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Pictures of Rollright Stones

in the town of Great Rollright, in the county of Oxfordshire

About Rollright Stones

These Bronze-Age monolithic circles are third in importance only to Stone-Henge and Avebury. They are one of the most historic archaeological finds in the Cotswolds, they are said to pre-date 2000BC, and the site is considered sacred.

Most people connect these stones to the Druids, but a more likely fact is that they were used in the Bronze-Age for funerary purposes. These magnificent stones range in size, some reaching a height of over 7 feet. The main circle is quite vast, measuring around 100 feet across.

There is a circle popularly called "The King's Men" another group is known as "The Whispering Knights" and then there is the King's Stone. These monuments are all within a few hundred yards of each other and are constructed of local Cotswold limestone.

The site is somewhat eyrie, and yet at the same time it is uplifting, perhaps this is largely due to the historic nature of the place, coupled with the fact that Bronze-Age people had strong beliefs about the after-life.

The Rollright Stones can be found on the Oxfordshire-Warwickshire borders, near to the village of Great Rollright, with grey stone cottages set at undulating windswept heights, and the unspoilt hamlet of Little Rollright, at the edge of the Cotswolds.

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