Twelve o’ clock rock

As well as the picturesque old engine house of Alice we also have views on to Trink Hill which lies between the hamlet of Cripplesease and Trink. A Round Barrow exists at the summit, an OS Trig point within it which you can just about make out to the left on the photo below. To the right of the trig point is Twelve O’Clock Rock,  a granite outcrop, supposed to be an unusual ‘logan stone’ in that it can only be rocked at midnight.


According to local folklore, the rock has certain unusual powers. One story says that the stone, which can not be rocked like some local ‘logan stones’, would rock like a cradle at exactly midnight. Another version says that the stone will turn when it hears the cock crow or church bells striking. Another tradition says that a child would be cured of rickets if it was placed upon the rock at midnight, provided that the child was not ‘misbegotten’.

DSCF4001I have yet to work out how to get closer to the rock. There does not appear to be any direct route from this side of the hill although there are several farm tracks. I’m not sure if the farmer is likely to take a shotgun to me if I attempt an approach from here.


But I do intend to find a way…


  1. I don’t know Jude, it all sounds a little creepy to me. It doesn’t help that I’m in the middle of reading the Outlander series.

  2. Pit says:

    Can’t you simply walk over? What about the “right to roam”?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t think that applies to private land, but there is a public footpath somewhere on the other side of the hill that I will investigate 🙂

      1. Pit says:

        Well, that’s reasonable, of course.

  3. joannesisco says:

    When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to be respectful of the landowner.

    … But I too would be looking for a way to get there. Nothing like a little folklore to stimulate the imagination 🙂

  4. beetleypete says:

    I can sense the temptation from here. Go on. A torch, and some stout shoes… Let me know if it rocks…
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  5. Wow, you’re having such wondeerful adventures in Cornwall Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I know. It’s all go down here 😀

  6. Lucid Gypsy says:

    As a misbegotten child I’d have no hope of getting my rickets cured!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Don’t you just love that word? Misbegotten!

  7. restlessjo says:

    At midnight, of course! I’ll bring a torch 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s OK tonight – the moon is bright at the moment.

      1. restlessjo says:

        Off you go then! I might be a bit late getting there 🙂

  8. Anabel Marsh says:

    Beautiful views. Cripplesease sounds lovely as a name until you think what it means. I wonder if it’s connected to the rickets cure?

    1. Heyjude says:

      No idea. All the names around here are a little …odd.

  9. Love the old myths and superstitions connected to these ancient stones. ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, so I’m sure you are going to rock that stone before too long. 🙂

  10. I’m really enjoying learning your new abode with you. You’re certainly taking it in in great gulps, and equally great photos.

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