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Archaeology, folklore & myth of Britain's pre-christian sites & heritage: stone circles, holy wells, maypoles, tombs, archaic cosmologies and human consciousness. Everyone welcome - even Southerners!

    UTHERSTONE WELL SD 854 408, Watermeetings, Pendle District


    UTHERSTONE WELL  SD 854 408,   Watermeetings, Pendle District Empty UTHERSTONE WELL SD 854 408, Watermeetings, Pendle District

    Post  Guest Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:16 am


    The waters of this ancient well spring from the summit of Utherstone Hill, and today are gathered in a Victorian brown-glazed ceramic square trough (not unlike a Belfast sink).

    Uther/Uhtred’s Stone

    Below Utherstone Wood at SD 854 409, standing in Pendle Water, is an enormous flat-toped boulder know as ‘Fourteen Boy’s Stone’, being the maximum number of local boys ever to have mounted the monolith. The stone is remarkable in its size and watery setting and is said by some to be the ancient Uther/Uhtred’s Stone fallen down from its original position on the steep heights of Utherstone due to a landslip.

    Yards away from the Fourteen Boy’s Stone, on the Watermeetings spur floodplain of Pendle Water, are a number of earth-rooted boulders that some wrongly think are the remains of a stone circle (the boulders are natural features from bank erosion on the edge of Pendle Water). On two of the boulders are cup-markings, but again these are natural features common on Pennine gritstone given its geological formation.

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