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The Devil's Arrows

Standing Stones


It's a bit of an easy shot. But I want to include it because it shows the old stones still had the power to wind people up. Even though on the surface of it they just looked like big stones in fields.
Montgomery addressed the audience at considerable length, giving, as he often did, additional interest to his remarks by the charm of local allusion.

"This," said he, "is the fifteenth meeting that I have attended in this northern district, - a district which has with me a peculiar interest, as it contains so many interesting monuments and historical associations connected with the olden times. When I came to Boroughbridge, I saw those famous remains, probably of Druidical idolatory, called by the people the Devil's Arrows. Why do not they still, as probably once they did, call together the people to sacrifice their children? Because we have the Bible.
Thank goodness for that eh. This was in 1827, and comes from 'Memoirs of the life and writings of James Montgomery, by J. Holland and J. Everett' (1855). Montgomery was a Wesleyan hymn writer.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
7th March 2007ce
Edited 7th March 2007ce

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