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|Description ||This is the price of Natural 'England's' takeover of our moorland. One of the 6 holed stones near the Tregeseal circle - broken across the hole, smashed and toppled by cattle rubbing against it.|
Photo: Craig Weatherhill
|Andy B |
| Craig Weatherhill writes:|
This stone fractured horizontally across the hole years ago, and was repaired c.1990 by Egbert Rowe of Tregeseal (who I think is no longer with us), using cement (you can see cement on the right hand side of the half-hole). In that state, it stood complete until at least a few months ago, when I saw it last. This photo was taken by a visitor at the end of May 2011, and it's a mess.
We can't prove it was the cattle, but it's hard to see what else was the cause. The cattle have been seen by the holed stones several times and human vandals are hardly likely to traipse across half a mile or more of moorland just to damage one out of 6 stones.
The cattle have damaged the nearby Tregeseal stone circle three times now in the past 2 years, destabilising stones, which needed to be reset at public expense. EH won't prosecute, so it's impossible to effectively hold anyone accountable. For us, Natural "England" are entirely to blame, as they bulldozed this grazing regime through, in total disregard for local public and civic opinion (St Just Town and Penwith District Councils both opposed the scheme), and they were warned of probable archaeological damage several times prior to the commencement of grazing by these massive non-traditional cattle (Longhorns).
| This is terrible. his must be the northeast outlier of the six stones - the only one I failed to find during my visit in 2008.|
| I assume this was a clock or sun - moon dial. With the shadow being read as the light moved across the hole. The shape and relative position of the shadow would give you the time and date as one sighted across the outer stones. |
|Andy B |
| It would be useful to see a 'before' photo of this stone if anyone has one|
| That's why I was looking. I've got all the other stones ! |
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