Saints and Stones: Chun Quoit

Chun Quoit is a Neolithic structure consisting of four upright stones over five feet high, three of which support a fairly circular thick capstone, which has a cupmark and is 11 feet by 10 feet.

The quoit is surrounded by traces of a large low stony mound, but this may never have been very high and the capstone at least was probably always visible. The mound is ringed with a low kerb of relatively small boulders and other stones visible in the top of the mound have been interpreted as the remains of burial boxes or cists. There may have been a ‘forecourt’ in front of the entrance to the chamber which would have provided the setting for funerary rites and rituals.

Quoit is the Cornish name given to such chambered tomb structures. The Quoit derives its name from the Cornish "Chy-an-Woone," which translates as "the house on the downs."

About Chun Quoit

Cornwall's Archaeological Heritage: Chun Quoit
Megalithic Portal: Chun Quoit
Megalithics: Chun Quoit
Stone Pages: Chun Quoit
Modern Antiquarian: Chun Quoit
Wikipedia: Chun Quoit
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Journey to Chun Quoit

Chun Quoit is located in the West Penwith area of Cornwall in southwest England. From the Madron-Morvah Road, take the minor road heading west toward Great Bosullow and Chun Castle. Follow the narrow road to a farm at the end of the road. Park and walk uphill towards the gorse. There is a stone with a sign on it halfway up the hill. Follow the narrow path through the gorse and arrive at the hillfort (Chun Castle) first then on to the Chun Quoit burial chamber.

Ordnance Survey Map (SW4022333961)

Visitors Information

Visitors information for Chun Quoit may be found at the Cornwall's Archaeological Heritage website. For general Cornwall tourist information, see the Visit Cornwall website.

Additional Photos of Chun Quoit

Road Sign on Madron-Morvah Road
Road Sign for Chun Castle and Chun Quoit Near Trehyllys Farm
Sign on Stone on Path Uphill to Chun Castle and Chun Quoit
Path Uphill to Chun Castle and Chun Quoit
Approaching Chun Quoit from Chun Castle
Chun Quoit
Chun Quoit
Chun Quoit
Interior of Chun Quoit
Leaving Chun Quoit

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