Two to three miles West of the River Wye in the Lower Wye Valley are 3 standing stones dating back to the bronze age some 3,500 years old. OK, there are many standing stones but what makes these stones unique is that they gave rise to a medieval town (once wale's largest) known as Trellech now a small village in Monmouthshire. The name Trellech in Welsh emerges out of 'tre or tri' meaning 3 whilst lech refers to a flat stone. The village therefore emerged out of the very existence of 3 standing stones on its South Westerly edge making it a very old settlement.
The reason for these stones being in the location they are is not known. There are no landmarks so to speak, no interesting features that would attract such an engineering project of its kind and so one is left to consider either religious, lunar or even earth energy lines as the motive. Perhaps there was a relationship with the Wye, which the Romans had yet to name the Vaga.
The stones are otherwise known as Harold's Stones' after three of Harold's Chieftains died at the location in battle so legend has it. Their fascinating texture as can be seen in the photographs are the result of a quartz conglomerate rock known as 'Pudding Stone' and were dragged to the site on logs, then levered into position.
Surrounded by Wild flower meadows the site is still apart from the odd bit of traffic passing by and as you stand with the stones you are urged to think about their purpose in a culture that has influenced present day Trellech.
Standing Stones video. Click to watch or go to Wye Explorer Channel. See map for location.