That famous : the ‘X’ one … which will provide many of us with much difficulty to come up with a suitable post … so here are my x-factor number of oddities … found during the course of my search on all things Cornish … and I’m open to questions … which I can answer in a follow-up post in May …
|c/o Evocative Cornwall calendar 2016|
Charlestown Harbour - Poldark location
for further info please go to Wikipedia
Trewhiddle is just outside St Austell, on the way to the LostGardens of Heligan, a now non-existent tiny settlement, where plenty of interesting snippets came to light:
|Trewhiddle Hoard at the British|
250 years ago in 1774, miners streaming for tin uncovered a hoard of 114 Anglo-Saxon gold coins, together with a Silver Chalice and other gold and silver objects: hidden in about 868 AD to protect them from Viking raiders. The finds are now in the British Museum, and are decorated in the Trewhiddle style.
In 2003 another remarkable discovery was made, when a 150 year old lump of tungsten was found at the farm … its smelting requires extremely high temperatures, which were not known at the time … leading to the speculation that it may have been produced during a visit by Rudolf Erich Raspe – Raspe is best known as a rogue, and as an author or translator of the Baron Munchausen stories …
... but he had an interest in chemistry, with a particular interest in tungsten. Tungsten is also known as Wolfram ... the name tungsten comes from the Swedish for heavy (tung) stone (sten).
|Tungsten rods, with evaporated crystals|
partially oxidised with colourful varnish
Legendary Cornish smuggler “Cruel Coppinger” may have bought the estate in the 1790s … I didn't mention him in my Smuggling post - he was cruel!
The second “T” under this X post! Trethevy, a village between Boscastle (WitchcraftMuseum) and Tintagel Castle (King Arthur and his Knights), where a Roman gatepost, an inscribed granite pillar, has been found with the inscription (now covered in lichen!):
C DOMI N GALLO ET VOLUS
For the Emperor Caesars our Lords Gallus and Volusian
|The Roman Guide/Gate post|
Trevonianus Gallus and Antoninanus Volusianus reigned in the years 251 – 253 AD …
... the pillar lends weight to the importance of the nearby trading post of Tintagel Island, where merchants from the Mediterranean came to trade with the Cornish for their tin. (Tintagel is on the north coast of Cornwall).
|St Nectan's Glen|
In the heart of Trethevy is Saint Piran’s Chapel, dating from at least the mid 15th century, and a holy well, also dedicated to Saint Piran. St Nectan’s Glen protects the spring and holy well ... the Trevillet River emerges through the slate rocks … and is believed to be a sacred place or cloutie well … with the telltale ribbons, crystals, and other devotions adorning the foliage and rock walls near the waterfall. (See my W post for Clouties).
|Men-anTol - is very near Ding Dong Mine|
Neolithic Standing Stones see my N post
The Ding Dong Mine complex lies in the old and extensive mining area situated in Madron, just north of Penzance and looking out over St Michael’s Mount Bay.
|Tin Miners at Geevor mine|
It is thought the name may refer to the ‘head of the lode’ or the outcrop of tin on the hill. In Madron church there is a Ding Dong Bell that was rung to mark the end of the last shift of the miners in 1879 … reminding us of, or for whom the bell tolled.
Jerry Crow of the The White Crow Medicine Show sings about theDing Dong Mine … with some wonderful evocative photos of Mining Cornwall, as well as mining down the mine … it is 4 minutes long.
Emily Hobhouse, whom I mentioned under M for Liskeard and DistrictMuseum, who has a connection with my mother, via Jenny Hobhouse her cousin, wrote, page 34, from the Netherlands to her brother in England for his birthday in 1916 and wondered whether …
|Scone with black berry jam and clotted cream|
with Cornishware in the background
(I couln't find a blackberry pasty photo!)
… “he and his family would have a picnic with blackberry pasties and clotted cream where they were in Cornwall. Her body longed to be with them at Bude in Cornwall.”
|Sarah Lay's Evocative Cornwall's cards|
A few years ago … I was in Penzance before Christmas and did a quick whizz around seeing what I could get for our Cornish family … and came across Sarah Lay’s cards and Calendars … I’ve ordered every year since … Sarah sent out her latest email re her 2016 range … to which I asked if I could promote her on my blog – here is her response:
What a great thing to do - and good for you for thinking up interesting alphabetical aspects of Cornwall - how pleasing to have such interaction too. What a novel way of being introduced to things you might not know about.
The A is for Artists and Anemones couldn't be more fitting for the Newlyn Artists Calendar 2016 cover! Of course I would be really delighted for you to link my website to your blogs - thank you for suggesting it. Reaching new people is always good.
|Sarah Lay's Evocative Cornwall|
Newlyn Artists Calendar 2016
I timed my A post (Artists and Anemones) well this year … as you can see … and I love Sarah’s cards – they are different, and they are such fantastic views of Cornwall … I feel nostalgic ‘for home’ though I’ve never lived in Cornwall …
Someone asked about the definition of the "West Country" and Wiki has a map - it's quite clear and rather good!:
That is X for x-factor number of oddities ... from Aspects of British Cornish …
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