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King’s Quoit

The King’s Quoit comprises of a capstone raised at an angle on two low supporting stones. The end edge of the capstone rests on earthfast rock. Located in moorland above the sandstone cliffs of Manorbier Bay, it is now on the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and an easy walk from the Manorbier beach car park.

This monument – presumed to be Neolithic in date – has not been subject to any modern excavation and the HER records give no suggestion that other finds have been made in the tomb’s vicinity. For more information about other Neolithic chambered tombs in Pembrokeshire, see my posts on Carreg Coeten Arthur, Carreg Samson and Pentre Ifan. Still, the HER speculates that stone arrangements nearby might be traces of other chambered tombs (or at least natural outcrops that attracted attention in the Neolithic). I hope some research is done on this monument and its environs in the near future.

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King’s Quoit with Manorbier Castle in background

Recently, I visited after over a decade. Having visited Manorbier Castle, we walked along the beach and up to the monument in good light in late afternoon. The location seems modest but it does have distinctive qualities in relation to surrounding land and sea. In particular, for me, the situation affords the sense that the bay is nearly closed off from the open sea, when of course it is open to the elements and exposed. The proximity to a cleft in the sea-cliff might also be significant, giving visual and auditory qualities to the location unavailable elsewhere along the coast.

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Hobbit-sized

In terms of its form, I think that monuments like this, whether originally for funerary and ceremonial uses in the Neolithic, would certainly provide good play spaces as well. They really are perfectly hobbit-sized.

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