Carwynnen Quoit is one of Cornwall’s lesser known Neolithic monuments belonging to a class of portal dolmens, the largest concentration of which lie high on the moors of West Penwith, where Lanyon Quoit, Mulfra Quoit and Chun Quoit are some of the best-known examples. For the past 40 or so years the massive stones which make up the monument have lain in a collapsed heap in a field which, up until recent times, was intensively farmed. The iconic shape of the dolmen has been used on the Camborne Rugby Club and Troon Cricket Club badges.
Carwynnen Quoit is number 35111 in Cornwall County Council’s Historic Environment record (HER) and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, Cornwall 396. Although the scheduling description refers to the stones of the monument only, the extent of the scheduled area is fairly large. A historic artefact from the estate, a commemorative stone from the time of William Pendarves was donated to the SustainableTrust.
Part of 'The Frying Pan Field' which contains Carywnnen Quoit, was purchased early in 2009 by the Sustainable Trust with the help of Heritage Lottery funding. This Registered Cornish Charity no.1091205 restored the monument, and made it more accessible whilst developing sensitive long-term management of the monument and its landscape setting.