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Standing Stone / Menhir


Shortly before reaching New Bridge, - in a field known as the Barn Field, which is next the road on the left-hand side, adjoining some new farm-buildings called Tremayne, - are two memorial stones between nine and ten feet asunder. The largest is of unhewn granite, irregularly shaped, six feet in height, and averaging about seven feet in circumference. The other stone, nearer the road, is still more irregularly shaped, and tapers nearly to a point at the top. This one is five feet and a-half high above the ground. These stones are figured by Borlase, ed. 1769, p. 164, together with a plan of their position in respect to a grave discovered between them, the whole being termed by him a "sepulchral monument at Trewren in Maddern."

Borlase informs us that, "upon searching the ground between these two stones, October 21st 1752, the diggers presently found a pit six feet long, two feet nine wide, and four feet six deep. Near the bottom it was full of black greasy earth, but no bone to be seen. This grave came close to the westernmost and largest stone, next to which, I imagine, the head of the interred lay."

The tradition of the locality is that the stones mark the grave of a warrior.
From Rambles in Western Cornwall by the Footsteps of the Giants by J O Halliwell-Phillipps (1861).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
6th August 2013ce

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