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A holed stone with 'anchor' stones either side. Pass through the hole for healing as generations have done. A lovely walk from the road and the site is signed over a stile when you get to it. Well wor... more »
A legend states that it is lucky to crawl through the hole 3 times. It is a struggle, a big person would never climb through. Set near the old Ding Dong mine and not too far from a lovely farmhouse se... more »
We took a walk to Men - An - tol then onto the Ding - Dong mines and back round to the standing stone circle and nine maidens. It was a blustery but beautiful day. If you are prepared with the correct... more »
Mên-an-Tol (Cornish for 'stone with hole') is a megalithic structure and stands near the Madron to Morvah road in Cornwall. Limited parking on the road and a short footpath walk to the site. Other antiquities in the vicinity include the Mên Scryfa inscribed stone about 300 metres to the north and the Boskednan stone circle less than 1 kilometre to the northeast. Mên-an-Tol consists of three upright granite stones: a round stone with its middle holed out with two standing stones to each side, in front of and behind the hole. When seen at an angle from one side, the stones form a three-dimensional "101". The two side stones are both about 1.2 metres high. The westernmost stone was moved and brought into a straight line with the other two stones sometime after 1815. The holed stone is roughly octagonal in outline. It is 1.3 metres wide and 1.1 metres high; the circular hole is 0.5 m in diameter. The only other holed stone in Cornwall of this type is the Tolven Holed Stone which is in a garden near Helston. There is one other standing stone nearby, and six recumbent stones, some of which are buried. A cairn exists as a low stony mound just to the southeast. There are two other early Bronze Age barrows or cairns between 120 and 150 metres to the north. Mên-an-Tol is thought to date to either the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age making it around 3,500 years old or more, and the holed stone could originally have been a natural occurrence rather than being deliberately sculpted. The distribution of the stones around the site has led to the suggestion that the monument was actually part of a stone circle. In 1749 the site was first archaeologically investigated and a site plan was drawn. This shows that the megaliths were not in a line like today. It is also reported that farmers had taken away some stones from the area. In the 19th Century the local antiquary published several drawings of the site, and made the first suggestion that the stones could be the remains of a stone circle. In 1932 the first modern archaeological report was written. It was believed that the position of the stones was not as the prehistoric arrangement, but had been significantly changed. It was also thought that the holed stone might be part of a destroyed tomb. In 1993, the Cornwall Historic Environment Service published a detailed report with the latest research results. They suggested that the standing stones originated from a stone circle which consisted of 18 to 20 stones. The holed stone, however, could be part of a nearby portal tomb. It is also possible that the holed stone stood at the center of the stone circle and served to frame specific points on the horizon. Such a use of a holed stone is not known in other sites. Local folklore claims that Mên-an-Tol is supposed to have a fairy or piskie guardian who can make miraculous cures. In one story, a changeling baby was put through the stone so that the mother could get the real child back. (Evil piskies had changed her child, and the ancient stones were able to reverse their evil spell). If is said that local farmers with back or limb complaints would crawl through the hole to relieve their pain. I tried it but found that I wasn’t narrow enough!! Local legend also claims that if, at full moon, a woman passes through the holed stone seven times backwards, she will soon become pregnant. Another legend is that passage through the stone will cure a child of rickets (osteomalacia). For centuries, children with rickets were passed naked through the hole in the middle stone nine times.
Amazing atmosphere. Well worth the walk.
Great walk to this remarkable land mark of Cornwall. They say that if you go through the hole, you will have good luck.(Or pregnancy!😂)
Lovely site!would welcome all good luck and fortune according to the legend!
15 mn by walk to reach this mystic place
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