British Folklore
Fairy Lore & Prehistoric Sites in Britain
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Stony Raise Cairn

Stony Raise Cairn

The round barrow of Stone Raise Cairn that is near Bainbridge and Thornton Rust, was formerly known as 'Stoneraise or Stanrise'. in Richmondshire, Hylton Longstaffe called 'the usual treasure tradition' was current here in the 19th century. 

The story is that a giant was once crossing the country here with a great huge chest of gold. Strong as he was, it was all he could do to carry it on his back through the mountains and dales. At least he came to where the mountain of Addleborough barred his way, and he swore against god that he would not bear his burden over the summit. No sooner had he spoken, than the chest fell from his shoulders and Stanraise sprang up and covered it. There the treasure remains, and will do so until someone with the help of a hen and an ape uncovers it and draws it forth. (Why a hen and an ape goes unexplained, though hens by themselves can sometimes be treasure guardians.)