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Cwm Mawr

Stone Circle (Destroyed)

Nearest Town:Porthmadog (3km SSE)
OS Ref (GB):   SH55354142 / Sheet: 124
Latitude:52° 57' 0.86" N
Longitude:   4° 9' 11.8" W

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Distance 3 miles from Dolbenmaen, in the way to it, several pillars of different appearance, &c.; none of them equal to those of the grand monument, whose situation is upon the gradual slope of a very high hill, commanding a most extensive prospect, viz. the whole Isle of Anglesey, part of Ireland, &c.

The first object in approaching it is a lonely pillar, distant 160 paces from the grand Ellipsis.

This colonade is in diameter, one way, 44 cubits, the other, 36; consisting of 38 upright stones of various forms, heights & sizes, as well as distances from each other; some turgescent, some flat, some incline one way & some another; some are pyramids & some are cones. The vulgar believe that no one can count them. The area of the monument violated by the plough & harrow &c.

Tradition says that upon one of them being carried away to the adjoining farm house, for a lintel over the door, such a dreadful storm of thunder & lightning ensued, that the sacrilegious hands were forced to return it to its former place. However, the author says that the vacancies shew that several have been carried away, &c.
From Archaeologia Cambrensis, January 1849 (v13), p3. The information is taken from a manuscript from 1772, which 'purports to consist of notes and extracts taken from another work, the title of which is unfortunately destroyed in great part'. Sadly, rather like the circle.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
17th January 2014ce
Edited 17th January 2014ce