These stand in a field south west of the village of Trellech, the path being signposted. They are an unusual example of alignment of Bronze Age stones, dating from between 3000 and 1000 BC (or possibly Middle or Late Neolothic). They are in a 12 metre north east to south west line and are therefore unlikely to have been part of a Druidical circle. Neither can they be anything to do with Harold Godwinson's victory over the Welsh in 1063 as was believed previously as they predate him considerably.
Their heights are between 8 and 14 feet and they were probably dragged here on logs and levered into position for a purpose which is not entirely clear: for rituals, as a sepulchre or for astronomy - or all 3 - since they indicate the midwinter sunset. They are made of conglomerate stone or "puddingstone" which is hard pebbles enclosed in a cement-like rock. (Remind me not to try the local desserts!) Their phallic outline may mean that they were used for fertility rites.
Legend has it that they were thrown here in a contest between the mystical John of Kent and the Devil, being hurled from the top of Trellech Beacon. John threw first, reaching the outskirts of the village, was then bested by the Devil's first shot but managed a greater distance, upon which the Devil flounced off in a huff. It is said that you can see a hole in the side of the Skirrid where John pressed his heel for support. Much later an experienced dowser from Abergavenny, John Williams, placed his hands on one of the stones and was flung backwards.
St. Anne's Well