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Portreath
No more than a small fishing port for much of its history, Portreath was developed as a harbour from the 18th century under the patronage of the wealthy mine-owning Basset family. Many works were undertaken during the next 100 years, including the construction of an inner basin and the first tramway to be built in Cornwall, linking the harbour to the richest centre of the mining industry around Camborne and Redruth. From here copper ore was exported to South Wales for smelting, the ships returning with loads of coal and timber for the mines. Tehidy Country Park, to the south west, offers nine miles of woodland and riverside walks, linking to the coast at Basset’s Cove, in what was the Basset family’s Tehidy estate.

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Probus
An ancient religious site (there was a monastery here before the Norman Conquest), Probus today is famed for the tower of its largely 15th century church which, at 125ft, is the tallest in the county. The village is much quieter since the recent completion of its bypass. On the edge of the village is Trewithen, an 18th century house the gardens of which are open to the public. Covering some 30 acres they are renowned for a magnificent collection of camellias,

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Prussia Cove
Just to the east of Cudden Point lie the two rocky inlets of Bessy’s Cove and Prussia Cove, described by Betjeman as ‘a lesser version of the splendours of Kynance.’ Renowned today as the home of the International Musicians Seminar founded by Sandor Vegh, Prussia Cove was made infamous 200 years ago by the smuggling activities of the Carter family and, in particular, the eldest son John who was known as the King of Prussia.

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Redruth (Hotels in Redruth Click Here)
Mediaeval pilgrims used to stop at a chapel in the main street of Redruth on their way to St Michael’s Mount, but there was never much of a town here until the mining boom which began in the late 18th century. Along with its close neighbour and arch-rival Camborne, Redruth was at the centre of the richest mining area in the county. Surprisingly little evidence remains of the intense mining activity at the foot of Carn Brea, where old photographs show scores of smoking chimney stacks. Redruth’s most famous resident was William Murdock who made the first gas engine as well as inventing gas lighting and using it to light his house here in 1792. The hill of Carn Brea, which looms so impressively over the town, has had a very long history. The small mediaeval castle, now a restaurant, was possibly the hunting lodge of the Basset family who went on to build a fortune from their mining. The monument on the summit was erected in 1836 to the memory of Francis Basset, Lord de Dunstanville, who was a patron of science, landscape gardening and painting.

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Roche
The village of Roche on the northern fringes of china clay country takes its name from the French for ‘rock’ although it is pronounced as a very English ‘roach’. The rock itself, a remarkable granite outcrop just to the east of the village, is now known as Roche Rock. Rearing up out of the granite in a most dramatic fashion is the ruined chapel of St Michael, built in 1409, with a priest’s room below it hewn out of the natural stone.

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