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Developers Wainhomes receive threats over plans to move ancient monument the Tristan Stone in Fowey

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

ROW:  The Tristan Stone.

ROW: The Tristan Stone.

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PROPOSALS to move a historic monument at the Wainhomes development site at Hill Hay has prompted threats to planners at the company.

Simon Cater, senior planner at Wainhomes, said he had received "threatening e-mails" from a company in China saying that moving the Tristan Stone would be a "desecration of the English countryside".

Mr Cater said he was surprised by the messages and there seemed to be a lot of misinformation about the grade two listed monument.

"It's already been moved four times," he said.

"It's a scheduled monument in two different places.

"There's no one buried underneath it."

According to legend, the 1,500-year-old stone is believed to have marked the resting place of Cornish knight Tristan, who was the nephew of King Mark of Cornwall.

The legend states that Tristan was sent to fetch the King's intended bride Isolde from Ireland, and the pair began a stormy affair.

Some versions of the tale suggest King Mark ordered that his nephew be killed but Tristan escaped and went into hiding.

Mr Cater said the stone, believed to have been previously located at Castle Dore, could be moved following a decision made by Cornwall Council amid concerns the housing development would make its current setting an unsuitable location for a historic monument.

"We're doing a leaflet drop with the whole of Fowey to get people's views on whether they want the Tristan Stone moved or not," Mr Cater said. "If the view of the town is that they want it moved then we'll move it."

It was not yet known where the stone would be put if it were moved, he said.

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  • break  |  December 04 2013, 8:28PM

    Mr cater,the least I can say is I hope you recieve more 'threats',it might make you think before you act.

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  • Neil-H  |  December 04 2013, 5:59PM

    Mr Cater clearly believes that he has the ability to move a Scheduled Ancient Monument just on the strength of a few circulars and soundings sent round Fowey. Others would like to believe that there is a clear Planning Approval Process to consider such a relocation, a process entirely separate from the Planning Approval for the new housing. This process, which involves a full range of statutory consultees has clearly yet to take place as there has to be an agreed plan for a new site, and he admits there isn't one. Cornwall Council have a legal duty to protect and enforce planning decisions, once they are made. It is not clear why Wainhomes would be "surprised" when the news of the Tristan Stone has had ample headline coverage the national Press, let alone locally. The principle of moving an Ancient Monument merely for the convenience of the road layout cannot be right

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