The Long Stone (Minions)

The Long Stone (Minions) Alternative Name: Long Tom

This stone is situated just off the main road 800 metres South West of Minions (on the road towards the A38). It is likely to have once been a menhir that was then Christianised by carving a cross on its face.

WAYSIDE CROSSES – The most common type of Cornish cross is the wayside cross which, as its name implies, stands at the side of roads, ancient tracks and footpaths. Its main function was to mark the route to the parish church. In medieval Cornwall outlying farms and hamlets were usually linked to the churchtown by the most direct and level route. The wayside cross was also used to mark tracks to sites of pilgrimage, monastic sites, ancient chapels and holy wells.

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