Brought to light in January 1951, its origins are unknown; the Swaby Monolith is now quietly residing and retiring hidden in a chalk stream valley in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
Carved and incised with enigmatic symbols and designs it is thought to celebrate a renowned and inspirational leader, who appeared to have a Horde of followers.
Unusually, the monolith is partially rendered - legend has it that the master mason ran out of icing sugar before the task could be completed!
The Swaby Monolith
(Create your own at home)
12oz mixed dried fruit
8oz self-raising flour
Half a teaspoon of ground mixed spice
Half a teaspoon of cinnamon
8 fl oz cold tea
4oz Demerara sugar
Grated rind of half a lemon
Grated rind of half an orange
4oz sieved icing sugar
1tbsp warm water
Place icing sugar in basin, add water
Stir until smooth.
Use at once
Mix dried fruit with sugar and cold tea.
Next day stir in grated rind of lemon and orange.
Add one beaten egg.
Stir in flour sieved with mixed spice and cinnamon
Bake in lined 2lb loaf tin at 160° (150° fan) Gas mark 2-3 for one and a quarter or one and a half hours.
Test with skewer