The Spinsters' Rock

Nearest town: Okehampton
Nearest village: Drewsteignton
Map reference: SX 700908

The Spinters' Rock ImageThe capstone of this beautiful dolmen weighs 16 tons

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The local tradition says that this strangely named dolmen was erected one morning before breakfast by three spinsters or spinning women, to amuse themselves as they were on their way to deliver the wool they had spun. The stone fell early in 1862, but with the aid of some sketches made in 1858, the stones were re-erected in November 1862.
    This dolmen is thought to be the remains of a Neolithic burial chamber, one covered by an earth mound. The Spinsters' Rock is about 2.7m (9 ft) high; the capstone weighs 16 tons.

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