Maen Cadoar – The Battle Stone of Camborne

battle stone

Tantalising glimpses of Cornwall’s forgotten history can often be found preserved in the names given to villages, roads, woodlands, tors and rivers. The Cornish translation can offer clues, hints of former industries perhaps, a remembrance of a historical figure or subtle signpost to past events. In the graveyard of Camborne parish church there is an […]

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Warbstow Bury – Cornwall’s Finest Iron Age Fort

warbstow bury

Just when I think I am becoming familiar with our prehistory I discover somewhere new! Warbstow Bury is Cornwall’s second largest and best preserved Iron Age fort. Built around 2500 years ago the impressive concentric rings crown a spur of high ground in North Cornwall close to the River Ottery. On a clear day standing […]

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The Mystery of Wheal Trewavas Mine

Wheal Trewavas

Precariously perched on towering cliffs Wheal Trewavas Mine is a special place to visit. These huge engine houses are just as impressive as the world-famous Crown Mines at Botallack on Cornwall’s North Coast. And, just like the Crown Mines, Wheal Trewavas was once famous for it’s temeritous tunnels that stretching out from the coast beneath […]

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Thomas Hardy, a Cornish love affair

Thomas Hardy

By the time Thomas Hardy’s wife, Emma, passed away in 1912 the couple had been estranged for a number of years. But her sudden death shook Hardy, and he found himself reminiscing about the beginning of their relationship, the time they had spent together in Cornwall. He began to look back at that courtship and […]

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St Clether Chapel & Holy Well

‘The story goes that one day the devil came to the Tamar from the Devon side and stood rubbing his chin and considering. ‘No,’ said he, ‘I won’t take the risk. Yonder every person is made into a saint and everything into a pie. I do not feel qualified for either position.’ It is true […]

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John Carter – King Of Prussia Cove

Prussia Cove

Smugglers retained a certain mystique, a measure of respect and acclaim, within the Cornish community throughout the 18th century and beyond. And perhaps none more so than John Carter, the King of Prussia Cove, who remains one of the eras best known characters to this day. It was said that no jury in Cornwall would […]

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The Nine Maidens Stone Row & myths of Petrification

Nine Maidens

Not far from the village of St Columb Major in the parish of St Issey you can find the Nine Maidens Stone Row in a field a short distance from the busy road. This type of ancient monument is something of a rarity. In fact, when the Nine Maidens was first scheduled in November 1928 […]

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The Huer’s Hut – Newquay

Beyond the bustle and bright lights of Newquay’s busy streets is the Huer’s Hut. It perches on the cliff top at Towan Head with the crashing sea below. This iconic white building is in part a historic, cultural monument to an industry that once meant so much to the Cornish people and Cornwall’s past prosperity. […]

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Leach Pottery At 100

This year marks one hundred years since the iconic Leach Pottery in St Ives was founded. Despite the difficulties that 2020 has brought the team are still determined to mark this special year with an inventive programme of events. Find out how you can get involved below! Leach Pottery has been at the forefront of […]

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Dozmary Pool

It was early on a bright May day and I had risen at dawn to climb Carburrow Tor in the quiet, cool of the morning. Later, driving back towards the A30, I had a sudden urge to see Dozmary Pool. I took a detour, where the scenic drive hugs the edge of Colliford Reservoir, and […]

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