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Rudston Monolith

Standing Stone / Menhir


The Rudston Monolith stands proud in the yard of the local church. A truly massive and awe-inspiring feature it stands 26 feet above ground with a lot more below. The monolith from the road gives the impression that it is much smaller, indeed my companion said to me at the time that it only looked the same size as the stones of Callanish. As soon as you get close though, it really does hit you. It is gargantuan, enormous, huge, this is something else, a lone monolith standing proud. How many odds must it have defied to stay standing in a place which has clearly been Christianised. I would wager that the only reason it did survive is because of its size. Indeed at one point in its history a cross had been placed upon its top. Not there any more I hasten to add! Now its crown is adorned by a metal helmet to help prevent erosion.

I had heard a rumour that the site was formally surrounded by a stone circle. I do not feel that this is folly! Of all the places that a stone circle should have stood this is surely it although there are no real remains of it left. The outer wall church yard is made up of red brick so no clues there. No sarsens remain in the walls to tell us their story. But the fact that a church has been built slap bang next to a clear Neolithic structure should be clue enough. Also part of the boundary walls look as though they could have once been circular. If that isn't enough there are earthworks in the grounds of the churchyard which go round in a circular motion. Maybe I'm reading too much into things but its all very coincidental. Plus it also appears that the church and the churchyard have been built on a mound with clear earthworks visible - further signs?
notjamesbond Posted by notjamesbond
10th June 2004ce

Comments (1)

I used to go on holidays here to Thorpe Hall caravan park nearby. I always thought there was somethng magical about this place, from the monolith to the roman road and villa to the romany gypsies who used to use the old road on the hill. I was fascinated by thorpe hall itself and later found out about the old medieval village (Cayton??) or caythorpe? Such an inspiring place. I also understood that the monolith is part of a much wider henge or some sort of monument that is barely visible. Amazing area. Posted by Julious
12th December 2009ce
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