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Kit's Coty

Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech


Between these two [Kit's Coty and the Countless Stones] a third dolmen is said to have existed within the memory of man, but no trace of it is now to be found.

In the rear of these groups, nearer the village, there exists, or existed, a line of great stones, extending from a place called Spring Farm, in a north-easterly direction, for a distance of three quarters of a mile, to another spot known as Hale Farm, (When I was there four years ago I was fortunate enough to find an old man, a stonemason, who had been employed in his youth in utilizing these stones. He went over the ground with me, and pointed out the position of those he remembered.) passing through Tollington, where the greater number of the stones are now found.

In front of the line near the centre at Tollington lie two obelisks, known to the country people as the coffin-stones - probably from their shape. They are 12 feet long by 4 to 6 broad, and about 2 or 3 feet thick. (It is extremely difficult to be precise about the dimensions. One is wholly buried in the earth, and its dimensions can only be obtained by probing; the other is half buried.) They appear to be partially hewn, or at least shaped, so as to resemble one another.

Besides these stones, which are all on the right bank of the river, there are several groups at or near Addington, about five miles to the westward of Aylesford. Two of these in the park at Addington have long been known to antiquaries, having been described and figured in the 'Archaeologia' in 1773. (Archaeologia,'ii. 1773, p. 107.) The first is a small circle, about 11 feet in diameter, the six stones comprising, it being 19 feet high, 7 wide, and 2 in thickness. Near it is the larger one of oval form, measuring 50 paces by 42 paces. The stones are generally smaller than those of the other circle.

The other groups or detached stones are described by Mr. Wright, (Wanderings of an Antiquary;, London, 1854, P. 175 et seqq.) who went over the ground with that excellent and venerable antiquary the Rev. L. B. Larking. They seem to have adopted the common opinion that an avenue of such stones existed all the way from Addington to Aylesford, but it seems to me that there is no sufficient evidence to justify this conclusion. Many of the stones seem natural boulders, and in no place is any alignment distinctly perceptible.
From chapter four of James Fergusson's 'Rude Stone Monuments' (1864) which has been graciously added to the Olivaceous Megalithic Portal, here:
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
4th January 2007ce
Edited 22nd October 2010ce

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