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Trippet stones

Trippet stones
Location Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Architectural style(s) British pre-Roman Architecture
Trippet stones is located in Cornwall
Trippet stones
Trippet stones shown within Cornwall
Trippet Stones Bodmin Moor, with Hawk's Tor in background.

The Trippet stones or Trippet stones circle is a stone circle located on Manor Common in Blisland, 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) north northeast of Bodmin on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, UK.[1][2] The Stripple stones are nearby.


  • Description 1
  • Archaeology 2
  • Alignments 3
  • Literature 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The circle is situated on nearly level ground and has a diameter of 104.6 feet (31.9 m). It is made of eight upright granite stones with four others that have fallen.[3] The stones are spaced on average around 12 feet (3.7 m) apart, the highest measuring 5.2 feet (1.6 m). The fallen stones are 6.8 feet (2.1 m) and 5.2 feet (1.6 m) long. William Lukis suggested there may originally have been as many as twenty-six menhirs that suffered at the hands of stone-breakers. Aubrey Burl suggested twenty eight, set up on opposite facing pairs and suggests the name represents the folklore belief that the stones were girls punished for tripping lightly on Sabbath.[4] The Stripple stones are visible around 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) eastwards over boggy ground.[1]


The Trippet stones were examined in 1908 by H. St. George Gray who excavated the nearby Stripple stones in 1905 and found a few flint flakes and an entrance from this facing southwest, directly towards the Trippet stones.[4][5][6]


Norman Lockyer visited the site in 1907 and suggested the date of the circle's construction to be around 1700 BC by calculating an alignment of Arcturus over Rough Tor.[7] Lockyer also noted an eleven degree alignment between Trippet stones and Leaze stone circle, but suggested if this alignment were to mean anything, it would have to be with regards stellar rising alignments as it is outside of the sun's path.[8] John Barnatt said that the Trippet stones "may replace (or complement) the Stripple stones as part of an overall building programme in the western half of Bodmin Moor".[9]


  • William Borlase (1754). Observations on the antiquities, historical and monumental, of the county of Cornwall ...: Consisting of several essays on the first inhabitants, Druid-superstition, customs, and remains of the most remote antiquity, in Britain, and the British Isles ... With a summary of the religious, civil, and military state of Cornwall before the Norman Conquest .... Printed by W. Jackson, in the High-Strand. 
  • William Copeland Borlase (1872). Naenia Cornubiae: the cromlechs and tumuli of Cornwall. Llanerch.  
  • William C. Lukis (1885). The prehistoric stone monuments of the British Isles: Cornwall. Printed for Nichols and Sons for the Society of Antiquaries. 
  • Aubrey Burl (2005). A guide to the stone circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany. Yale University Press.  


  1. ^ a b William C. Lukis (1885). The prehistoric stone monuments of the British Isles: Cornwall. Printed for Nichols and Sons for the Society of Antiquaries. Retrieved 22 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Alexander Thom; Archibald Stevenson Thom; Aubrey Burl (1980). Megalithic rings: plans and data for 229 monuments in Britain. British Archaeological Reports. pp. 81–.  
  3. ^ Aubrey Burl (2005). A guide to the stone circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany. Yale University Press. pp. 37–.  
  4. ^ a b James Dyer (2001). Discovering Prehistoric England. Osprey Publishing. pp. 35–.  
  5. ^ Gordon S. Maxwell; John Kenneth Sinclair St. Joseph (1983). The Impact of aerial reconnaissance on archaeology. Council for British Archaeology.  
  6. ^ Gray, H.S., The Stone Circles of East Cornwall. — In Archaeologia, LXI, 1908, pp. 1–60 (8 pis.; 6 figs.), 1908.
  7. ^ Society of Antiquaries of London (1908). Archaeologia, or miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity, p. 29. The Society. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Norman Lockyer (April 2003). Stonehenge and Other British Stone Monuments Astronomically Considered. Kessinger Publishing. pp. 36–.  
  9. ^ John Barnatt (1982). Prehistoric Cornwall: the ceremonial monuments, p. 177. Turnstone Press.  

External links

  • Cornwall's Archaeological Heritage – field guide to accessible sites – Trippet stones
  • Illustrated entry in the Megalithic Portal
  • Illustrated entry in the Modern Antiquarian
  • Map sources for Trippet stones
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