Prehistory

Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Riddles Of The Ridgeway

The beautiful Ridgeway above Portesham contains a host of ancient monuments and earthworks.

 
The Hell Stone is an example of a Long Barrow with stone interior.
The Dorset historian, Rev. John Hutchins wrote in his 'History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset', "The common people call it Hellstone, and have a tradition that the devil flung it from Portland Pike, a north point of that island full in view, as he was diverting himself at quoits."
A burial chamber which was originally covered by a mound of earth, it consists of nine upright sarsen stones supporting a single capstone. It was restored incorrectly by a team of men who failed to replace the huge capstone on the top of the chamber. In 1869 eight Portland quarry men finished the task of replacing the sixteen ton capstone with the aid of screw jacks.