The Owlman of Mawnan Smith

Most folklore tales date from hundreds even thousands of years ago. They seem entirely distant from our modern lives. But one such story, from the village of Mawnan Smith near Falmouth, is much more recent than we are used to. It is also one of the oddest folklore tales that I have heard in Cornwall. […]

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Saint Germoe’s Chair

The tiny hamlet of Germoe is one of those places you see the sign for on the way to somewhere else. Picturesque and timelessly peaceful. The 14th century church sits in the middle of the cluster of houses. And in the churchyard stands a curious structure known as St Germoe’s Chair. When John Leland, the […]

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St Nectan’s Glen – a mysterious history

The north coast of Cornwall. Dramatic. Isolated. Remarkable in every sense. Along this coast you can find Cornwall’s highest cliffs, strange tales of ancient kings and shipwrecks, and some of the county’s most beautiful and dramatically situated coastal towns and villages. Not far from Boscastle is Rocky Valley and the hamlet of Trethevy. From here […]

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Herodsfoot, Cornwall – a doubly thankful village

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The small village of Herodsfoot in Cornwall is doubly blessed. In fact it is one of only 14 villages in the entire UK with very special claim. A miraculous claim to feel both doubly lucky and doubly thankful for. Discover why. Over the past 4 years as a nation we have collectively marked so many […]

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Mysterious Sunken Treasure at Cudden Point, Cornwall

Between Perranuthnoe and Prussia Cove is a rugged headland jutting out into the sea. This is Cudden Point. A truly beautiful stretch of coast which commands stunning views across Mounts Bay towards Penzance, Newlyn and Mousehole. I often enjoy a walk here because of the quiet, the dramatic views of St. Michael’s Mount and the […]

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Armorica – The Mass Migration from Cornwall to Brittany

In the 5th and 6th centuries there was a mass migration of people from Cornwall to the region of France known as Armorica, modern day Brittany and Normandy. Although Cornwall’s deep connections with Brittany are well known, this piece of history is still shrouded in mystery. Like the Welsh and the Cornish the Bretons are […]

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Cornwall & the World’s Purest Diamond

The celebrated Regent Diamond has been on display in the Louvre in Paris since 1887. It is widely considered to be the most beautiful and the purest diamond in the world. But the Regent Diamond once went by another name. It was known as the Pitt Diamond, after Thomas Pitt of Boconnoc, near the Cornish […]

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The Source of the River Fowey

I recently discovered a pamphlet in a charity shop, it is an early publication by E. C. Axford, called The Cornish Moor. There are very few books about Bodmin Moor so I was excited to find it. I soon realised that the same author had also written the 1975 topographical guide to the moors that […]

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Cornwall’s Prehistoric Holed Stones

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The idea that the ancient stones scattered about Cornwall are the monumental remains of an ancient society, who’s motivations and ideas, are now a mystery to us has always fascinated me. As I have mentioned before whenever we had any free time when I was a child my father would take us to see a […]

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Trewardreva Fogou – the Piskey Hall, Constantine.

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Trewardreva fogou can be found in a quiet field just outside the village of Constantine. This hidden site is a long way from the Penwith where the majority of the known fogous can be found. Also known as the Piskey Hall this fogou is a little smaller than the ones at Boleigh or Halliggye, but […]

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