In the graveyard of the church to All Saints in Rudston stands a tall slender piece of gritstone.

The tallest Standing Stone in Britain.

If the rule of thumb often used by Thom is correct (that the larger a standing stone is, the greater its significance) then there was something very special to prehistoric man about this place. The stone stands now at 7.9 metres but was taller at one time. There may be as much as half the height of the stone again under the ground, making the weight up to 40 tonnes, but no excavations have been carried out. The rock itself is not found in the immediate vicinity, the nearest source of gritstone is some kilometres away in the Cleveland Hills. The lead cap was added in the last century to prevent further errosion damage to the tip.