Gyllyngdune Gardens & Falmouth’s Shell House

Falmouth is blessed with beautiful public gardens, many of which were once the private grounds of the town’s wealthiest families. Gyllyngdune (pronounced gillingdoon) is tucked away between the Princess Pavilions and the sea. It is one of the smallest gardens but contains some rather extraordinary features. In 1837 General William Jesser Coope bought 16 acres […]

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Alsia Well & some history of Wishing Wells

“Half hidden at the end of secret pathways, stumbled upon near old streams, nestled at the bottom of remote valleys far from modern-day roads and cottages, Cornwall’s holy wells are places of peace and contemplation, and refuge from the strains and pressures of 20th century civilization.” -Cheryl Straffon. In his book Secret Shrines Paul Broadhurst […]

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The Cunaide Stone – Hayle’s 5th century burial stone.

Just before Christmas 2018 the Cunaide Stone was moved inside for it’s own protection. Up until last year this rare 5th century burial stone had spent 175 years exposed to the elements. It was time for a little TLC! The picture above is the stone in its broken state before restoration. The Cunaide stone was […]

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The Treburrick Standing Stone & interpreting menhirs.

This incredible menhir is pretty isolated. Roughly a mile from some of Cornwall’s most beautiful coastal scenery, this old stone stands alone on a hillside. The Treburrick standing stone is a huge piece of bright white quartz. Covered in lichen, it is 6 feet 6 inches high and sits in a circular depression, probably caused by […]

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Dupath Well – A Romantic History

Dupath Well

Deeply shrouded in the gloom of departed time is one of the histories connected with Dupath Spring. It was the site of a fierce combat, the scene of heroic enterprise and deeds of noble daring for a lady’s love. – Illustrated Itinerary of Cornwall, Cyrus Redding, 1842 Dupath Well has the largest and most impressive […]

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Silas Finn & Amram Hooper – Smuggling at Portwrinkle

Portwrinkle

Smuggling in Cornwall was once regarded as an honourable profession and the men who practiced it were known euphemistically as ‘fair traders’. In fact, a fair trader in Falmouth, Isaac Cocart, was actually mayor of the town twice, as well as being a respected magistrate. Cornwall’s extensive coastline, with so many tiny coves, offers ample […]

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Merther Uny – Ancient Cross & Chapel

When I first read about Merther Uny I was intrigued. I was fascinated to see this ruined place. A place that had once been so important. A site of peace and pilgrimage. It is still a peaceful place today. Isolated down a dead-end farm track and hidden in a shady glade above a wooded valley. […]

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Largin Castle – Iron Age Hillfort

Largin Castle

Hidden deep in woodland above the River Fowey is what remains of Largin Castle. It sits on the top of a steep ridge that towers above the Glynn Valley, and is the perfect spot for a defensive structure. But Largin was no Roman outpost or ‘motte and bailey’ affair. This ‘castle’ was built in the […]

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The Bleu Bridge inscribed stone – Gulval

Bleu Bridge stone Gulval

The vast majority of our ancient monuments in Cornwall are quite plain. They may be dramatic in their setting, their age or their size but they often demonstrate to us the effects of the elements more than the mark of the hands that built them. There are, however, a few exceptions to this. Places in […]

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The Buttern Hill Bronze Age Cemetery and Cist

Buttern Hill Cist, Bodmin Moor

I recently visited what I consider to be one of the most enigmatic places on Bodmin Moor. So special that I actually considered not sharing it with you! Every once in a while there are locations in Cornwall you just want to selfishly keep to yourself. For me Buttern Hill is one of those. Buttern […]

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