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50 Gems of Cornwall

The History & Heritage of the Most Iconic Places

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Cornwall is a popular holiday destination best known for its dramatic coastal scenery and wonderful beaches. In this book, John Husband takes the reader on a tour of the places situated off the well-beaten tourist track, to discover the essence and true character of Cornwall. The coast path takes us to dramatic cliffs, which are ablaze with colour in spring, and the smaller coves and harbours where sustainable fishing still goes on much as it did in the heyday of the local fishing industry.

Cornwall's heritage can also be found in the many prehistoric sites dotted across the landscape of the inland moors, surrounded by the remains of the ancient volcanoes which form the tors and crags of Bodmin Moor and West Penwith. More recent remains are found here too, the romantic outlines of ruined engine and winding houses left behind after the mining boom of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Cornish people are proud of their Celtic origins and Celtic saints dominate the place names throughout the county, together with their associated legends. Apart from churches there are ancient holy wells and sites linked with the earlier pagan religions, their origins lost in time, which still come alive in the traditional Maytime ceremonies associated with Padstow and Helston. Finally, there are the drowned valleys of the Helford, Fal and Fowey rivers. Deep among their oak-lined banks lie hidden creeks and villages, glorious springtime gardens and idyllic riverside inns.

Book ISBN 9781445689111

Book Format Paperback

pages 96 pages

Publication Date 15 Jun 2019

Height 234

Width 165

Illustrations 100

Available on: Saturday 15th June 2019

Regular Price: £14.99

Special Price: £13.49

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