HeritageGateway - Home
Site Map
Text size: A A A
You are here: Home > > > > Cornwall & Scilly HER Result
Printable version | About Cornwall & Scilly HER | Visit Cornwall & Scilly HER online...

For important guidance on the use of this record, please click here.

If you have any comments or new information about this record, please email us.


HER Number:10178
Name:DULOE - Bronze Age cairn, Bronze Age stone circle

Summary

Duloe, the smallest stone circle in Cornwall, comprising eight quartz stones, possibly the remains of an elaborate cairn.

Grid Reference:SX 2358 5830
Parish:Duloe, Caradon, Cornwall
Map:Show location on Streetmap

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument CO94: Small stone circle at Duloe, 150m south east of Stonetown Farm

Other References/Statuses

  • National Mapping Programme (Morph No.): 1076.69
  • OS No. (OS Quarter-sheet and OS No.): SX25NW 3
  • Primary Record No. (1985-2009): 10178
  • SMR No. (OS Quarter-sheet and SMR No.): SX25NW 5

Monument Type(s):

Full description

Duloe stone circle is the smallest in Cornwall and is shown on the 1st Edition OS 2500 map of c1880, described as a 'Druidical Circle'.

It is slightly oval in plan and measures 11.7m by 10.2m. The circle comprises eight stones, seven of which are still standing; the northernmost stone has fallen and lies broken. All the stones are quartz and vary in height between 1.0m and 2.4m.

The stone circle was reconstructed in the mid 1800s (b7).

WC Borlase relates two conflicting stories about the urn which was found at this site. In an account of the attempt in 1861 to re-erect three (?) fallen stones, credited to one Mr Pedlar, the urn was recovered from beneath one of the stones. A fragment of this urn is illustrated by Borlase. However, Mr NHP Lawrence of Launceston subsequently stated in a letter (to TH Bewes and seen by Borlase) that the urn was recovered from a hedge that bisected the circle when this was removed, either before 1858 or between 1861-63. Human bone was found inside the urn. Borlase inferred from these details that a burial monument or cairn had been raised inside the circle. Patchett (1946) lists the urn as Class 'G' Deverel-Rimbury style which she ascribes to the Late Bronze Age and dates to "after 750 BC".

The circle is in excellent condition but recent plans to make the farm into a tourist attraction might disturb the nature of the site.

The stone circle was plotted from aerial photographs (p1) during the Cornwall NMP.

--------------------------------
Site history:
h1: 1971. MJF / OS
h2: 1979. GRAY, VK, FMW / DOE
h3: 1984. SHEPPARD, P, FMW / DOE
--------------------------------


Ordnance Survey, 1880s, 1st Edition 1:1250 Map (Cartographic materials). SCO4047.

NMR, 1999, SX2358/11-18 (Photographic Record). SCO18826.

Page, W (Editor), 1906, Victoria History of the County of Cornwall, VOL I, 400-401 (Bibliographic reference). SCO4068.

DUNKIN, EHW, 1873, UNKNOWN TITLE, 4TH SERIES, VOL 4, 45, 50 (Unedited Source). SCO6308.

Patchett, FM, 1946, Cornish Bronze Age Pottery, Part I, VOL 101, 48 (Article in serial). SCO4087.

Borlase, WC, 1872, Naenia Cornubiae, 127 (Bibliographic reference). SCO2892.

UNKNOWN, 1---, UNKNOWN TITLE, VOL XII, 96 (Unedited Source). SCO5350.

DYMOND, CW, 1882, Duloe Stone Circle (Article in serial). SCO25829.

Cambridge University Centre for Aerial Photography, 26/6/55, CUC QD 9 (Aerial Photograph). SCO21728.

Cambridge University Centre for Aerial Photography, 29/3/73, CUC BMC 5 (Aerial Photograph). SCO21727.

Sources / Further Reading

[p1]SCO18826 - Photographic Record: NMR. 1999. SX2358/11-18. ABP.
[b1]SCO4047 - Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. 1880s. 1st Edition 1:1250 Map.
[b2]SCO4068 - Bibliographic reference: Page, W (Editor). 1906. Victoria History of the County of Cornwall. Page, W. VOL I, 400-401.
[b3]SCO6308 - Unedited Source: DUNKIN, EHW. 1873. UNKNOWN TITLE. ARCHAEOLOGIA CAMBRENSIS. 4TH SERIES, VOL 4, 45, 50.
[b4]SCO4087 - Article in serial: Patchett, FM. 1946. Cornish Bronze Age Pottery, Part I. Archaeological Journal, Vol 101. VOL 101, 48.
[b5]SCO2892 - Bibliographic reference: Borlase, WC. 1872. Naenia Cornubiae. 127.
[b6]SCO5350 - Unedited Source: UNKNOWN. 1---. UNKNOWN TITLE. JRIC. VOL XII, 96.
[b7]SCO25829 - Article in serial: DYMOND, CW. 1882. Duloe Stone Circle.
[b8]SCO21728 - Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University Centre for Aerial Photography. 26/6/55. CUC QD 9. SX 2350 5830.
[b9]SCO21727 - Aerial Photograph: Cambridge University Centre for Aerial Photography. 29/3/73. CUC BMC 5. SX 2350 5830.

Associated Finds

  • FCO543 - URN (Bronze Age - 2500 BC to 801 BC)

Associated Events: none recorded

Related records: none recorded

Images

No image caption available  © Cornwall Council

No image caption available © Cornwall Council

No image caption available  © Cornwall Council

No image caption available © Cornwall Council