The stony man

The stone cut figure of a man working at an anvil and set in the gable of a building at Stoneville is known as the ‘stony man’ and is marked in old maps as the ‘vulcan’. The vulcan, a scary figure of a lame man working at an anvil, was the god of the smith. We know that the Stoneville silver mines was just across the road and it is quite likely that this building was the silversmiths workshop. Even at that time in the late 1700s, this figure would have been an expensive piece of work. The stonecutter was a craftsman by the name of Martin Scanlon. He was born at Blossomhill, Rathkeale in the 1740s

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