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Harold's Stones

Stone Row, Gwent

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artsw1.jpg (13001 bytes)Three tall stones stand leaning at all angles in an open field. Their purpose is unknown, and they may once have been part of a larger stone monument, possibly a circle. Although they were said to commemorate a battle won by King Harold, they very likely date from the Bronze Age.

A folklore tradition tells how they were thrown down from the nearby Sugar Loaf mountain by Jack o'Kent, a giant, when he was playing pitch and toss with the Devil (as you do :-).

Trelleck was a major medieval settlement, and was named after the stones tre - three, lech - stone. The stones are depicted on a sundial in the church.

Access: Just south of Trellick along the B4293. Signposted between two long hedges, but easily missed. Small lay-by for parking. Click here for full page map: Map (use your browser's "Back" button to come back)

Rating: General Impression 3, Ambience 3, Access 5

Above photographs JJ Evendon

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