Oh, all right then, here's the 'real' story.
For years, I have been driving through the area near Upton Scudamore (yes, I really did work in Shaftesbury for a few months) called 'Dead Maids', and wonder why it was named so. I have only just got around to finding out.
The explanation which involves the two virgins who assisted a highwayman from The Black Dog and were hanged for their pains, is a 19th century story regarding an 18th or 17th century myth, it seems. What is probably the real reason is more to do with the poor standard of English amongst Department of Transport sign-makers, who were desperate not to be lumped in with green-grocers in the eyes of the public, when it comes to the misuse of apostrophes.
It seems that the area of land was owned by a spinster of the parish who died intestate, and - over the years - people came to refer to this place as 'Dead Maid's Land, rather like 'No-Man's Land'.
Why Cro should choose to believe that I had unearthed a dead monk, but not believe the rest of it is the real mystery. Oh, and by the way, the 'Thoulstone' you can see in the sign above, used to be 'Ghoulstone'. Do you believe me?