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Standing Stone / Menhir

Nearest Town:Shepton Mallet (2km WNW)
OS Ref (GB):   ST637417 / Sheet: 183
Latitude:51° 10' 22.15" N
Longitude:   2° 31' 9.48" W

Added by Rhiannon

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This reasonably petite stone (3ft high according to the Somerset Historic Environment Record) stands on top of Whitstone Hill. It was a Hundred Stone - the meeting place of the High Sheriff's court every October, when wine would be poured over it at the meeting's start.

I'm kind of loathe to add this - is it really prehistoric? It's certainly in what must be a prominent spot on high ground. Why would you have a tradition of pouring wine over a stone if it was only a boundary marker to you? The hill and Hundred are named after it (white stone) - would you name your Hundred after a stone you put there yourself??
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
11th June 2004ce