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Boswens Menhir is located in Southwest Cornwall
Boswens Menhir
Location in Southwest Cornwall
Location Cornwall
Coordinates 50°08′21″N 5°38′24″W / 50.13904°N 5.63989°W / 50.13904; -5.63989
Type Standing stone
Periods Neolithic / Bronze Age

Boswens Menhir , also known as Boswens standing stone, or the Long Stone, is a standing stone 3 kilometres northeast of St Just in Penwith, in Cornwall, England.


The stone lies to the west of Boswens Common, and can be seen from the B3318 road. It is one of many standing stones in Penwith.

It is 1.5 km east of Tregeseal stone circle, and about 1 km south of Chûn Quoit.


The stone is of rectangular section measuring 0.7 metres by 0.9 metres, and is 2.4 metres high. The front face is symmetrical; at the back there are two steps which reduce the width by half.

In 1754 William Borlase illustrated the stone standing in a small low cairn, but by 1861 there was "hardly any trace of cairn" visible. The cairn today is around 0.3 metres high, and is "only just noticeable". The cairn may be the remains of a barrow.

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