King Doniert's Stone

A prayer for the last King of Cornwall

Driving past ‘King Doniert’s Stone, s’pect you’m thinking about a cream tea or a pint up Minions. Pull up for Cornwall’s very last King whose stone stands on clipped grass above a miner’s abandoned cavern. Run a finger over plaited patterns lacing three sides of the stone - that’s Doniert’s Cornish knotwork. Feel the words carved on the fourth, pray for the sake of Doniert’s soul, and imagine a busy thoroughfare at a crossroads in and out of the West.

When the saints came to Cornwall they built huge wooden crosses to mark places as sacred. ‘Two Cross Downs’ was where the main tracks crossed from Plymouth, Bodmin and Launceston, so the saints built two crosses there. Wood wouldn’t last long and the crosses were soon replaced with stone. King Doniert’s stone and ‘The Other Half Stone’ they were, higher then, seen for miles. Don’t know nothing, about the saint first marked the land of ‘The Other Half Stone’ mind, must have been someone important, a good firm base with all they carving lasting so long. Couldn’t have been a no-body could ‘e.

The cross of King Doniert would have been seen by crowds of folks every day. Its carving asked passers-by to give a prayer for the soul of the king, ‘e drowned in the river Fowey, not more than a mile away. ‘Spect most would have muttered one as they passed Two Cross Down. I pays me respects meself when I pass by on my way for a pint up Minions.

Later on.