Mên-an-Tol

Mark Wilson

West Bromwich, United Kingdom

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Mên-an-Tol is a formation of standing stones near the Madron-Morvah road in Cornwall, England. It is also known locally as the “Crick Stone”.

It consists of three upright granite stones: a round stone with its middle holed out with two small standing stones to each side, in front of and behind the hole.

Mên-an-Tol is supposed to have a fairy guardian who can make miraculous cures.

Local legend claims that if at full moon a woman passes through the holed stone seven times backwards, she will soon become pregnant.

Another legend is that passage through the stone will cure a child of rickets.. For centuries, children with rickets were passed naked through the hole in the middle stone nine times. Its curative powers actually are reflected in its name.

The circular stone aligns exactly with the centre stone at Boscawen-Un and the church at nearby St Buryan. While this may conceivably be coincidental, the precision of the alignment suggests an intentional positioning of the structures in relation to each other.

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