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Stanton Drew Stone Circles, Bristol
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The Stanton Drew stone circles are just outside the village of Stanton Drew in the English county of Somerset. The largest stone circle is the Great Circle, in diameter and the second largest stone circle in Britain (after Avebury); it is considered to be one of the largest Neolithic monuments to have been built. The date of construction is not known but is thought to be between 3000 and 2000 BCE which places it in the Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age. It was made a scheduled monument in 1982.The Great Circle was surrounded by a ditch and is accompanied by smaller stone circles to the north east and south west. There is also a group of three stones, known as The Cove, in the garden of the local pub. Slightly further from the Great Circle is a single stone, known as Hautville's Quoit. Some of the stones are still vertical, but the majority are now recumbent and some are no longer present.The stone circles have been studied since John Aubrey's visit in 1664 with some excavations of the site in the 18th century. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries geophysical surveys have confirmed the size of the stone circles and identified additional pits and postholes. The Cove has been shown to be around one thousand years older than the stone circles. A variety of myths and legends about the stone circles have been recorded, including one about dancers at a celebration who have been turned to stone.
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  • Stanton Drew actually comprises 3 circles and the Cove which is outside the pub in Stanton Drew -The Druids Arms. Mostly people visit the two larger circles which are said to have been built over an a...  more »
  • We arrive at Stanton Drew after a detour by diversion signs ,to the car park by the other stones that are in the pub garden.We walk through this pretty little village with its cottages and manor house...  more »
  • Free stone age stone circle in the doorstep of bristol, in a lovely bit of the chew valley landscape, mingled with the cows, mind the pats, take some wellies, enjoy