Men-An-Tol Neolithic Stones, Cornwall, England



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The History of Men An Tol

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Men-An-Tol are late Neolithic Era or Bronze Age standing stones standing in moorland near the Madron in Cornwall, England. This area on the Penzance peninsular is rich in Neolithic stone rings and dolmen but the Men-An-Tol although small are examples of rarer round stones with holes in them that can be found on the moors of Cornwall.

 

The Men-An-Tol are 3 standing stones standing amongst the heather on the Penrith peninsula, Cornwall, England. Two upright stones about 1.2 mt (5ft) high stand either of a circular stone with a hole in it. The stones could have come from a larger stone circle and the circular stone may have been at the centre of the circle. Stones with a round hole are not common in Cornwall, the best know being the Tolven Holed Stone.

 

Legend suggests that it was though that by passing an injured hand, foot or head through the hole in the stone would bring about healing. Folklore has it that the stones had a fairy or pixies guardian who made miraculous cures. It was also believed that passing a naked child through the hole in the centre of the stone nine times would cure a child of rickets. Sadly, like most of the Neolithic Era and bronze age, the actual meaning of such monuments as Men-An-Tol will never be known.

 

Where Are Men An Tol Stones?

 

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Coordinates: 50.158605°N 5.604441°W

Coordinates: 50.158605, -5.604441

At coordinates 50°9'12.60"N 5°36’53.37"W ( 50.153645, -5.614965 ) on the road from Madron to Morvah is the start of an unpaved gated road that leads up onto the moors. A mile or so up this is a farm on the left. About a hundred meters further on the stones are on the right.

 

 


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