The Iconic Wheal Coates

Standing on the headland, above the waves that tumble on to the rocks at Chapel Porth, affords you, in my opinion, one of the finest views of the Cornish coast. Towering cliffs. Roaring seas. Salt air. And as if to emphasis the drama and power of it all the engine houses of Wheal Coates stand […]

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Gwennap Pit & the richest square mile on Earth

Gwennap Pit

Copper mining in the area around Gwennap attracted thousands of people in search of work and wealth but had a devastating effect on the landscape. The tiny parish grew to have a population of around 8500 people in the 1830s, in comparison Truro around the same time had a meer 3000 inhabitants. In the 18th […]

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A Potted History of Dollar Cove – treasure beneath the waves!

Everyone loves the idea of discovering buried treasure! And there is one beach in Cornwall where the possibility of that dream becoming a reality is considered greater than most. And what if you didn’t even have to dig? What if the treasure washed up right at your feet? Dollar Cove has its name for a […]

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Charles Carkeet James – Cornish Quaker & Innovator in India

Recently Aadil Desai, a heritage and history enthusiast from Mumbai in India, sent me an article he thought would interest me. It had been written by a friend of his, Dr Shekhar Krishnan, about a little known Cornish man who pioneered the first ever bio-gas plant in the city in 1901. The crumbling remains of […]

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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

Herodsfoot thankful village

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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