Stanton Drew, Druidical Stones


Stanton Drew in Somerset is the location of one of England’s largest and most mysterious stone circles. Little is known about the three Bronze Age stone circles and the three-stone ‘cove’ which comprise the site. Recent surveys have revealed that what remains of Stanton Drew was part of a much more elaborate site, the stones themselves arranged above a series of underground burial chambers. 

John Aubrey (1626-97) and William Stukeley (1687-1765) both made Stanton Drew the object of their antiquarian researches, as did Sir Richard Kaye (1736-1809), the antiquary who employed Samuel Hieronymus Grimm to produce this drawing. Grimm’s drawings and watercolours at the British Library number in their thousands. Two and a half thousand alone were produced for Kaye, who, over twenty one years, commissioned the artist to tour Britain and to record ‘everything curious’. 

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Stanton Drew, Druidical Stones
Pen and ink / Monochrome wash / View
Samuel Hieronymus Grimm
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Public Domain
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British Library
Add MS 15547, f.92

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