The Raising of Logan Rock

In Cornwall we have a special kind of geological feature that throughout history has given the Cornish folks bucket loads of joy.  It is the natural phenomena known as the Logan Rock. The word logan comes from the Cornish ‘logging’, meaning rocking and refers to a number of rocks which through some a happy accident are on a pivot […]

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Tregiffian Barrow & the Cup-marked Stone

Just beside the road, not far from the much-visited Merry Maidens stone circle, is a fascinating ancient site. It is often over-looked as people whiz by it on their way to have their picture taken at Lands End. Tregiffian Barrow, which unfortunately is half covered by the road, is a prehistoric burial chamber. This site […]

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Remembering the Murder of Charlotte Dymond

Charlotte Dymond’s body was found on the lonely moors near Camelford. It was April 1844 and Cornwall was overcome with shock. But there was something else too – a kind of unsavoury excitement.  This was the stuff of Penny Dreadful fiction and the public was loving it. A beautiful and pious young girl brutally murdered on a Sunday, while […]

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Saint Keyne and Equal Rights for 5th Century Women

We think of saints as being ethereal characters who did unbelievable things in distant lands and in unknown times.  And lets face it some of them very much live up to that reputation.  But we shouldn’t forget that they were also real people. Saint Keyne was the daughter of  King Brychan of Wales and his wife, […]

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Roadtrip with my Box Brownie

Last week I had to go and fetch my nearest and dearest from Gatwick airport.  Now I will admit I really do love an excuse for a road-trip. I have always loved driving and as soon as I learnt I never looked back.  I think that part of that has to do with growing up in […]

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Who was Pirate John ‘Eyebrows’ Thomas?

What happens when the truth turns out to be far duller than the legend?  Do you try to get the facts to fit the exciting story that you would like to believe. Or do you acknowledge that history and time can sometimes make fools of us? And then of course there is a third option. To present […]

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Quartz monuments – Duloe Stone Circle & the Nine Sisters

If you were going to build a monument, perhaps in commemoration of someone or for some religious purpose, you would build it to last wouldn’t you? And when you designed it you would make sure that it was beautiful and that it stood out from its surroundings.  After all you would hope that your monument would last for a […]

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Crantock’s hidden rock carvings & the mystery lady

A visit to the north coast of Cornwall brings you to a place of high cliffs and wild seas.  It is a favourite with surfers and holiday-makers now.  But in the past however it was the scene of many ship wrecks. Foolish bathers were often lost in fierce and unpredictable tides. Crantock beach’s flat sand is […]

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Lady behind the lens

In a previous blog I mentioned that my dear friends find the idea of me traipsing around the Cornish countryside with an antique camera highly amusing.  I am guessing, actually I know, that this is because this is the kind of image they imagine when they think of me: The lady photographer was a bit of a […]

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