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St. Lythans

Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech


St Lythans is also known as Gwal y Filiast - the greyhound bitch's kennel. Maybe the greyhound comes from stories about Ceridwen:
The cromlech stands in cursed field, where nothing is supposed to be able to grow.

It's also known as 'Maes y felin' - the mill in the meadows. Perhaps this is because the capstone spins round three times on Midsummer's Eve, like a millstone? "Old people in the beginning of the 19th century said that once a year, on Midsummer Eve, the stones in Maes Y Felin field whirled round three times and made curtsies; and if anybody went to them on Hallowe'en, and whispered in good faith, it would be obtained. The field in which these stones stand was unprofitable, and people said the land was under a curse." (Marie Trevelyan, Folk lore and folk stories of Wales, 1909 ).

It's also said that the stones go down to the river afterwards to bathe.

Also, a horse gallops round on moonlit nights. But if you ride it, you won't remember a thing and wake up on the capstone in the morning cold and confused.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th May 2002ce
Edited 22nd September 2005ce

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