Neolithic stone circle 100 feet across, set in a wooded clearing. Across the road is a larger solitary King Stone, while a short distance away is a group of large stones leaning together (the Whispering Knights). The legend goes that the king left his troops (the stone circle) to have a look at the valley, and while he was so occupied a group of his knights gathered together to plot treason. Another tale tells that the king encountered a witch, who promised him "If Long Compton you can see, then king of England you shall be". Since Long Compton is so close, the king thought the task an easy one, but the hillside obstructed his view, whereupon the witch turned him and his men into stones.
near Chipping Norton,
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Heritage Highlight: What really makes the Rollright Stones fascinating are the legends associated with the site.
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