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King and Queen Stone

Natural Rock Feature

Nearest Town:Tewkesbury (8km SSW)
OS Ref (GB):   SO946386 / Sheet: 150
Latitude:52° 2' 43.03" N
Longitude:   2° 4' 43.49" W

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We inquired of several persons in the neighbourhood as to the origin of the name "King and Queen," as applied to these rocks of oolitic conglomerate, but could get no information, or hear of any tradition concerning them.

An "old inhabitant" of Eckington, however, told us that a manorial court had been formerly, but was not at present proclaimed at the spot, and further said, that he remembered that it used to be a custom years ago for the stones to be whitewashed previously to the holding of the court. This, Mr Lukis thought, was a vestige of the ancient lustration or consecration of them, which might have taken place annually.

There does not appear to be any mark of sculpture upon the stones; but as there is a fissured passage between the "King and Queen," and between the "King" and the adjoining mass of rock on the other side, it is probable that there may have been some superstition in connection with the passing through of these cavities.
p177 of 'Pictures of Nature in the Silurian Region Around the Malvern Hills and Vale of Severn' by Edwin Lees (1856). Online at Google Books.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
28th July 2007ce

Further down the hill from the elephant stone are these two stones, which you can see in various photos at Bredon To Malvern:
Passing through the gap between them is said to cure illnesses and improve fertility.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
24th July 2002ce