18. The Rollright Stones

The Rollright Stones have captured people's imagination for centuries. Picture courtesy Cotswolds Conservation Board.
This ancient Neolithic stone circle is located near the north Cotswold village of Long Compton on the borders of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.

The Rollright Stones, which span nearly 2,000 years of development, consist of three groups: the King's Men stone circle; the Whispering Knights burial chamber; and the single King Stone.

Stories grew up around the stones, telling of how they had once been a king and his knights who had been turned to stone by a witch. Such stories continued to be taught amongst local people well into the 19th Century.

Meanwhile, antiquarians began to take an interest in the monuments. In the 20th Century, the stones became an important site for adherents of various forms of contemporary paganism, with different ceremonies held at the site.

The Rollright Stones also began to appear more widely in popular culture, featuring in television, literature, music and art.

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