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Les Tables des Pions at Pezeries Point.

Les Tables des Pions at Pezeries Point.

The Pleinmont Fairy Ring

Many superstitions surround the stone circle and 'table' dug into the common land at Pleinmont, but what are the true meanings behind the La Tables des Pions?

It's said that if you walk around the stone circle commonly known as the 'Fairy Ring' at Pezeries Point three times and make a wish it will come true, why these superstitions sprung up remains a mystery, as the true purpose of Les Tables Des Pions is rooted far more in historical fact than ancient superstition.

While it may look like a setting from the Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia thanks to its spectacular backdrop of cliffs and roaring seas, the ring had the fairly mundane purpose as being a place where lesser members of the Chevauchee parade would eat.

'Les Tables Des Pions' marker stone.

'Les Tables Des Pions' marker stone.

The Chevauchee was a parade that took place every two years to check the Chemain du Roi, or path of the King, was kept clear so dignitaries were free to travel around the island unobstructed. Starting at the Vale Church in the morning and ending back at Grand Harve one of the stopping points on the route was at Pezeries Point where a feast would be held for the officials of the Royal Court who made the procession.

While the officials would eat in the shelter of a specially constructed tent, the 'Pions' who accompanied them would not be permitted entrance to the tent and so the table was dug into the common to allow them somewhere to eat.

It is thought the Chevauchee dates back to the 1700's and the table was created around the same time, where the stories of fairy's and witchcraft fit into all this is unknown, but it remains a popular piece of local folklore.

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