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Penrhos Feilw Standing Stones

Penrhos Feilw with Holyhead Mountain behind

The Penrhos Feilw Standing Stones are a pair of standing stones on Holy Island west of Anglesey in north-west Wales. They are thought to date from the Bronze Age but their origins and purpose are unclear. They are about 3 m (10 ft) high and are a similar distance apart.

Stones

The stones are located behind the farmhouse of Plas Meilw, some 2 km (1.2 mi) southwest of Holyhead and a similar distance south of Holyhead Mountain. Little is known about the history of the stones. They are believed to be between 3,500 and 4,000 years old and are a Scheduled ancient monument.[1] The exposed part of each stone is about 3 m (10 ft) high and 1 m (3 ft) broad at the base, but only about 20 cm (8 in) thick. They are situated about 3 m (10 ft) apart on an open grassy place above Porth Dafarch between two low hills. They are aligned along their long axes in a northeasterly/southwesterly direction, with a fine view of the coast and towards Holyhead Mountain. There are theories that they may have formed part of a stone circle, however there is no evidence to support this. It is also said that there was previously a stone cist between them, but again this story lacks supporting evidence.[2] There may be some significance to the fact that they are located just 100 m (328 ft) from the Plas Meilw hut circle but their presence here is "quite enigmatic".[1]

Access

The stones are in the care of Cadw; the site is open to the public throughout the year, except around Christmas and the New Year, free of charge. Access is through a kissing gate and across a grassy field, and there is a pull-in by the roadside, large enough for a single car.[3]

References

Media related to Penrhos Feilw Standing Stones at Wikimedia Commons

  1. ^ a b "Penrhos Feilw Pair of Standing Stones on Anglesey". Anglesey Môn Information Website. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Penrhos Feilw". Stone-circles.org.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Penrhos Feilw Standing Stones". Cadw. Retrieved 3 May 2016.