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Mediæval 1066 to 1540

A mediæval amphitheatre, usually circular in plan, used for the performance of miracle plays – religious dramas which lasted over a period of two or three days, and described biblical events or dramatised the lives of the saints.

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St Just

Situated in the centre of St Just to the west of the present parish church, the mediæval amphitheatre, playing place or plain-an-gwarry is a large circular enclosure retained by a 2 metre high dry stone wall, with two entrances cut into the north and south-east sides.

Perran Round

Perran Round, otherwise known as St. Piran's Round, consists of a large 3m high earthen bank enclosing a perfectly circular arena approximately 40m in diameter. The bank is surrounded by a deep ditch giving the site the appearance of a later prehistoric defended settlement or round.