Sancreed Beacon

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Sancreed Beacon is a granite upland, 172m above sea level, an historic monument close to Sancreed churchtown.

Evidence suggests that the Beacon was inhabited during the Bronze Age. Remains of two burial mounds (tumuli)are located on the summit and the remains of what is believed to be a Bronze Age hut stand on the Western slope.

Open works and old shafts provide evidence of the tin mining which was carried on here from "old men's workings" to the mines of the mid 19th century - Wheal Argus, also known as Beacon Mine.

The Beacon would have been used to set a fire for warning of invasion during the Napoleonic wars and it is possible that it was used to warn of the approach of the Spanish Armada.

Today, the gorse and bracken covered Beacon is home to a variety of wildlife including kestrels, buzzards, small mammals, lizards and adders.

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Located in West Cornwall. Sancreed Beacon is signposted from the village and is easily accessed from the A30 trunk road by following signs from Drift.

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