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Carland Cross Burrows

Barrow / Cairn Cemetery


... The number existing is twenty, and they are arranged in two groups, which, in describing them, we may call Eastern and Western. The whole of the barrows form an arc of a circle [...] Of these barrows three deserve attention: viz. the highest, Warren's Barrow, which is locally so called from a belief that a certain General Warren is buried there, of whom nothing whatever can be ascertained; Jenkyn's or Hendra Barrow, why Jenkyn's is not known, Hendra because it is situated on the land of the adjoining farm of the same name; and the demolished barrow, which stood at the arc's extreme curvature. [...] There is a local tradition, and there is no reason against its general acceptance, that Warren's Barrow was used for signalling by means either of fire or smoke, between the Four-Barrows, Carnmenellis, and the other surrounding heights. From its summit there is a clear view W. and S., as from the summit of the now demolished barrow there was a clear view N. and E.
From 'Description of the Carland Barrows' by the Rev. Prior, in the Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall v 13 (1898).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
1st March 2012ce

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