Sunday, 24 March 2019

The Face of Neptune the Sea God at Charlestown, Cornwall

Neptune carved in wood in Cornwall
The face of Neptune the Sea God seen at Charlestown, Cornwall.  The carving has been created from the remains of a tree outside one of the cottages. It was carved by Peter Martin and commissioned by Sarita and Jason Miller. 
Neptune Sea God carved from wood at Charlestown, Cornwall
Neptune has a purpose, and it is to raise funds for the local Little Harbour children's hospice. Picture takers are asked to pop some money in a box for the charity. 

If you are in Charlestown and snap a photo, please leave a few coins to help terminally ill children. This is a genuine charity and one I donate to personally. I look at my young grandchildren, who are healthy and robust, and realise how lucky I am.

The carving has weathered since I snapped these photos.
Wooden Neptune Sea God at Charlestown, Cornwall
As I understand it Neptune was the god of the sea, in Roman religion, and was the brother of Jupiter and Pluto.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

A Normal Day In St.Austell

St.Austell church and town, Cornwall

Just a normal day - if there is such a thing. My wife wanted to pop into a shop in St.Austell town and, as I'm not that keen on shops, I stayed in the car park and snapped the photo above showing the church.

Carlyon Bay, Cornwall on a dull day

We then headed for a dose of fresh air along the footpath at Carlyon Bay.

Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

The footpath passes the rear of the Carlyon Bay Hotel.

Carlyon Hotel, Carlyon Bay, Cornwall

But then the sky dramatically changed, so we thought it advisable to return to the car before the rain came down - which it did!

The rain clouds at Cornwall

Friday, 22 March 2019

Cottages At Veryan, Cornwall - Built To Keep The Devil Away

Thatched cottages at Veryan Cornwall

Some would say that Veryan, on the Roseland Peninsula, is one of Cornwall's loveliest inland villages. There are many attractive cottages, but the village is mostly famous for it's round houses.

Round houses at Veryan, Cornwall

There are five round houses or cottages. These thatched buildings were built around 1810 by the local vicar, a Parson Trist, for the use of local labourers. He also thought that they would be a decorative feature for the village - which indeed they are. Records show they cost £42 (about US$60) to build - inflation has a lot to answer for!

They are a strange design, being round, but there is a reason for this - to keep the devil away - from both the cottages and from the village itself. Maybe not away, as such, but as there are no corners in the cottages the devil has nowhere to hide. And for extra protection a cross has been placed on the top of each thatched roof.

Round houses at Veryan, Cornwall

Though the round houses are the main attraction I also particularly like the cottage shown in the photo below - such a superb thatched roof.
Thatched cottage at Veryan, Cornwall
Other cottages, like the terrace below, perhaps aren't quite as glamorous but they all go to make up a very pleasant place to visit. The village was first mentioned in 1086, so has quite a history and is, therefore, very popular with tourists.

There are also many other attractions on the Roseland Peninsular: beaches, castles, churches and much more.

Terraced thatched cottages at Veryan, Cornwall

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Trelissick House and Gardens With Stunning Maritime Views

Trelissick House and estate, Cornwall

Today we are at the Trelissick House and Estate. The photo above - showing the house - was snapped while on a boat travelling along the River Fal to Falmouth in the summer. 

All of the other photos were taken together in the month of March.

Trelissick House, Cornwall

The house itself is quite strange - at least I think so. It was built initially in 1755 but each generation seems to have altered it's appearance. The neoclassical columns, for example, were erected by Thomas Daniell in 1824 on the assumption that this would signify his wealth and status. To me they don't seem to go with the rest of the building.

Gardens at Trelissick House, Cornwall

The gardens and grounds are quite extensive so plenty of room for visitors. While we were there the magnolias were in bloom and were a lovely sight.

Magnolia flowers at Trelissick House, Cornwall

The estate looks over the River Fal and it's possible to cross the river by a ferry, though there may be restrictions in the winter months.

Rover Fal looking from Trelissick House, Cornwall

A couple of photos follow of the gardens and estate.

Garden steps at Trelissick House, Cornwall


House hidden in the trees at Trelissick, Cornwall

We now move onto the water tower, photo below. This was built in 1865, and was erected as a reservoir for Trelissick House. The height of the tower ensured a good head of water for fighting fires. Today it has been converted to a holiday let - there is just one room on each of the four stories.

Gardens at Trelissick House, Cornwall

The gardens once more ...



... and finally a look across the fields. All very pleasant.

Looking across the green fields from Trelissick, Cornwall


Other Gardens In Cornwall:


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Cornish Tin Mines: Towanroath Pumping Engine House

Towanroath Shaft, Pumping Engine House, Cornwall

After parking our car at Chapel Porth we headed along the cliff top coastal path to see the Towanroath Shaft Pumping Engine House - as shown above.

Waves on Cornwall's north coast

The sea was quite lively. At this time of year (March) there are no lifeguards in attendance - but there is an emergency phone to the Coastguard Service.

Coastguard telephone on Cornish beach

The coastal path climbs the cliffs and there are lovely views over the sea.

On the Cornish coastal path

Markers show the path to follow along the cliffs.

Cornish coastal path sign or marker

The path climbs gradually ...

Cornwall coast path along the cliffs

... until the Engine House is in view. Of course it's possible to walk for miles along the path which can be seen in the photo.


Towanroath Shaft, Pumping Engine House, Cornwall

Once upon a time Cornwall exported tin and copper worldwide, but the industry is no more.


 The engine house was once part of the Wheal Coates Copper and Tin Mine. 

Towanroath Shaft, Pumping Engine House, Cornwall

It was built in 1872 and was used to pump water from the 600 feet deep Towanroath Shaft.

Cornish tin mine, Cornwall

It's hard to imagine that this would have once been a hive of activity with tin and other minerals being exported all around the world. Nowadays mother nature has taken over ... but it's a lovely walk along the cliffs on the coastal path.

Tin mine, Cornwall

The building is Grade II listed so, hopefully  will remain in good condition for many years to come. It is now looked after by the National Trust.

Buildings, listed as Grade II (two), indicates that the buildings are “of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them.”

Towanroath Shaft, Pumping Engine House, Cornwall

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Cornwall's Very Own Cornish Money!


"What's this?" you may ask, "Surely Cornwall doesn't have it's own money." Well here are the front and reverse of a Cornish ten shilling note. But, of course, all isn't as it seems ...



... in the 1970s there were attempts to distribute Cornwall's own money by the Cornish Stannary Parliament who, at the time, campaigned for the restitution of Cornwall's rights to govern itself. More details can be seen on their website.

On the 15th of December 1974, Frederick Trull, self styled as the 'clerk to the Stannary', announced that he was to issue banknotes in four denominations under the name of the Cornish National Fund.

However, in 1975 Mr. Trull had a bit of bother! He attempted to 'arrest' court officials at St.Austell's Magistrate's Court where he was being tried for a motoring offence. 

He produced twenty-five pages of documents to 'prove' that the court had no jurisdiction over him in Cornwall. He lost the case and was found guilty of using threatening words and behaviour with intent to breach the peace.

He was subsequently dismissed from his post as clerk to the Stannary and was expelled from the organisation.

As Trull's signature (see photo) was on the Cornish banknotes, issued in 1974, they were all destroyed by burning - but I still have one of the original banknotes - number 2450!

There is more on Cornish currency on Wikipedia and photos of Frederick Trull, with the Cornish currency, can be seen on the Alamy website.

Other Money Posts:
Cornwall's Streets Are Filled With Money Waiting To Be Picked Up!

Monday, 18 March 2019

The Tallest Church Tower In Cornwall

Probus church, Cornwall, with highest tower in Cornwall

Probus Parish Church, dedicated to St. Probus and St Grace, is noted for having the tallest church tower in Cornwall at 126 feet (38.35m). It is believed that there has been a Christian community on this site since the 5th Century.

Inside Probus church, Cornwall

The building of the actual church tower began circa 1523.

Inside of Probus church, Cornwall

In the photo above you can see a Royal Coat of Arms above the door to the left of the picture. I have another photo below showing this in more detail.

The Royal Coat of Arms is that of King James II and is dated 1685, which was the year he came to the throne.



The old coaching inn, the Hawkins Innis nearby the church as can be seen from the photo below.


Hawkins Arms pub, Probus

The church though is always looking on - whatever is happening!

Saint Probus Church, Cornwall

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