British Folklore
Fairy Lore & Prehistoric Sites in Britain
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Mayburgh Henge

Mayburgh Henge

Mayburgh Henge

This neolithic henge has never been excavated and it is rather different than most henge monuments because it does not have an associated ditch with it, there seems to be no evidence of one.  Also the walls of the henge are built with stone taken from the nearby river instead of earth.  There used to be four stones in the center - they have been remembered in the 18th century that they were robbed out.  The only real folklore attached to the site was sometime after that - the landowner, also the local Tavern owner, removed two other stones that were near the entrance to the henge.  Directly after they had been disturbed, the worker who had moved the stones hanged himself.  Then the landowner and Tavern owner promptly lost his wits.  The locals thereafter decided that it was not such a good idea to go mucking about in ancient monuments and it's been an undisturbed site ever since.  Perhaps that story is why it has never been excavated?