The Hurlers is a group of three stone circles near the village of Minions on the edge of Bodmin Moor in north Cornwall.
“Hurlers” derives from a legend, in which men were playing Cornish hurling, a Celtic game, on a Sunday and were magically transformed into stones as punishment.
|Pub sign - Hurlers|
The earliest mention is by historian, John Norden, who visited the stone circles around 1584, and were described by William Camden in his Britannia of 1586.
|Positioning of three circles:|
The Hurlers, with the Pipers also marked
The Pipers, a pair of entrance standing stones, according to folklore represent musicians playing for the three circles of dancers “The Hurlers”, who had been turned to stone for engaging in festivities on a holy day.
The area around the Pipers is notable in archaeology for the discovery of a bronze dagger and gold beaker along with some beads and flint at Rillaton Barrow in 1818.
|Shoal wave of sardines|
Huers were lookouts, who stood on high points near fishing villages, to signal to the fishers which way the shoal of herrings or pilchards passed – the shoal’s course being more discernible to those standing on high cliffs, due to the blue shimmery, splashing of the waters made by the fish kittling together …
|Huer - the look out point on Towan|
Head overlooking Newquay Bay
Not many Huers had a hut as this one here on Towan Head … the Huer would alert the fishermen by blowing a horn. The old Cornish word heva, or hevva, was used by the lookout to shout through the speaking trumpet upon sighting a shoal of pilchards (or sardines) … and hevva means just that "a shoaling place" (gathering of the shoal)
That is H for the hurled to stone Hurlers and the happy Huers, who shout hevva, hevva - ensuring Harvested Hordes for the year ahead ... from Aspects of British Cornish …
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