Summary for ‘The King Stone’:
Location: Long Compton, Warwickshire
Type: ‘Standing Stones & Circles’.
Condition: Restored monolith.
Access: Private trust own site; open most days, but a donation in the box across the road is appreciated.
OS Grid Ref.: SP296309
Further information: Rollright Stones Trust.
Walks posts for site:
• Betwixt the Nortons.
This stone represents a change in culture compared to the practises of the other two phases of this site. It marks what is considered to be a Bronze Age to Saxon burial site that stretched across this ridge-line. How that is associated with the ancient trackway along the course of the road, a continuation of the Banbury Lane and The Cotswold Ridgeway route towards Crickley Hill, is unclear.
As with The King Stone, there are other large single enigmatic monoliths in this area we can compare it with. Such as The Hawk Stone near Charlbury, just a short distance away along the putative course of the Jurassic Way.
There are some strategically placed lumps of rock on the brow of the hill just beyond The King Stone. Not part of the historic site, but placed here by the Rollrights Trust for visitors to sit upon and admire the view. It’s well worth a look. Even on a grim day, the 20-mile view across the Ebrington/Ilmington Downs and up the Stour valley to the hills beyond Stratford always has something else to see.
The King Stone is another reminder that Britain’s ancient peoples valued not simply this point on the map, but the wider landscape of which it formed a part. When visiting The Rollright Stones it’s easy to look inward, at the stones. In fact, what these locations encourage you to do is to look outward, at the world all around, of which you are an essential part.