The Modern Antiquarian. Stone Circles, Ancient Sites, Neolithic Monuments, Ancient Monuments, Prehistoric Sites, Megalithic MysteriesThe Modern Antiquarian

Waum's Well and Clutter's Cave

Sacred Well


Alfred Watkins heard a local tale that the large stone or 'Sacrificial Stone' was said to be "the door of the Giant's Cave thrown down."

The Giant's Cave is Clutter's Cave. AKA the Hermit's Cave. How many names do these places need?

Mr Watkins got a friend to recline on the stone as though he was about to be sacrificed and took a photo. He was seemingly convinced it was Suitable as it fitted the human body just right. He mentions someone else's ideas who'd been observing the sun at the Midsummer, and thought that that would have been just the moment to do the deed.

Naturally he spotted a number of his leys around this area.

He published the idea and photo in 'The Old Straight Track', but this link ('Republications') is more interesting because it comes with his own handwriting:
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th May 2011ce

Comments (5)

Waum is assuredly a variant form of weem wideford Posted by wideford
5th May 2011ce
Not at the OED it isn't. Or do you mean in Orkney? Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th May 2011ce
I've added some pics of the cave for you Rhiannon. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th May 2011ce
Excellent!! thank you for that. It looks rather strange. Rather too neat from the outside. But with wilder curious colours inside don't you think. Really quite odd? Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
6th May 2011ce
Certainly looks uncomfortable! The colours are due to the translucent quality of the volcanic rock. It's almost amber in colour in some light. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th May 2011ce
You must be logged in to add a comment