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Harold's Stones

Standing Stones


Mystery as landmark defaced overnight§ionIs=news&searchyear=2017

RESIDENTS of Trellech woke up to a strange sight on Sunday morning (1st October) when their historic standing stones took on a new look.
The three stones are known as Harold’s Stones, supposedly erected by Harold, last of the Saxon kings, in commemoration of a victory over the Britons in 1063. The stones also supposedly gave the village its name, with ‘tri’ meaning three, and ‘llech,’ stone, in ancient Welsh.
But Sunday morning saw the stones clad in a white plastic with the letters L, E and S taped onto the plastic. The ‘work of art’ had been signed ‘Angel 17’ which gave no clues to the originator of the work.
Local resident Stephanie Poulter first saw them when driving by and thought to herself that some effort had been put into this.
“It was a mystery who had done this but obviously someone had gone to a great deal of effort,” she told the Beacon.
The plot thickened as by 5pm, the wrapping had vanished, taken down by someone unknown.
MelMel Posted by MelMel
5th October 2017ce

Comments (5)

Looks like someone local passed their driving test. Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
6th October 2017ce
Interesting, for some reason I had assumed these were much older than 1063. Posted by costaexpress
6th October 2017ce
Historical accuracy is a tall order for the Monmouthshire Beacon! MelMel Posted by MelMel
6th October 2017ce
The plaque at the site dates it as 3500 years old and from the Bronze age, bit of a difference, however, agree, historical accuracy a tall order. Posted by costaexpress
7th October 2017ce
Apparently someone defaced it as a "memorial" to someone called Les who'd died in a motorbike accident. mystery solved: tribute to Monmouth man§ionIs=news&searchyear=2017 MelMel Posted by MelMel
21st November 2017ce
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