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Gun Rith Menhir

Standing Stone / Menhir


Gun Rith Menhir - 23.12.2002

This sexy stone is clearly visible from the Merry Maidens and Tregiffian and is probably an outlier for the stone circle. Also know as 'The Fiddler' it's found lurking in a hedge, just off a public footpath that leads from opposite the lay-by for the Merry Maidens. This strangely phallic and leaning monster measures 285cm (H) x 55 (W) x 55 (D).

W.C.Borlase excavated the foot of the stone in 1871 but found only a beach pebble. Craig Weatherhill suggests that Gun Rith (Gun Ruth) means 'Red Downs'.
pure joy Posted by pure joy
7th January 2003ce
Edited 7th January 2003ce

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