Falmouth’s Mystery Pyramid


Isn’t it strange that you can see something a thousand times in your life and never really question what it is or why it is there?  That was how I felt when one day I actually stopped and looked at the Killigrew monument in the centre of Falmouth.


When I got home I had a quick read and found out that this pyramid was built in 1737 by Martin Lister Killigrew.  I can tell you it’s vital statistics.  It stands 44 ft high, cost £455 and is made of dressed granite from a quarry near Trevethen Beacon.  But to cut a long story short I can’t really tell you why it is there, no one it seems is entirely sure what exactly it is for or why it was built.

The pyramid under construction/deconstruction.

Martin was the last of the Killigrew line.  Martin Lister took the Killigrew name when he married Anne Killigrew, clearly…

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3 thoughts on “Falmouth’s Mystery Pyramid

  1. Tilly travel August 21, 2017 / 4:09 am

    I have been to falmouth a few times and have never seen this, I must make a point of finding it next time.

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  2. Lesley August 27, 2017 / 7:37 am

    I have loved this monument since I was little it always fascinated me. Do you know where The Grove location is? It is always annoying to me when I find out these fascinating items of history have been moved by our predecessors I feel …. how very dare they move it!
    Love that illustration of it being constructed/moved …. that’s special 🙂 nice Beth.


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