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Bridestones

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"Rose, Edwin" <[log in to unmask]>

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Date:

Wed, 3 Apr 2002 07:27:52 +0100

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May or may not be relevant but;

In Norfolk, at Hardley there is a medieval cross base on which tradition
says a woman in red may be seen sitting at certain nights of the year

At Southery there used to be a large erratic boulder in the centre of
the village on which infertile women would sit naked all night in the
hope of becoming fertile

A television documentary some years ago about a village in Ireland where
once a year the local priest takes the women of the village on a
procession from the church to a menhir which they walk round, but only
the married women are allowed to touch the menhir and then only if they
want children

In parts of south Wales in the 19th century it was the custom for an
infertile woman to walk naked around the church at night. This was
tolerated but "not talked about" and in at least one case led to a story
about a white horse walking on its back legs round the church on certain
nights


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