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Stanton Fitzwarren

Standing Stone / Menhir


This stone is not easy to find as a field hedge has been planted around it. Just off the busy Swindon to Highworth road past the turning for the Honda car factory. The village of Stanton Fitzwarren is situated behind Stanton Park - as you go into the village (by foot) follow the footpath sign to Sevenhampton.
A single sarsen standing stone on the edge of a field, possibly an ancient boundary marker, it stands 5'4" high.
Acknowledgements: Terence Meaden (archaeologist/author) and PeteG for mentioning on a forum about three years ago. Also my walking friend MC who spotted it on a walk about a month ago and kindly helped me find it again last weekend.
tjj Posted by tjj
2nd February 2011ce
Edited 2nd February 2011ce

Comments (3)

Could it even be, tjj, that you've found the stone that the name 'stanton' refers to? Possible, innit?

How big is it by the way?
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
2nd February 2011ce
Thanks for that link Rhiannon, I believe there was a forum discussion a while back about places named Stanton ... like to think it might have been part of some no longer existing stone circle or monument that gave Stanton Fitzwarren its name (I believe the Fitz bit is Norman).

Just edited my fieldnote to indicate the height of the stone which at 5'4" was the same as me.
tjj Posted by tjj
2nd February 2011ce
From the local plan:

Stanton is referred to in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Stantone which might be interpreted2 as “an enclosure fenced by stones” or “farmstead by the stone”. St Leonard’s Church retains a fine Norman nave and chancel arch. After Domesday the manor passed through the hands of many families including the Fitzwarren family who gave their name to the village. In 1394 the settlement is named Staunton Fitz Waryn.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
13th February 2011ce
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