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Maen Llog

Standing Stone / Menhir

<b>Maen Llog</b>Posted by KammerImage © Simon Marshall
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Nearest Town:Welshpool (1km WNW)
OS Ref (GB):   SJ225076 / Sheet: 126
Latitude:52° 39' 36.55" N
Longitude:   3° 8' 45.48" W

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Visited 11.12.11

As luck would have it we stumbled upon St Mary's Church within minutes of entering Welshpool – which was just as well as the light was starting to fade.

The gate at the bottom of the steps was padlocked so I walked around to the other side of the churchyard and found this gate to be open.

The stone is easy to spot being right in front of the church entrance. It was smaller than I was expecting – only about 1 metre x 1 metre.

After reading the folklore associated with the stone I jumped on top, spun around 3 times and made a wish. No, I'm not going to tell you or it won't come true!

Easy stone to access and worth a quick look when visiting Welshpool.
Posted by CARL
19th December 2011ce

Visited 25th July 2003: On my way to my brother's Stag do, I detoured into Welshpool to find Maen Llog. At first I got the wrong church, and when I eventually found St. Mary's Church, parking turned out to be a bit tricky. One of the two gates into the churchyard was locked, but once I'd found a way in the stone was obvious.

Maen Llog is very polished, presumably by people standing on it for various reasons, over the centuries. It looks rather inconsequential, standing as it does among the gravestones. Worth a visit if you're in the vicinity, if only because of the numerous rituals attributed to it.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
20th August 2003ce


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In his book More Mysterious Wales, Chris Barber writes:
Standing in the churchyard [of St. Mary's Church, Welshpool], this hunk of stone is reputed to have stood formerly in the abbey of Strata Marcella (SJ25131042) where the abbots were 'installed' on it as part of a well established ritual.
After the Dissolution of the monasteries Maen Llog was moved to St. Mary's Church, and a new ritual grew up around it:
Folk who were required to do penance were made to stand on the stone, dressed in a white sheet, with a candle in one hand.
The stone was moved into the graveyard on the instruction of a Puritan called Vovasour Powell, who considered it to be an object of superstition. It sounds like Powell was right, because the stone came to be used as a wishing stone. To make wish, you have to climb it and turn three times to face the sun.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
19th August 2003ce
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Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust list Maen Llog in its current position, as a 'boulder' of unknown date. It's antiquity must be in doubt, as nobody else seems to list it. It really doesn't look much like a standing stone (Barber's hunch), but it does remind me of a photo I've seen of Carreg Pumpsaint which is thought to be a possible anvil stone (Roman or Medieval). This is just supposition of course. Kammer Posted by Kammer
20th August 2003ce
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