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St Pirans Round

Hob Uid: 428200
Location :
Cornwall
Perranzabuloe
Grid Ref : SW7790054400
Summary : Round later adapted for reuse in the medieval period as a plain an gwarry. The monument consists of an enclosure about 45m in diameter surrounded by a single bank 3m high and a ditch 3m wide and 2.5m deep with an entrance on the south side 4.5m wide. There is an internal trench connected to a pit which formed part of the remodelling as a plain an an gwarry.
More information : (SW 779544) St Piran's Round (NR) (1)

Piran (or Perran) Round... is a high circular earthwork, some
200ft.across; quite possibly prehistoric in origin, it is now the
finest remaining example of the so-called plen an gwary, the
medieval amphitheatres of Cornwall. (2)

Either a "round" used as a "playing place" or simply a
"playing place", the earthwork comprises a bank and external
ditch enclosing a flat circular area about 45 metres in diameter.
Now with 2 opposed entrances it would appear that only that on
the East is original as the ditch around the Western side can be
seen to have been continuous.

St Piran's Round is well preserved and is still sometimes used
as a theatre.

Resurveyed at 1:2500. (3)

Rounds are now classified Iron Age/Romano British. (4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Cornish Archaeology Society. Field Guide 7 1962 (F Nankivell)
Page(s) : 16-17
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 ANK 04-MAY-71
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : CBA Research Report 7 1966 (C Thomas)
Page(s) : 87
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Source Number : 5
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 11-Jul-97
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Source : SW 75 SE 2 (St. Piran's Round) (1971)
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Iron Age
Display Date : Iron Age
Monument End Date : 43
Monument Start Date : -800
Monument Type : Round, Circular Enclosure
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Roman
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Monument End Date : 410
Monument Start Date : 43
Monument Type : Round, Circular Enclosure
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date :
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Plain An Gwarry
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 29628
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : CO 259
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Cornwall)
External Cross Reference Number : /011
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SW 75 SE 2
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ST PIRAN'S ROUND
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1970-01-01
End Date : 1970-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SW 75 SE 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1971-05-04
End Date : 1971-05-04
Associated Activities : Primary, ST PIRAN'S ROUND
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 1996-01-01
End Date : 1996-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, PERRAN ROUND, PERRANZABULOE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 2004-01-01
End Date : 2004-12-31