The monolith stands in the village churchyard, the church having being built in this place it would appear for the same reason as the stone was placed - the commanding position. They sit on a small hill overlooking the village.
A small plaque at the base of the monolith gives some information on the monolith stating that it's nearly 26ft tall, possibly been there for over 3000 years and was at the very minimum dragged to Rudston from somewhere near Whitby. It's near 26ft height makes it the tallest standing stone in Great Britain. The plaque didn't explain why the top has been capped in lead.
However sophisticated we are as a society and despite the knowledge we have garnered we can still only ponder what the purpose of this place was and how this great lump of stone was moved. All I know is that it must have been a place of great significance to make the effort worth the while. Maybe it's connected somehow to Stonehenge as they both sit as part of a rolling chalkland landscape!
|MacDonald Memorial Stone|
It was only a short visit as the rain threatened to give us a soaking but once again it reminded me that this often overlooked part of Yorkshire has many interesting corners.
|MacDonald of the Isles Headstone Inscription|