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Holed Stone

<b>Choone</b>Posted by VicsterImage © Vicster
Nearest Town:Newlyn (6km NNE)
OS Ref (GB):   SW427243 / Sheet: 203
Latitude:50° 3' 44.66" N
Longitude:   5° 35' 44.27" W

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196 1/2 feet and 8 degrees west of north from the nearest stone of the circle is a stone 5 feet 4 inches high, with a hole 5 1/4 inches in diameter through the upper part of it; this stone is now used as a gate-post and may perhaps not now occupy its original position..

An old stonebreaker, who told me in 1898 that he had been in the place for seventy years.. said with regard to the holed stone, that it had been moved from its original position, where it had stood in connection with another holed stone, and that when the sun shone through the holes in some particular way "they called it Midsummer"; this may be only a repetition of something said by modern visitors, but it may, on the other hand, be an echo of an old tradition, so it is perhaps worth recording.
Prehistoric Remains in Cornwall
A. L. Lewis
The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, Vol. 35. (Jul. - Dec., 1905), pp. 427-434.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
16th October 2006ce
Edited 9th August 2013ce


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I'm guessing this could be the stone mentioned below, and it has indeed been moved as Phil suggests. I'm not sure the sizes fit, but the hole might look suitably wide. Otherwise, I guess it's a different one, holed stones galore.
Near the Dawns Men, in the fence of a field by the footpath leading to Borah, is another holed stone, laid down lengthways. It is thirty-three inches wide at one end, tapering down to ten inches at the other, and seven inches in thickness. The circular hole, five inches in diameter, is seven inches from the extremity of the widest portion.
Rambles in Western Cornwall by the Footsteps of the Giants by J O Halliwell-Phillipps (1861).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
7th August 2013ce

"About 65 paces exactly north of Rosmodreuy Circle is a flat stone 6 inches thick at a medium, 2 foot 6 inches wide and 5 foot high; 15 inches below the top it has a hole 6 inches diameter, quite through....In the adjoining hedge I perceived another, holed in the same manner."

William Borlase - Observations on the Antiquities, Historical and Monumental, of the County of Cornwall - 1st edition, printed by W Jackson, 1754.
Grumbla Posted by Grumbla
10th December 2006ce
Edited 9th August 2013ce

This little known stone is built in a hedge. It is possible that in the past that it has been moved. You can look through the hole and see the Merry Maidens stone circle. Posted by phil
12th October 2003ce
Edited 12th October 2003ce