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Monday, 4 January 2016

The biggest Parc y Meirw standing stone



This is the biggest of the standing stones in the Parc y Meirw alignment -- now almost entirely gobbled up in a hedge not far from Llanychaer in North Pembs.  We don't know how much of this one is buried in the ground, but I reckon it is at least 3m long and probably weighs 6 tonnes.  There is a "ladi wen" or white lady who reputedly appears in the adjacent field to those who have eyes to see -- and the tradition of ghostly activity probably has something to do with the legend that there was a great battle here -- so the name means "the field of the dead" or "the field of the fallen"..........

3 comments:

chris johnson said...

Curious that neither of the stones you referenced recently are actually being used as gateposts.

BRIAN JOHN said...

The one at Bayvil has certainly been used for something. This one seems to be in its original position -- maybe the farmers thought the ghostly lady would come after them if they tampered with it?

chris johnson said...

Might well be. As I said before, and as you have documented, the country people in Prescelli have some strong beliefs. Actually belief is the wrong word because they normally would not admit to any certainty regarding old superstitions, while not ruling anything out when among trusted friends..

I always find it remarkable that the stones at Gors Fawr were not carted off to form a chapel or a farm wall - they are actually located very close to a road. Superstitions maybe, although I never heard of anything specific.... The same could be said of Glandy Cross.