CREEG TOL






creeg tol is referred to in the 1840 tithe award as crock toll, and as creegtol by the os, it has the local name 'the giants footprint', and has been considered the site of a bronze age cairn. certainly similar sites exist close by (sw 4093 2764) and all are part of this area of rough ground that is directly adjacent to the boscawen-un stone circle. it is mentioned in tilley's an archaeology of supernatural places: the case of west penwith as a significant natural feature and as having eight 'solutions basins'. these sites are generally connected to appearance of later monuments and are to be considered as their 'natural' precursors where sacred rites might have been performed. 






creeg tol may well have been a barrow with the the rockoutcrop incorporated within it, as in the neolithic long barrow on chapel carn brea or watch croft. 

crock, greeg are both derived from the cornish root, cruc (as in crick a pit and cracker) meaning barrow or mound; toll has spread of associated meanings; hole (as in men-an-tol), holed, pit and also barrow. sources tfg dexter, cornish names. rm nance, cornish-english dictionary


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creeg tol stone circle. it has some highly novel features, with an intriguing circle of stones just below the most westerly of the three large outcrop of stones that make up creeg tol. the circle is made up of nine small stones varying between 30 and 50cm high and about 2.5m in diameter. it was cleared by caspn who are responsible for looking after monuments in west penwith. it has an associated stone structure (set at its rear in the picture) that has a remarkable resemblance to a stone kist. small stone circles like this are unusual in cornwall but appear frequently on dartmoor where they are generally associated with ceremonial routes demarcated by stone rows. the stones there are better understood as encircling small cairns and are a part of much larger ceremonial complexes, like the one at merrivale, that are made up of larger stone circles, stone rows, kists, standing stones, cairns, ring cairns and barrows. all this is highly conjectural but such possibilities cannot be entirely discounted. it may well be the cairn or barrow implied in tithe award of 1840.

site name: creeg tol alternative name: the 
giant's footprints County: cornwall 
type: rock outcrop 
nearest town: Penzance  nearest village: St Buryan map ref: SW41042755 
latitude: 50.091484N longitude: 5.621912
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