The stone has been capped with lead, to protect it, and it is possible that it originally stood higher, with a pointed top, as it appears to have broken at some time.
|Looking up: Rudston Monolith|
The age of the stone is put at 1600 - 1000 BC. It is comprised of a type of gritstone, the nearest source of which is Cayton Bay, about 10 miles to the North of the site.
All Saints Church is Norman, and, although there may have been a previous Saxon church on the site (there is none recorded,) the monolith obviously predates the church substantially. The monolith was, presumably, far too cumbersome to remove, when the church was built here, on a site that had obviously been sacred for very many years.
|Rudston Monolith in the graveyard of All Saint's Church|
Legend says the stone was thrown at the church by the devil, but, due to divine intervention, or a poor aim, he missed.
This was one of the first ancient sites I ever visited, and it still fills me with awe. The juxtaposition of the monolith to the church somehow seems to emphasise its mystery, and strangeness, as well as emphasising its colossal size!
|Rudston All Saints Church and Standing Stone|
I have always wondered about the various church congregations over the years, what their reactions might have been, and what discussions they might have had relating to the enormous and obvious presence within their churchyard!
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