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Re: Re St.Arilda's church at Oldbury on Severn
May 06, 2009, 22:10
Recent visits to churches in Essex once again reinforce the theme of a pre-Roman (Christianised site) with a least one large stone embedded in its foundations. The walls of Essex churches are generally constructed from small nodules of flint (occasionally with the addition of small or broken puddingstones) so the presence of a large sarsen-like stone in a wall is very striking indeed. Were such stones brought from afar and incorporated into (pre-Christian) stone circles because of their association with centres of ancient importance? At Alphamstone in Essex for example there is a local legend that the sarsen stones in and around the church were brought from Wiltshire.

How far would that be?

And how big are the stones?

If it were true it would make a nonsense of the glacial erratics theory for the movements of the sarsens to within 5 miles of Stonehenge to say nothing of the bluestones
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