Monday, April 20, 2009

Celtic Inscribed Stones Project

Worthyvale [Also: Slaughterbridge]
There is some confusion about the exact history of this stone as it appears to have occasionally been mixed-up with a second, probably uninscribed stone which now lies in the stream.
Okasha/1993, 333--334, records that the stone was first mentioned in 1602. By 1754 it had been used as a footbridge and then as part of a early 18th landscape folly. The stone is unlikely to have moved since at least 1799.
Stone associated with King Arthur because of a misreading of the inscription to include the word ATRY.

Macalister/1945, 421: 'According to Morris's note, this stone stood 'on the roadside by Mr. William Lewis's house, called Bwlch of Clawdd', in the parish of Maenclochog, where Lewis Morris discovered the inscription. Later, but before 1776, it was removed to 'the lawn of Capt. Lewis's house in Carmarthenshire,' according to the Gentleman's Magazine of that year. In 1894, before the publication of Lewis's notes, it is stated that the stone `originally' stood in a field called Parc y Maen Llwyd (the Field of the Grey Stone') near Cenarth Church, and was taken by the owner of Gelli Dywell farm, to be placed as a headstone over a favourite horse. (In 1876 this is mentioned as a mere piece of folklore). In 1896 it was removed by direction of the Earl of Cawdor to Cenarth churchyard for safe keeping, where it now stands'.

i) 1540 it was 1 mile from Castledore, and 2.5 or more miles from Fowey.
ii) Between 1540--1711 (probably before 1602) it was to be found on the roadside about 1 mile from Fowey.
iii) c. 1742 it had been dumped in a ditch a short distance from the cross-road along the Castledore road.
iv) Between 1803--1817 the stone was set upright at same spot (near Newton).
v) A short while before 1894, it was moved to the 'centre of the highway outside Menabilly Lodge gates'.
vi) 1971 stone had been moved a few metres to present position.

CISP is a very cool database. Tons of interesting history. Link…

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