The Quoit Of The King

29 Mar

Manorbier dolmen

Husb and I went for a drive on Easter Monday, exploring some of the South Wales coastline that we hadn’t seen before, the lovely beach of Manorbier / Maenorbŷr in South Pembrokeshire. It’s a very ancient settlement with local evidence of flint microliths from the Mesolithic and Neolithic ages and this magnificent dolmen, The King’s Quoit, looking out over the sea from the cliff path. There are Bronze Age burial mounds, an Iron Age enclosure and evidence of Anglo Saxon farming. The imposing castle and parish church are Norman. It has a railway station and can be reached by train on the lovely West Wales line.

Kings Quoit b

Sometimes the Welsh, Maenorbŷr, is translated as Manor of Pŷr, but an alternative meaning I have seen is ‘Holy (or sacred) Stone’, which would make sense, given the magnificence of this Neolithic burial chamber. The weather was gorgeous, sunny and bright and the beach was busy with families enjoying their Easter break. But it was quite cold and blustery up on the cliff where I settled down to draw the dolmen – you can see what it was like in this short video.

I did this drawing in carbon and white conte crayon onto Fabriano Accademica paper that I had prepared with my home-made walnut ink. This is now for sale in my Artfinder gallery, please click here to see more images of it.

6 Responses to “The Quoit Of The King”

  1. allesistgut March 30, 2016 at 07:38 #

    It’s lovely to see you drawing in such beautiful surroundings. I like the coast and I wish our coast here would have more of it’s wilderness. We only have sandy beaches. 😉 The rock looks a little bit like a turtle. 😉
    Have a happy day.

    • Rosie Scribblah March 30, 2016 at 08:56 #

      A lot of the stone monuments look a bit like animals and sometimes humans, maybe the ancients chose them because of it? I hope you’ve managed to avoid the heavy storms recently 😀

  2. (b)ananartista SBUFF March 30, 2016 at 00:56 #

    nice video and nice rock

  3. Leonie Andrews March 29, 2016 at 22:32 #

    Great to see you in action and I love this sketch. The King’s quoit is such an imaginative name.

    • Rosie Scribblah March 30, 2016 at 04:57 #

      Thank you, Leonie. A number of ancient stones have been named quoits. Some legendary connection it seems, usually to King Arthur or Merlin

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