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Trippet stones

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Introduction to site

The stone circle known as the Trippet Stones is an impressive site in open moorland on the lonely expanses of Manor Common in Blisland. Like many other stone circles, its name implies dancing and this may be a ‘folk memory’ of one of the original functions of such sites. This fine stone circle originally consisted of 26 or 27 uprights but now only 11 remain, eight of which are still standing and three fallen. This is one of the few truly circular stone circles in Cornwall; the remaining uprights are all approximately the same height and the site would originally have appeared very regular and symmetrical. The small central stone is a modern boundary post.

Access and Facilities

Trippet _stones4The monument stands in open ground and can be easily accessed from an un-named track that leads from the road crossing Manor Common from the A30 towards Bradford (signposted to St. Breward). Off-road parking is available if permitted.

The site is free to visit, and is open any reasonable time in daylight hours.

There are refreshments available in the village of St. Breward (approximately 6.5km from the site).

There are bus services to Kerrow Turn, Bradford (located approximately 2.7km from the site). Visit the Traveline website for customised sustainable transport options.

Location

View our interactive Access to Monuments map to find this and other nearby sites.

More information

Trippet _stones5It is now accepted as commonplace for stone circles to be sited within extensive ceremonial landscapes incorporating relationships with other broadly contemporary megalithic sites and imposing natural features. From this stone circle there are fine views towards Carbilly and Hawks Tors, with Rough Tor and Brown Willy on the skyline to the north. The Bronze Age cairn on the summit of Carbilly Tor is approximately contemporary with the circle and the sightline from the circle to the Tor marks the direction of the Midsummer sunset. About three quarters of a mile to the east, on the shoulder of Hawks Tor are the remains of a complex site known as the Stripple Stones. This is an unusual henge monument comprising a roughly circular earth and stone bank with an internal ditch surrounding a poorly preserved stone circle.

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A programme of restoration and conservation has been running since 1999 as many of the stones have suffered from the effects of erosion caused by stock sheltering at the foot of the stones and wearing away the ground. A small pointed flint blade was found in one of the stone holes during restoration work; this was made from a flint pebble collected from a nearby beach and probably dates to the late Neolithic. Its surface showed traces of burning but it was impossible to determine whether this had happened as part of a Neolithic 'foundation’ ritual or to be due to later events.

 

Illustrations and Plans

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Trippet stones by Rosemarie Lewsey (in Payne & Lewsey 1999, 232)

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Plan of Trippets (Barnatt 1982)

Sources/Further Reading