Cornish favourites: Neolithic period

Walking through the fields in West Penwith looking for Chûn Quoit was how we spent one day of our Cornish holiday three years ago. There is something about a quoit/dolmen that intrigues me and on reaching one  I feel a sense of peace and history that stretches back to (3500-2500 BC).  What would this place have looked like then?

Chûn Quoit is one of the best preserved of all Neolithic quoits (also called dolmens or cromlechs) in western Cornwall. Located in open moorland near Pendeen and Morvah. Standing on a ridge, near the much later constructed Chûn Castle hill fort, it overlooks heather moorland and the open sea. The name Chûn is a corruption of the Cornish ‘Chy-an-Woone’ meaning House on the Downs.

View original post: July 2015 and discover the way to reach this fabulous place.


  1. Pete Hillman says:

    I love these ancient monuments and the mysteries and legends surrounding them. Lovely photo with those wonderful blue skies, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not so blue today Pete!

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    They are astonishing monuments. The total mystery of the rites involved to say nothing of how on earth people with only a stone based technology raised those capstones. Great shot as Pete says.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Would be wonderful to have a time machine.

  3. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Fascinating post, Jude. Great to read about these ancient constructions and wonder how on earth they were built in the first place.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Lots of men!

  4. beetleypete says:

    I did see this post originally, and always find those Dolmens fascinating. Did you ever get to this one, in Wales? I visited it during a holiday in Pembrokeshire.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I did. Might dig out some of the photos and use it for one of my posts on Travel Words.

  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    I would imagine this is quite fascinating to see in person. It looks massive. How high off the ground would that boulder be?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Above my head so probably 2m+

      1. Joanne Sisco says:

        Wow – it’s even bigger than I guessed!

  6. I learned something new. I’ve never heard of a quoit until now. Thanks for the ancient history lesson, Jude.

  7. Sue says:

    What an interesting ‘house on the downs’, Jude….history and legends in spades

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have always been interested in history, and I love these wild spaces.

      1. Sue says:

        A good way to nourish the soul….

  8. Probably because I was just reading about mushrooms, as soon as I looked at your photograph I saw the dolmen as a giant stone mushroom.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There is some similarity 😀

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Ahh these places always make me feel a connection to the people and the land.

    1. Heyjude says:

      True. You just feel a sense of history and past lives all around you.

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