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Carreg Leidr

Standing Stone / Menhir


The stone is embedded in the ground close to a hedge abutting on the road, and stands on end with the upper part bent. The legend runs that one night a man entered Llandyfrydog church and stole the Bible or church books. On coming out he went along the road with the books on his back, when he saw a person coming towards him, and he turned into the field to avoid him, where for his sacrilege he was transformed into a stone.

Every Christmas Eve when the stone hears the clock strike twelve it moves round the field three times. It is called Lleidr Llandyfrydog, i.e. the Llandyfrydog Thief, and the field name given above, when translated, means the Thiefs Field. The stone bears a very rude resemblance to a man with his back bent under the weight of some load.

From Notes and Queries, December 27th, 1879.

Wirt Sikes ('British Goblins' 1880) says the thief must stand here until the last trump sets him free on Judgement Day.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
22nd April 2004ce
Edited 26th August 2006ce

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