Historical Sites

  • Chysauster Ancient Village
    In the care of English Heritage, Chysauster is a fantastic example of an Iron Age and Romano-British village. Nine stone houses stand along the line of a street, each approximately 27m long. All have a central courtyard with small rooms leading off. In the centre of some of the main rooms is a stone with a hole in which probably held a timber pole, supporting a thatched roof.   There is also a ruined fogou on site to the south of the houses.
  • The Merry Maidens – stone circle. The Merry Maidens (grid reference SW432245), also known as Dawn’s Men (a likely corruption of the Cornish Dans Maen) is a late neolithic stone circle located 2 miles (3 km) to the south of the village of St Buryan, in the Penwith district of Cornwall, United Kingdom.
  • Boscawen-Un – stone circle. Boscawen-Un is a Bronze age stone circle close to St Buryan in Cornwall, UK.
    It is located at grid reference SW412274.  The leaning stone aligns exactly with the centre stone at the Mên-an-Tol and the church at nearby St Buryan. While this may conceivably be coincidental, the precision of the alignment suggests an intentional positioning of the three structures in relation to each other.
  • Madron – sacred well and Celtic chapel.  The nearby Madron well is an example of a Cornish Celtic sacred site, which is renowned for its healing properties. A tradition at this site persists to this day where people attach pieces of rag (cloughties) to the nearby bushes as a symbol of appeasement to the spirits within the well site.
  • Sancreed – sacred well.  Like many Cornish communities Sancreed can trace its origins to its legendary foundation by St Credan or Sancredus a follower of St Petroc. The church itself is pre-dated by the holy well and baptistry of Sancreed, located a few hundred metres west of the church. The site was rediscovered by the vicar of Sancreed in the late nineteenth century.
  • Carn Euny – Iron Age village and fogu.  Carn Euny is an archaeological site near Sancreed, on the Penwith peninsula in Cornwall, United Kingdom with considerable evidence of both Iron Age and post-Iron Age settlement. Excavations on this site have shown that there was activity at Carn Euny as early as the Neolithic period.
  • Mên-an-Tol – standing stones.  The Mên-an-Tol is a small formation of standing stones near the Madron-Morvah road in the Penwith area of Cornwall, United Kingdom (grid reference SW426349). It is about 3 miles north west of Madron. It is also known locally as the “Crick Stone”.  Local legend claims that if at full moon a woman passes through the holed stone seven times backwards, she will soon become pregnant.
  • Lanyon Quoit – dolmen.  Lanyon Quoit is a dolmen in Cornwall. It stands next to the road leading from Madron to Morvah. In the 18th century, the structure was tall enough for a person on horse back to stand under. The capstone rested at 7 feet high with dimensions of 9 feet by 17.5 feet weighing 13.5 tons. The monument is thought to be a burial chamber; perhaps a mausoleum.
  • Zennor – museum, church and mermaid carving.  Zennor is a village and civil parish in the Penwith district of Cornwall. The parish includes the villages of Zennor, Boswednack and Porthmeor and the hamlet of Treen. It is located on the north coast, about six miles north of Penzance. Alphabetically, the parish is the last in Britain – its name comes from the Cornish for the local saint, St Senara

  • Trencrom Hill – Iron Age hill fort.  The hill is in the midst of the haunting and rugged countryside between the North and South Cornish coasts. From the top are amazing views over West Cornwall – St Michael’s Mount to the south and St Ives Bay to the north.  Towards the top are the remains of an Iron Age hill fort and settlement. There are indications of much earlier settlements going back to Neolithic times.
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