Close to the east end of the parish church of All Saints at Rudston near Bridlington is Rudston Monolith said to be the tallest of all Britain’s standing stones. This huge, roughly cut, block of grit-stone, measures some 50 feet, with half of it above and half below the ground, with a girth of some 16 feet.
So what is it doing at this location? Local tradition says that the devil, angered by the building of a monument to his adversary, hurled this stone javelin at the church. By divine intervention his aim was deflected and the stone landed in its present position deeply embedded in the ground.
On the other hand it may have been left there by glacial action, it certainly was not local but is thought to have originated several miles away on the coast at Cayton Bay near Scarborough. Another theory is that it was erected by Bronze Age men for some ritualistic purpose, being later adapted by early Christians as a cross or ruud, thus giving the village its name.
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Photo taken in Rudston, East Riding of Yorkshire YO25, UK
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