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Ancient Stone

WADEBRIDGE & DISTRICT MUSEUM

Ancient Stones of Wadebridge

Cornwall is extremely rich when it comes to ancient stone sites from the neolithic period (some perhaps even earlier). From stone circles, dolmens, quoits, stone rows, menhirs, monoliths, standing stones etc, we are extremely lucky to have such an amount and variety from this amazing and most interesting time in history... and Wadebridge and it's surrounding area are home to a few truly magnificent ones, full of intrigue and beauty.

Please view below some photos taken by Samuel Davison of our near by ancient stones, if you would like to see more of his photos of Cornish stone sites please visit his blog:
www.matteroftheotherworld.com








MEN GURTA
- aka The St Breock Longstone
Cornwall's largest and heaviest monolith / menhir / standing stone
weight = 16 1/2 tons - Height = 4.9 meters (3 meters above the ground)
Latitude: 50.479288N - Longitude: 4.865686W

men gurta - matter of the other world

men gurta - samuel davison photography

men gurta - samuel davison photography

men gurta - samuel davison photography

men gurta - matter of the other world






St Breock Downs Menhir
- aka St Breock Downs Standing Stone
Just a few hundred feet away from MenGurta sits this beautiful stone full of quartz veins running through it and standing at 7 feet tall.
Latitude: 50.479060N - Longitude: 4.858144W

st breock downs menhir - samuel davison photography

st breock downs menhir - matter of the other world

st breock downs menhir - matter of the other world

st breock downs menhir - matter of the other world

st breock downs menhir - matter of the other world

st breock downs menhir - matter of the other world

st breock downs menhir - matter of the other world






Pawton Quoit
- aka The Druids Altar
With its capstone weighing an approximate 14 1/2 tons and measuring 3.6 meters long, Pawton Quoit really is quite a special site indeed and possibly the best preserved Quoit in Cornwall.
Latitude: 50.490805N - Longitude: 4.869203W

Pawton Quoit - matter of the other world

Pawton Quoit - samuel davison photography

Pawton Quoit - matter of the other world







The Fiddler
aka - Magi Stone
Presumed to part of the nine maidens stone row (below), this intriguing stone is full of white quartz and has the most fantastic sea view out to the North Coast.
Latitude: 50.477404N Longitude: 4.905704W

The Fiddler - matter of the other world

The Fiddler - samuel davison photography

The Fiddler - matter of the other world







Nine Maidens Stone Row
This fantastic stone row bursting with white quartz measures just over 100m and has nine evenly spaced stones still standing, with the largest being approx 2m in height. It is thought that the line was originally once much longer.
Latitude: 50.471271N - Longitude: 4.909599W


nine maidens stone row - matter of the other world

nine maidens stone row - samuel davison photography


To view more please visit:
www.matteroftheotherworld.com

"Informative with lovely volunteers"

Really lovely free museum which is dog friendly. Volunteers are immensely helpful and knowledgeable, offering free historical guides and maps. Please do donate - this little museum really needs to continue.



"Great Local Museum"

This is a smashing venue just off the main shopping street. It is ideal for a visit to learn about the local history of Wadebridge. The volunteers who run the place are cheerful and enthusiastic. There are plenty of visual displays backed up by knowledgeable staff. It’s ideal for under an hour and open 11-3 Mon - Sat. It’s free but make a donation.



"Another great little museum"

This is a charming and informative local museum. Free to enter, the collection reflects local life and the history of the area. The museum is staffed by volunteers who are friendly and helpful. Free information guides are offered and the volunteers are ready and willing to answer any questions. This is another local museum which relies on donations to keep it running. It is a very dog friendly area and this includes the museum so canine friends are welcome. I spent about 45 minutes here as it is a small museum, but I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.



"Very interesting"

The Wadebridge and District Museum reopened in 2013 and has a most interesting collection of photographs and artifacts about the history of Wadebridge. It is primarily manned by local volunteers who are able to provide you with not only the past historical details of this Town and about the various industries and businesses that used to be found in this area – but also about the typical life and times of local residents and how it has changed over the years. Recommended as a good starting point for visitors to Wadebridge



"just dropped in"

it was raining , glad it was or i would not have known how great this place is , finding out about where you are and the history , good fun and great staff to explain things you may not understand ,well worth the visit ,..