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The Longstone of Minchinhampton

Standing Stone / Menhir


.. a very fine monolith, locally called the "Long Stone" [is] on the left hand side of the main road a short distance from Gatcombe Lodge entrance. It is 7 1/2 ft high above the ground, and is said to be as much below the surface.

It is a very fine block of the peculiar stratum of the great oolite formation, locally called holey stone, which underlies the surface soil to a thickness varying from 6" to 18".

Report says that the superstitious mothers were in the habit of passing ricketty children through a hole in this stone with the idea that they would become strong.

A much smaller stone of a similar kind stands in a wall about 30 feet away, and a third is said to have been removed during the last century.
From 'A history of the parishes of Minchinhampton and Avening' by Arthur Twisden Playne (1915).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
13th February 2006ce

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