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Creeg Tol

Natural Rock Feature


Not far from the Boskawen-Un circle

Considered by some to be a natural outcrop but 'Creeg' in Cornish means 'Barrow' and 'Tol' means 'hole'.........

hence barrow with a hole
Posted by phil
18th October 2002ce

Comments (3)

The axe-head carvings on the centre stone were discovered by Ian McNeil Cooke and were dismissed somewhat contemptuously by the professional archaeologists until the year they actually saw them for themselves! To be fair, they have rightly credited Ian with the discovery.

Boscawen (dwelling at an elder tree - where has the awful Boskawen spelling come from?) is the name of two holdings in St Buryan parish, which might have been under the common ownership of a family who then took their surname from them (now the family of Lord Falmouth). The two are Boscawen-ros (Boscawen of the roughland) and Boscawen-un/Boscawen-noon (Boscawen of the downs).

A manuscript of c.1680 gives the same Cornish name for this circle and the Merry Maidens. It calls both Dauns Meyn (dance of stones). Lhuyd (1700) gives the Cornish name of the Boskednan Nine Maidens as Meyn yn Dauns (stones in a dance), and 18th century mining bounds gives the Tregeseal circle the name Meyn an Dauns (stones of the dance). The curious Treen Common circle (Zennor Cirque) has the Cornish name Lowarth an Dyjy (garden of the cottage), supporting my suspicion that it's a settlement enclosure.
Posted by craig weatherhill
5th July 2010ce
Creeg Tol probably derives from either carrek tal, 'hill-brow rock' or crug tal, 'hill-brow barrow'. Posted by craig weatherhill
5th July 2010ce
Blimey - we're honoured by your visit Mr W. Your books (especially Belerion) have been utterly instrumental in getting me to keep checking out new places in West Penwith. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
5th July 2010ce
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