Saturday 21 January 2012

Two London Sarsens

The Weald Stone of Wealdstone

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It is the stranded lump in the pavement in front of the pub.

Wealdstone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The eponymous Weald Stone is a sarsen stone, formerly marking the boundary between the parish of Harrow and Harrow Weald. It is located outside the Weald Stone Inn (formerly the Red Lion), off High Road, Harrow Weald

More here The Weald Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) | UK | The Modern

The Elthorne Park Sarsen

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Elthorne Park Sarsen Natural Stone / Erratic / Other Natural Feature : The Megalithic Portal and Megalith Map:

This stone was found in 1899 in a gravel pit on the site of an ancient river bed and moved to its current site just inside the gate to Elthorne Park in Hanwell, west London. It is roughly 18" deep and 5' square but was formerly much larger as large chunks have been knocked off 3 of its sides. It was glacially deposited and belongs to the middle division of the London Lower Tertiary Sandstones. It is of similar age, origin and composition to the Sarsens of Stonehenge.

1 comment:

  1. I spent most of my life in Harrow and this Sarsen was the middle of three sites that I knew.
    Just over a mile north, there are still two stones, today, outside The Hare ph - crossroads on the edge of Harrow Weald Common.
    Just over 1+1/2 miles south was the other - outside the Havelock ph - central Harrow. Both stone and pub are now lost.
    (I was always told that these stones marked the funeral route to Stongehenge for the burials of ancient Saxon Kings).