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13 Mar 2021
Somerset Fascinating Facts
Situated within the small village of Stanton Drew is the third largest complex of prehistoric standing stones in England.
There are three stone circles adjacent to the village, with the largest (the Great Circle) measuring 113 metres in diameter.
Twenty-six of the stones are still standing, while a further three large stones (called The Cove)
are in the garden of the village pub and a single stone (known as Hautville’s Quoit) is situated to the north, across the River Chew.
It appears these three sites were all part of a single complex, their use lost in the mists of time. First recorded by the famous antiquarian John Aubrey in 1664, they remain as he discovered them, over 300 years ago.
MYTHS AND LEGENDS
The most persistent tale is that the stones are the petrified members of a wedding party and its musicians, lured by the Devil to celebrate on the Sabbath and thus being punished for their revels.