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East Knoyle

Natural Rock Feature


At East Knoyle, in Wiltshire, where I lived from 1869 to 1872, there is, or was, in a field at the foot of the chalk downs, a large irregular stone or rock, of which it was said that there was as much below ground as above, and that many horses had been employed in a vain attempt to remove it. A labourer working in the garden of Knoyle House, once told me, "they do say as Old Nick dropped it there, when he was carrying it to build Stonehenge."
Folk-Lore Jottings from the Western Counties
Grey Hubert Skipwith
Folklore, Vol. 5, No. 4. (Dec., 1894), pp. 339-340.

L. V. Grinsell, puts it at ST882312, in
The Legendary History and Folklore of Stonehenge
Folklore, Vol. 87, No. 1. (1976), pp. 5-20.

But is it still there?? Similar stories apply to other lone sarsen stones in Wiltshire. Perhaps the fact this site hasn't been added before suggests its demise.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
10th April 2007ce
Edited 11th April 2007ce

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