Trippet stones

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Trippet stones
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Trippet stones is located in Cornwall
Trippet stones
Shown within Cornwall
LocationBodmin Moor, Cornwall
Coordinates50°32′41″N 4°38′21″W / 50.544821°N 4.639282°W / 50.544821; -4.639282Coordinates: 50°32′41″N 4°38′21″W / 50.544821°N 4.639282°W / 50.544821; -4.639282
TypeStone circle
PeriodsBronze Age
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.


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] 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".[5]


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][6][7]


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.[8] 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.[9]



  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–. ISBN 978-0-86054-094-6. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  3. ^ Aubrey Burl (2005). A guide to the stone circles of Britain, Ireland and Brittany. Yale University Press. pp. 37–. ISBN 978-0-300-11406-5. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  4. ^ a b James Dyer (2001). Discovering Prehistoric England. Osprey Publishing. pp. 35–. ISBN 978-0-7478-0507-6. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  5. ^ John Barnatt (1982). Prehistoric Cornwall: the ceremonial monuments, p. 177. Turnstone Press. ISBN 978-0-85500-129-2. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  6. ^ Gordon S. Maxwell; John Kenneth Sinclair St. Joseph (1983). The Impact of aerial reconnaissance on archaeology. Council for British Archaeology. ISBN 978-0-906780-24-4. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  7. ^ Gray, H.S., The Stone Circles of East Cornwall. — In Archaeologia, LXI, 1908, pp. 1–60 (8 pis.; 6 figs.), 1908.
  8. ^ Society of Antiquaries of London (1908). Archaeologia, or miscellaneous tracts relating to antiquity, p. 29. The Society. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  9. ^ Norman Lockyer (April 2003). Stonehenge and Other British Stone Monuments Astronomically Considered. Kessinger Publishing. pp. 36–. ISBN 978-0-7661-5162-8. Retrieved 22 May 2011.

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