What you’d expect … we have giants in Cornwall … particularly in the Penwith peninsula area … that’s fine … but b’gorra … they be complicated to work their story out …
Jack the Giant Killer -
his history in a chapbook
So we’ll go and collect seaweed instead – essential for the health of the grandparents' garden … it’s an amazing resource from the sea – we humans eat it … and before it was commercially available … it was assiduously collected by the farmers for spreading on their fields.
|Carbis Bay - before development c 1920|
|Collecting seaweed for the fields of|
daffodils, vegetables - c 1900
|This woodcut illustration c 1820|
was used in a variety of chapbooks
|The barren granite of Trencrom|
|Tinted postcard from c 1900|
photographed from Marazion village
St Michael’s Mount is believed to have been a famous mart – trading place – between the Cornish and the Orient (Phoenicia).
|Postcard of Penzance waterfront -|
the storm battered prom
… where tin
could be surface mined (an ancient bronze furnace was found just outside Marazion
village) traded with the Orient (the
Phoenicians) – and where, after great storms, tree trunks, now under the waters
of Penzance Bay, are cast up on the shore …
St Michael's Mount from Trencrom
Ictis is described as a tin-trading island in the Bibliotheca historica of the Sicilian-Greek historian Diodorus Siculus, writing in the first century BC – it is thought St Michael’s Mount wasIctis as mentioned by Diodorus.
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