SOME MEGALITHS OF THE PAS-DE-CALAIS
from the web pages of Jacques Brasme
1. SAILLY-en-OSTREVENT: Standing-stones
Les Bonnettes or
The Seven Maidens
At the south-eastern
extremity of the département,
15 km due East of Arras,
close to the Grande Randonnée (long-distance footpath)
and close also to a motorway bridge, just SW of Sailly-en-Ostrevent.
Set into a tumulus
(once used as a fire-beacon), "The Seven Maidens"
comprise five curiously and (presumably) significantly-shaped
still standing about 70 cms above ground level, with 1.4 metres
buried in the tumulus.
Two other stones are prostrate.
The legend (which
may simply imitate many others of the same kind)
is that one Sunday six maidens and a musician (presumably male)
danced on the tumulus instead of going to Mass
- and were consequently turned to stone.
However, the stones
are more likely mediæval
and related to judicial open-air courts often held at anciently-sacred
HAMEL: Dolmen known as The Enchanter's Table or "La
Pierre à Chavattes"
20 km E of Arras
and marked 'Dolmen' on the Michelin maps.
Menhir known as Le Gros Caillou (The Big Stone),
3 metres high.
LÉCLUSE: menhir known as The Devil's
Stone, or Stone of Stones
stone, 3.5 metres high and weighing perhaps 17 tonnes,
the sites of Hamel, Oisy and Les Bonnettes can be seen.
FRESNICOURT: Dolmen known as Bises-Pierres (The
or La Table des
Fées (The Fairies' Table).
18 km NNW
of Arras, and marked 'Dolmen' on the Michelin maps.
only surviving dolmen of four
originally linked by stone-rows.
All these sites may
already be linked by a Grande Randonnée footpath.
Photos are © by Jacques Brasme