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Ffynnon Druidion

Standing Stone / Menhir

<b>Ffynnon Druidion</b>Posted by KammerImage © Simon Marshall
Nearest Town:Fishguard (4km ENE)
OS Ref (GB):   SM921365 / Sheet: 157
Latitude:51° 59' 14.98" N
Longitude:   5° 1' 41.41" W

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Visited 30.6.10.
Easily seen from minor lane west of Fishguard. The stone is only about 20 metres into the field. There is a metal gate leading into the field and a 30 second walk later you are there - up close and personal. Luckily it hadn't rained for several weeks so the field was nice and dry but in wet weather it would be very boggy. The stone was covered in dry litchen and looked quite pretty.
Posted by CARL
6th July 2010ce

Around 7ft tall and 3ft wide, this is another of the area's 3-sided standing stones. Standing on level ground – a rarity in this landscape – the views are up to Carn Gelli and Garn Wnda. Just a couple of hundred metres north is the site of Ffynnon Druidion cromlech.

There's a possible sightline to Rhos y Clegyrn standing stone and its tumulus approx 1km SW, on the side of the hill that bears the Ffyst Samson cromlech. The view also includes, as per 95% of the monuments round here, Mynydd Preseli and the sea.

With the tumulus, two standing stones, cromlech, and Garn Wnda this stone sits at the centre of a landscape bowl filled with monuments built over several millennia.

visited 21 Aug 04
Posted by Merrick
7th September 2004ce

Visited 18th April 2003: I spotted this stone on the Landranger, and persuaded Lou that we should detour to visit it on our way back from Fishguard (aka Abergwaun).

The first thing we saw as we approached was a small stone, slightly further south than the place I'd expected to find the Ffynnon Druidion stone. On closer inspection it turned out to be a recently erected stone, with lots of tell tail signs that it had been recumbent not that long ago. Subsequent investigation confirmed my suspicion that it isn't prehistoric. I've christened it the Ffynnon Druidion JCB Stone.

The real Ffynnon Druidion stone stands in the next field along from it's fake neighbour. It's rather tall (maybe 7ft) with a slight zigzag shape to it, and covered in lichen. At it's base it tapers and there are lots of exposed packing stones around it. I found it rather impressive, and having just visited it's in neighbour, it felt comfortingly old.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
21st May 2003ce
Edited 4th July 2005ce

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Barber & Williams (The Ancient Stones of Wales, 1989) say it was marked as 'Cromlech' on the OS map of 1843.

The fact that it was altered to 'Standing Stone' for subsequent editions and there seems to be no other reports of it ever being more than a solitary stone makes me think the 1843 OS guys acted in error.
Posted by Merrick
7th September 2004ce