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Lanyon Quoit

A pleasant evening at Lanyon quoit, mainly as there were no irritating people standing in my pic!

I love this place, and have been trying to capture a shot of it that I was happy with for years, think I finally got one I can live with :)

 

I decided on a really low angle for this one, I didn't realise quite how wet the ground was until I knelt on it, and sunk with a squelch. Yuk.

 

Now for the wikipedia history bit... in case anyone is interested.

 

Lanyon Quoit is a dolmen in Cornwall, 2 miles southeast of Morvah. It stands next to the road leading from Madron to Morvah. In the 18th century, the structure was tall enough for a person on horse back to stand under. The capstone rested at 7 feet high with dimensions of 9 feet by 17.5 feet weighing 13.5 tons. The monument is thought to be a burial chamber; perhaps a mausoleum.

 

On 19 October, 1815, Lanyon Quoit was torn down by a storm.[1] Nine years later enough money was raised by local inhabitants to re-erect the structure. During the storm one of the uprights was broken in half. Thus, there are only three uprights today and the structure does not stand as high as it once did.

 

Before the collapse of the structure, it was said to be aligned with the cardinal directions (north, south, east, and west). This gives historians and archaeologists reason to believe that the structure was used for ritual activity.

 

The chamber lies at the north end of a long barrow 90 ft long and 40 ft wide.

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Taken on April 11, 2012