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Work begins on historic structure's rebuild

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

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  • The Red River Singers working 'in the space' on a specially commissioned ballad for the restoration. : Marian Douglass

  • ------ Work begins to lift the stones. Pic courtesy of the Sustainable Trust.

  • ------ A photo from the Croft Andrew Archive taken in 1925. Pic courtesy of The Sustainable Trust

  • Below: The summer picnic of the Old Cornwall Society in 1925.

  • Work begins to hoist the stones. : Jan Dinsdale

  • Above: The first three stones raised back into position. : Stacey Long

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THE first phase of work to rebuild an ancient monument that had lain as rubble for nearly 50 years has been completed.

Carwynnen – or Giant's – Quoit collapsed in 1966 and was originally used as a funerary and ceremonial monument between 3500BC and 2600BC.

It features on Camborne Rugby Club and Troon Cricket Club's emblems and is on the Pendarves Estate near Camborne. Pip Richards, from the Sustainable Trust, which is behind the project, said: "We've been trying for the last four years to get the funding to re-erect the stones.

"Previously they had just been lying there in a pile and a lot of people that we approached for funding dismissed us thinking that heritage isn't really that important.

"The site was very busy on Friday with 60 people working hard including lots of archaeologists, volunteers and film crews."

The trust bought the site in 2009 and believes there are about 12 similar monuments in Cornwall. The rebuild has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other bodies.

The final part of the restoration will take place on June 21 when the cap stone will be replaced on top of the structure.

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