A single 'Standing Stone' or 'Menhir' (French Breton meaning; men 'stone', hir 'long') can be found mostly in Western Europe, in particular in Ireland, Great Britain and France (many of which are in Brittany). Menhirs were associated with Beaker people
who inhabited Europe during the late Neolithic (5000BC) and early Bronze Age - later 3rd Millenium B.C. Recent research suggests some have a far older origin dating back to six or seven thousand years ago! The Matfen Standing Stone is typically carved
with mysterious cup and ring marks, little understood symbols added at the time of its creation. Such Standing Stones were regarded as an artistic medium in megalithic art, linking them to astronomy and geometry, while an association with the
Druids saw them raised next to buildings of religious significance, and seen as territorial markers.
We believe the Matfen Stone has 'Magical Powers', and people often visit especially to see and 'touch the stone'. It is also widely,
or 'wildly' rumoured, that while building the Roman wall, Emperor Hadrian's soldiers sharpened their swords on the Stone!