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Tinkinswood (Burial Chamber) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Tinkinswood</b>Posted by Rhiannon Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th May 2016ce

The Merry Maidens (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>The Merry Maidens</b>Posted by Rhiannon Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th May 2016ce

Zennor Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

<b>Zennor Quoit</b>Posted by Rhiannon Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th May 2016ce

Lanyon Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

<b>Lanyon Quoit</b>Posted by Rhiannon Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th May 2016ce

Chûn Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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5th May 2016ce

Penllech Coetan Arthur (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

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5th May 2016ce

Uneval (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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5th May 2016ce

Rylane (Stone Circle) — Images

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5th May 2016ce

Tolven Holed Stone — Miscellaneous

...I propose to give a few hitherto unpublished particulars [of the Tolven stone]. It stands at the back of a small farmhouse in Tolven (or Tolvan) Cross, about half a mile from Gweek, on the road from Helston to Truro, and just at the intersection of that road, with a less important one connecting Constantine and Wendron.

The farmhouse was built in 1847 by a John Moyle, whose descendants still occupy it. At the time the house was built the surrounding countryside was wild moorland, overgrown with furze and bracken, and this was cleared by Moyle to make the present Tolven Cross Farm. The two adjoining farms - Upper Tolven and Lower Tolven - were already in existence at the time Moyle commenced to reclaim his little corner of moorland.

When he built the house the Tolven Stone was lying flat upon the moor at the intersection of the roads, and a few feet only from the back wall of the house, and the old man was struck with the idea that by raising it up on one of his edges he would be spared the necessity of building some three yards of the wall separating a little patch of garden from the farmyard, or rather, a pathway from the farmyard to his back-door. This he did, and the stone stands today in the place where the old man put it.

John Moyle died thirty years ago, but his daughter-in-law, who lived in the same house with the old man for some years previous to his death, is still living there with her daughter and grandson, the latter farming the land attached to the house.
One can't help thinking that the weirdness of the stone is the reason people walking on the ancient roads crossed at that spot (because it was an interesting and obvious landmark). But I'm not sure Mr Beesley would go for this theory. His theory is that the holed Men-An-Tol and this stone are holed because they're cross bases. That's a big stone to pick for a cross base though, you have to admit. He says I therefore leave my case in the hands of my readers, who, if they cannot accept my solution of the mystery, will, I feel sure, be tolerant.

From 'What is the Men-an-tol?' by George J Beesley, in The Antiquary 8 (April 1912)
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
4th May 2016ce

Tolven Holed Stone — Folklore

I have shown (in the Antiquary for April, 1912) why the Tolven Stone was set up on edge, and although this was done as recently as the middle of the nineteenth century, it had long ago acquired a reputation as a "crick-stone."

Four years ago I had a chat with the daughter-in-law of the man who built the house at the back of which the stone stands, and who raised it to its present position. She told me that, quite recently, children had been passed through the hole in order to strengthen their backs, and added, "our old dog (a collie) ought to be strong enough in the back, for he's backwards and forwards through it forty times a day."
From Correspondence in 'The Antiquary' v10 (April 1914), our correspondent being George J Beesley. The reputation had to have been developed after it was put up, because otherwise, how would you shove infants through it? Or is he conceding that it already had the reputation (suggesting it had already been standing at some point)?
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
4th May 2016ce

Tolven Holed Stone — Images

<b>Tolven Holed Stone</b>Posted by Rhiannon Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
4th May 2016ce

Lanyon Quoit (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

<b>Lanyon Quoit</b>Posted by Rhiannon Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
4th May 2016ce

Treryn Dinas (Cliff Fort) — Images

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4th May 2016ce

Dinas, Porth Iago (Promontory Fort) — Images

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Dun Ban (Stone Fort / Dun) — Images

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3rd May 2016ce

Delfour (Clava Cairn) — Images

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3rd May 2016ce

Kintraw (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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3rd May 2016ce

Falls of Acharn Stone Circle — Images

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3rd May 2016ce

Corrimony (Clava Cairn) — Images

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3rd May 2016ce

Warehouse S (Chambered Tomb) — Images

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3rd May 2016ce

Mynydd Mawr (Aberdaron) (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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3rd May 2016ce

The Four Stones (Stone Circle) — Images

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2nd May 2016ce

Yr Wyddfa (Cairn(s)) — Images

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2nd May 2016ce

Ardchonnell (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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2nd May 2016ce

Punchestown Standing Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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2nd May 2016ce

Easton Down (Long Barrow) — Images

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2nd May 2016ce

Yeavering Bell (Hillfort) — Images

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2nd May 2016ce

Old Man of Storr (Natural Rock Feature) — Images

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2nd May 2016ce

Dun Mhaigh (Broch) — Images

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2nd May 2016ce

Uneval (Chambered Cairn) — Images

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2nd May 2016ce

Maen Melyn (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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2nd May 2016ce
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