that such an obstruction would have survived any arable farming. {2}

Folklore suggests that this is one of two stones thrown by the Devil from Shute Shelve in a contest. {3}

1 Mention - Knight, F.A 1915 "Heart of Mendip", 332-3
2 Detailed records - Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division 1966 ST45SW1 SCPD
3 Mention - Grinsell, L.V 1976 "Folklore of Prehistoric sites in Britain", 99

Record created by:
David Fraser in February 1983

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jimit Posted by jimit
14th November 2003ce

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