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Re: Similarities elsewhere?
Apr 01, 2013, 16:08
Incidentally, you've probably seen this:


"The backstone is likely to have collapsed sometime prior to 1850, when it was described by S R Pattison in that year's Report of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, and Cyrus Redding's 1842 description of the quoit makes no mention of the fallen stone. Both Redding and Stockdale, who described the quoit in 1824, assert that the 11 ton capstone was in contact with five of the uprights whereas it now rests on only three, as it did when William Copeland Borlase described it in 1872. It is unfortunate that none of the three views of the monument featured in Redding's book show the rear of the chamber."

If this is so, there was appear to have been a partial collapse in the 1830s or 40s. It seems unlikely that a report that specifically mentions that the capstone was supported by 5 uprights (in 1824) would have been so wrong. In that case, the backstone was upright at that date.
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