Bridestones Brewing | The Bridestones

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The Bridestones

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These grotesque but natural gritstone rock formations occupy the moors above the glacial valley within which Todmorden is situated.

Legend associates them with pagan worship and ancient marriage and hand-fasting ceremonies, indeed the curious “bottleneck” stone (so called because it resembles an upturned bottle impossibly perched on its neck) is often called the Bride, while the toppled stone next to it was once known as the Groom.

It is believed that the Groom was deliberately toppled by the local clergy who were none too happy about the fact that most people considered these pagan ceremonies to be the “real” wedding.