WHAT TO SEE AND DO in cornwall

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Prehistoric Sites

 

 

Chysauster Ancient Village (EH)

The best-preserved Iron Age village in Cornwall. Eight  circular houses with decent sized rooms. The current town planners/property developers could learn something from this site.  Occupied during Roman Conquest. Access via half-mile path from road. Small reception/shop. Dogs welcome. Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

 

Glasney College, the Collegiate Church, Penryn

Founded in 1275 by Bishop Bronescombe (of Exeter) to be the leading ecclesiastical powerhouse in medieval Cornwall. It controlled over 16 parishes, and was the setting for miracle plays in Cornish but was looted and destroyed during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, 1536-1545. The scholarship upheld here promoted the Cornish language which then languished, thereafter, and it was the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549 that was the final nail in the coffin. Just a wall and field remain.  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

 

Hurlers Stone Circle

Three stone circles 110ft, 135ft and 105ft in diameter. According to legend, men turned to stone for playing the old Cornish game of hurling on a Sunday. Similar game to Australian Rules. Access via 1/4-mile path from road.   Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

 

 

Lanyon Quoit (NT)

Stone Age dolmen; three upright and capstone re-erected c.1824. Hidden entrance over stile beside road.   Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

 

 

Men-An-Tol

A large circular slab with a hole pierced through centre set between 2 upright slabs. Famous for its legendary magical healing powers - children were passed through to cure them of rickets. Fifteen minute walk from parking area. Teas at Lanyon Farm, from Apr-Oct Tu-Su 2-5.   Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

 

Merry Maidens Stone Circle

19 stones form this perfect circle. The Legend relates that nineteen virgins were turned to stone for dancing on a Sunday. You have been warned!  Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

 

 

Trevethy Quoit

Impressive Neolithic dolmen; 6 uprights support a massive capstone pierced by a circular hole. Park opposite.   Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

 

 

Zennor Quoit

One of England’s largest dolmens. A double-chambered tomb with a massive slab. Pieces of Neolithic pottery discovered here.  Park in lay-by (St Ives road) below the Eagle's Nest (the late Patrick Heron's home). A good 40-minute ascent through thistles and bracken. Head towards Zennor Heights and bear left opposite The Carne, a shack (legend has it that the Occultist Aleister Crowley lived here) and the Dolmen will appear in ten minutes on your right.   Photography: Copyright ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

Photography Copyright: ©William Fricker Photography/Goldeneye Guides

 

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