- prehistoric sites
- Visible landscape features which seemed artificial, yet had no practical function and no known history, frequently feature in 'local legends. They are associated with the 'Devil, 'giants, 'fairies, and legendary heroes or wizards. Many are said to conceal ' treasures, or to be places where ritual actions (such as running round them) can raise 'ghosts. How much of all this was seriously believed, and how much merely repeated for fun, is hard to assess.See also 'barrows, 'standing stones, 'Cadbury Castle, 'Long Meg, 'Merry Maidens, 'Rollright Stones, 'Stonehenge, 'Wayland's Smithy, 'Willy Howe.■ Grinsell, 1976, is a systematic listing; more detail for individual sites will be found in regional collections, and in some cases also in Westwood, 1985.
A Dictionary of English folklore. Jacqueline Simpson & Steve Roud. 2014.
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