Books on Cornwall

Men-an-Tol Studio

Books and guides from Men-an-Tol Studio, a gallery and publisher in the Lands End peninsula (West Penrith) specialising in ancient sites.

Journey to the Stones

Journey to the Stones - Ancient Sites and Pagan Mysteries of Celtic Cornwall
Ian McNeil Cooke

Revised edition 1996, Paperback. 232 pages size 244x184mm, 40 photographs in colour and 29 in black and white, plus a wealth of line illustrations, maps and diagrams.

Highly recommended book, written by a real local expert. One of our top sellers.

Eight comprehensively described walks with detailed maps take you to over 60 prehistoric and early Christian sites in the Land's End Peninsula including all the quoits and stone circles, as well as a selection of holy wells, inscribed stones, standing stones, barrows, hillforts, crosses, fogous and settlements.

The esoteric associations of certain trees, plants and flowers; mermaids; phallic moonstones; the Celtic Sun God Bran; midsummer and midwinter sacrifices; pagan festivals and the magic of metals are all woven into the walks and linked to the ancient stones.

Other sections investigate the symbolisms of sun, moon and certain numbers - why are there always nine maidens, never eight or ten? And how does the crescent moon appear to give new life to the dying sun?

£16.95 +p&p - Order Now

Ian writes: The idea of structuring the book around a series of walks stems from my belief that it is only by experiencing the local landscape on foot that a deep and intimate acquaintance with this unique peninsula can be attained. Eight circular walks are described in detail but there is ample scope for the less energetic to shorten, combine, or otherwise amend routes to suit individual abilities and desires; wherever practicable I have made use of footpaths rather than using a possibly shorter route by road in the hope that this will prove to be both more interesting and at the same time help to keep tracks open for others to use.

Antiquities of West Cornwall

and how to get there without a car

A set of four guidebooks written by Ian McNeil Cooke covering most major prehistoric sites in the Land's End Peninsula.

Antiquities of West Cornwall
Guide 1 - The Men-an-Tol holed stone
Ian McNeil Cooke

1990, 32 pages plus 8 with full colour photographs.

Sites covered include The Men-an-Tol, Men Scryfa Inscribed Stone, The Nine Maidens Stone Circle, Bosiliack Barrow, Lanyon Quoit, Chun Quoit, Chun Castle, Bosullow Iron Age Settlement, Madron Well and Baptistery; plus notes on Stone Circles and Chambered Barrows.

Illustrated with the author's own artwork, see below.

To buy all four booklets bound together as a book, with lots more, see Journey to the Stones above

 

Antiquities of West Cornwall
Guide 2 - The Merry Maidens stone circle
Ian McNeil Cooke

1990, 32 pages plus 8 full colour photographs.

Sites covered include St.Buryan Church and Crosses,  Boskenna Cross, Boscawen Ros Menhirs, The Pipers Menhirs, Boleigh Fogou, Merry Maidens Stone Circle, Nun Careg Cross, Gun Rith Menhir, Tregiffian Barrow; plus notes on Standing Stones.

To buy all four booklets bound together as a book, with lots more, see Journey to the Stones above

 

Antiquities of West Cornwall
Guide 3 - Carn Euny village and fogou
Ian McNeil Cooke

1991, 32 pages plus 6 colour photographs.

Sites include Sancreed Church, Crosses and Holy Well, Boscawen-un Stone Circle, Brane Barrow, Carn Euny Village and Fogou, Chapel Euny Holy Well, Caer Bran Hillfort, Brane Cross; with detailed notes on fogous.

To buy all four booklets bound together as a book, with lots more, see Journey to the Stones above

Antiquities of West Cornwall
Guide 4 - The Tinners Way - St.Just to St.Ives
Ian McNeil Cooke

1991, 48 pages plus 8 colour photographs.

Sites include St.Just Church and Crosses,  Kenidjack Cliff Castle, Tregeseal Stone Circle, Holed Stones, Boslow Inscribed Stone, Boswens Menhir, Chun Quoit, Chun Castle, Bosullow Iron Age Village, Men-an-Tol, Men Scryfa, The Nine Maidens Stone Circle,  Bodrifty Iron Age Settlement, Mulfra Quoit, Zennor Quoit, Towednack Church and Crosses, St.Ives Church, Cross and Holy Well.

To buy all four booklets bound together as a book, with lots more, see Journey to the Stones above

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