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Standing Stones

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Standing Stones

Standing stones and circles were constructed during the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age (c. 3500BC – 1400BC) a time that spanned over 2000 years.

Nothing much is known of the religious beliefs of the people that constructed such monuments and nothing is certain about their function. Such stones have proven difficult to date; however, due to findings of pottery found underneath some of the excavated stones, we can assume they were  probably erected during the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age – which would link them perhaps to  the Beaker Culture, or an earlier period.

We do know that people buried their dead in tombs around the same time and were very skilled and organised in achieving such feats. We have to take into consideration that times were changing, a change that brought new ideas and religious beliefs that included rituals and a social hierarchy.

It has been proposed that standing stones may have been around for longer than ancient burials, but identifying their purpose has been difficult to prove. We could speculate that standing stones may have been used to judge the position of the sun or for ceremonial purposes such as fertility rites or pointers towards seasonal cycles for the early farming communities, or even as directional markers pointing towards ancient pathways or burial chambers.

Below is a list of all the known standing stones in the area

I have included an O/S number on all historical sites to enable everyone to locate using an O/S map.

Gwynedd

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  • Bodfan – Bronze Age standing stone – (nr) Dinas Dinlle SH443553
  • Glynllifon Monolith – Bronze Age standing stone – Glynllifon, Llanwnda SH457555
  • Maen Llwyd (Plasnewydd) – standing stone – (nr Glynllifon) Llanwnda SH445542
  • Penbryn Mawr – Bronze Age standing stone – (nr Glynllifon) Llanwnda SH459538
  • Cadair Elwa / Nant y Garth – standing stone – Felinheli SH543683
  • Cilgwythwch –standing stone (possible)(nr) Llanrug SH518621
  • Parc y Gleision (Cefn Du) – Bronze Age standing stone – Llanrug SH547618
  • Castell Stone – small standing stone (undated) – Rhiwlas SH572655
  • Ty’n Llwyn – standing stone – Pentir SH569672
  • Moel Faban – arrow stone (carving) – (nr) Llanllechid SH635678
  • Fridd Fedw –standing stone (possible) – (nr Crymlyn) Aber SH635708
  • Foel Ganol (Waen y Gors / Foel Dduarth) – arrow stone (carving) – Llanfairfechan SH680720
  • Maen Ffordd Rufeinig – standing stone – Llanfairfechan SH694723
  • Craiglwyd – stone axe factory – Penmaenmawr SH717749

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  • Maen Crwn – Bronze Age standing stone – Penmaenmawr SH731750
  • Bwlch-y-Ddeufaen – 2 Bronze Age standing stones – (nr) Rowen SH714718 & SH715717
  • Cae Coch (Esgid-y-Gawr) – Bronze Age standing stone – (nr) Rowen SH732716
  • Maen-y-Bardd stones – 2 Bronze Age standing stones – (nr) Rowen SH741718
  • Ffon-y-Cawr / Picell Arthur – standing stone – (nr Maen y Bardd) Rowen SH739717

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  • Maen Penddu – Bronze Age standing stone – Rowen SH739736
  • Hafodty – standing stone – (nr) Henryd SH747749
  • Clogwyn-yr-Eryr – stone alignment (possible) – Dolgarrog SH725668
  • Afon Garreg Wen – standing stone – Caerhun SH713676
  • Cedryn – standing stone – Cwm Eigiau SH709636
  • Tal-y-Braich – Bronze Age standing stone – (nr) Capel Curig SH705607
  • Cefn Graenog – Bronze Age standing stone – (nr Pant Glas) Dolbenmaen SH455491
  • Bryniau’r Tyddyn – Bronze Age standing stone – Dolbenmaen SH507425
  • Fach Goch – standing stone – Dolbenmaen SH568413
  • Tyddyn Mawr – standing stone – (nr) Llanaelhaearn SH431444
  • Meillionen – standing stone – Buan SH296373
  • Moel Gwynus – Bronze Age standing stone – Llithfaen SH345420
  • Tir Bach – Bronze Age standing stone – Four Crosses SH401401
  • Y Ffor Maenhir – standing stone – Four Crosses SH400389
  • Betws Fawr – standing stone – Rhoslan SH465404
  • Treflys – standing stone (possible) – Criccieth SH525396
  • Plas Ddu Stone – Bronze Age standing stone (possible) – Llanystumdwy SH411402  
  • Tir Gwyn – 2 standing stones – Llannor SH344393
  • Llwyndyrys – standing stone – (nr Parc Glasfryn) Pwllheli SH379416
  • Coed Creigiau-Cathod – standing stone – Carn Fadrun, Pwllheli SH293364
  • Llangwnnadl Maenhir – standing stone – Llangwnnadl SH208326
  • Sarn Meillteryn (Capel Meillteryn) – standing stone (possible) – Botwnnog SH237328
  • Pandy – standing stone – Botwnnog SH287322
  • Capel Tan-y-Foel – standing stone – Rhiw SH226276
  • Maen Melyn – standing stone – Aberdaron SH139252

Anglesey

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  • Bryn Celli Ddu – standing stone (replica) – Llanddaniel Fab SH506701
  • Tyddyn Bach – standing stone – (nr Bryn Celli Ddu) Llanddaniel Fab SH503703
  • Trefwri (Ty Mawr) – 2 early Bronze Age standing stones – Brynsiencyn SH476677
  • Bryngwyn stones – 2 standing stones (remains of stone circle) – Brynsiencyn SH462669
  • Malltraeth Yard – standing stone – Malltraeth SH408693
  • Bodfeddan – inscribed stone – (nr) Llanfaelog SH356745
  • Penrhos Feilw – 2 early Bronze Age standing stones – Trearddur SH227809

Penrhos Feilw

  • Ty Mawr – standing stone – Holyhead SH253809
  • The Soar Stone – standing stone – Llanfaethlu SH319864
  • Tregwehelydd – early Bronze Age standing stone (restored) – (nr) Llanddeusant SH342832
  • Glan Alaw (Bod Deiniol) – standing stone – (nr) Llanddeusant SH368857
  • Pen-yr-Orsedd – 2 standing stones – Llanfairynghornwy SH334906 & SH333904
  • Llanfechell Triangle – 3 Bronze Age standing stones – Llanfechell SH363917
  • Baron Hill / Llanfechell stone – standing stone – Llanfechell SH370916
  • Boderwyd – standing stone – (nr) Rhosgoch SH406902
  • Werthyr – standing stone – Amlwch SH415928
  • Plas Bodafon – Bronze Age standing stone – Moelfre SH476855
  • Carreg Leidr – standing stone – Llannerchymedd SH446843
  • Llys Einion (Bryn Dyfrydog) – standing stone – Llannerchymedd SH429858
  • Llech Golman – standing stone – (nr) Llannerchymedd SH451831
  • Maen Addwyn – standing stone – (nr) Llannerchymedd SH460833
  • Graiglas – standing stone – (nr) Llangristiolus, Llangefni SH416750
  • Lledwigan – standing stone – Llangefni SH456740
  • Hirdre-Faig – standing stone – Llangefni SH484747
  • Llanddyfnan – standing stone – Llanddyfnan SH501786
  • Cremlyn – 2 standing stones – Llansadwrn SH571775
  • Pen y Maen –
    standing stone – Llandegfan SH564739
  • Ty-Gwyn (Plas Cadnant) – standing stone – Llandegfan SH554739
  • Llanddona – standing stone – Llanddona SH567796

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Quartz

Some areas may be on private land and permission to roam may be required.
 There are public footpaths leading to most places.
Safety and care must be taken at all times, as some areas are difficult to get to due to hills and slopes that may lead away from paths.
If you have any further information that may be helpful, I would kindly appreciate and accept any further assistance.