The Longstone of Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire

The Longstone of Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire folklore

The Longstone is a stone that has many tales to it. It's original use is not really known but for centuries, this stone was renowned for it's healing powers, especially for childhood ailments. Parents would take their sickly child down to the stone, to then squeeze the child through one of the holes so that the healing energies of the stone could be transferred to the child and make them well again.

There have been other reports that this stone actually moves about the land it is laid on. There have been tales of those who have tried to remove the stone, have been unable to do so, no matter how how many oxen were used.

There is a story that this stone is an actual headstone of a Danish ruler, who fought in battle near to where the stone is. The story goes that local women made the Danes some poisoned pancakes and this was how the ruler died.

Other stories suggest this stone was in the site of an ancient battle and archers shot their arrows through the holes on the stone. There is evidence that this area has many burial sites within it and also lots of flint and arrow heads too

There are also tales of a big black hound being seen and that it has red, glowing eyes. The reports regarding this creature have been reported for decades.

You can visit this stone if you follow the southwest road out of Minchinhampton but not sure if there is still barbed wire around the monument.

There is another interesting stone nearby, called the Tingle Stone but unfortunately, the land is privately owned (Princess Anne's estate, Gatcombe Park) but you can see the stone (just about!) from a nearby path but be warned as the area is monitored. This stone is said to have been part of a long barrow and has archaeological evidence to this fact.