Minions

Looking north along the row (Scale 1m).

A wide double stone row (or avenue) measuring 78m long, including 8 small and medium-sized stones situated on a gentle south west facing slope. The row is orientated SSE to NNW and stands in the vicinity of at least four stone circles, several cairns and a stone pair. The row has clearly definable visual links with the cairns on the summit of Brown Gelly, Brown Willy, the Cheesewring and the sea.

Location

England     Cornwall     Bodmin Moor    SX 25763 71864     Lat 50.52048841     Long -4.45934406

Map showing the location of Minions stone row.

Plan of Minions stone row (Source: Survey at 1:500 by Janet Daynes, Stuart Dow and Sandy Gerrard).

Characteristics

Type: Double Length: 78m
No. of stones: 8 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: 160° Altitude: 335m
Upper end: None Lower end: None
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Stone circles, cairns and stone pair
Notes:

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status: AONB
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

 Identification

Category: Possible. A degree of uncertainty must be acknowledged as there is a great deal of surface stone in this area which has also been subjected to small-scale quarrying. Additionally, double rows are not otherwise known on Bodmin Moor and this could be seen as an objection to a stone row explanation. However, the stones stand in the vicinity of the three stone circles known as The Hurlers and have clearly definable visual links with the cairns on the summit of Brown Gelly, Brown Willy, the Cheesewring and sea. Future excavation may prove or refute the stone row interpretation, but on the basis of currently available evidence this group of stones may best be interpreted as a possible stone row.


Typology

This stone row is of Type D7. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Photographs

Western row of stones. Stone 5 in foreground. View from the south (Scale 1m).

Looking south along the western row (Scale 1m ). Stone 3 in the foreground.

Stones 3, 4 and 5. View from the north (Scale 1m).

Looking north along the western row (Scale 1m). The rock formation in the background is the Cheesewring. 

Individual Stones

Plan of Minions stone row showing the position of the numbered stones referred to in the text.

Stone 1

Stone 1 measures 0.87m long by 0.33m wide and stands up to 0.21m high. The stone is orientated at 160°. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 1. View from west with stone 6 in the background (Scale 1m).

Brown Gelly cairns. View from Stone 1.

Stone 2

Stone 2 measures 1.03m long by 0.76m wide and stands up to 0.05m high. It could be a slab of bedrock. View from south (Scale 1m).

Brown Gelly cairns. View from Stone 2.

Stone 3

Stone 3 measures 0.94m long by 0.18m wide and stands up to 0.23m high. The stone is orientated at 148°.

Stone 3. View from north with stones 4 and 5 in the background (Scale 1m).

Brown Gelly cairns. View from Stone 3.

Stone 4

Stone 4 measures 0.82m long by 0.29m wide and stands up to 0.38m high. The stone is orientated at 140°. View from south east (Scale 1m).

Brown Gelly cairns. View from Stone 4.

Stone 5

Stone 5 measures 0.72m long by 0.22m wide and stands up to 0.41m high. The stone is orientated at 60°. View from north west (Scale 1m).

Stone 5. View from the south (Scale 1m).

Brown Gelly cairns. View from Stone 5.

Stone 6

Stone 6 measures 0.95m long by 0.24m wide and stands up to 0.41m high. The stone is orientated at 15°. View from south (Scale 1m).

Stone 6. View from east (Scale 1m).

Brown Gelly cairns. View from Stone 6.

Stone 7

Stone 7 measures 0.75m long by 0.49m wide and stands up to 0.05m high. The stone is orientated at 165°. This could be a slab of exposed bedrock.

Brown Gelly cairns. View from Stone 7.

Stone 8

Stone 8 measures 0.56m long by 0.12m wide and stands up to 0.30m high. The stone is orientated at 176°. This stone stands beside a small hollow. View from south (Scale 1m).

Brown Gelly cairns. View from Stone 8.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SX 25967 71126. From here follow the footpath to the three stone circles known as The Hurlers. Head north towards the Cheesewring and the row will be found adjacent to the footpath.

Acknowledgements

I was first alerted to this row by Martin Eddy and subsequently shown it by Mark Camp.  In 2018 a second visit was conducted with Janet Daynes and Stuart Dow.


Online Resources

Megalithic Portal


Timeline

VISITED:- 26th June 2017 and 3rd May 2018

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 1st June 2018

LAST UPDATED:- 14th January 2020

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