Rudston is just down the road for us. The Neolithic monolith is the tallest in the UK – standing 25 feet tall. It weighs around 40 tonnes and was brought about ten miles from where it was quarried. There was another stone in the church yard that was moved and a few others in the surround that were associated with it. It is probably around 5000 years old and dates to the early Neolithic.
It was quite common for churches to be built on sacred sites. Many stone circles were desecrated for their power. The village I live in has a church on a flat topped hill that may well have been artificial and had a stone circle on it.
The church tried to at once break the old religion and incorporate it.