Harolds Stones

Harold's Stones

Copyright: Paul Blades. Original available at Megalithic Portal.

Location

Wales Monmouthshire Rest of Wales SO 49934 05150
Lat 51.742804   Long -2.7265198

Plan of the Harolds Stones and adjacent earthworks (Source: Survey at 1:200 by Sandy Gerrard).

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 13.7m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Only large
Orientation: 51° Altitude: 209m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Yes Sea View: No
Context:  –
Notes: There may originally have been a fourth stone.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: MM017

Identification

Category: Probable.  The adjacent historic earthworks provide an historic rather than a prehistoric context for this monument and it is possible that this is the structural remains of a once substantial building. Short stone rows formed by three substantial orthostats are not a characteristic of Welsh rows and it has been suggested that this may be the remants of a chambered tomb.  On balance a stone row interpretation seems most likely, supported by the village being named after the stones (which suggests considerable antiquity) and one of the stones having a pair of cup-marks, but enough uncertainty exists to preclude a more definite identification.

Photographs

The three stones stand in the corner of an historic field. View from north west (Scale 1m).

 

View from above and west (scale 1m).

Compared to most stone rows this one has very restricted views on all sides.

View from above and north.

View from east.

View from south east.

A pair of cup-marks on the south west face of the central stone.

View from south east.

View from east.

View from south west.

View from south.

View from south (Scale 1m).

View from south.

View from north east.

View from north east.

 

Detail from the sundial in the nearby church showing the three standing stones. This stone depicts other antiquities in the area and was carved for Lady Magdalen Probert in 1689. 

The sundial now stands near to the church entrance.

Access Information

Parking is available in the village at SO 50081 05283. From here walk carefully south along the road to the stones.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Coflein     Archwilio

Other References

Burl, A., 1993, From Carnac to Callanish – The prehistoric rows and avenues of Britain, Ireland and Brittany, Yale University Press, New York and London, pg. 225.

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