Twelve Mens Moor, Bodmin Moor

WilliamtheIVth

Bodmin, United Kingdom

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Set on one of the highest parts of Cornwall, the Twelve Mens Moor lies below Kilmar Tor on the East Moor, near North Hill. Its dramatic background of jagged granite ridge with its prominent Jacob’s Ladder make this Tor an outstanding feature of the physical nature of this part of the County.
Below this fine ridge lie several Bronze Age relics, one of which the stone ‘kist vaen’, or ‘stone chest’ is the most fascinating. A small sunken ‘chest’ of granite walls creates all sorts of imaginative thoughts in young minds; ‘the tribal chief buried here’; ‘can I fit in it?’. This chest was capped with a granite slab then covered completely over with earth to form a mound or cairn. It was, indeed, the burial place of a clan elder. This elder, after his death, was left out on the open Moor to decompose after which time his skeleton was then set in the foetal position and installed in the chest, possiblt with a few of his belongings then covered over. Over recent times graves and cairns like this have been broken inot and any artefacts removed; all that’s left here is the silent granite and one’s own imagination.
Twelve Mens Moor was also a setting used by Daphne du Maurier in her ‘Jamaica Inn’. The notorious Trewortha Marsh, still a present day danger, helped create the eery atmosphere in her book and subsequent film. It was the place where Joss Merlyn, landlord of the Jamaica Inn was born and where his younger brother lived. On a cold wild winter’s night it leaves no doubt about its suitability for this role in the story. However, on a sultry summer’s evening, when I took this picture, it takes on a completely different outlook; it is so beautiful, calm and serene

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