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Stanton Drew

22 23 hAuTevilleS QuoiT another megalithic mystery The most northerly feature of the complex, Hautevilles Quoit, gained its name from the 13th century crusader, Sir John Hauteville who, legend tells, was bigger and stronger than any man of his time. It is said he hauled three stout men to the top of nearby Norton Tower, one under each arm, the third between his teeth. Having reached the crest of the hill he heaved up a mighty stone of thirty tons in weight and flung it a distance of more than a mile towards Stanton Drew. Today the stone lies recumbent near Hauteville Quoit Farm, barely half its original sizeover the years chunks of the stone have been broken off and used for mending the roads. Above The fallen Quoit of the Whispering Knights, near the Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire Left William Barnes 19th century woodcut, said to be of Hautevilles Quoit. Barnes woodcuts are notoriously inaccurate. Below Chun Quoit in West Cornwall, from Borlases Naenia Cornubiae, 1871. A fine example of a dolmen or quoit, with its capstone still in place. No good explanation for these enigmatic structures has ever been put forward. They continue to vex archaeologists to this day.
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