Maidens of Boskednan
Bronze Age Stone Circle
Northwest of Penzance, Cornwall OS Map Ref SW43433512
OS Maps - Landranger 203 (Land's End & Isles of Scilly), Explorer 102 (Lands End)
Looking south over Boskednan Circle with the largest stone of the circle in the foreground.
Boskednan stone circle stands on a windswept hillside some distance from the Men-an-Tol. Unlike many of the more popular circles in Cornwall it is in a poor state of repair, and this is probably the reason that it appears in few guides to the area.
The 22 metre diameter Bronze Age ring now consists of six standing stones - others remain fallen or falling, and most of the stones of the northeastern arc are missing.
There is some confusion over how many stones once stood here, Aubrey Burl says twenty-two, Julian Cope says nineteen. What is certain is that when the circle was recorded in 1754 by William Borlase there were thirteen stones standing with a further six laying where they had fallen, however by 1825 another writer mentions that a further five stones had fallen, two were learning badly, and three had disappeared completely.
Looking northwest with the outcrop of Carn Galver on the horizon to the left.
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