Raggedstone Hill

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Raggedstone Hill
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Raggedstone Hill
Highest point
Elevation 254 m (833 ft)
Coordinates 52°01′31″N 2°21′07″W / 52.0253°N 2.3520°W / 52.0253; -2.3520Coordinates: 52°01′31″N 2°21′07″W / 52.0253°N 2.3520°W / 52.0253; -2.3520
Location Malvern Hills, England
OS grid SO759364
Topo map OS Landranger 190
Age of rock Pre-Cambrian
Mountain type Igneous, Metamorphic
Easiest route Hiking

Raggedstone Hill is situated on the range of Malvern Hills that runs approximately 13 kilometres (8 mi) north-south along the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border. Raggedstone Hill lies close to the borders of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. It has an elevation of 254 metres (833 ft).

The northern flank of the hill lies on the southern side of the Hollybush pass, from where its summit is a brisk 15–20 minutes steep walk from the nearby Hollybush car park.

According to legend, the hill's shadow casts misfortune upon whomever it falls.[1]

Raggedstone Hill in cultural life[edit]


The Shadow of the Ragged Stone Hill is a 19th-century novel by Charles F. Grindrod concerning a monk of Little Malvern Priory. He has been made a monk against his will, and his main object in life is to avenge his father's murder of his mother, a deed incited by false accusations made against his mother by a "wicked knight". The monk disguises himself in borrowed armour, attends a tournament and there kills the knight. Later, he breaks his vow of chastity by marrying a woman who he has rescued from the advances of a "lascivious knight", and is then falsely accused of killing her father in a duel. He is condemned to crawl to the summit of Ragged Stone Hill once a day as punishment. When the monk can no longer bear the punishment he curses the hill and anyone on whom the shadow of the hill should fall.[2][3][4]

The Ragged Stone is a poem by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, a founder of the Dymock Poets.[5]


'Raggedstone Hill' is the name of a song by the band Dodgy, written and recorded in the Malverns during 2011.[6]


  1. ^ Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 325. ISBN 9780340165973. 
  2. ^ Waite, Vincent (1968). Malvern Country. London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. p. 92. 
  3. ^ Grindrod, Charles F (1909). The Shadow of the Raggedstone. London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. 
  4. ^ "The Shadow of the Ragged Stone". Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  5. ^ George Herbert Clarke, ed. (2005). A Treasury of War Poetry: British And American Poems of the World War 1914 to 1919. Kessinger Publishing. p. 97. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dodgy to release first new album in 11 years". NME. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 

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