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Romancing the Stone

- The Quantock Hills make up an important historic landscape with a wide variety of significant archaeological features.

Tim Russell

Posted by Tim Russell on 05 March 2012

Romancing the Stone For many years we have wanted to protect Triscombe Stone from potential vehicle damage and to make more of its setting.  One of my first ever jobs being a Ranger here was to upright the stone after it had been driven into!  Only last year it was again driven into by a 4X4 … which actually came off worse.

Triscombe Stone is believed to be a Bronze Age standing stone marking an ancient crossroads on the Alfred’s Way, this section of the route is usually referred to as The Old Drove Road and is lined with a stunning avenue of old beech trees . This route across the Quantocks is prehistoric and was probably an important trading route using dry land above the surrounding wetter and more heavily wooded landscape. A map of 1609 has the legend ‘the way to triscombe stone’ (SRO 1609). The word Tris is Celtic for meeting, and the stone presumably marks the ancient meeting place at the crossing of two very old Quantock hill routes. There is local legend of a girl who had agreed to meet her intended at the stone, he failed to turn up and she died of hypothermia waiting for him in vain … her ghost remains! Working with Somerset’s Heritage Group we have created an unobtrusive vehicle calming solution to protect the stone. This basically consists of a line of timber bollards to prevent vehicle damage. This also shows the stone in its own setting rather than it being overwhelmed by informal car parking. We obviously encourage people to park in the car park provided nearby. It is interesting and a privilege to be involved in the protection of our wonderful historic as well as natural heritage.

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    05 Mar 12

    Brilliant, that makes the Stone more meaningful now.

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