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Maen Morddwyd

Standing Stone / Menhir (Destroyed)


Maen Morddwyd means the 'thigh stone'. It is supposed to be cemented into St Edwen's church. The church was falling down so was largely rebuilt at one point - but is the stone still there? As you can see, it had an excellent reputation as a homing pigeon, so it really ought to be.

Giraldus Cambrensis (1146-1223) wrote in his "Itinerary of Archbishop Baldwin through Wales":
As many things within this island are worthy of remark, I shall not think it superfluous to make mention of some of them. There is a stone here resembling a human thigh, which possesses this innate virtue, that whatever distance it may be carried, it returns, of its own accord, the following night, as has often been experienced by the inhabitants. Hugh, earl of Chester, in the reign of king Henry I., having by force occupied this island and the adjacent country, heard of the miraculous power of this stone, and, for the purpose of trial, ordered it to be fastened, with strong iron chains, to one of a larger size, and to be thrown into the sea. On the following morning, however, according to custom, it was found in its original position, on which account the earl issued a public edict, that no one, from that time, should presume to move the stone from its place. A countryman, also, to try the powers of this stone, fastened it to his thigh, which immediately became putrid, and the stone returned to its original situation.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18th June 2004ce
Edited 18th March 2014ce

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