Spiritual Rollright Stones Saved by a Time Lord

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The King's Men stone circle, at the spiritual Rollright Stones.
The King's Men stone circle, at the spiritual Rollright Stones. Credit Midnightblueowl, CC.

There are many ancient spiritual sites across the British Isles. Only one of these required the intervention of a Time Lord, and that happened at the spiritual Rollright Stones.

The Rollright Stones is a group of three megalithic monuments made from four to six millennia ago. The monuments are located along the border of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire counties in South East England.

Megaliths are large stones that are used by themselves or without mortar with other large stones. There are many examples of megalithic monuments from that ancient period throughout Europe. A common type of ancient monument in England and Ireland is the stone circle like the one at Stonehenge.

The largest of the monuments at Rollright Stones is a stone circle called The King’s Men. It’s 108 feet across, with seventy-seven limestone stones that compose the circle. Researchers believe that the limestone for the monuments came from nearby boulders and was hauled uphill on rolling timbers. They estimate that the amount of work that it took to build the circle was about 20 workers for three weeks of effort.

One of the other monuments at the site is the Whispering Knights.  It’s a close group of 4 standing stones that may have had a large capstone as a roof. The other monument is the King Stone which is 8 feet high by 4 feet wide.

Rituals at the Spiritual Rollright Stones

Researchers have several theories about the meaning of these monuments, but there’s no agreement on any one theory. The entire site though is viewed as having significant sacred importance, since many rituals were performed there through millennia.

Doctor Who, The Stones of Blood Episode. Credit BBC. Filmed at the spiritual Rollright Stones.
Doctor Who, The Stones of Blood Episode. Credit BBC. Filmed at the spiritual Rollright Stones.

Today, the Rollright Trust manages the property and invites private events at the site. Some examples of allowed uses are weddings, birthdays, and wakes. The site can also be used for filming movies and television.

The long-running Doctor Who series in 1978 aired an episode titled The Stones of Blood that featured scenes filmed at the spiritual Rollright Stones site. In that episode the standing stones sucked the blood and life from their victims, but alas all was saved by the good Doctor. If you’re planning to visit the site you can breathe a sigh of relief. Those sucking stones were removed from the area after filming – apparently by the Time Lord himself.

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