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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Carwynnen Quoit Alternative Name: The Giant's Quoit on the Pendarves Estate, Caerwynnen Quoit
Country: England County: Cornwall Type: Portal Tomb
Nearest Town: Camborne  Nearest Village: Troon
Map Ref: SW65013721  Landranger Map Number: 203
Latitude: 50.188185N  Longitude: 5.293354W
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
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5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
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5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
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LiveAndrew visited on 18th Mar 2021 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4 Only room for one car outside the gate, plus a sign warning not to block access to the private gate right next door. Other than that, it's an easy and short walk through a field to the quoit.

lucasn visited on 8th Apr 2016 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 5

Andy B hamish ocifant have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 4 Ambience: 4 Access: 4.5

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Andy B : RIP Sustrust's Founder and Heroine Pip Richards. Beverley Hollyoake wrote: Pip a much loved wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully at Mount Edgecombe Hospice surrounded by the love of her family on Saturday 7th May 2016 aged just sixty five. Her family are deeply saddened by their loss, Pip was the bright spark in all their lives. They draw some comfort at this difficult tim... (Vote or comment on this photo)
The Sustainable Trust managed to raised the funds to buy this once ruined scheduled ancient monument set in 5 acres of land, to allow access to the road. Excavation and restoration of the Quoit was completed in June 2014. A real treat for anyone that had ever visited this once sad pile of stones.

Scheduled Monument Consent for works on the site was granted by English Heritage and The Heritage Lottery Fund have helped with funding as have other people and sources. See The Sustainable Trust and also the Quoit's Official web site

RIP Pip Richards founder of the Sustainable Trust, who led the fundraising and re-erection of Carwynnen Quoit, her lasting legacy.
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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by cazzyjane : Carwynnen Quoit. (2 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : The now wonderful Carwynnen Quoit, A real treat for anyone that had ever visited to once sad pile of stones. (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Antonine : Myself, March 2018 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by cazzyjane : Carwynnen Quoit near Camborne. Oil on Canvas. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : Carwynnen Quoit, For me the photo that captures best the feeling of the wonderful day when the capstone was put back in it's rightful place. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by dgates2259 : My grandmother Lulu Hosking, born in Cambourne in 1907, on the left, her friend Mary Bennett and Peter ?, circa 1920s? Lulu's grandfather Thomas Hosking farmed on the Pendarvis estate near the cromlech. The stone cottage she grew up in still stands nearby. (Thomas laid the cornerstone of Plantation Chapel.) We last visited in 1981. (1 comment)

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : Carwynnen Quoit. It's great to have seen it put back up. It should be done more often. This Original Artwork in a glass frame is £39.99 + Postage (Just whatever it costs), and is 18 cm x 12 and a half cm. A limited (to a 100) edition print in a 8" x 10" glass frame would be £19.99 + £2.90 postage, E-mail me at [email protected] if interested. (2 comments)

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : Carwynnen Quoit, Restored summer solstice 2014.

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : Carwynnen Quoit.

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by CornishBoudicca : A homely energy here made us all wish to rest awhile. Here is Pippin for scale (3 comments)

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : A misty and moody Carwynnen Quoit

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : Carwynnen Quoit, still looking good, I'd personally have had that backstone straight and not on it's one point, I presume they intended it like this for some reason (2 comments)

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : Carwynnen Quoit.

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : Carwynnen Quoit, Looking good.

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : The newly restored Carwynnen Quoit.

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : The team that did the finishing touch to years of hard work. (3 comments)

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : I love the plaque that someone made for the bench next to Pip's Grave

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : Looking over Pip Richard's Grave to the Quoit. Pip Richards is the lady who's hard work got the Quoit put back up and who the field it stands in is named after (2 comments)

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by cazzyjane : Carwynnen Quoit on a Summer evening. (2 comments)

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Postman : Golden glow of another beautiful Cornish evening.

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Postman : Pretty bloody good

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Postman : Through the keyhole (1 comment)

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Postman : Reflected sun

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Carwynnen Quoit submitted by Bladup : Carwynnen Quoit, Inspired by cazzyjane's summer sunset photo's I thought I'd try a few myself.

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Carwynnen Quoit by lucasn on Friday, 19 October 2018
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Pip's Picnic at the Quoit, in memory of Pip Richards, Saturday July 2nd 2016 by Andy B on Tuesday, 28 June 2016
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RIP Pip Richards founder of the Sustainable Trust, who re-erected Carwynnen Quoit, which is her lasting legacy.

Pip's Picnic at the Quoit. A celebration of her life. Saturday July 2nd from Midday. Guest speakers from 12.30. Bring your own food and food to share, and you might like to share a skill Musicans welcome. The Red River Singers perform at 5pm. Parking is limited, please car-share, walk or bike



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Carwynnen Quoit shortlisted for Historic England national award - your vote needed by Andy B on Monday, 03 August 2015
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Sustainable Trust write: Help us put Cornwall and its Ancient Sites more firmly on the map.
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Vote for the shortlisted Angel you’d most like to win the 2015 Historic England Followers’ & Telegraph reader’s Favourite Award from the list below. The project that receives the most votes will be presented with an award at the Historic England Angel Awards ceremony in London on 7 September 2015.

The deadline for voting is: midnight 16 August 2015

The voting form is here
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Anonymous on Thursday, 26 June 2014
This is gorgeous! Reminds me a little of Spinsters Rock on the edge of Dartmoor.
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Sustrust on Tuesday, 12 November 2013
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So good to read so many interested people reporting on some of the press (good & rubbish) that we've had.
The first orthostat was raised on Samhain with a crowd of supporters standing by. There was a blessing by Andy Norfolk including the passing of a Cornish Cider cup.
The 2 other stones will be put up in Spring, just after Easter, and the capstone will be dropped (or rather placed carefully)at midsummer.

See the full picture at http://giantsquoit.org
Keep up with the latest on Facebook on the Carwynnen Quoit page
Twitter @giantsquoit

Pip Richards The Sustainable Trust
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    Re: Carwynnen Quoit by TheCaptain on Wednesday, 13 November 2013
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    Many thanks for that - keep up the good work, looking forwards to seeing the finished thing.
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"Archaeologists to reconstruct 5,000 year old Stonehenge-like monument" by TheCaptain on Saturday, 19 October 2013
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"Archaeologists to reconstruct 5,000 year old Stonehenge-like monument". Well, actually they will be raising Carwynnen Quoit, which is great news. For more info please see here.

Not sure quite how far the imagination has to stretch to see this as "Stonehenge-Like" !
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Bladup on Friday, 18 October 2013
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Yes, Yes, Yes - http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Archaeologists-reconstruct-5-000-year-old/story-19949038-detail/story.html
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    Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Andy B on Saturday, 19 October 2013
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    Is that a megarak orgasm I hear?
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      Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Bladup on Sunday, 20 October 2013
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      Haaaaa, Haaa, I think it might well have been!!! It's certainly brilliant news, I wasn't sure they'd raise the money, So it's great they have :o)
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        Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Sustrust on Tuesday, 12 November 2013
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        It took a lot of work and a lot of refusals! I never want to fill in another application form in my life-but I will!
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          Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Bladup on Tuesday, 12 November 2013
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          Well it's truly appreciated by me, It's really great, well done! I can't wait to see it complete, This sort of thing doesn't happen as much as it should nowadays [and you'll know why not far better than me], Hopefully it will inspire others as well :o)
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Carwynnen Quoit Open Day, 6th & 7th April 2013 by Andy B on Monday, 18 March 2013
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The project to restore the Cromlech is progressing well with the first of a series of exhibitions behind us. Our next event is onsite on 6th & 7th April with a small dig, an exhibition, archaeologists talk, art workshops, geocache, report on the progress of the walks brochure, our new education pack, some neolithic technology demonstrations, a species walk and more.

Finds from the October 12 dig are being analysed. For all the latest, you can find us on Facebook at Carwynnen Quoit, and he website is building weekly at http://www.giantsquoit.org
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    The Quest for the Quoit, 6th & 7th April 2013, free event by Andy B on Monday, 01 April 2013
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    The Sustainable Trust present:‘THE QUEST FOR THE QUOIT’
    At The Frying Pan field, Carwynnen, TR14 9LR, SW6501437213
    Saturday and Sunday 6th & 7th April 10.30 am -4pm

    See an archaeological Test Pit investigation,
    learn about recording and evaluating finds
    Watch Neolithic technology demonstrations with Sally Herriett
    Oral History: add your story of the Quoit or surrounding area
    Dowsing demonstration.

    On Saturday:
    Join ‘Stoneage’ Steve’s Art Workshop,
    10:30am Geocaching with Dr Jan Dinsdale and the Woodcraft Folk
    Neolithic food demonstration & sampling with Jacqui Wood
    Make a spindle whorl and watch a Sprang demonstration
    Oetzi Man comes to Carwynnen
    Join a willow workshop with Geraldine Jones.

    On Sunday:
    Archaeologist Jacqui Nowakowski leads a tour and talk 11am
    At noon, Justin Whitehouse will talk about Fungi and its use in Neolithic times
    Phil Harris leads a botanical walk, recording species at 12.30
    Poetry from the Capstone with Gary 2pm
    Ian and Liz lead a ramble around Carwynnen at 2.30pm
    All day Art Workshop with artist Suzy Sharpe
    Neolithic pottery making with Beccie Ford

    01209 831718 http://www.giantsquoit.org

    with thanks to Esgt for the info
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Sustrust on Wednesday, 03 October 2012
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The community dig undertaken by Historic Environment at Cornwall Council has gone well. Muddy tired volunteers finish today after the 3 weeks on site. 350 people came to our open day on Sunday, and we have had an enjoyable education week with the local school.
We are still fundraising for the restoration of the stones. See all the details on http://www.giantsquoit.org
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit Restoration progress report by AngieLake on Tuesday, 02 October 2012
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Three weeks after their first report, the local BBC TV Spotlight programme brought us up to date with archaeologists' progress.
David George reported and interviewed (AND stood on the capstone again!)

Archaeologists say that the original building of the monument involved the whole community, as it is now with local volunteers coming in to help with the excavations. Since they've started they've found tools, weapons and a paved terrace.
They called the monument 'The Giant's Quoit', or 'The Devil's Frying Pan'. I didn't hear the name 'Carwynnen Quoit'.

A very lush-bearded spokesman for the volunteers (Matt Blewett, working on his day off) described it as a great experience, and they were learning things and able to research something that very rarely gets researched.
The reporter told us that restoration hasn't been done on an ancient monument in Cornwall since Victorian times.

Next, archaeologist Jacky Nowakowski showed where they had found the original socket holes of the upright stones, which was exciting as they were very well preserved and the outline where the base of the stone stood could be easily seen.

Amongst carefully recorded finds were flint arrowheads (a lovely dark flint one was held out to the camera), and stone tools.
James Gossip, another archaeologist, held what he described to the camera as a lovely greenstone pestle which he thought was locally quarried, maybe from Carn Brae. It was used for pounding or grinding foodstuff, cereals, etc., and was consistent with a Neolithic date of around 3.500 BC.

The reporter standing on the laid-down capstone again [!], says that it is being used as the archaeologists' workbench and desk.
If all goes to plan, it'll be sitting on three uprights in exactly the same position as it was 5,000 years ago, all in the next 18 months.

The 2-minute update was aired around 6.50pm on BBC1 Spotlight on 2nd October 2012.
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit - Daily Mail report on 'Cornish Stonehenge' by AngieLake on Thursday, 27 September 2012
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(Andy is going to love this!)

Just found this report on Carwynnen Quoit with some helpful info and great photos, but with a rather misleading title!

Check out this link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2208929/Cornish-Stonehenge-set-rebuilt-5-000-years-early-man-constructed-it.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

"Archaeologists to reconstruct the Devil's Frying pan, 'Cornish Stonehenge' that collapsed.
Structure built on top of a huge tomb used between 4,000BC and 2,300BC.
Became a popular picnic spot for Victorian families before collapsing in the 1967.

An ancient tomb dubbed Cornwall’s answer to Stonehenge is to be rebuilt 5,000 years after it was first constructed by early man."

"Carwynnen Quoit (a term for a giant tomb) - known as ‘The Giant's Quoit’ - marked a macabre mass burial site used between 4,000BC and 2,300BC.
The stone structure, set in five acres of farmland, was originally built on top of a huge tomb thought to contain the remains of Neolithic men."

Check the link for more...

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30th September - Open Day at the Quoit, Archaeological Tours and exhibition. by Andy B on Sunday, 16 September 2012
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17th September-3rd October - The BIG DIG

30th September - Open Day at the Quoit, Archaeological Tours and exhibition.

More details at http://www.giantsquoit.org/
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit restoration has begun by AngieLake on Tuesday, 11 September 2012
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There was a 2-minute news item on the restoration of this quoit on the local SW BBC TV News programme at around 6.40pm tonight (10th September 2012). A filmed report (from the site today?) was shown as the the 'year-long' project to rebuild the quoit, with the help of local fundraising and donations from the Heritage Lottery Fund, began. A small gathering watched the action and took photos in misty rain.

Some lovely old photos were shown: the first was a shot taken before it fell in 1966*; another gem was the photo of the summer meeting of the Old Cornwall Society in 1925 like a genteel picnic outing, with one member sitting up on the top of the capstone while the other 20 sat on the ground below him; while a more modern photographic record showed a younger (now sadly late) Hamish Miller dowsing towards the ruined tomb.
*Mention was made that it fell as a result of an earth tremor.

A lady spokesperson said that English Heritage had quite strong views on what they needed to do. That included a three-week-long archaeological dig which will help them learn how to put it back together.

While the giant capstone (known locally as 'The Devil's Frying Pan') was being hoisted in the air by two strong belts attached to a lorry-crane, another lady, Pip Richards of the Sustainable Trust, described it as a unique experience... she had never been involved in something like this before. She explained how the stones are being removed with a great deal of care and reverence and are being put in positions from which they can easily be taken back into their original locations.

The male reporter (who actually stood on top of one of the laid-down uprights!) said that one of those was 2 tonnes, the one he stood on was 6 tonnes and the capstone weighs 9.8 tonnes. He marvelled at the ability of the original builders, 6,000 years ago, to erect this monument without the aid of today's equipment.

The team will come back in a year to re-erect the monument and hope to celebrate by reenacting the scene from the photo of 1925, with the Old Cornwall Society member sitting on the capstone.
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Anonymous on Wednesday, 18 July 2012
The first archaeological dig at Carwynnen Quoit was enjoyed by all who took part. At ground level the traces of an artificial stone and earth platform or cairn could clearly be seen. A handful of finely made flint tools: in particular a notched awl and a snapped blade were found. Our next step will be to remove the stones to a safe place so that a much larger area can be excavated and the footprint of the chamber can be uncovered. We have a provisional date of 17th September for the next dig, with 10th Sept as a possible date to move the stones.

The Carwynnen Quoit facebook page has been used for detailed reporting and photographs, and a new site http://www.giantsquoit.org is being built. Local Archaeologist Charles Thomas, now acknowledged as the greatest living Cornishman, has become a Patron of the Sustainable Trust.

We will be at Holifair again this year between 3rd & the 5th August. Lets hope the weather clears up by then!

Pip Richards
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    Re: Carwynnen Quoit by dgates2259 on Thursday, 26 July 2012
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    I have just uploaded an old photo of the quoit as it was in my grandmother's time--1920's. I hope you enjoy it. More information was sent along in the photo caption. Darlene G
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      Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Anonymous on Thursday, 16 August 2012
      Fantastic to see.
      Just the sort of material we are seeking for the project-and all the way from the States!
      We are beginning work on the website http://www.giantsquoit.org and have a Carwynnen Quoit page on Facebook too. The stones will be moved aside for archaeological investigation on the 10th September. There is a meeting of the writing group on the 9th at Troon Church Hall. Any material would be welcome.
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As the Quoit is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, a high level of professional input is required before it can be restored it to its original iconic shape. Historic Environment will be running two archaeological digs, training members of the public in methods of excavation and recording.

The project will enable people of all ages to discover more about Neolithic life and times. A series of educational and outreach events are planned beginning with an open day at Carwynnen on Saturday July 7th between 10am and 4pm. The initial archaeological evaluation will take place between Thursday 5th July - Monday 9th July. A series of test pits will be dug around the collapsed stones to establish preservation of buried archaeology and to establish the key areas of archaeological potential as well as the edges of the monument.

The monument consists of a ‘portal dolmen’, known locally as 'The Giant's Quoit' or 'The Giant's Frying Pan'. Only about 20 portal dolmens are known nationally, mainly concentrated in west Penwith. Despite having collapsed and some disturbance by cultivation, the portal dolmen called The Giant's Quoit at Carwynnen is still one of an extremely ancient and rare group of monuments. It will retain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, function, longevity, funerary and ritual practices, social organisation, territorial significance, collapse, reconstruction and overall landscape context. Funding towards the project has also come from the Cornwall Heritage Trust, Cornwall Archaeological Society and the Tanner Trust.

The Sustainable Trust is concerned with landscape heritage. It manages 90 acres of woodland in Cornwall. Crenver Grove, 35 acres on the original Clowance Estate is open to the public for education and leisure.

Pip Richards, Director of the Trust said “ We are extremely grateful for the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund to continue this project. Many people, both locally and nationally, are looking forward to the restoration of the monument. It is such an important site in a relatively unspoilt historic landscape, it will be a pleasure to work towards finding out its secrets. Writers, artists and photographers are particularly encouraged to become involved in the project. “
The Trust can be contacted on 01209 831718 or through http://www.sustrust.co.uk
There's a Facebook Page at Carwynnen Quoit too.
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Carwynnen Quoit update, Spring 2012 by Andy B on Wednesday, 09 May 2012
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Things have brightened up on the Carwynnen Quoit Project. Scheduled Monument Consent for works on the site is being granted by English Heritage. After a years fundraising in a difficult time, they decided just to work on the archaeological side of the project and leave the restoration for another year.

A bid has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a one year project, with provision for free courses and events, a film and education pack about sites in the vicinity of the Quoit. The trust expect to hear the decision in June.

The Heritage Lottery fund made an offer for education and outreach around the restoration of Carwynnen Quoit. A school education pack has been prepared by the Cornwall Heritage Trust. Available as a pdf file it can be found on our Conservation Page. School and group outings are welcome by arrangement.

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Ancient stones can tell quoit a story by SumDoood on Sunday, 06 May 2012
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To the untrained eye, it might look like a pile of rubble dumped unceremoniously in the middle of a forgotten field.

But to archaeologists, the giant stones represent a portal into the past which could unlock the secrets of life and death in Cornwall 5,000 years ago.

Permission has just been granted for excavations at the collapsed Carwynnen Quoit on the outskirts of Praze-an-Beeble, which archaeologists believe could provide them with a fascinating glimpse into the past.

Andy Norfolk, chairman of the Sustainable Trust, which owns the site situated between Camborne and Helston, said it was a rare opportunity.

"We hope the dig will tell us more about its history and its use," he said. "It's a very rare chance to find out more about a quoit of this age and importance."

More at http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Ancient-stones-tell-quoit-story/story-15989334-detail/story.html
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Update: Natural England won't now fund archaeology and restoration of Carwynnen Quoit by Andy B on Thursday, 07 April 2011
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News from the Sustainable Trust

Carwynnen Quoit has us now engaged in the third try to fund its restoration! The Heritage Lottery fund have offered a good amount to engage in education and outreach BUT Natural England were not able to pay for the Archaeology and Restoration after all, so its back to the drawing board! Any suggestions are most welcome. We have a deadline of January 2012 to raise £73,500 before the Heritage Lottery Fund withdraw their offer.

Spring is creeping into the Groves and there are plenty of groups visiting with Green Learning. A new kiln will arrive very soon and wall repairs are being considered by Cory Environmental Trust.

A student at the Duchy College is working with our biochar researching its possible use for carbon sequestration and as a soil conditioner.

Rhododendron is now under control in Fox Grove and the Dandelion Wood in Luxulyan. There was no sign of disease as it was being cut. The volunteer group meets on fridays at 9.20am at the entrance to Crenver Grove, taking a short walk into Fox to burn up the arisings. Come and join us if you feel like some gentle exercise.
See us at the Green Fair in Penzance on Easter Saturday.

PIP RICHARDS 07789600941

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Sustainable Trust looking for volunteer pledges plus Julian Richards lends support by Andy B on Friday, 08 October 2010
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Dear Friends and Supporters,

We plod on with the funding bids for the restoration of Carwynnen
Quoit. Natural England are considering the bid prepared by Heritage
Environment for the archaeology and construction whilst we work on
education and outreach.

A recent request from the Heritage Lottery officers is to provide proof
of volunteer involvement. Many of you helped with phase one, so to
fortify our bid we would appreciate an email saying that you would be
willing to volunteer this time around.

The project should be good fun when we get the go-ahead. Its planned
for February 2011-March 2013. Broadcaster/ Archaeologist Julian
Richards has offered to help with a film and exhibitions are planned at
Truro Museum, Tremough and the Cornwall Centre.

The woodlands are still very much on our mind with a large scale
Rhododendron removal programme to eliminate the risk of 'sudden Oak
death' which seems to be sweeping Cornwall. There is a new compost
toilet courtesy of BTCV. New user groups include long term unemployed
folk learning about green woodworking and 2 pre school groups. Charcoal
production has been steady this year. The famously 'Green' Strawbridge
family are now using it for visitors to their gypsy caravan holiday

The Sustainable Trust now has a page on Facebook for regular updates of
our work.
The office solar array is proving fascinating, and biodiesel production
is keeping motoring costs and CO2 emmissions down, although we are
still searching for used cooking oil to keep us running. We will be at
Kehelland Apple Day on 9th October and hope to see you there.

Crowan Crafts have kindly chosen to sponsor us over their Christmas
show period this year.

Pip Richards
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Update on the reconstruction of the Quoit from the Sustainable Trust by Andy B on Friday, 21 May 2010
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After a setback with match funding for our bid to re-erect the Quoit, we are happy to say that Natural England and the Heritage Lottery Fund are hoping to supply the finance with expert help from English Heritage and the Cornwall Heritage Trust.
We are anticipating the work to take place over the next two years and there will be courses and workshops for friends and volunteers from digital photography to songwriting, along with education for all on a more archaeological theme.

Rhododendron elimination has been the most important part of our work both here and in the Luxulyan Valley. This will mean another 45 Hectares of Cornish woodland will be safe from 'Sudden Oak Death'. This work brings ongoing volunteering opportunities, and we have groups helping to collect the wood for charcoal making.
Forest school groups and the Woodcraft Folk continue to use Crenver and we are actively seeking funding for green woodworking workshops after successful pilot projects last year. We are also looking for funding for repairs to the historic Estate walls and new compost toilets for woodland users.

At last we have a solar installation with the help of the Low Carbon Buildings Trust. No more running generators using diesel oil during daylight hours. Laptops and printers will be available all day, meaning we can work more efficiently and even accommodate volunteers in the office. We have also installed a small biodiesel plant which will cut down on our travel expenses considerably. Used cooking oil is sought from catering establishments in our catchment area.

The Sustainable Trust
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by coldrum on Saturday, 03 April 2010
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Anonymous on Saturday, 21 November 2009
Hamish has a lot to say name like that not even Cornish Trewern
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Picnic at Carwynnen Quoit, Sunday 19th July from 11am onwards by Andy B on Tuesday, 30 June 2009
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Picnic at Carwynnen Quoit SW650372

Sunday 19th July from 11am onwards.
A community event - bring yourselves, some food and a blanket.

There's an art and writing workshop in the afternoon, some music, too.
We welcome anything you can bring to share:- talent, conversation, ideas, bunting, flags and a game or two. Help needed!
ring Pip on 01209 831718

There will be an update on the re-erection of the quoit.

Limited on-field parking, so car share if you can, or walk down from Treslothan Church.
For reasons of hygiene, dogs may be happiest at home.
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Re: Tomb of the ancients saved for the future by AngieLake on Tuesday, 12 May 2009
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I clicked on the site page's 'Google' link and found a very good website with access to some really old pictures, including several of Caerwynnen Quoit:


(You need to scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the section you want to view).
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Tomb of the ancients saved for the future by Andy B on Monday, 11 May 2009
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IT MAY look like little more than a pile of rubble today, but these stones are the remains of an iconic monument which once possessed as much cultural and religious importance as the Merry Maidens, Hurlers or Perran Round.

Caerwynnen Quoit – also known as the Giant's Frying Pan and Pendarves Quoit – is situated in a field outside Camborne.

Like the quoits of Lanyon, Trethevy, Chun, Zennor and those on Scilly, Caerwynnen is a chamber tomb dating from around 3,000BC. Although the structure is a scheduled ancient monument, neglect led to its total collapse in 1967. However, plans are now being drawn up to re-erect it.

On Sunday, members and supporters of the Sustainable Trust met at the quoit to hear about its history and plans for its protection. The organisation, which has bought the monument and five acres of surrounding land near Troon with help from a Heritage Lottery grant, intends to restore and reposition the huge stones.

Pip Richards, director of the Sustainable Trust, said: "Some local residents may be surprised to learn about this monument, which is so characteristic of the Cornish landscape, sitting in farmland on the old Pendarves Estate. We feel the project to protect Caerwynnen Quoit is of major significance to the regeneration of the Camborne area and the protection of Cornish traditions and culture.
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"We look forward to improving the site and running a series of events to raise awareness of this important part of our pre-history. It is a precious piece of our heritage which has been overlooked for many years."

More than 70 people attended the event on Sunday, including noted historian Professor Charles Thomas, who first visited the quoit on a bicycle in the 1940s.

Professor Thomas, who was celebrating his 81st birthday – with a specially baked cake in the shape of a quoit – explained the significance of the site.

"Potentially we have not just a neolithic monument but a neolithic landscape here," he said. "Our focus today is the restorable Frying Pan, a Penwith chambered tomb, and the project is able to employ archaeological techniques that were unknown 60 years ago when I started at the London Institute of Archaeology."

Professor Thomas, who has lectured widely and written several books on Cornish archaeology, encouraged local people to get involved in the preservation of Caerwynnen Quoit.

Among those already involved in safeguarding the quoit are Cornwall Archaeological Unit, Heritage Environment Service, English Heritage, Cornwall Archaeological Society, Cornwall Community Foundation, Co-operative Membership Community Fund, Cornwall Heritage Trust, and Christopher Stephens of Follett Stock solicitors.

The Sustainable Trust is a registered charity, formed seven years ago to further the objectives of Local Agenda 21, a local environmental group.

Mrs Richards said: "I am delighted that we have secured this monument for future generations because quoits have always been seen as icons of Cornwall.

"Of course people have asked us why we have spent so much time and energy trying to buy this pile of old stones in a commercially priced field. But this 'pile of old stones' is as important a part of our heritage as the industrial and mining era that this area is famous for.

"Our ambition is to re-erect it as it stood originally – hopefully without any mechanical assistance. Our plans for the site are currently in the hands of the archaeologists and when we find out what we can do, we will start to work on them.

"Education is one of our prime objectives and it is our intention to link the quoit with other archaeological sites in the vicinity.

"After the archaeologists have finished their survey we want to plant some indigenous trees along the hedge to improve the wildlife corridor running between adjacent woodlands."

Mrs R

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Sustainable Trust Purchase Ruined Quoit by Andy B on Friday, 27 March 2009
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After a very long wait, the sale of Pendarves, the Giants Quoit, at Carwynnen (SW650373) has now been completed. It sits near Camborne in Cornwall.

This Scheduled Ancient Monument is in a ruined state set in a 5 acre field. The Sustainable Trust's long term ambition is to re-erect this nationally important relic from the stone age. Other Early neolithic Quoits in the series known as the Penwith Chamber Tombs have been dated at between 4,000 and 3300BC.

Archaeologists and Historians are delighted that this site will now be in safe hands and after several previous attempts the Quoit, or Cromlech, may be re-erected. The initial phase of this project aims to involve the wider community, to bring our important ancient local history to life.

Trust spokesperson Pip Richards says “ Some local residents may be surprised to learn about this monument, so characteristic of the Cornish landscape, amidst farmland on the Old Pendarves Estate. We look forward to improving the site and running a series of events during 2009 to raise awareness of this important part of our prehistory. “

Thanks go to the Cornwall Community Foundation and the Cooperative Membership Community Fund. The Cornwall Heritage Trust have helped with a significant donation along with the promise of an education pack for schools. Cornwall Archaeological Unit are assisting with a geophysical survey with the help of the Cornwall Archaeological Society. We are also indebted to Follett Stock, solicitors, who have dealt with the conveyancing as part of their policy of Social Corporate Responsibility.

Major funding has come from the The Heritage Lottery Fund. Donations from the public are sought to help the Sustainable Trust reimburse their match funding and continue their work which may be seen at http://www.sustrust.co.uk. Contact 01209 831718 for more details.
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Andy B on Saturday, 14 February 2009
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by coldrum on Monday, 12 November 2007
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Carwynnen Cromlech

A green charity based in Cornwall have plans to re-erect the collapsed quoit at Carwynnen that finally succumbed to gravity in 1967. Aswell as the quoit restoration, the sustainable trust plan to plant broadleaved woodland providing a wildlife corridor between two existing areas of woodland, along with access routes and maybe parking provision. The group are currently trying to straighten out technicalities with the county council. All in all a most worthy project. Any help or donations, I'm sure would be gladly received.
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Andy_Norfolk on Tuesday, 02 October 2007
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Yep - Things have moved on.

I'm one of the Sustainable Trust's trustees and we are actively involved in raising money to buy the quoit and re-erect it. We have some money already but need quite a bit more.

We are discussing the right way to do things here with the Cornwall Historic Environment Service. They were involved with a previous attempt to get this monument put back up and we know quite a few of them.

Exciting times!

I maintain the Sustrust web site and it's my illustration of the re-erected quoit.


Andy N
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by AngieLake on Tuesday, 06 March 2007
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This site is mentioned in February's edition of the free 'Connect' magazine (http://www.connect-magazine.co.uk):
"The Giants Quoit
In the far west of the country, just before you get to the magical landscape of West Penwith with its carns, quoits and circles, there lies the district known as Kerrier where The Sustainable Trust are based. It boasts many sacred sites of its own, some famous, but many ruined and almost lost in the brambles and bracken.
There is one ruined quoit, or cromlech, known variously as Pendarves, Carwynnen or the Giants Quoit. A Bronze Age Dolmen, it lies in a state of collapse in a field, known locally as the frying pan field, on the edge of Pendarves Estate, Troon at SW6500 3720.
The only known quoit in the district, attempts have been made to rescue this pile of stones from the bulb growing field in which it lies, and restore it to its former glory. The land surrounding it is now part of a 'set aside' arrangement. Negotiations are taking place with the Sustainable Trust to buy the quoit and five acres of land.
With a reputation for regenerating land in an environmentally friendly way, the Trust plans to plant the farmland with oaks and hazel to form a wildlife corridor between woods on either side. Small patches of ancient crops, spelt and emmer wheat, for example, could be grown. The site could also be used for education, to bring local people back in touch with their ancient heritage. With assistance from the Heritage Environment Service plans will be prepared to re-erect this scheduled monument, hopefully using the original methods."

There was an added plea:

"Help is sought with the purchase which is in the region of £25,000. For more information visit http://www.sustrust.co.uk, email [email protected], or ring 01209 831718."
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Anonymous on Monday, 10 July 2006
There are plans to re-erect the quoit. Rredruth Town Council seem keen and so do the County Council Historic Environment Service. I may end up involved. The site may end up owned by a charitable trust I have links with.

The mark on the stone that someone suggests might be a carving or grafitti is actually just a scrape left by hoiking this stone out of the field with a digger. Yes, extra stones have been dumped around the collapsed quoit.

Andy Norfolk

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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Anonymous on Wednesday, 14 September 2005
I live next to it my hole life. easy to get to,, ment to be an indian burial site ????
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by Anonymous on Thursday, 09 September 2004
You can get into the field via the adjacent wood. Park in the disused gateway and take the path opposite, bear left almost immediately and this will take you over the hedge and into the field. Unfortunatelyhe Quoit appears to have been demolished and the stones piles on top of one another.
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    Re: Carwynnen Quoit by ocifant on Thursday, 09 September 2004
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    Thanks for that. I'll give it another go when I'm down there later this month...
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    Re: Carwynnen Quoit by MawnanIan on Sunday, 19 September 2004
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    If you want to get in touch for more info the above comment re access was mine before I sussed out how to registering
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Re: Carwynnen Quoit by ocifant on Saturday, 14 February 2004
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Also known as the Giant's Quoit. Despite several visits I still haven't found a way to get close up to this site.
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    Re: Carwynnen Quoit by jonbc on Friday, 05 November 2004
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    i have found that the best way to get to the quoit is to start at the entrance gate to pendarves woods, but rather than going in through the gate, there is a muddy track(usually where people park), follow this roughly east for about 1/2 a mile, past some lovely, and sometimes unavoidable water courses, take a left through a wooded path toward the field in which the quoit is situated.
    I think this is an amazing and powerful site that needs further investigation. If anyone has any further information I would love to hear from you.
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