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The Hurlers (Hr Carwynnen) is the name of a group of three stone circles on Bodmin Moormarker in Cornwallmarker, Englandmarker, UKmarker. The circles were first noted by historian John Norden in 1584 and the first detailed description was made by William Borlase in 1754. The tradition states that they are men turned to stone for profaning the Lords Day by taking part in a hurling match; the arrangement of the stones led to the name.

In 1999 there was some controversy regarding this site and others under the care of the English Heritage organisation. Members of a pressure group, the Revived Cornish Stannary Parliament, removed several signs bearing the English Heritage name. Since this action several of the smaller sites such as Dupath Wellmarker, The Hurlers (stone circles), Tregiffian Burial Chambermarker, St Breock Downs Monolithmarker, King Doniert's Stonemarker, Trethevy Quoitmarker and Carn Eunymarker have been transferred to the care of the Cornwall Heritage Trust.

"The Hurlers" are the subject of a 2008 song by Devon singer Seth Lakeman.

See also


  1. Westwood, Jennifer (1985), Albion. A Guide to Legendary Britain. London : Grafton Books. ISBN 0-246-11789-3. p. 21.
  2. Cornish Stannary Parliament tackles English cultural aggression in Cornwall.
  3. BBC News: Historic signs case trio bound over
  4. Sites Managed and Cared for by Cornwall Heritage Trust for English Heritage
  • John Barnatt, Prehistoric Cornwall, The Ceremonial Monuments, 1982 (ISBN 0-85500-129-1)

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