Saturday 22 June 2019

The Ancient St Piran's Holy Well and St Piran's Church, Trethevy, Cornwall

St, Piran's Well, Trethevy, Cornwall

In my previous post I mentioned the rock carvings at Rocky Valley. In the same area of Trethevy are also other old places of interest.

In the photo above, for instance, is St. Piran's Holy Well. It's thought to have been used, as such, for several centuries. 

The present structure of the well was recorded in 1880 and was built around a slate support for an adjoining open fronted cart hut. Until recently water was drawn by a hand pump at the back of the building.

St. Piran is, of course, the patron saint of Cornwall and close by to the well is St. Piran's Church - photo below.

St. Piran's Church, Trethevy, Cornwall

The church was first recorded in 1457 when the vicar at nearby Trintagel was granted a licence to celebrate mass here.
Inside St. Piran's Church, Trethevy, Cornwall
The church was probably used as such until the early 1700s. A gravestone was found dated 1707.

For many years the church was used as a farm building, until 1941 when it was restored for use as a mission church.

Church window at St.Piran's Church, Trethevy, Cornwall

A lot of the church has been, perhaps, over restored and most of the medieval features have unfortunately been lost.

Inside St. Piran's Church, Thethevy, Cornwall

All within the same area is also St. Nectan's Kieve and Waterfall, which I'll mention in a future post. 

When following the path that leads to the magical waterfall you pass a granite Roman Milestone as shown in the photo below. The pillar has been damaged - as it was used as a gate post for many years!

A badly worn inscription reads:


Translated this says "The Emperors, Caesars our Lords Gallus and Volusianus". (AD25-253)

Roman Pillar dated AD 251-253

Will continue in the same area with St.Nectan's Waterfall in my next post.

See also:
Early Bronze Age Rock Carvings at Rocky Valley, Cornwall

Thursday 20 June 2019

Early Bronze Age Rock Carvings at Rocky Valley, Cornwall

Rock carvings at Rocky Valley, Cornwall near Tintagel

Something a bit different today. The two rock face carvings - photos above and below - are from Rocky Valley, Cornwall, quite near to the well known village of Tintagel on Cornwall's North Coast.

The carvings were discovered in 1948 and there is an official sign which states:

Labyrinth Pattern Carvings 
probably of the Early Bronze Age (1800-1400BC)
This monument is protected under 
the Ancient Monuments Act 1913

Ancient carvings on rocks at Rocky Valley, Cornwall

Similar patterned carvings have been found in various parts of the world such as in Crete and Galacia, Spain.  Below is  a photo, from Wikipedia showing a similar design in Galacia.

All in all sounds convincing but there are those who would spoil the story by reaching a different conclusion, Some question the carvings and say they may only be 300 years old maximum. 

The main reason to doubt the age of the carvings is the fact that there aren't any similar examples in south-west England. 

Personally I'd like to believe that the carvings are thousands of years old. Many others seem to to agree as they have left coins, ribbons with messages, candles and so on nearby. Very New Age - if that term still applies nowadays.

Above: a similar carving in Galacia, Spain

Tuesday 18 June 2019

15 Photos of Flowers in Cornwall, England

Flowers in my Cornish garden.

A few flower photos I have snapped in the month of June in Cornwall, England. The one above is from my own garden and the following two were taken from the cliff path leading to the lovely village of Polperro.
Flowers on cliffs at Polperro

Flowers on cliffs at Polperro

The next four flower photos were snapped at Cornwall's Lost Gardens of Heligan.

June flowers in Cornwall

Water Lily at Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

Sweet Williams en masse at Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

Flowers at Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

Now five photos of flowers seen while walking in Cornwall walking.

Flowers at Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

Flowers seen in Cornwall for month of June

Daisies in June, Cornwall

June flower plus bee

Flowers in June in Cornwall

And below another photo from the Lost Gardens of Heligan - this is their Sundial Garden.

The Sundial Garden at Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

Next we have a field of wild flowers.

Wild flowers at Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall

Finally, looks like there will be some blackberries once the flowers have dropped.

Blackberry flowers

You may also like:

(1) Growing Apple Tree From A Pip - Plus Cornwall's Eden Project

(2) The Lost Gardens of Heligan : 8 Photos of Plants, Jungle and Farm Animals

(3) Trelissick House and Gardens With Stunning Maritime Views

Sunday 16 June 2019

The Government Communications Headquarters Situated on Beautiful North Cornwall Cliffs

North Cornwall cliffs

A few weeks back we were walking along the north Cornwall coastal path when we came to quite a climb! See photo above - there were many steps that seemed to go on and on. But such is life!

As we climbed we saw the unexpected - lots of satellite dishes! Not having walked this particular stretch of coast before I wasn't sure what all of this was. Then I remembered the GCHQ Bude.

I have now read a little about this. I discovered that there are actually 21 satellite antennas. 

This is one branch of the (UK) Government Communications Headquarters. 

Its agents gather information by secretly listening in to phone conversations, satellite signals and reading e-mails. They decode messages, monitor communication between people, and ensure that the Government's secrets remain secret.

According to Wikipedia the antennae are generally orientated towards satellites of the INTELSAT , Intersputnik, and INMARSAT communications networks over the  Atlantic Ocean, Africa and the Indian Ocean, as well as towards the Middle East and mainland Europe

Between 2011 and 2013, a torus antenna  was installed, which is capable of receiving signals of up to thirty-five satellites simultaneously. 

From its inception, the station has been an Anglo-American co-operative project. It was the United States NSA who paid for most of the infrastructure and the technology.

Satellite disghes at GCHQ near Bude, Cornwall

So, be careful what you say, you never know who might be listening ...

Friday 14 June 2019

Walking at Golant, Cornwall

Walking near Golant, Cornwall, wonderful views across the countryside

I like walking, as you may have gathered from my posts - and not necessarily following a pre-planned route. It's sometimes just nice to walk.

The photos today are of such a walk starting at Golant, Cornwall. We parked the car alongside the river. The tide was out as you can see from the photo below.

Boats at Golant, Cornwall

We passed the Fishermans Arms pub and headed for a footpath.

Fishermans Arms pub, Golant, Cornwall

The yellow arrow on the sign indicated that this is a Public Footpath and the black cross shows that this is part of the Saints' Way.

Sign post showing the Saints Way, Cornwall

We walked through the woods ...

Into the woods at Golant walking

... with glimpses of the River Fowey.

River Fowey, Golant, Cornwall

The path wiggled about but was clear of any hazards - not that we expected any!

Through the woods, Cornwall walking

The sunshine made it's way through the tree tops casting bright patches on the grass.

Sun shining between the trees, Cornwall

The trees gradually disappeared and the fields opened up before us.

Walking at Golant, Cornwall

Wild flowers tinted the fields.

Walking across fields from Golant, Cornwall

And then ... well, I think this is my favourite view - photo below.

Beautiful views across the fields near Golant, Cornwall

A few cattle joined us as we walked until ...

Cows and cattle in field, Cornwall

... we reached St.Sampson's Church.         

Golant church, Cornwall

There was a lovely view from the churchyard. Oh yes, and the church has it's own Holy Well.

View across to the river from Golant church, CornwaLL

It was then downhill to the river and back to our car. 

Golant, Cornwall

All in all very pleasant and uplifting!

You may also like:
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or / and
33 Photos: Circular Walk Based On Gover Valley, St.Austell

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Truro and Truro Cathedral, Cornwall

Truro Cathedral, Cornwall

I have written previously about how difficult it can be to get a decent photo of Truro Cathedral - as it is surrounded by other buildings. It then dawned on me that there might be a view from the tall multi-story car park. 

Sure enough, there was a better view, as above - and the car park was empty on the top floor. I always park somewhere else.

Anyway, we were in Truro as my wife had a dental appointment. The view below is from our dentist's practice, with the cathedral hiding behind trees. 
Looking through the trees at Truro Cathedral, Cornwall
While waiting for my wife I wandered along Boscawen Street which still has the original cobbled surface and drains by the pavement.

Shops in Boscawen Street, Turo, Cornwall

I then crossed the road by the Balisha Beacons. They were named after Leslie Hore-Belisha, a Minister of Transport who, in 1934, added the orange beacons to pedestrian crossings.

Belisha Beacons, Truro, Cornwall

From there I passed some repairs being made ...

Building repairs in Truro City, Cornwall

... and down a side road passed the Cornish Food Box.

Cornish Food Box, Truro, Cornwall

After criss crossing a few roads I started to make my way back to the dentist in time to meet my wife - with her clean, white teeth!
Terrace of Georgian houses, Truro, Cornwall
And a final photo of Truro Cathedral from the top of the car park, but in my haste I chopped a little off one of the spires - bother!

Truro Cathedral, four spires, Cornwall

Other Posts About Truro:
(1) Truro Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary
(2) Let Off The Lead In Truro and The Victoria Gardens - While The Cathedral Watches On.
(3) Comparing Old Cornwall With Today


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