The stone circle is believed to have been constructed back
in 2,000BC and is unique for both the side of the stones used
and for it's size. It's the smallest stone circle in Cornwall,
and I suspect one of the smallest in the countries.
adjoining farm is named Stonetown and has been known that
since 1329 but officially the stone circle didn't exist until
it was discovered in 1801 being bisected by a large hedge.
In 1858 the Rev. T.A. Bewes of Plymouth cleared the hedge
and surrounding area, and in 1861 the stones that had fallen
were reset but unfortunately the largest stone was broken
and left prostrate. At the base of a large stone it was said
that a large urn containing bones was discovered but unfortunately
a workmans pick smashed it before anybody spotted it, and
then turned to dust when it was exposed to the air.
stones, some of which were said to have one time been over
2.6 meters tall, are a quartz-rich rock containing Ankerite.
The stones are said to weigh up to 9 tons and are all tapered
towards the top. The largest stone points due South, and the
rest of the stones are aligned to the points of a compass
which suggests that the circle had astronomical purposes,
but since a burial urn filled with bones was discovered along
with what appears to be a small lump in the center it may
have been a special sort of mound or burrow.
No paranormal stories are, to our knowledge, attributed to
the place. If you know of any then please get in touch.
Our Day Out
We went and visited the stone circle during our visit to Looe
to meet up with the guys from This Haunted Place. Here are
the photos taken there.
This is your indication from the main road of where the stone
The sign points up this small roadway.
Walking up it brings you to this gate.
Go through the gate and you're there! It's only a very short
distance from main road to stones.
This is the biggest stone in the circle. I bet if you're walking
in the field at night and your torch accidentally catches
this it'd look just like a huge figure!
This is the flat stone.
A nice, artistic view.
The view from the stones.
How to get there:
You can either drive to or get the bus into Duloe but make
sure you end up at the small pub there. From there walk up
the main road towards the church and as you pass some old
houses on the left the signpost photographed above will be
in front of you. From there walk up the path and go through
the gate and the stones will be right in front of you.
Ordinance Survey Map
Modern Antiquarian - A large selection of photographs
of the stone circle.
Cornwall - A page detailing the history and features
of the stone circle.
Stone Circle - Another page outlining a little of the
Stone Circle - A nice, atmospheric little video of
the stone circle.