Thors Stone as it is known locally, is a
large sand stone cluster formed from
water flows under the ice at the end
of the last Ice Age around 230 million
years ago. The stones features may
have changed during more recent
times when quarrying was carried out
on the area.
There has been much publicised about
the origin and use of the stone
however most of it seems to be old
wives tales and a fevered imagination.
There have been suggestions that it
was created by the Danes to
commemorate the great battle of
Brunanburh at Bromborough which
took place in 937, others that Vikings
made blood sacrifices to their thunder
god on its summit, but, unfortunately,
these are far flung Victorian tales.
A scientific examination of the ancient
stone shows that the layers are still
visible in the rock and you can make
out the outline of 230 million year old
desert sand dunes. The small pool in
the picture which sits to the left of
Thor's Stone is one of the wetland
areas to be found on the heath.
A Letter of Notes and Queries, sent 8th January 1881.
THE GREAT STONE OF THOR.— The following statement will not be without interest to your
archaeological readers. In November, 1877, I called attention in the columns of N & Q.s to this
venerable relic of prehistoric antiquity, probably of Danish origin, which exists at Thurstaston (Thor-
stane-ton), Cheshire, about eight miles from Birkenhead, and which, from its secluded position, has
almost entirely escaped notice. I then stated my apprehensions that the advance of modern
improvements would be likely to lay it out for building villas, for which the site is admirably adapted.
A commission of inquiry was sent down, which communicated with the Corporation of Birkenhead,
being the nearest market town. It happened, fortunately, that the article in" N. & Q." had been
seen and noticed by several members of this Corporation, who drew the attention of the
commissioner to the desirability of preserving the monument. The result has been that not only will
the monument be preserved, but sixty acres of the surrounding land are to be set apart for a public
park. The gigantic rock altar, with its beautiful natural amphitheatre, will thus be kept intact for ages
yet to come. This circumstance, I think, affords encouragement to those who interest themselves in
the preservation of our remnants of antiquity. J. A. PICTON.