The Curious Case of the Stanton Drew Stone Circle

Ancient Megalithic Stones near Bristol that even the locals haven’t heard of!

Megalithic stone circles at stanton drew

Historians have found archaeological evidence of human remains in Bristol that date back some 250,000BCE to 400,000BCE. This period is the very early years of the so-called “Stone-Age.”

To be fair, the ancients of this period were using a lot of stone. However, we are not entirely sure what they were using these mysterious stone structures for. Perhaps Stanton Drew offers some answers…

South-West England is a hot-bed for lower Palaeolithic finds although little is known about the peoples that lived here.

Stanton Drew is situated just seven miles south of Bristol and is the second largest megalithic stone circle in Britain after Avebury. In 1982, Stanton Drew was listed as a “scheduled monument” – meaning it is of national importance and cannot be changed.

Yet it appears the majority of locals have never heard of it. And I am not talking about the general ignorant off the street! Three out of four people I asked worked for the local transport information office – and one of them was the bus driver that passed the road ending every day!

For a monument of that is said to be of “national importance”, I find it very curious the locals do not know of its existence! So much for the British education system…

Age-Old Megalithic Stones

Archaeologists estimate Stanton Drew was constructed in the bronze-age between 3000 and 1200 BCE, although they do admit they do not know when it was built.

But never mind eh, these dates sort of fit the accepted version of history so they just stick with that. And we have to play along with the charade.

Even still, the official dates given for the stone circles of Britain raise some curious questions that should be taken into consideration when considering the timescale of orthodox history.

For starters, the dates given for Stanton Drew put them in the same epoch as the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. So whilst the Egyptians were building mathematically precise pyramids using technology modern day engineers cannot explain, the people of Britain were standing rocks upright…albeit in alignment with constellations.

Stanton drew stone circles

So we know builders in Britain had an understanding of astronomy just as the Egyptians did. But already, something is not adding up! Why would Egyptians in a sun-baked desert, build indoor pyramids, whilst “Druids” in rainy Britain build open-air stone circles?

What were these structures being used for? They certainly were not burial grounds as academia want us to believe.

What is Stanton Drew?

Stanton Drew is a stone circle complex consisting of 46 stones that have been arranged into three circles. A further three stones, known as the “Cove” are positioned ¼ mile south-west and can be found in the gardens of The Druids Arms Pub.

Local folklore tells the tale of a wedding celebration in which the Devil appears at midnight to play music so the guests could carry on with the festivities. As penance for partying on the Sabbath, the wedding congregation were turned to stone.

Although the stones are heavily eroded, they are believed to have stood some 2.5m to 3m high and arranged in 360-degree circles. Archaeologists can confirm they are appointed to celestial alignments related to lunar and solar movements, but there also seems to be some deeper, underlying meaning as well.

In the 1940s, Major F. A. Menzies, a surveyor and distinguished British army engineer, likened Stanton Drew with the Phoenician fire pillars of Lebanon. In 1886, Reverend J.A. Wylie documented similar accounts of fire stones in Caledonia, Scotland.

It is believed the site at Stanton Drew was used by the ancient pagans for “fire worship.” But more incredibly, whilst Menzies was at the site, he witnessed an extraordinary event which he described in his journal:

“Although the weather was dull there was no sign of a storm. Just at a moment when I was re-checking a bearing on one of the stones in that group, it was as if a powerful flash of lightning hit the stone, so the whole group was flood-lit, making them glow like molten gold in a furnace. Rooted to the spot – unable to move – I became profoundly awestruck, as dazzling radiations from above, caused the whole group of stones to pulsate with energy in a way that was terrifying. Before my eyes, it seemed the stones were enveloped in a moving pillar of fire – radiating light without heat – writhing upwards towards the heavens: on the other hand it was descending in a vivid spiral effect of various shades of colour – earthward. In fact the moving, flaring lights gyrating around the stones had joined the heavens with the earth.”

I know what you’re thinking – ‘bollocks!’ And yes, it does sound fantastical, but other researchers of ancient sites have come to the conclusion these unfathomable structures were some kind of energy generators.

When I was in Cusco, Peru conducting research for my book, I interviewed Dr. Abraham Valencia, a Peruvian historian who specialised in the study of ancient cultures and Andean Cosmovisions.

The professor told me an interesting story about Alto Misayoqs, special shaman that crouched on the ground in order to be hit by lightning. Dr. Valencia told me that people who were hit by lightning had the power to “speak with God.”

These accounts are obviously passed down from legends, but the interesting thing is, the principal settlement in Cusco, Sacsayhuaman, a hilltop “fortress” and made from huge megalithic stones is built in a zig-zag formation which resembles lightning.


Furthermore, the stones used to build Sacsayhuaman are basalt which has magnetic signatures that are known to be high conductors of electricity and thus attract bolts of lightning.

Ceremonial Centres

During my travels through Peru and Mexico, it became apparent that megalithic stone complexes were used as ceremonial centres which were purposefully arranged for the initiation rites of priests.

The arrangement and numbers of the stones at Stanton Drew also suggest the site was used for initiation purposes. That folklore describes the site as “The Wedding Stones” alludes to the “chemical wedding” often spoken of in alchemical records.

The largest circle at Stanton Drew is 110 metres. When applying gematria 110 is broken down to 11 as 0 does not count for anything. They are after all zero. 11 is a master number and extremely important to esoteric practitioners. The number represents new beginnings with double the force of the solitary one.

The north-east circle consists of eight stones and is 30m, both three and eight being significant in spiritual development. Three is the number of manifestation and eight is higher consciousness.

ancient stone circles in Bristol, England

Orion’s belt?

The avenues of the 8-stone circle lead to the banks of the river which would have completed the four elements. We have already heard how the stones represent fire. Earth and air are naturally present, and ceremonial sites are always built near rivers for spiritual purposes as much as practical.

The third circle in the south-east corner of the field consists of twelve stones, another common number found throughout metaphysics around the world. The most obvious explanation is the houses of the zodiac. It is also the stage of a process that naturally follows 11.

Below this lower circle is a selection of stones that appear to mirror the three stars in Orion’s belt. Just as we find on the Giza plateau in Egypt, the far stone is slightly off-kilt with the other two.

Of course, I could be wrong with this assumption, but knowing how many patterns repeat themselves through ancient cultures, I was not surprised to find it.

The Cove

On the subject of repetitive patterns, we come to the Cove, a collection of three large stones found in the garden of the Druid’s Arm pub. One of the stones has fallen – or more likely knocked over – and is broken.

On the earliest maps available of the area, the three stones south-west of the main site is labelled as “The Wedding Stones.” In accordance with local legend, they are known colloquially as the Bride, the Bridegroom and the Parson. However, what they really are is man, woman and child.

ancient megalithic stones

This is the alchemists “chemical wedding”, also known as the Middle Pillar in Egypt, the Trinity in modern organised religions or the Staff Gods of South America.

The triangle, also depicted as a form of threes, is a symbol found consistently all over the world and represents the elements required for material creation.

Essentially, the three stones are the triangle of manifestation of thought, emotion and action, which are typically represented by a female and two male characters.

This is where the ancient alchemists of Greece and Egypt came up with the chemical union idea of man, women and chid. But as we can see, the builders of Stanton Drew were using the same ideas.

From a psycho-biological viewpoint, the power of three represents balance; the male and female sides of our personalities, left and right brain, dualities of character and emotions, heart, mind and physical creation (body/experiences in life).

This idea is reinforced with the nearby sites of the Chew Magna monolith, a single standing stone, and Maes Knoll, both of which have significant astronomical alignments with the stone circles.

Maes Knoll is another of the mysterious pre-historic mounds found all over Britain. Historians classify them as burial mounds despite never finding any human remains in them.

But the so-called “burial mounds” are actually symbolic of the female womb, and the single stone monolith is a male phallus, just as we find obelisks in Egypt.

Today the Freemasonic builders of Christian Churches combine the obelisk with domed roofs of Basilicas and government buildings. The obelisk facing the Oval Office in Washington is a prime example. All this symbolism points to the chemical wedding.

So modern builders are still using the same symbols to represent the same hidden meanings as our ancient ancestors were thousands of years ago. Why?

When I was at Stanton Drew, I asked one of the locals if he knew anything about the stone circles. “They’re just stones in the ground to me,” he replied. Riiight.

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