Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Tuesday, 22 January 2019
|Trenance, Cornwall Viaduct|
The original Cornish viaducts / bridges were indeed wooden - built on masonary piers.
I found the photo below (in the public domain) of the Truro Railway Carvedras Viaduct from 1859. This shows the wooden construction supporting the railway lines. At the time this was done to save money, but was a false economy as stronger stone viaducts had to be built in 1899.
The original stone piers remain next to the newer viaducts.
|Truro, Cornwall Viaduct|
|Truro Viaduct today|
Monday, 21 January 2019
The photo above shows part of the Trenance Viaduct, Cornwall.
A viaduct was first built here in 1858 but had to be replaced in 1899. It's quite a construction as it has ten piers and is 115 feet (35m) high and 720 feet (220m) long.
The photo below is a small river - made white by china clay deposits - running under the viaduct.
China Clay Country for example
Sunday, 20 January 2019
|One end of Carlyon Bay beach|
|A view of the sea from the footpath|
|Part of Carlyon Bay golf course|
|Looking across to the White Pyramid|
|Approaching Spit Beach|
|A muddy coastal foorpath|
|The sea view when retracing our steps|
Saturday, 19 January 2019
Tintagel Old Post Office, Cornwall. Today's photo is a street scene from about 1890 showing the very same Post Office. The actual building dates back to the 14th century. I picked up the photo, with others, a while back at a car boot sale. It's not the clearest of pictures but shows how things once were - a bygone age.
Friday, 18 January 2019
The photos today are of Portmellon and the narrow coastal road. Follow the road left up the hill and you will reach the popular village of Mevagissey.
It's perhaps hard to imagine that there is a sandy beach under all of those waves. In the summer there will be people enjoying the sunshine and launching small boats from the slipway.
Thursday, 17 January 2019
|Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum|
We parked our car at Wheal Martyn - Cornwall's China Clay Museum. The china clay people in the photo are at the entrance.
|An ornamental chimney with pictures representing the clay industry|
|A china clay lake|
Part of the China Clay Trail
|Another China Clay Lake, once a quarry|
|The China Clay Countryside|
|Another view of the China Clay country, Cornwall|
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
|Polkerris and the Rshleigh Inn|
Polkerris is a lovely small, sheltered cove facing south west. It's about three miles west of Fowey and has connections with the author Daphne Du Maurier - and the settings for her books.
The white building is the Rashleigh Inn - a pleasant place from which to enjoy the summer sunsets.
The village is really just a narrow road with a few cottages. There is a small car park and also limited parking for patrons of the Rashleigh Inn.
I snapped the photo while walking along the coastal path.
Tuesday, 15 January 2019
|West Bridge, St.Austell, Cornwall|
We know it's minimum age because it was mentioned by someone called John Leland in 1538. He was King Henry VIII's Chaplain who was sent out around the country to gather material for a history of England.
Leland, sometimes spelt Leyland, didn't seem to think much of St. Austell as he wrote (in old English): "... the poore toun of St Austelles is nothing notable but for the paroch chirch. And there is a bridge of the same name."
500+ years ago things would have been different. The bridge would then have carried all of the visitors and tradespeople to and from the west of St.Austell town. How times change.
The roadway of the bridge (photo below) has, unfortunately now been covered with tarmac but the passing V-shaped places can be seen.
|The roadway of West Bridge, St.Aystell, Cornwall|
|1803 etching of the approach to St.Austell town|
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Monday, 14 January 2019
|Tintagel Old Post Office, Cornwall|
The house became the post office during Queen Victoria's reign when the building was granted a licence to become the receiving office for the local area.
An old red post box can be seen in the photo below - which is built into the wall and has Queen Victoria's initials.
|Tintagel Post Office showing a red Queen Victoria Post Box|
Sunday, 13 January 2019
Saturday, 12 January 2019
The old church at St.Dennis - St Denys - stands high on a conical hill overlooking the village and Goss Moor. The church was originally built on the site of a fortified Iron Age settlement.
The Cornish language word for a hill fort is 'dinas' so perhaps this is how the church name came about. But, in saying that, the church was dedicated to St Dionysius in 1327 and this could well have changed over the years to Denys or maybe Dennis. Whatever, the church itself has been in place since the 11th century and the site was probably used for religious meetings well before this.
|Looking across the fields and moors from the church|
King Arthur. king of the Britons took refuge in the South West from the Angles, a Turkonic (sic) race who invaded Britain during the 5th century. Demelihoc was a secondary fortress of Gorlios, King of Cornwall. We asume Dimelihoc was a dinas of dennis on which the church was built. During the fight with Arthur, Gorlios put his wife Igeme in the strongest fort Castle an Dinas and he commanded Demelihoc hoping that he would survive. He was slain and his wife captured. She afterwards married Uther of round table fame.
|Ancient Celtic Cross|
china clay industry
Thursday, 10 January 2019
Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro yesterday (nothing serious) when out of the sky came the Cornwall Air Ambulance helicopter.
bring the next generation air ambulance to Cornwall.
bring the next generation air ambulance to Cornwall.
Wednesday, 9 January 2019
The link being that the Georgian White Hart was once the home of Charles Rashleigh - the man who built the harbour and village of Charlestown in the late 1700s.
The distinctive red/orange building in the background was built a lot later in 1898 and is now a bank. It was designed by Silvanus Trevail and the red terracotta bricks came all the way from Ruanon in North Wales.
That's it for today, other than another photo of the White Hart.
Tuesday, 8 January 2019
Must admit though that some of the seagulls have a definite taste for take-a-ways, sandwiches and chips. I saw one recently swoop down and snatch a child's cake - so there were floods of tears.
The problem is that visitors will feed them - the seagulls, that is - so they take the easy option when looking for their lunch.
I decided it was advisable to retrace my steps - it can sometimes be a problem walking along unknown paths and tracks!