Dartmoor: Shillyrock or William Crossings' "Druid's Altar"
|Outcrop revealed in the woods south-east of Blackingstone Rock|
From afar, this outcrop certainly resembled a great slab and it's prominence would naturally add itself to any mythical or magical tales; my first thoughts were of Narnia and Aslan being slain at the stone table by the White Witch. Google Satellite imagery supports it being a huge flat top or "stone table", but evidence of any talking lion being sacrificed is unlikely to be found.
|Google Satellite view of the "altar"|
Add that the land was turned over to forestry, it was destined to vanish from public consciousness.
1809 Map showing Shillyrock - This work is based on data provided through www.VisionofBritain.org.uk and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth
|Shillyrock - west-side view|
|Shillyrock - top view|
|Shillyrock - fissure and tree|
|Shillyrock - front and cave view|
|Shillyrock - cave|
|Shillyrock - summit rock|