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319688
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Merry Maidens
Dawn's Men
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50.065137° N, 5.588731° W
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Essays on Merry Maidens

  • Overview

    by Holly Hayes
    November 6, 2011

    The Merry Maidens are named for the local legend that they were created when 19 girls were turned into stone for dancing on the Sabbath. The stones are also known as the Dawn's Men, from a corruption of Dans Maen, "the stone dance." The Merry Maidens consist of 19 stones of local granite, which form a perfect circle 78 feet (23.8m) in diameter. The stones are spaced about 12 feet apart from each other, with a 20-foot gap at the east end that is probably the entrance. Like the Maidens, these were named for the legend of the wicked Sabbath dancers. The stone circle is easy to access. continue reading →

Blog Posts on Merry Maidens

  • A Rainy Day in Cornwall

    Posted August 2, 2007 by Holly Hayes Part of: Graduate School in Oxford

    On our last full day (Monday July 23rd) in Cornwall, it rained freakishly hard for most of the day. So the pictures are terrible, but we had a really fun and memorable time anyway. And we were very lucky not to be affected by the terrible flooding all around Britain, either on vacation or back at home, so we couldn't…

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Holly Hayes
First published
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014

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