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The Kew

Chambered Tomb

<b>The Kew</b>Posted by KammerImage © Simon Marshall
Also known as:
  • Giant's Grave
  • Liaght ny Foawr

Nearest Town:Peel (2km W)
OS Ref (GB):   SC274834 / Sheet: 95
Latitude:54° 13' 1.17" N
Longitude:   4° 38' 50.86" W

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Visited 25th August 2003: The Kew or Giant's Grave is a an unusual site. Just as I was getting the hang of interpreting the Manx burial cairns I found myself flummoxed by this strange selection of stones.

The Kew is a double row of stones, the gap between the rows getting smaller at each end. The stones all lean inwards in such a regular fashion that it seems unlikely that they've subsided. On the western end of the site is an old field boundary, marked with a hedge-bank. This is close enough to the stones to give the impression that some of the site may be buried underneath it. At least one large stone in the hedge-bank looked like it might have once been part of the monument.

The site can be viewed from the track that runs past it, but the hedgerow makes this a bit tricky. There's no public right of access to this site itself (something I didn't realise at the time of our visit).
Kammer Posted by Kammer
12th December 2003ce


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An article in the Journal of Manx Museum has this to say about The Kew:
The monument at the Kew, when it is further examined, is likely to reveal resemblances with Brittany and the west of the Iberian peninsula.
Not a lot to go on really. I'm glad it's not just me that finds this site confusing.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
12th December 2003ce