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Lanyon Quoit

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James Kitto shared James Kitto Photography's photo.
24 June
Lanyon Quoit
Midsummer Eve sky at Lanyon Quoit.
© James Kitto Photography 2015
  • James Kitto. Although Lanyon Quoit is West Cornwall's best known 'quoit' or  'cromlech', it is actually the least authentic, as it was rather  drastically altered during a 19th Century restoration. In 1815 Lanyon  Quoit collapsed  in a storm and some stones were fractured, so that when it was  re-erected in1824 (at right angles to its original position) the  capstone ( a little shorter than it had been!) was placed on only 3  uprights (instead of the previous 4 uprights) which were shortened and  squared off. The quoit that we see today is much lower than it was  before - it is said that previously a man on horseback would have been  able to ride beneath it!

  • Stuart Dow brilliant ! Thanx James  for explaining that bit of history ,really didn't know all that  ....fascinating !!. Has anyone dowsing experience of it  ? re .its  potential as an earth energy conductor /capacitator / transmitter /etc  ?
    25 June at 00:01 · Like · 2

  • James Kitto You're welcome, Stuart! I'm sure Cheryl will be able to answer your question about dowsing at the Quoit.

  • Cheryl Straffon Hi  Stuart. Yes it has been dowsed a few times. Seems quite dead. But  that's maybe because of course it collapsed in a storm in 1815 and some  of the stones were re-erected in 1824 at right angles to its original  position, and the capstone was placed on only  3 lower uprights instead of the probable original box chamber (hope  that answers your question Cynthia). Or maybe it's because such a  tourist magnet, so people drive up take a photo and go away again, so  no-one really gives it much time or pays it much respect. Great photo  though James!


  • Adrian Rodda. Captain Giddy RN who re-erected the quoit had the date  1824 carved into one of the uprights. He also re-erected Men Scryfa,  burying it deeper in the ground. I think that he was also responsible  for altering the lay-out of Men-an-tol  by moving the holed stone and making it look less like a stone circle. A  subscription had been raised to finance the "restoration" of Lanyon  Quoit and Capt Giddy (an old Penzance family) used the equipment brought  down from Devonport to raplace the Logan Stone at Treen, which was such  a tourist attraction and had been dislodged by Lt. Goldsmith.
    26 June at 09:48 · Like · 6
  • Craig Weatherhill His  initials are there, too (on Lanyon Quoit).  Those and 1824 are  difficult to see in most lights, but they're high up on the side of the  south upright facing the path from the road.



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