Maidens, The Pipers and the Blind Fiddler
Neolithic / Bronze Age Stone Circle and Standing Stones
St. Buryan, Cornwall OS Map Ref SW433245
OS Maps - Landranger 203 (Land's End & Isles of Scilly), Explorer 102 (Lands End)
The Merry Maidens themselves consist of nineteen dressed granite blocks of between 0.9 and 1.2 metres in height with a diameter of around 23 metres and is therefore very similar in size and design to the more secluded Boscawen-un a few miles to the North-West. However, while Boscawen-un has its guardian standing stone in the centre of the circle, the Maidens also known as the Rosemodress or Dans Maen (Stone Dance), have theirs outside of the circle, the two massive Pipers stand out of sight in a field to the North-East. There are also two other stones associated with this site, and herein lies some confusion. Some sources quote The Fiddler, just to the West of the circle, while others mention The Blind Fiddler, a couple of miles to the North, and shown above. Whichever it is, the legend is the same - the Maidens are a group of girls turned to stone for dancing on the Sabbath, as were the Pipers and the Fiddler (be he the blind or sighted one). Close by the circle is the Tregiffian burial chamber, excavated in the 1960's but now sadly damaged by the road that runs through it, the original cup-marked entrance stone is now in a museum, but a replica of it still remains.
Glossary Items: Neolithic, Bronze Age
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