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This is an ancient settlement on the Cornwall-Devon border, the foremost seaport between Dartmouth and Fowey at a time when Plymouth barely existed, and one of the main old crossing-points into Cornwall via the Ashe-Torre ferry over the Tamar. Today it is, inevitably, rather overlooked as cars stream into Cornwall across the 1961 road bridge and then through a tunnel under the town. Since 1859 the scene has been mightily dominated by Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s magnificent railway bridge, his last and arguably his greatest engineering feat. Close to death, Brunel was unable to attend the official opening of his bridge on May 2nd 1859, but later that month he was drawn slowly across it lying on a couch upon a flat truck. In Culver Street stands the old cottage that was the birthplace of Mary Newman, Sir Francis Drake’s first wife and the mayoress of Plymouth.

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The most westerly village in England has been an important lifeboat station since 1853 and its fine beach is popular with visitors. The pilchard fishery is no more but there is still crab and lobster potting from the cove. To the south, between the cove and Land’s End, is Mayon Cliff which was given to the National Trust in 1935 by an anonymous group of society ladies known as Ferguson’s Gang. To celebrate the occasion they composed a song which begins: ‘Up on the cliffs by Mayon Castle, What ‘as you seen to make a fuss? Up on the cliffs by Mayon Castle, There I seen the Octopus. What was the Octopus a-doing, East of the Longships as you go? E’d some bricks and a load o’ concrete, For to start a bungalow. Scarlet bricks and rubbery tiling, Bright red boxes all in a row, Tin kiosk for the teas and petrol, Parkin’ place for the cars to go.’


St Agnes (Hotels in St Agnes Click Here)
The 629ft St Agnes Beacon swells up to the west of the village, commanding panoramic views across Cornwall. St Agnes itself is a village transformed by mining, with countless old stacks and engine houses in the surrounding area. There have been five attempts to construct an artificial harbour at St Agnes from 1632 onwards, all of which succumbed sooner or later to the Atlantic storms. The last harbour was built at the foot of the cliffs in Trevaunance Cove in 1793, for the shipping of ore from the mines, with wooden staging high up on the cliffs for loading platforms and cargoes being lifted and lowered from there by horse windlass. It lasted until the 1920s and since then most of it has been washed away by the relentless sea. To the south of St Agnes Head is the popular National Trust beach of Chapel Porth and, on the cliffs above, the dramatically-sited engine houses of Wheal Coates.

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St Austell (Hotels in St Austell Click Here)
Little more than a small cluster of houses around a fine church for much of its history, St Austell was transformed by the discovery in the mid 18th century, by the chemist William Cookworthy, of huge reserves of china clay to the north and west of the village. By the 1850s, some 7,000 men, women and children were employed in the St Austell clay district in the extraction, processing, transportation and export of the clay, and heavy wagons constantly rumbled through the streets of St Austell on their way to the ports of Charlestown, Pentewan and Par. The town grew and prospered out of all recognition. There are some fine buildings from this period to be seen today; the White Hart Hotel for instance, and the Market House. The parish church is still the glory of St Austell, with its beautifully-carved tower of Pentewan stone. Today, although production methods have changed considerably, Imerys, the company which now operates most of the pits, is still one of Cornwall’s biggest employers. Anyone keen to learn more about the industry and its history should visit the excellent Wheal Martyn Museum, north of St Austell, or read Cornwall’s China Clay Heritage by the Cornwall Archaeological Unit (published by Twelveheads Press).

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St Buryan
‘The parish is richer in antiquities than any in Cornwall’, wrote the great Cornish historian Charles Henderson in 1925, ‘and we may note the large number of Celtic crosses marking the ancient roads which converge upon the church’. The church is a stately 15th century building, set in its windswept granite churchtown, on an old holy site. The dedication is to St Beriana, and the place is still correctly pronounced ‘Berrian’. Of the countless Bronze and Iron Age relics to be found in the parish, the most famous are the stone circle of Boscawen Un (Nine Maidens) north of the village, and the Pipers standing stones and the Merry Maidens stone circle to the southeast, in an area with an astonishing range of ancient ritual and burial monuments.


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