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Standing Stone / Menhir


Saw this in an article in the April issue of the Caerleon Community Times magazine

Extract from an article published many years ago entitled ‘Old Tracks of Gwent – 4’
‘A ‘Lang Stone’ which would not be removed. By Mr F J Hando’.

‘The name Langstone is Saxon but where, you may ask, is the lang stone?
A path leaves Langstone Court eastwards and disappears in the field. Continue in the same direction and you will see in front of you an apparent line of bushes which is actually a remnant of a prehistoric track, deep in the heart of a modern field. Canopied by bushes, wide, deep, mysterious, it covers the length of a football field, and then disappears. But if you persist in its direction you will find, in a field topping the next ridge ‘stoney field’ a great stone, shaped roughly like a bishop’s mitre.
A few years ago it was decided to aid the ploughman by removing the stone. A farmhand who was present on that occasion tells me that every available horse and man was pressed into service. A chain was fastened to the stone. Horses and men engaged in a great ‘heave’, yet the old landmark won! To what depth is it sunk? Sufficient you will agree to justify my contention that this is the ‘Lang Stone’.
Posted by CARL
17th April 2013ce

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