Old England: A Pictorial Museum (page 7/50)

[picture: 36.---Kit's Coty House near Aylesford, Kent]

36.—Kit’s Coty House near Aylesford, Kent

Kit’s Coty House is a neolithic chambered tomb. It is mentioned in Pepys’ diary, but has suffered damage since this plate was made. [more...] [$]

[picture: 37.---Kit's Coty House.]

37.—Kit’s Coty House.

Sheep graze by the neolithic burial tomb while two shepherds wait. [more...] [$]

[picture: 38.---King's Coty House]

38.—King’s Coty House

Another picture of King’s Coty’s House; compare Fig. 37. There is also a picture of this in Francis Grose’s Antiquities. [more...] [$]

[picture: 39.---Trevethy Stone]

39.—Trevethy Stone

Trevethy Stone, also known as Trethevy Quoit, is a Domen or Cromlech near Liskeard in Cornwall. [more...] [$]

[picture: 40.---Cromlech at Plas Newydd, Anglesey]

40.—Cromlech at Plas Newydd, Anglesey

See also Grose’s Antiquities for an older engraving of this neolithic burial tomb. [more...] [$]

[picture: 41.---Constantine Tolman, Cornwall]

41.—Constantine Tolman, Cornwall

I believe this Tolman was destroyed in 1869, although I found no reference to it at the Constantine Village Web site. [more...] [$]

[picture: Walyand Smith's Cave]

42.—Wayland Smith’s Cave

In the neighbourhood of Lambourn, in Berkshire, are many barrows, and amongst them is found the cromlech called Wayland Smith. The tradition which Scott has so admirably used in his ‘Kenilworth’ that a supernatural smith here dwelt, who would shoe a traveller’s horse for a “consideration,” is one of the many superstitions that belong to these places [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: 43.---Harold's Stones, Trelech, Monmouthshire]

43.—Harold’s Stones, Trelech, Monmouthshire

“It is stated by Rowland, the author of ‘Mona Antiqua,’ that wherever there are heaps of stones of great apparent antiquity, stone pillars are also found near them. This is probably too strong an assertion; but the existence of such memorials, which King says, “are, like the pyramids of Egypt, records of the highest antiquity in a dead language,” [...]circle. These are called Harold’s Stones (Fig. 43). Near Boroughbridge, in Yorkshire, are some remarkable stones of a similar character, called the Devil’s Arrows. The magnitude of these stones of memorial was probably sometimes regulated by the importance of the event which they were intended to celebrate; but their sacred character in many cases did not depend upon their size, and their form is sometimes unsuited to the notion that they were boundary-stones, or even monumental pillars.” (p. 11) [more...] [$]


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