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Yarberry Farm

Standing Stone / Menhir


Browsing through an old copy of Third Stone I found Phil Quinn's record of this 8ft standing stone.

He describes how John Strachey wrote in 1730 that the stone was called 'Wooks Cait' after the giant at Wookey Hole, further along the mendips. Quinn claims another stone to be nearby on the 1882 ordnance survey map (though I can't see it on the 1887 copy) - 'although this has since disappeared'.

If you want to visit the quoit, apparently the farmer at Yarberry farm in whose land it stands is happy to grant permission if you call in.

According to the information in the EH scheduled monument record, this stone is made of sandstone and stands about 2.5m high and is 1.5m wide. It is described as being rather weathered and having a crack down the middle that almost splits it in two.

There are some obvious hills in the vicinity - Crook Peak, Banwell Hill - but the stone was positioned down on the flat of the valley, on the floodplain not far from the waters of the Lox Yeo river.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
4th December 2002ce
Edited 10th March 2005ce

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