SW8141 : Field at Playing Place

taken 10 years ago, near to Playing Place, Cornwall, Great Britain

Field at Playing Place
Field at Playing Place
This field has been identified as the site of the plain-an-gwarry that gave the village of Playing Place its name. Playing place being the English translation from the Cornish/Kernewek plain-an-gwarry.
A plain-an-gwarry was a large circular amphitheatre surrounded by stone faced earth banks or dry stone walls about 2 metres high. They were used for many purposes similar to a community centre of today. The use that they mostly associated with is the performance of miracle plays that were popular in mediaeval times. It has been suggested that the recently discovered sixteenth century Cornish language manuscript Beunans Ke (The Life of St Kea) was written to be performed here.

There are two plain-an-gwarries in Cornwall that have survived almost complete. One here SW7754 : St Piran's Round and one here SW3731 : Plen-an-gwarry, St. Just
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 25 November, 2008   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 25 November, 2008
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 814 419 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:14.1963N 5:3.9580W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SW 814 420
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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