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Nine Stones



Lunchtime might be the best time to visit - apparently the stones dance everyday at noon.* They're also known as the 17 brothers. That's some discrepancy (especially as they are also known as the nine maidens - they were turned to stone for dancing on the sabbath) - I suppose nine is a rather special number (three times three), and maybe seventeen, as a prime number, also has its weirdness.

(partly from Grinsell's 'folklore of prehistoric sites in Britain')

*This is mentioned in Notes and Queries 61 from 1850.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
25th September 2002ce
Edited 5th April 2006ce

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