SX2571 : Some of the Hurlers and an abandoned mine, Minions

taken 21 days ago, near to Minions, Cornwall, Great Britain

Some of the Hurlers and an abandoned mine, Minions
Some of the Hurlers and an abandoned mine, Minions
"The Hurlers" are a group of ancient standing stones on the edge of Bodmin Moor beside the village of Minions. They comprise three closely adjacent rings of varying completeness, and a pair of outlying stones known as "The Pipers".
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Beyond them is the ruin of one of the many old tin mines to be found in the area, this one houses a small museum.
On the day of our visit, the ground around The Hurlers was very waterlogged - and was getting ever wetter with the persistent precipitation.
The Hurlers
The Hurlers are a group of three stone circles on Bodmin Moor just to the north of the village of Minions. They are a Bronze Age Ancient Monument dating from 1500BC at the latest (possibly as old as 2000BC).
There are also two outlying stones known as The Pipers.
The three circles, of differing sizes are arranged roughly NNE/SSW and while the northern and southern rings are indeed circular, the larger central one is more ellipsoid in shape.
The diameter and number of stones in each "circle" is as follows:
Northern: 34.7m - 15 stones of original 24
Central: 41.8m x 40.5m - 14 stones of original 28
Southern: 32.9m - 9 stones remain, mostly recumbent
The stones get their name, it is thought, from a local legend suggesting that they were people turned to stone for playing the game "hurling" on a Sunday - as this quotation from William Camden from 1610 attests:
"The neighbouring inhabitants terme them Hurlers, as being by devout and godly error perswaded that they had been men sometime transformed into stones, for profaning the Lord's Day with hurling the ball."

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Date Taken
Sunday, 26 November, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 5 December, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Primary Subject of Photo
Stone Circle 
Period (from Tags)
Bronze Age 
Place (from Tags)
Minions 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 2590 7138 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:30.9750N 4:27.4268W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 2573 7134
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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