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Moorgate Menhir

Standing Stone / Menhir


The Longstone - 24.12.2002


After Pencarrow a narrow lane passes by Gillings Farm. 350 metres after the farm the public footpath to this menhir is clearly marked by a wooden signpost and a concrete stile. It is near 2 field gates on either side of the road. It's not easy to park without potentially blocking some access along the lane, especially any wider vehicles.

The longstone itself is impressive, measuring approx 330cm (H) x 90 (W) x 45 (D). The whole Western part of the field seems to be strange. It is littered with stones, some seemingly being like a recumbent circle, some as though they could be a burial chamber, and some like a type of boundary work. Or it could just be a jumble of stones? Intriguingly the rest of the field has no stones in it, nor does the next field (to the West), yet it's obviously an area of antiquity with
cairns and field systems/settlements being marked on the map in other nearby fields. So despite this just being a single stone on the map, maybe this place is far more interesting than just that?
pure joy Posted by pure joy
9th January 2003ce
Edited 4th February 2004ce

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