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Filename: cc72_02480.jpg

Size: 4917 x 3756 (8.1MB)

Date: 15th August 2016

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

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Devils Quoit CC72_02480

The Devils Quoit, Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire. Henry Taunt stands by the Devils Quoit no 1 showing the scale of this massive standing stone. Alas, it and its fellows are no longer standing, the victims in 1940 of the wartime need for an aerodrome on the site

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Folklore Prehistoric Standing Stone


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures the mysterious and enigmatic atmosphere of the Devils Quoit, a once proud prehistoric standing stone located in Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire. The image, taken by Henry Taunt, showcases Taunt standing next to Quoit No. 1, providing a sense of scale to the immense size of this ancient monument. The Devils Quoit, a collection of five large standing stones, was a significant landmark in the area for centuries, shrouded in local folklore and intrigue. However, the tranquility and serenity depicted in this photograph are a stark contrast to the events that unfolded in 1940. The wartime need for an aerodrome led to the unfortunate destruction of the Devils Quoit and its companions. The once proud stones, which had stood the test of time for thousands of years, were no match for the relentless progress of modernization. The Devils Quoit, also known as the Stanton Harcourt Stones, is believed to date back to the Neolithic or Bronze Age. Its exact purpose remains a mystery, with theories suggesting it may have been used for religious or ceremonial purposes. The stones were also believed to possess magical properties and were the subject of numerous local legends. Despite their destruction, the memory of the Devils Quoit lives on, preserved in photographs like this one, and in the stories and folklore of the local community. The image serves as a poignant reminder of the past, a testament to the transient nature of human history, and a call to appreciate and protect the ancient monuments that still stand among us.

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