Sarsen Stones, often called simply ‘Sarsens’, are natural Sandstone blocks left after the last Glaciation. Many have the characteristic angularity of stone that has been ground smooth, though some surprising shapes are possible. Because of their durability, smooth surfaces and their relative rarity, they are much sought after as markers, as ‘bollards’ to protect buildings, and foundation stones. They are also commonly built it to the walls or foundations of Churches. Because of their usefulness, it is reasonably certain that not many of them remain in the same position as when they were deposited from the ice. The records show that at least 90 of the 111 recorded stones were placed in Baring Road up St Giles Hill, the site of the famous Mediaeval Fair. Most, if not all, of these would have had to have been collected, transported and placed there for a reason, though this will likely never be determined.
Hampshire County Council has a catalogue of most of the known stones in Winchester and the surrounding District. For the sake of continuity we have used the same index numbers assigned to them in this catalogue, though there do seem to be some duplicate references, and there are apparent gaps in the records. The Grid references given for each group of stones refer to their position as originally catalogued, and not necessarily to their current position.
It is apparent that, since the Hampshire County Council survey was carried out, many of the stones have been ‘lost’, having been moved or buried. Some have been removed into private gardens. Here is the ‘Catalogue’ as listed by HCC. - Click on the highlighted references to see photos of the few remaining visible stones...