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Whitesand Bay. Near Sennen
This circle is of uncertain status and no facts and figures are available. This grid reference maybe questionable as it differs in some books?


The next three circles have very limited and confusing information with only one of them appearing on O/S maps :-
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St. Just. Tregeseal West
Not on OS map because reportedly destroyed by local farmer in 1961. One stone however remains in a hedge leading to Tregeseal E.
(Thanks to Alan Bain for this information about Tregeseal E)
There is no data available for this circle except that it is reported in some books as unrecognisable having an adjacent site as below.

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St. Just. Tregeseal East
This circle measures 22 by 21 metres in diameter and is classed as a flattened circle. This is shown on O/S maps.

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St. Just. Tregeseal
This stone circle is now unrecognisable no measurements or information can be found but is thought to have been connected to the earlier two stone circles. This and the last two sites are thought to date to around 2200-1400BC.

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Zennor. Stone circle on Treen Common
This circle is now unrecognisable and no recorded data can be found, it does not appear on O/S maps.

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St. Buryan
Boscawen-Noon. Stone Circle-North of St. Buryan
This consists of 19 regularly spaced blocks of stone and are enclosed within a modern field wall. The circle is 23 metres in diameter with a leaning pillar at its centre. There are a further 4 more stones standing close together on the circumference on the North East side. It is thought to have been used as a site of offerings and dates to around 2200-1400BC.

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Rosemerg. Near Rosemergy
This stone circle is now unrecognisable as the B3306 now runs through this grid reference and no recorded data is available about the site. Circle is not shown on O/S maps.

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Madron. Men-an-tol
This is also known as "The Stone with the Hole." It consists of a line of 3 stones of which the middle slab has a perfectly circular hole at the centre which is wide enough to pass a young child through, according to folklore, a certain cure for Rickets! It is thought this circle may have been part of a burial chamber although it cannot be proven, other holed stones also appear in Cornwall.

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St. Buryan. "Merry Maidens"
The circle measures some 23.8 metres in diameter and is classed as one of the most perfect stone circles in Britain. It consists of 19 rectangular blocks of stone. Nearly half a kilometre to the N.E. of the circle are two standing stones known, as the Pipers although they cannot be seen from the circle. There is another stone to the west called the Fiddler shown on O/S maps as "Standing Stone". The "Merry Maidens" Cornish name is Dans Maen (Stone Dance), which like the legend of Trippet Stone Circle the stones are maidens who were turned to stone for dancing on the Sabbath. The site is dated to around 2200-1400BC. If Christianity wished to replace beliefs then how apt to have a legend tell of, how dancing on the Sabbath would turn young girls to stone if they attended any festival at the circle.

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Lanyon Quoit. Madron
This is a Capstone measuring 5.8 metres long, supported on 3 uprights which each measure 2.5 metres high. It was reported that you could ride a horse under the arch, but the monument fell down in 1815. Nine years later when it was rebuilt the height was reduced. Also at grid Reference SW.423338 is West Lanyon Quoit which consists of a 1.5 metres square stone with a Capstone leaning against it.

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West Lanyon Quoit. Madron
Refer to Lanyon Quoit
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Nine Maidens. Boskednan
This stone circle has no name according to O.S. Maps and although near the place "Nine Maidens" it is not to be confused with the stone circle known as Nine Maidens. (Grid Ref. SW.683365) It measures 22 metres in diameter and is classed as a plain ring. Although ruined it is still recognisable. There is approximately 22 stones and the circumference is 69.1 metres. Spacing between the stones is approximately 3.1 metres. Boskednan which is located in the middle of the North Down also has a small cairn close by, which lies to the SE of this stone circle. This site is thought to date to around 2200-1400BC.

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Trevello
This circle is of uncertain status and no statistics can be found. It does not appear on O/S maps.

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Porthmeor. Near Madron
This circle is of uncertain status and is thought to be a flattened circle which measured 34 metres in diameter but unknown are it's other dimension if it is flattened. It may have included a centre stone. No reference appears on O/S maps regarding this circle.

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Bosiliack.
This circle is now unrecognisable and no data could be found it does not appear on O/S maps.

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Tredinnick. Tredinnick
This circle is of uncertain status. It has a recorded size of 9.1 metres in diameter and may have had an adjacent site. Does not appear on maps.

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Madron Mulfra Quoit
This consists of 3 upright stones which form a rectangular cist and has a large Capstone which leans off the Western Side, with the one end firmly on the ground.

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Hr Carwynnem. Near Troon
This circle is of uncertain status and measures 16.8 metres in diameter forming a plain ring and does not appear on O/S maps.

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Nine Maidens Downs
Nine Maidens, Nr Polgear. Also known as Wendron North and Wendron South
This stone circle known as Nine Maidens is not to be confused with Nine Maidens in the Penwith District (Grid Ref. SW.434353). The SW peninsula is characteristic of paired ring circles which this is another example of. The first stone circle, sometimes referred to as Wendron North, measures 18.3 metres and is circular in shape. Although ruined it is still recognisable and has an adjacent site. Wendron South, known as Nine Maidens measures 16.5 metres in diameter and is now classed as an unrecognisable stone circle. These two sites only appear as "Nine Maidens on O/S maps.

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New Downs. Near Tubby's Head
This circle is of uncertain status and no data could be found upon research it does not appear on O/S maps.

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St.Columb Major. Nine Maidens Stone Row
This is the remains of a row of 9 standing stones, 6 of which are still standing and 3 are broken. The average height of the stones is approximately 1.5 metres and the row is approximately 110 metres long. It is thought these may have been set up between 2200 and 1400BC.

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Lanivet Quoit. Lan Hydrock
This is not a stone circle but is 3 surviving stones in the middle of a ploughed field of which one of them was an enormous capstone measuring 4.5 metres long and 2.7 metres wide. The 2 stones standing by the capstone are believed to have been the uprights on which it stood. This is shown on O/S maps as "Burial Chamber".

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St. Breward. Stannon Stone Circle
This circle consists of 41 closely spaced stones and has a diameter of 42 meters. In the centre lies a single block. Originally there were about 80 stones. It is thought to date to around the Bronze Age period. No other statistics could be found.

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Blisland. "Trippet Stones" Manor Common, Bodmin Moor
According to legend the stones are said to be young maidens who were turned to stone for dancing on the Sabbath. There were originally 26 stones of which only 8 remain standing and 4 fallen. The stone in the centre of this circle is a modern boundary stone. This site is reported to be well worth visiting and measures 33 metres in diameter.

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St. Breward. Stone Circle 600 yds N.E. of Leaze
This stone circle is part of a group of 5 megalithic rings and are made of local granite. Overlooking the River De Lank this is the smallest of this group but is well preserved, it measures 25 metres in diameter and a 78.5 metre circumference. The circle consisted of approximately 28 stones of which 16 remain and 10 are still standing. The stones are spaced 2.8 metres apart it is classed as a plain ring and probably dates to around 2200-1400BC.

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Blisland. "Stripple Stones" Hawkston Downs, Bodmin Moor
Inside the henge you will find an irregular circle of 15 blocks of granite (originally 28), of which 4 are still standing and thought to date from the late Neolithic or Bronze Age. Although ruined it is still recognisable and measure 44.8 metres in diameter. It is classed as an embanked henge monument with a centre stone.

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St.Breward. Stone Circle - Roughtor Moors
This is the largest stone circle on Bodmin Moor and measures 46 metres by 43 metres and is a slightly flattened circle. It is reported to have had 70 small stones of local granite, of which 39 still stand with 2 further stones near the centre.

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Duloe. Stone Circle
Standing in the centre of the village are 8 tall stones, all made of quartz, with one being almost 3 metres high. The circle is an oval ring of 11.9 metres by 11.3 metres and is reported to be well worth visiting. Excavation has shown charcoal and a ribbon handled urn reported to date from the Bronze Age period.

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Altarnun. "Goodaver" Stone Circle - Goodaver Downs or "Nine Stones Stone Circle"
Goodaver circle gives a clear panoramic view of Bodmin Moor and although restored is still of uncertain status. Although this particular circle, along with others in the surrounding area, is thought by some to be linked with the Bodmin Moor astronomical complex. The circle measures 15.2 metres in diameter with a centre stone and a single row of stones. The site is well worth visiting.

Also referred to as Nine Stones Stone Circle and as it's name suggests consists of 9 standing stones one of them being in the centre. The circle seems to have been deliberately sited to give a clear view of the two cairned peaks of Brown Willy which can be seen through a small gap on the surrounding hills between Fox Tor and Catshole Tor. Why the cairns were built on top of Brown Willy and their association with Goodaver stone circle is still a mystery.

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St. Cleer. Stone Circle on Craddock Moor
38 metres in diameter, this monument clearly demonstrates how a circle can sink into grass and peat. Although some of the stones are still in excess of two metres long, a lot have disappeared into the vegetation or been used on farmers walls. The ones that do remain have fallen. Although damaged the circle is still recognisable.

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Linkinhorne. "The Hurlers" (Three circles) Nr. Minions
The Hurlers consist of 3 circles which are in a line on the eastern side of Bodmin Moor. The smallest circle consists of nine stones and is 35 metres in diameter, the second circle is egg shaped and has seventeen stones and is forty-two metres in diameter and the third circle consists of thirteen stones and is 33 metres across. Excavation of the third circle showed the interior to be roughly paved with granite blocks. The 3 circles almost touch and run S.W. to N.E. up the hillside. This group is reported to date to around the Bronze Age period.

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Castlewitch. Balston Down, Stone Circle
This collection of stones is not thought to be a usual stone circle. The stones are made of a Green Stone that were quarried in the Neolithic and early Bronze Age. The stone was used to make axe heads which were then traded in the local areas. It is thought that this monument was built by the people making the axe heads (a sort of Bronze age advertisement?). It is thought to date to around 2500-1700BC. No other data available.

Just under half a kilometre to the south of these stones is an area called Castlewitch Henge monument which it is thought was constructed by the Stone Quarriers and used for their ceremonies. Although it is a small monument, oval in shape, and has the classic bank with an internal ditch, there has never been any proof that a stone circle ever stood there. This area is reported to have been used during Medieval times for the showing religious plays. Only the Henge is shown on Maps.