This episode of Wye Valley Snippets is about Harold’s Stones, the three standing stones in Trellech.
In this video we discuss the history and legends behind the ancient standing stones in Trellech called Harold’s Stones.
If you like your stones standing then look no further than Trellech, where you can find the three standing stones that give the village its name. Tri- meaning three, and lech- meaning flat stone.
Locally they are called Harold’s Stones, and as with all things ancient, there are a number of legends as to why that might be.
It could be that they were erected by the Saxon King Harold to commemorate his victory over the Britons in 1063.
Sadly, this doesn’t hold water as the stones were erected several centuries before.
Another option is that the three stones mark the spot where three chieftains fell in battle against the Roman Harold, who defeated the Welsh in Gwent.
Or if you prefer, the stones were thrown from Ysgyryd Fawr, also called Skirrid mountain, or the nearby Trellick beacon, by the giant Jack of Kent and the devil. Who were having a throwing match.
As with all of these tales Jack won and the devil went off in a huff.
In 1689 the stones were carved onto an ornate sundial, which can now be found in Trellick St Nicolas Church. But the stones themselves probably date from the late neolithic.
In case you were wondering the stone is a type of concretion called pudding stone; which is quite common in this neck of the woods.
What they were initially for I’m sure we’ll never know, but if you fancy a bit of a gander, pop down to Trellech. They’re very easy to find.
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