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Old Stone (Pant-y-Caregl)

Standing Stone / Menhir


This is probably the source of TSC's story, as part of a report about 'Erratic Boulder Stones at Clun', in 'The Antiquary' for March 1884. I don't know if Coflein have changed their mind, but now they call it a Standing Stone (question mark).
The Beguildy Stone; height above ground, 3ft 6in.; breadth, 4ft. 3in.; thickness - very irregular - from 12in. to 24in., thoroughly rounded at every angle. Many unsuccessful attempts have been made to remove this stone, for standing in the midst of a field, it is an obstruction to agricultural operations. At a depth of 4ft. it is said to spread out to a much greater thickness.

Its parent rock is also in the Rhayader district, though it is commonly believed to have travelled from a different direction; for the popular legend says the devil threw it from the Graig Don rocks, near Knighton, at Beguildy Church; and as a proof the marks of his hand are still pointed out upon it. One of these marks is a bowl-like depression on its upper surface 12in. diameter and 5in. deep.
Craig y Don is a steep hill above the River Teme at SO261737 (the stone is right near the river too).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
2nd March 2012ce

Comments (1)

Excellent, well done finding that. The frustrating thing about the Barber book is he never names his sources.

There is a whole series of round barrows all alongside the Teme between here and Skyborry Green. Another trip for a rainy (or sunny) day.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
2nd March 2012ce
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