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The Four Parish Stone

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<b>The Four Parish Stone</b>Posted by thesweetcheatImage © A. Brookes (18.6.2011)
Nearest Town:Penzance (6km SE)
OS Ref (GB):   SW42973541 / Sheet: 203
Latitude:50° 9' 44.11" N
Longitude:   5° 35' 57.64" W

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First though, a quick stop at a minor landmark that many visitors to the area pass without a glance. At the meeting of several paths, a large recumbent boulder marks the boundaries of four parishes, hence its name! A crude cross has been carved into the surface of the boulder, but I strongly suspect that it has been used a meeting point – either of people or of territory – for a Very Long Time. Both Men Scryfa and some of the barrows up towards Nine Maidens are visible from here. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
14th July 2011ce

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At a point where the four parishes of Zennor, Morvah, Gulval, and Madron meet, is a flat stone with a cross cut on it. The Saxon kings are also said to have dined on this*.
*As well as at the Table-mên stone. See Popular Romances of the West of England, by Robert Hunt (3rd ed. 1908).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
1st August 2012ce
Edited 1st August 2012ce

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A naturally recumbent boulder, almost 3m long and incised with a (post-)medieval cross. Marks the boundaries of Zennor, Morvah, Madron and Gulval.

Added in view of proximity to many megalithic sites (and obviously "already there" judging by its attribution as a natural boulder). The fact that four parishes chose it as the point where their boundaries meet is certainly suggestive of longer-standing recognition of the stone in the locality.

Something to look out for on the way up to Nine Maidens anyway.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
7th July 2011ce