THE CROMLECH IS A FOLLY AT ST ENDA’S PUBLIC PARK
Follies come in all shapes and sizes and the Cromlech is no exception. Following an attack by vandals it had to be deconstructed in the late 1990s and for many years it looked like an unremarkable collection of stones on the ground. With the help of drawings and photos, the Cromlech was restored to its original glory. Walking by the Cromlech at weekends children can be seen playing around it, posing for photographs and generally enjoying climbing on it.
A cromlech is a megalithic construction made of large stone blocks. The word applies to two different megalithic forms in English, the first being an altar tomb (frequently called a “dolmen”), as William Borlase first denoted in 1769. The second meaning of the name “cromlech” in English refers to large stone circles such as those found among the Carnac stones in Brittany, France.
Unlike in English, the word “cromlech” in many other languages (such as Azerbaijani, Armenian, French, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, and Spanish) exclusively denotes a megalithic stone circle, whereas the word “dolmen” is used to refer to the type of megalithic altar tomb sometimes indicated by the English “cromlech”. Also, more recently in English, scholars such as Aubrey Burl use “cromlech” as a synonym for “megalithic stone circle”.