Rollright Stones

When you think of ancient stone monuments in England, you automatically think of Stone Henge. However, England has many other Stone Age sites and Rollright Stones on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border is one of them.

Although a small site compared to other Stone Age sites, the Rollright Stones are believed to date from 2500–2000 BC and consists of three main elements, The King’s Men stone circle, the King Stone, and the Whispering Knights.

Numerous folktales are associated with the stones and local folklore says that the stones are the petrified remains of a king and his knights.

The main ’King’s Men’ circle is in a small clearing and measures about one hundred feet across, there are currently 77 stones which themselves are fairly small, ranging from several inches high to almost 9 feet tall. The King’s Stone stands separately from the main circle across the road and even in a different county – Warwickshire and its purpose and origin is still unclear.

Isolated from the road with beautiful views across the English countryside the site feels mysterious and quiet and it’s hard not to wonder what else happened within the site in the last 4000 years.

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