Hurlers, The


Hurlers, The
   A group of three stone circles on the moors near Likinhorne (Cornwall) is collectively known as The Hurlers; a tale first alluded to in William Camden's Britannia (1586) claims they were once men, transformed as punishment for 'profaning the Lord's Day with hurling' - hurling being one of the most popular sports in Cornwall. In 1675 Dr James Yonge of Plymouth recorded a further tradition about them: 'They are now easily numbered, but the people have a story that they never could, till a man took many penny loaffes, and laying one upon each hurler, did compute by the remainder what number they were' (Westwood, 1985: 22).

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