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The Longstone (St Briavels)

Standing Stone / Menhir (Destroyed)

Nearest Town:Monmouth (12km NW)
OS Ref (GB):   SO581051 / Sheet: 162
Latitude:51° 44' 33.08" N
Longitude:   2° 36' 24.92" W

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Destroyed standing stone, a good match for other stones in the vicinity (the Longstone, the Broadstone). Pastscape provides details of the stone's sorry fate:

The Longstone, a sandstone megalith, formerly stood about half-way along, and 15 to 20 yds. in from, the northern hedge of a field still called "Longstone Field". It was destroyed in 1875, but has been described by a local farmer as being about
6 1/2 ft. above ground level by 4 ft. broad, narrowing to 2 to 2 1/2 ft., by 1 1/2 to 2 ft. thick; although Rudder gave its dimensions as 10 ft. high by 6 ft. broad by 5 ft. thick. A portion of the stone about 18 inches square is still to be seen at the well at Closeturf Farm (SO 585048), where it is used as a water-bucket stand.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
8th March 2013ce