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Trethevy Quoit, Bodmin

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Trethevy Quoit is a well-preserved megalithic tomb that lies between St Cleer and Darite in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is known locally as "the giant's house". Standing 9ft high, it consists of five standing stones capped by a large slab.LocationTrethevy Quoit is north of Liskeard in the hamlet of Tremar Coombe. Trethevy farmhouse is a Grade II* listed building. Nearby are The Hurlers, three stone circles dating from the late Bronze Age. The site is managed by the Cornwall Heritage Trust on behalf of English Heritage.ConstructionLike other portal tombs of this type, Trethevy Quoit was originally covered by a mound. The remnants of this suggest a diameter of 6.5 metres. The remaining seven stones and the 3.7 m long and 10.5-ton cover slab were inside the mound. At the upper end of the cover slab is a natural hole, which may have been used for astronomical observation. The group of horizontal stones is composed of a fallen back wall, two side wall stones, which overlap, a front stone and a somewhat remote flanking stone. The special feature of Cornish portal graves is that by such stones sometimes a smaller partially closed area is created before the front end. Some stones have hole-like perforations as decoration. The front stone is often called an entrance stone, although in most portal graves this can not be moved. The Trevethy Quoit is a rare exception here, because a small rectangular stone moving at the bottom right of the front allows access to the grave chamber, which is now opened only very rarely. The back of the chamber has collapsed inwards and now forms a pile inside the chamber. Erected this stone would be about the height of the front stone, so that the cover slab would not have once been held-up by the side stones, but rested almost horizontal solely on the front stone and rear walls. However, there would have been between the support stones and the side walls a considerable gap, by which soil could have penetrated into the grave chamber. It is therefore likely that the collapse of the rear wall and the falling-down of the cover slab damaged the side stones.
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  • Trethevy quoit is really worth a visit and is beautiful overlooking St Cleer. It is now in the care of English Heritage. Just please remember that this is basically a grave so treat it with respect.  more »
  • We really had to work to get to this, roads were closed due to roadworks, didn't help either. Access is up a single track road, we followed a tractor that filled the space, right up to his farmyard by...  more »
  • Not well signposted, but parking for about 4 cars at the edge of a tiny village green. The Quoit is visible from the carpark and very easy to get access to. Definitely worth visiting.  more »
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  • OK it's a few big rocks in a field But if you have a dog and a picnic it's just what you need! On route to an attraction and not wanting to munch sandwiches in Liskeard town we drove up the winding back road, parked in the handy car park and munched lunch whilst the dog ran in the enclosed field. Perfect.
  • A very impressive tomb from late stone age. Freely accessible, without the usual parking/entry fees. Unfortunately, the nearby houses disturb the dignity of this beautiful place..
  • Well worth a visit if you're close by
  • Really cool, if you like standing stones this is well worth a visit and explore the area to find the other ones
  • Super Neolithic monument. How clever of these Stoneagers to place it so close to a convenient road and car park. Amazing bit of work, and pretty well preserved. This thing is nearly 5000 years old! Nothing round here as old as that, except for Trago Mills jokes.

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