"The King's Men" Rollright Stones Things to Do Tip by evaanna
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The King's Men are a circle of 77, mostly standing, stones dating from around 2000 to 3000 B.C. Apparently difficult to count as the number miraculously varies each time you do it, they are of local Oolithic Limestone, misshapen and weather-beaten but still standing proudly whispering of their glorious past. In 1882 the Stones were officially recognised as an Ancient Monument and the fallen ones were put in their original position by the land owners in the same year. And it was not only the weather that contributed to the damage, a few years ago they were daubed with yellow paint by anonymous 'practical jokers', which was very difficult to remove.
There is a mat placed in the middle of the Circle where you are supposed to feel some vibes. We stood there with Alan, but all I could feel was a kind of slight dizziness, probably the effect of emotions.
It is a fact that, although the Circle is believed to be a traditional witches' meeting place, it certainly is a place where modern neopagans perform their rituals. If I were them, I'd be very careful not to do any damage to the Stones as 'cursed be any mortal man that would try to move them'. I am not sure if they like visitors either: we never had to look for any place as hard as for this Neolithic site: we tried various roads, turning back a few times and finally had to ask some locals the way.
Admission: Adults - 50 p., children - 25 p.
Directions: Drive along the A 3400 north out of Chipping Norton in the direction of Long Compton, but about 1 km before it turn left towards Little Compton. Soon you will see a small lay-by on the left, most probably with some other cars parked there already.
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