The Bridestones

Landscape and Monumentality

The Bridestones is a prehistoric chambered burial cairn, near Congleton, on the Staffordshire-Cheshire border, constructed around five thousand years ago. Debate goes on as the origin of the name of this ancient tomb; one story claims it was named after a newly married couple who were murdered nearby and the stones laid around their grave.

For me there is little doubt that the tomb is named after the Goddess Brigid, also known as Bride, daughter of a Druid who became a Christian Saint. Brigid is often associated with the Celtic Goddess Brigantia who’s popularity is attested in several inscriptions in the North of England. However, there are distinct differences between the two goddesses and clearly separate deities.

The Bridestones, near Congleton, England.

Once a proud chambered tomb covered by a cairn similar to West Kennet Long barrow, little has survived of The Bridestones into modern times. In 1764 the cairn…

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