of WEST CORNWALL
fields and moors of West Cornwall contain a wealth of ancient monuments, standing
stones, Stone, Bronze and Iron Age forts and villages and the area has a rich
heritage of myths and legends handed down through the centuries.
are four Stone Age or Neolithic burial tombs (known in Cornwall as quoits)
consisting of three or more upright slabs with a flat capstone on top on the
West Penwith Moors. These are :- Chun Quoit, Zennor Quoit, Mulfa Quoit and
Lanyon Quoit. Both Lanyon and Chun are easily found from the road. Lanyon
was rebuilt in 1824 after a prank dislodged the cap stone. Another interesting
stone tomb is Bollowall Barrow on Carn Gloose. This is a complex structure
of a circular mound with a domed mound inside containing several burials.
Age hill forts include Chun Castle, Trencrom and Castle-an-Dinas with cliff
castles at Kenidjack and Gurnards Head. Village settlements of particular
interest are Carn Euny with its fougou and Chysauster. Standing stones of
note are the Pipers, Boswens and Men Scryfa. The latter has a latin inscription
and stands in the middle of a field close to the famous holed stone of Men
Most of the Stone Circles have folk names as there are many stories about
the stones being maidens or hurlers turned to stone for dancing or hurling
on the Sabbath. (Hurling was a ball game played in Cornwall centuries ago.)
Nine Maidens, Merry Maidens and Boscawen Un are good examples.