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The Longstone

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The LongstoneWIGHT Druids' primary sacred site on the Isle of Wight is The Longstone, halfway up the downs at Mottistone, a site with a long history as a key community meeting place at times when important decisions had to be made.

The site consists of one standing stone with a second large stone now recumbant before it, the remains of a neolithic long barrow, of which there are very few here, despite the existence of more than 300 round and disc barrows across the downland 'spine' of the Island.

The 6,000-year-old long barrow is aligned to face the rising sun in the east, and in Saxon times the site is believed to have been used as a meeting (or moot) place for judicial and administrative business. It is thought the name of the nearby village, Mottistone, may be derived from the Saxon for 'meeting stone'.

Many people are still drawn to the site at significant times of the year - such as the solstices and equinoxes - and Island morris sides also perform there a couple of times a year.

Wight Druids offer open public rite and celebration of each of the eight festivals there - details of the next festival are flagged on the home page of this website.

The Longstone is cared for and administered by the National Trust, who also own and let a delightful remote holiday cottage just 100 yards from the site.

There is more information about The Longstone on the NT website at: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wra-1356329160551/view-page/item471675/

 

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