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Site Name: Taston

Site Location: West Oxfordshire
Related Achive: Manning (and Leeds)

The standing stone, locally called the Thor Stone, and the village cross are situated close together in the centre of the tiny village of Taston, in the parish of Spelsbury. The megalith stands about 4 feet above ground, leaning against a cotswold stone garden wall, its period uncertain. It is a scheduled ancient monument.

The origins of the name Taston remain uncertain, but there is allegedly a 14th century deed relating the name Taston to a family named Torstan. E.T. Leeds visited the stone in August 1921. The village cross is D.O.E. Grade 2 Listed. There is a similar cross at Gaginwell.


Rev. J. Jordan, History of Enstone, 1857, p9 (stone)

Victoria County History of Oxfordshire, Vol I, 1939, p266

Site Photographs

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Taston Village Cross

Taston Village Cross

The Thor Stone, Taston

Taston 'Thor Stone'



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