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Devil's Jump Stone

Standing Stone / Menhir


Henry Bett gives a different version of the legend in English Legends (1950). he says that the Jumps Inn, on the road to the church, was so-called because on the spot where it stands three youths were jumping on a Sunday when a mysterious stranger joined them and offered to teach them how to leap. He made three marvellous leaps, the extent of which, says Bett, was still shown (presumably he is referring to the standing stone or stones). The terrified youths tried to escape, but the Devil seized them and they all vanished in a blue flame.
Retold in Westwood and Simpson's 'Lore of the Land' (2005).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
14th July 2010ce

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