Rudston Monolith

Above image thanks to Mum’s taxi, Wikimedia Commons

Rudston Monolith

All Saints churchyard in Rudston, East Yorkshire is home to Britain’s tallest, prehistoric standing stone. The stone stands about 8 metres high, is nearly 2 metres wide and is estimated to weigh about 40 tonnes. This giant block of grey sandstone/gritstone was thought to have been quarried in either the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age at Cayton Bay (the nearest source of this type of stone). The stone would then have been brought the 10 Miles to Rudston. However, this is not proved and is just conjecture. It may just have been brought naturally to the site as a glacial erratic. The Norman churchyard of All Saints that it stands in, is of course, some 3000 years younger.



The site of this massive stone, sitting amongst the gravestones, is definitely worth a visit if you are nearby.

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Rudston Monolith

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