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Rudston Monolith

Standing Stone, East Yorkshire

Britain's tallest standing stone.

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The tallest standing stone in Britain, at just under 8 m in height, with a circumference of 5m. The pointed top is protected with a metal cap. Dragged from Cayton or Cornelian Bay 16 Km to the north, the stone weights an estimated 40 Tons. The stone was erected in approximately 1600 BC, and its depth into the ground may be as much as its height! There is a smaller gritstone in the nearby cemetery, along with a slab cyst grave. An oft-quoted legend recounts how the Devil threw the stone at the church and missed.

Plan of the surrounding area showing the site of surrounding cursuses, shown up by air observation in 1962. Cursus A revealed flints and pottery sherds suggesting a late Neolithic / Early Bronze Age date, tallying with the period of greatest megalith building.

Access: In All Saints' churchyard in the village of Rudston, 8 Km West of Bridlington, a Yorkshire seaside town. Visible from the main road. Leaflet for sale in the church (With more information about the church than the stone!).
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Rating: General Impression 3, Ambience 4, Access 5

Personal: Appearance spoiled rather by protective "hat" made of lead.

I recently recieved an e-mail from Anne Rudd Hillebrand of Orlando, Florida, USA about her family connections she has discovered with Rudston.

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