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Standing Stones Of Cornwall #714296
11/08/17 6:46 pm
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Cornwall has, among other things, a handful of ancient sites featuring standing stones and stone circles. Today, when out near the village of Minion viewing a site called The Hurlers, we met a gentleman who was flying a drone over the stone circles there.
He has a nice video he made and I thought I'd share it as a sort of preview, in advance of our return home.
Without further adieu, here is the link to the video of Cornwall's standing stones.

[video:youtube]https://youtu.be/vQc7QU-zHdM[/video]


As a matter of further interest, The Hurlers lies along the St Michael Ley Line or so-called "corridor of incidence".

Michael & Mary Ley Line LINK


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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #714303
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Cornwall is an interesting place indeed, we were there a couple of years ago, I loved the old abandoned engine houses of the tin mines, and tried to imagine what these places looked like in the old days.


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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #714306
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Don't say a word about the Cream Teas, the Pasties, the wonderful fish restaurant, or the great November weather Bro. Or they'll ALL be over here..... wink

Just spread the word dude,
Bland food, cold rain filled skys, warm beer...you know the score... bigt


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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #714400
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I remember an old Monty Python sketch involving "Cornwall" natives.

Is it true they all wear kimonos, are wild about playing bingo, and speak with a Chinese accent?

Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #714402
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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #714422
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I went to look at some of those stone circles and Neolithic arch. sites, well worth doing. And had a nice Starry Gazy Pie too.
In the narrow back lanes leading to a site we came upon a giant French tour bus trying to back five miles in reverse, roads are to small for those things.

Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #714537
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The stones are indeed well worth a visit. Probably not everyone does, but I find them enchanting. Absolutely fascinating. If it were at all possible, I would spend way more time with them. When Geoff gets his video completed, I'll post it up. The above vid is just the teaser.
Back to the real world tomorrow... As all things must, this lovely holiday is closing quickly.


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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #714616
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Hurtling forward through time to the 21st century and the Star Disc, a place high above the Derwent that fascinates me whenever I visit

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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #714781
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At some of the neolithic round building excavation sites, there are little square holes chiseled into the low walls, about knee high, and about the size of a case of beer. One of the scientists guiding our tour said "it is believed" that those wise ancients used these spaces to keep their beer cool in the hot days of summer.

Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #714809
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Ha! Pretty funny, Mule!
Bryan, that looks awesome!


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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #714820
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We were at Stonehenge shortly after arrival in England. Early in the morning, few people there, great light.

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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #715423
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I see the stone, but where's the hinge ?

In Elbert County Georgia, we have the Guidestones...
See: http://www.radioliberty.com/stones.htm



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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: RF Whatley] #715456
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Originally Posted by RF Whatley
I see the stone, but where's the hinge ?

In Elbert County Georgia, we have the Guidestones...
See: http://www.radioliberty.com/stones.htm



I note that one of the tenets of the stones is "1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature."

Maybe the guy who commissioned it offed himself to get started on that goal ... ?

Be all that as it may, there's no doubt about what the hundreds of THESE things standing all over Cornwall are for. Like Kentish oast-houses or Virginia tobacco curing barns, they're a memorial to a lost industrial past ... in this case tin-mining ..

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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #715506
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The old Tin Mines are everywhere Cornwall! Seems like anyone who had an acre or two of land opened a mine.

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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #715656
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more Merry Madens stone circle photos:

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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #715664
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The Hurlers Stone circles site

HURLERS INFO LINK

The Hurlers stone circles are part of a lager area of ancient sites of various ages that comprise multiple stones and structures.

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Shan & I made a run up to see this site early one mornng, on a clear, chilly, windy day.

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Here, (below) you can just see two stacks from the ubiquitous old tin mines that pepper the landscape, in the far distance

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Indeed, the tin mines are everywhere, a large part of Cornwall history!

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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #715667
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It's pretty tough to show up for a few days in Cornwall, and not bump into a lot of people, or at least some people at the ancient sites here. Who we were at the Merry Maidens site, a couple guys where there with their drone, and again at Hurlrs, there was a guy with a drone, among others including many hikers and dog walkers, people on horseback, and an entire class of school children!

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I cannot think of a better day out fora bunch of local kids than to visit these sites to learn what their ancestors were up to a few thousand years ago! bigt

Here is a blurb about The Hurlers, from the above link:

The name The Hurlers derives from morally-loaded folk tale of people petrified for failing to observe the Lord’s Day, in this case local men playing the Celtic sport of hurling. The Merry Maidens and Nine Maidens are other Cornish megalithic sites with similar warnings attached. Furthermore, just to the west of the three circles, two large menhirs stand like gateposts and are known as The Pipers - yet more rebellious locals. However, it is likely that this Bronze Age site was of much more significance, being used for ritual and ceremony, in other words activities deemed Pagan and unacceptable to early Christians hence the cautionary tale.
The location of the Hurlers is of relevance as they lie near the convergence of two rivers, conveniently placing them where travellers and traders would have met. Such a location is not uncommon for stone circles. The surrounding countryside is also peppered with other ancient ceremonial remains in the shape of cists, barrows and standing stones.


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We began talking to this man as he flew his drone around making movies... indeed, it was hs introductiry film clip I posted earlier on in this thread. He was super enthusiastic about the stones and about Cornwall's stone circles! Filled with all sorts of information and stories, we walked into nearby Minions and had tea with him, probably hanging out for an hour & a half or so. We made a friend in the process, he was great fun to talk to and his love for these ancient sites is contagious. If I lived closer I would absolutely be out hanging around the stones often. I'd love to get out to visit a site like this on a summer night with a full moon! Although protected and maybe also part of a national trust or even having World Heritage status, many of Cornwall's stones are on peoples' property, they are not enshrined or locked off from access.

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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #715669
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And I'll add a few images of more tin mines. I guess Lannis, Fay and Shaun toured another active mine after we left... hopefully they'll post us some pix of the tour!

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We visited this site just prior to sundown and the light was awesome!

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Here, to give you some idea of scale, Cynthia is standing next to one of the old stacks:

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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: ricochetrider] #715712
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Originally Posted by ricochetrider
And I'll add a few images of more tin mines. I guess Lannis, Fay and Shaun toured another active mine after we left... hopefully they'll post us some pix of the tour!




Yep, we had to go back and have another look at those mines.

One of them is RIGHT on the cliff overlooking the Atlantic …

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An old tin miner took us on a tour, and showed us a diagram of how the tunnels ran.

This mine is 1,800 feet deep, and the tunnels extend over a half a mile UNDER the ocean!

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During storms, the miners could hear the boulders being tumbled about on the sea bottom above their heads ….

This is the main entrance to the mine; the cubbyholes in the rock are where the miners kept their candles and equipment ….

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Although the miners had a hard and dangerous job, they had a few perks. This was the miner’s bath building, and the stack at the end was for the steam boiler that fed the baths and where the company washed and dried the miner’s clothes at the end of the shift; at least they went home clean …

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They actually have a huge old operating steam engine that used to pull the ore up out of the mine, that they fired up for us. It used a boiler like this …

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These big old walking beams and pistons were amazing to watch in action:

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Those were men of iron in those days, mining tin ….

Lannis


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Re: Standing Stones Of Cornwall [Re: NickL] #715715
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Originally Posted by NickL
Love those old beam engines, poetry in motion.

Lead and copper, tin zinc all sorts of mining down there. Boscastle was one of our favourite weekender retreats, lovely county.


Yep, the tour guy explained how and why the different ores were mined, depending on the price they could get and how rich the veins were. The miners actually had a choice between being paid by the depth they worked at (the deeper they went, the more they made), OR they could work on "shares" based on the value of the ore they brought up. In the period 1880 - 1930, when almost all the mines closed down because high-grade tin was being found elsewhere in the world, thousands of Cornish miners emigrated to where the new mines were (taking their skills with them) and spread all over the world.

The price of tin has jumped and they are trying to restart at least one Cornish tin mine as a paying proposition; the locals are generally all for it, but of course there's a lot of environmental nay-sayers that are just against it on principle. You couldn't just dump the tailings and burn up coal like you used to; that's all done by the rules today, so maybe they can make a go of it....

Lannis


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