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The kind attention which I 
have received from your Lordship on several 
occasions, will never be forgotten; and as a small 
token of gratitude, I beg leave to dedicate this 
further proof of my humble endeavours, to your 

Considering the great improvements which 
have been made in the Fine Arts, within the last 
fifty years, it is greatly regretted that many 
deserving artists have gone unrewarded, at least 
their endeavours have not been properly and 
liberally encouraged. It is true, my Lord, there 
are many public exhibitions for the sale of works 
of art; but the privileges of them have been so 


much abused, that many artists of considerable 
eminence, decline sending their performances to 
them. If the Nobility of this kingdom were to 
employ artists to make drawings of the anti- 
quities and picturesque scenery of the several 
counties, from which their titles are derived, 
it would not only be a considerable benefit to 
.them, but their works would become more gene- 
rally known and admired.* 

Although his Majesty's Government has 
lately voted the expenditure of a considerable 
sum, for the erection of a National Galleiy, and 
the purchase of Mr. Angerstein's Pictures, 
which is highly to be commended; yet still 
there is much want of an institution, whereby the 
artists of this country could find a certain sale 
for their performances, at such prices as would 
enable them to live in some degree of respecta- 
bility: at present many of them are obliged to 
have recourse to the picture dealers, who, in most 
instances, take every advantage of their necessi- 
ties : but in expressing this opinion, I hope, my 

•If some of our most eminent Historical Painters were also em- 
ployed to paint Altar Pieces, for the several new churches now 
erecting^ in London ; it would be more beneficial to the Public, than 
the expenditure of so many thousands upon useless and meretricious 
ornaments: indeed some of the new buildings only tend to lessen the 
fame of the architects employed to erect them! 


Lord, I may not be deemed invidious, and 
trust those persons who are acquainted with the 
Arts, will coincide with me. 

The liberal encouragement which your Lord- 
ship has shewn, in promoting not only the Fine 
Arts, but every other science, merits the highest 
commendation ; and I sincerely hope your Lord- 
ship's example will be followed by many other 
Noblemen, who possess the means of promoting 

Wishing your Lordship every success in your 
endeavours to collect the most choice and rare 
works of art, 

I have the honor to remain. 

With the greatest respect, 
Your Lordship's most obliged Servant, 


LONDON, MAY 1, 1824» 


On the completion of the present volume, 
the Author begs to observe, that owing to the 
great distance of the County of Cornwall from the 
Metropolis, its hilly surface, and other unforeseen 
circumstances, his endeavours have been greatly 
retarded ; the great interest, however, which is attach- 
ed to the county in a commercial point of view, 
much more its importance to the antiquarian and 
geologist, will, it is presumed, render the work highly 
interesting. Although much has already been written 
upon this county, most of the works extant are 
either calculated as books of reference, or deficient in 
graphical embellishments. The trouble and expense 
which has attended the collection of the several views 
contained in the work, has been very great ; for as the 
Author was desirous of selecting the most picturesque 
subjects, he has been compelled to visit almost every 
place in the county. 

When the work was first announced, the Author re- 
grets to state that many gentlemen declined to pro- 
mote his endeavours, from the circumstance of his 
being a stranger to them ; and many unforese^i diffi- 
culties have also presented themselves; but perse- 


verance will, it is presumed, overcome most impedi- 
ments. It is to be regretted that Cornwall contains so 
few Noblemen and Gentlemens* Seats, compared with 
other Counties ; but the kind assistance the Author 
has received from several eminent chaiacters, will 
always be remembered. To Sir William Lemon, Sir 
Christopher Hawkins, the late Sir A. Molesworth, 
Joseph Carne, Esq., J. T. Austin, Esq., Colonel 
Trevanion, the Rev. George Moore, Jun., and the Rev. 
John Wallis, of Bodmin, he feels particularly indebted. 

Owing to ill health a few years ago, the Author was 
unfortunately compelled to relinquish the situation of 
Assistant to the Military Secretary, East India Com- 
pany; but from the feeling which he has always 
possessed for the picturesque, and as travelling agrees 
much better witli his health, it is the Author's intention 
to endeavour to bring to light many of the hidden 
Relics ©f Antiquity, which the several Counties of 
England contain. Much has already been done; and 
considering the improved state of the Arts, there is now 
sufficient talent in this country for the publication of 
works in any branch. It is also the Author's intention, 
with some exceptions, to retrace the steps of the late 
Francis Grose, the celebrated antiquarian ; for since 
his time, many antient buildings have been considerably 
altered; and such as were published in his work upon 
' antiquities, were made when the art of engraving was 
not so generally known. The completion, however, 
of any work upon a similar plan to the present 
volume, is certainly most preferable; and will, it is 


presumed, be fonnd not only useful to the tonrist, but 
valuable to the lovers of the picturesque. 

As an Antiquary, few Gentlemen possessed a higher 
claim to notice than the late Samuel Lysons^ Esq., 
F. A. S.; and the Author cannot but participate in the 
feelings which exist with every one who knew him ; 
especially in deploring the great loss the country has 
sustained by his lamented death. 

In concluding, the Author begs to return his grateful 
acknowledgments to those Noblemen and Gentle- 
men who have been pleased to subscribe to the 
work ; and takes the liberty of stating, that he is now 
engaged in completing a similar one, relative to the 
County uf Devonshire, which he hopes will also meet 
their approbation. 

LONDON, MAY 1, 1824. 


C-ORNWALL is the most western county in England, 
and is almost wholly surrounded by the sea, excepting 
the eastern side, which is partly separated from Devon- 
shire by the Tamar river. The greatest length of the 
county from Moorvvinstow to the Land's End, is nearly 
90 miles ; but its greatest breadth from Moorwinstow on 
the north, to Ram Head on the south, does not exceed 
43 miles, and diminishes gradually till it is only, from 
Mount's Bay to St. Ives, little more than seven miles. 
Its form, therefore, nearly resembles a horn, or as some 
historians term it, a. cornucopia. — The surface of the 
county being extremely difficult to compute, owing to 
the many promontories and juttings on the coast, is stated 
at about 210 miles, containing 758,484 acres, but is sup- 
posed to have been much larger in former times. 

According to the works of the most respectable his- 
torians, the original name of Cornwall was Cerwyx, 
and so called from its peculiar shape. The antient 
inhabitants were also called Carnibii, or Cerwyn and 
Gwyr, or Men of the Promontory ; but after the Roman 
invasion, that name is supposed by Borlase, to have 
been latinized into Cornuhia, which it retained till the 
Saxons imposed the name of Weales on the Britons 
driven by them west of the rivers Severn and Dee, 
calling their county in the Latin tongue, Wallia ; after 
which, finding the Britons had retreated not only into 
Wales, but into the more western extremities of the 
island, the Latinists changed Cornubia into Cornwallia; 
a name not only expressive of the many natural pro- 



inontories of the county, but also that the inhabitants 
were Britons of the same nation and descent as those of 
Wales; and from this Cornwallia, the name of Cornwall 
is derived. 

The population of the county, according to the re- 
turns of 181 1, was 216,667, and 28,398 greater than it 
was 10 years previous; but by the late census, amounts 
to 261,000, the extraordinary increase of about 45,000 
in the last 10 years. — It is divided into nine hundreds, 
203 parishes, (of which 85 are Rectories, 100 Vicarages, 
and 18 Curacies,) 30 market towns, and now returns 
forty-two members to Parliament. 

The climate of this county has long been noted for 
its mildness and salubrity. Its inhabitants in respect to 
longevity, are said to surpass every other county in 
England, and Carcw says, " that 80 and 90 years is 
common in every place, and in most persons accom- 
panied with an able use of the body and senses." In 
the parish where he resided, an instance is mentioned 
of the decease of four persons, within 14 weeks space, 
whose united ages amounted to 340 years. Various 
instances of the longevity of the inhabitants of Corn- 
wall, are also recorded by Borlase and other subsequent 
writers. As a proof of the mildness of the climate, 
« even the most tender shrubs and plants, such as myrtles, 
hydrangea, geraniums, Balm of Gilead, SfC. live and thrive 
the whole year in the open ground, and in many parts, 
grow to the greatest state of perfection. Notwithstanding 
so much rain falls in Cornwall, heavy showers are not, 
however, so frequent as in other counties. — The storms 
which occur, are very severe, but are considered 
extremely conducive to the healthiness of the inhabi- 
tants, by cleaving the air of the pernicious vapours 
which exhale from the mines, leaving in their room, 
the vivifying qualities wafted by the genial breezes of the 
ocean. — The winters, in general, are very mild ; frosts 
are of short duration; and snow seldom lies upon the 


ground more than three or four days. Mr. Worgan, 
the author of a work upon the Agriculture of Corn- 
wall, says, " a kind of languid spring prevails through 
the winter, which brings forth early buds and blossoms, 
raising the expectations of agriculturists, to be too often 
disappointed by blighting north-east winds, in March, 
April, and even so late as May." 

The cause of such frequent rains in Cornwall is, that 
for three-fourths of the year, the wind blows from the 
intermediate points of the south and west, and sweeping 
over a vast tract of the Atlantic Ocean, collects large 
bodies of clouds, which being intersected in their 
passage by the hills, descend in frequent showers. 
Notwithstanding the salubrity of the climate of Corn- 
wall, the harvests in general, are much later than in 
midland counties; but owing to the great improvements 
which have been made of late years in agriculture, 
the corn which it produces, is equal, if not superior, to 
any other. 

The sterile and rugged aspect of many parts of the 
county, (especially the road from Launceston to Truro, 
which presents, excepting the town of Bodmin, almost 
nothing but extensive and waste moors,) impresses the 
minds of travellers with a very unfavourable opinion 
of the county; but the admirers of the picturesque 
will always be delighted with the beauty of its nume- 
rous valleys and more cultivated parts. On the other 
hand, Cornwall, from its maritime situation, and the 
numerous mines with which it abounds, possesses many 
advantages. To an antiquarian it will always be highly 
interesting, a-s few other counties contain so many Druid- 
ical and Roman remains. The mineralogist will always 
have an endless source for amusement in the great variety 
of mineral specimens which it presents to his notice. 

The north and south parts of the county are divided 
by a ridge of barren and rugged hills, running from east 
to west, like a distorted back bone. The most remark- 


able hills are Brown-Willy, Roughton, and Henborough; 
the first being no less than 1 ,368 feet above the level 
of the sea. 

The most considerable rivers in the county, are the 
Tamar, the Lynhcr, the Looe, the Fowey, the Fal, and 
the Camel or Alan. 

The Tamar rises in the northern side of the county, 
in the parish of Moorwinstow, and with little variation, 
pursues a southerly direction, for nearly 40 miles, when 
it unites with the Lynker Creek, and ultimately forms 
the spacious harbour of Harmoaze, between Plymouth 
Dock and Saltash. The banks of this river, which is 
the most considerable in the West of England, are 
richly diversified with rocks and woods, and the scenery 
in many parts of its course is extremely beautiful.* 

The Lynher rises in the parish of Alternon, eight 
miles north-west of Launceston, and after running a cir- 
cuitous course of 24 miles, spreads itself into the form 
of a lake, near St. Germains, (called Lynher Creek) 
and ultimately unites with the Tamar, about a mile 
below Saltash. 

The Looe rises in the parish of St. Cleer, and taking 
a course of seven or eight miles, meets the tide at Sand 
Place, becomes navigable, and at the distance of three 
miles empties itself into the sea, between the towns of 
East and West Looe. 

The Foxvey rises from a well near Brown-Willy, one 
of the highest hills in Cornwall, between Lanson and 
Bodmin. It flows for some miles in a southerly direction, 
turns suddenly to the west, and pursues a course of 
some miles, till it meets the tide at Lostwithiel, and 
ultimately falls into the sea at Fowey. The scenery on 
the banks of the river from Lostwithiel to Fowey, is 
remarkably beautiful and picturesque. 

* A Poem, descriptive of the beauty of the scenery on the banks 
of this river, has recently been written by Mr. T. N. Carrington, and 
published at Plymouth. 


The Fal, which is the most considerable river in the 
centre of the county, rises about two miles west of 
Roche Rocks, and after a course of 12 miles, meets 
the tide below Tregony, and passing Tregothnan Park, 
joins Truro and St. Clement's Creeks, which are navi- 
gable to Truro Quay and Tresilian Bridge; from its 
junction with those creeks, after flowing four or five 
miles, it forms the principal branches of Falmouth 
Harbour, named Carrick and King's Road. 

The river Alan or Camel, rises on the north-east side 
of the county, near Camelford, and after a circuitous 
course of 12 miles, becomes navigable for barges at 
Egleshale, near Wadebridge, from whence it flows into 
the harbour of Padstow. On all these rivers, as well 
as others of less note, great quantities of sea sand are 
carried in barges for manure, and sold to the farmers 
at a very reasonable rate. 

The most considerable lake in Cornwall, is the Loo 
Pool, near Helston, and which is about two miles long 
and a furlong wide, formed of a bar of pebbles, sand, 
and shingles, forced up against the mouth of the creek, 
by the south-west winds; but in the winter time, the 
whole valley between the sea and Helston, is frequently 
covered with water. 

Dosmery Pool, is a piece of water about a mile in 
circumference, lying in the parish of Alternon, on the 
borders of St. Cleer parish, and said by Leland, to be 15 
fathoms deep, but which, upon trial, a few years back, 
was found to be only nine feet. It is formed and supplied 
by water which drains from the neighbouring hills. 

Between Budock and Falmouth is a piece of water, 
near half a mile in length, and secured from the sea, by 
a bar of sand and shingles, called Sxcan Pool, from the 
circumstance of its having had many swans kept on it 
some years ago.. 

The -SoeYs of Cornwall chiefly consist of three species: 
fust, the black growan or gravdlj/ ; second, the skelfy ox 


slatif, third, loams differing iu texture, colours, and 
degrees of fertility. 

The first abounds in the high lands, and consists of a 
light, moory, black earth, intermixed with small par- 
ticles of granite or gravel. The earthy parts of this 
are so exceedingly light, that in a dry summer, as Dr. 
Borlase observes, the sun quickly exhales its moisture, 
and in a wet summer or winter, much of the vegetable 
soil is washed from the tilled grounds. This soil is 
in general very productive, and fit for any kind of grain. 
The shelfy or slaty soil is far the most prevalent, and is 
distinguished by this name from having a large pro- 
portion of the schistus, or rotten slaty matter mixed 
with the light loam, of which its soil is composed. 
With sand and more viscuous earths, it makes an 
excellent compost, and produces great crops of wheat 
and barley. In congenial situations, barley has fre- 
quently been sown, reaped, and threshed, in less than 
nine weeks. This soil is not unfrequently mixed with 
quartz, provincially called spar, and according as this 
prevails, its value is lessened. When a dun or iron- 
stone is found, it is considered a fortunate circumstance, 
being a certain indication of the incumbent soil. 

Of the Loamy Soils, there are many very rich and 
fertile patches, interpersed in different parts of the 
county ; and the low grounds, declivities, banks of the 
rivers and town-lands are composed of them. Some of 
these are incumbent on a subsoil of clay, and partake 
more or less of it in their composition. With respect 
to Clays, Cornwall presents endless varieties; good 
bricks are made from some of them, and in the parish of 
Lelant, there is an excellent species for making furnaces 
and ovens. A clay of a slaty nature, but soapy to the 
touch, is found near Leskeard, and has fertilizing 
powers; but the Serpentine, with veins of steatite, near 
the Lizard, is the most curious of all the earthy sub- 
stances found in Cornwall, although very little of it has 


been used for some years in the porcelain manufactures. 
Large quantities of a fine white clay, found in the parish 
of St. Stephen near St. Austell, is exported annually, 
and is now become an important article of commerce. 

The mineralogical substances of Cornwall arc more 
abundant than any other county in England, and the 
variety and beauty of them affords an abundant source 
for the scientific enquirer. Of the stones most entitled 
to precedence, is the granite, or moor-stone, which 
abounds in great quantities in almost every part of 
the county. Granite is an aggregate oi felspar, quartz, 
and mica, and is found of different colours and texture. 
Most of the churches and gentlemen's seats in the 
county are built with this stone, also the Waterloo 
Bridge in London, and which was exported at a very 
great expense. It is frequently cut into pillars, as sup- 
porters to buildings, and is very serviceable as gate 
posts, bridges over rivers, rollers, troughs, and many 
other purposes. 

Another species of stone very prevalent in Cornwall, 
is distinguished by the name oiKillas. It is a schistus, 
and forms the mosl considerable substratum in the 
county. It varies in texture and colour, some being 
hard, others more pliable and laniated, and of a blueish 
yellow, and ferrugineous brown; but either forms an 
excellent material for building. 

The worst sort of stone found in Cornwall, is an 
opaque whitish debased crystal, generally called spar, 
and lies loose on the surface of the ground, in almost 
every parish. It is, however, useful for making fences 
and for repairing the roads. 

On the north and south coasts of the county, there are 
several Slate Quarries, the slate from which is generally 
adopted for the roofing of houses; but the best species is 
found in the celebrated quarry oi Delabole near Camel- 
ford, which is said to produce the finest and largest 
slates in England. — "The quarry is about 300 yards 


long, 100 broad, and upwards of 40 fathoms deep. 
The slate is first met with about three feet below the 
surface of the ground, in a loose shattery state, with 
short and frequent fissures, the lamince of unequal 
thickness, but not horizontal. — Thus it continues to 
the depth of 10 or 12 fathoms, when a more firm 
and useful stone is procured, the largest pieces of 
which are used for flat pavements. This is called the 
top-stone, and continues for 10 fathoms, after which 
the quality improves with increasing depth, till at 
the 24th from the surface, the workmen arrive at 
the most superior kind, called the bottom-stone. — The 
colour is grey-blue, and the texture is so close, that it 
will sound like a piece of metal. The masses are 
separated from the rock by wedges driven by sledges 
of iron, and contain from five to 14 superficial 
square feet of stone. As soon as this mass is freed 
by one man, another stone cutter, with a strong wide 
chisel and mallet, is ready to cleave it to its proper 
thinness, which is usually about one eighth of an 
inch; the pieces are generally from a foot square, to 
two feet long, by one wide, but "the flakes are somcr 
times large enough for tables and tomb stones."* 

The art of husbandry, three centuries ago, appears 
to have been little practised in this county; the grounds, 
says Carew, " lay all in common, or only divided by 
stiche meale, and their bread corn very little; their 
labour horses were only shod before, and the people 
devoting themselves entirely to tin, their neighbours in 
Devonshire and Somersetshire hired their pastures at 
a rent, and stored them with the cattle they brought 
from their own homes, and made their profit of the 
Cornish by cattle fed at their own doors. The same 
persons also supplied tliem at their markets, with many 
hundred quarters of corn and horse loads of bread." 
But he also observes, " that the people increasing, and 
* Beauties of England and Wales for Cornwall. 


the mines sometimes failing, the Cornish felt the neces- 
sity of applying themselves to husbandry, and their 
improvements answered their expectations; for in the 
latter end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, they found 
themselves not only in a capacity to support themselves, 
but also to export a great quantity of com to Spain 
and other foreign parts," 

Within the last 50 years, a considerable quantity of 
the waste lands has been enclosed and cultivated; but 
after the growth of two or three crops of corn, much 
of these lands have again been neglected on account of 
the great expense of manuring them. A very consi- 
derable quantity of waste land has, within these few 
years, been enclosed by Charles Rashleigh, Esq., of 
Deeporth, near St. Blazey, and which is likely to 
prove a considerable benefit; E. I. Glynn, Esq., of 
Glynn, near Bodmin, has also had a large quantity of 
waste land enclosed, for permanent cultivation. In 
making enclosures, the fences generally consist of a 
stone hedge, or layers of turf, planted with thorns, nut 
hazles, and furze. In many parts of the county on the 
coast, where there is an opportunity of procuring sea 
sand for manuring the land, great quantities of corn 
have been grown, particularly in the western and eastern 
districts. It is usual after a crop of wheat, to sow the 
ground with barley, after which, turnips or potatoes; 
but the general course of crops in Cornwall, is con- 
sidered extremely reprehensible by the author of the 
Agricultural Survey of the county, owing to the 
wretched, exhausted, and foul appearance of the 
grounds laid down with grass seeds. This may, how- 
ever, be partly accounted for, by Cornwall not being a 
dairi/ county, and milch cows being generally kept for 
rearing the young stock. 

The soil and climate of Cornwall are peculiarly 
adapted to the growth of potatoes, and these are at all 
times a standing dish at the humble repast of the U- 


bourer. Of the sorts most cultivated, which have 
been long established, the painted lord and painted lady 
are much approved ; but a kind of apple potatoe, en- 
tirely red, called Carolines, are grown in great abundance, 
as the standing winter crop. The most early potatoe 
produced, is the kidney sort, and as a proof of the 
goodness of the soil and climate, in the neighbourhood 
of Penzance, two crops are frequently produced in a 
year, and one acre of ground has been known to yield 
300 bushels, Winchester measure, for the first, and 600 
for the second crop! Many thousand bushels of pota- 
toes are exported annually from Cornwall to London, 
Plymouth, Portsmouth, and other places, A Cornish 
bushel of potatoes, generally weighs 220lbs., and are 
sold from 4 to 5s. a bushel. — Most of the labourers in 
the county keep a pig or two, and as potatoes are so 
easily cultivated with advantage, they frequently use 
them to fatten their pigs. • 

The Cattle in Cornwall are chiefly of the Devon- 
shire breed, and large quantities of the best oxen are 
annually sold to graziers and contractors, and sent 
out of the county to be slaughtered. Many of them 
are used by the farmers for agricultural purposes. 
They are shod, or cued, as it is provincially termed, and 
are extremely docile and active, while they are often 
driven by boys, who cheer and excite them by the 
song and the goad. 

The Sheep of Cornwall are also, generally speaking, 
of the Devonshire species; and some of the Leicester- 
shire breed have been introduced of late years, with 
great advantage. Mr. Worgan says, " a pure Cornish 
sheep is now a rare animal ; nor from its properties, 
need their total extinction be lamented." 

With respect to Horses, few are kept in Cornwall for 
ostentation, or to live in idleness or luxury. The gen- 
tleman's horse is often put to the cart or plough. The 
farm horses are well adapted to the hilly surface of 


this county, being a hardy and active sort. Most of 
the farmers keep up their stocJv by breeding a colt or 
two annually; but one-eighth of the horses for saddle 
and draught are supposed to be brought into the 
county by eastern dealers.* 

Mules are bred in Cornwall, but are mostly em- 
ployed in carrying supplies to and from the mines. 
Troops of 50 at a time are frequently to be met on the 
roads in the mining country, loaded with copper or 
tin ore. 

The trade of Cornwall is mostly confined to the ex- 
portation of Pilchards, Tin, and Copper, the three great 
staple commodities of the county. The imports chietly 
consist in groceries and bale goods, from London, 
Bristol, and Manchester, and coals from Wales. Large 
quantities of flour are also imported at Falmouth and 
Penryn, chiefly for the miners. — The manufactures in 
Cornwall are but trifling, compared with other counties. 
Some coarse woollen, a paper mill or two, and a carpet 
manufactory, is all that can be enumerated. 

The most important objects connected with the His- 
tory of Cornwall, are its numerous Mines and Fisheries, 
and which for centuries past, have given employment 
to nearly one half of its inhabitants, and yielded a 
considerable revenue to government. 

The Pilchard Fisheries, which are mostly confined 
to East and West Looe, Polparrow, Fo-wey, Charles Town, 
near St. Austell, Mexagizzy, the Creeks of Falmouth 
Harbour, Mount's Bay, on the southern coast, and St. 
Ives, on the northern coast, generally commence in 
July and end in November. 

The Pilchard, in form and size, very much resembles 
the Herring, except that it is smaller, and not so flat 
sided. " The dorsal fin of the Pilchard," says Dr. 
Maton, " is placed exactly in the centre of gravity, so 
that the ordinary mode of distinguishing it from the 
* Worgan's Agricultural Survey. 


Herring, is to try whether, when taken up by the fin, 
it preserves an equilibrium, or not. The body of the 
Herring dips towards the head, and the scales are also 
observed to drop off, whereas those of the Pilchard 
adhere very closely." They mostly arrive from the 
North Seas at the Islands of Scilly and Land's End, 
about July, and shift their situation as the season 
prompts and the food allures them; but unfortunately 
the fish have for the last two seasons been exceed- 
ingly scarce, which has been a great loss to the fisher- 
men. They are generally caught in large nets of a 
peculiar make, called scans, and the fishermen are 
directed to the shoals of fish by persons stationed on 
the high lands near the shore, who discover them by 
the colour of the water. The nets in general, are 
managed by tk?-ee boats, containing 18 persons. The 
seans are about 220 fathoms long, l6 fathoms deep in 
the middle, and 14 at each end, with lead weights at the 
bottom and corks at the top. The cost of these seans 
is very great, sometimes as high as ^300 each ; and a 
track scan of about 108 fathoms long and 10 deep, costs 
^120. The boats for carrying the seans, cost about 
£60, and the expenses incident to the first out-fit, (in- 
cluding every thing that is necessary,) may be estimated 
from £1000 to £1200, exclusive of salt. 

The fish, immediately upon being brought on shore, 
are carried to the store-houses or cellars, where the 
small and damaged fish are picked out by women, and 
carried away and sold to the poor, or used for manur- 
ing land. The remainder are laid up in broad piles 
and salted. ^ In this state they lie soaking 20 or 30 days, 
during which time a great quantity of dirty pickle and 
bittern drains from the fish : when the piles are taken 
up, the chief part of salt remaining at the bottom, is 
added to some fresh salt, and serves for another pile. 
The next process is to wash the fish in sea water, and 
place them in hogsheads, where, with great weight, 


they are pressed together as compact as possible, by 
which operation a great quantity of oil issues through 
the holes at the bottom of the casks. 

The number of fish packed in each hogshead gene- 
rally amounts to about 3000; and the quantity of salt used 
annually exceeds 50,000 bushels, each bushel weighing 
84lbs. and one hogshead requires 420 lbs. of salt; but 
nearly one half of this quantity is spoiled and sold to the 
farmers for manure at the rate of lOd. per bushel. 
Forty-eight hogsheads of Pilchards generally yield a ton 
or 252 gallons of oil, the price of which varies according 
to the times, but generally fetches about ^25 a ton. 

In some instances one scan has been known to take 
and cure near 1,500 hogsheads in a season ; but the 
fishermen are more fortunate at some places than they 
are at others. The quantity taken in a season may be 
estimated at from 40,000 to 60,000 hogsheads of 40 
gallons each. 

The number of persons employed on the fisheries, 
cannot be estimated at less than 14,000; and the capital 
engaged is said to amount to upwards of ^350,000. 
The tythe of each scan is ^1 13s. 4d. yearly, exclu- 
sive of the duty paid to government for salt. 

" The sea," says Borlase, " is the great store house of 
Cornwall, which offers not its treasures by piece meals, 
nor all at once, but in succession, all in plenty in their 
several seasons, and in such variety, as if nature was 
solicitous to prevent any excess or superfluity of the 
same kind." — Among those which visit the coasts of 
Cornwall, the following may be enumerated. 

The Blower or Fin Fish, (the Physeta of the ancients,) 
and so called from the quantity of water which it blows 
into the air through a hole in its head. 

The Grampus, the next in size, is usually about 
18 feet long, and sometimes large enough to weigh 
lOOOlbs. — The voracity of this fish is so remarkable, 
that it has been observed to prey upon the Sea Hog. 


The Blue Shark is frequently seen during the Pil- 
chard season. — It has no gills, but breathes through 
holes or pipes, situated betwixt the mouth and the 
pectoral fins. 

The Monk or Angel Fish, is a flat species which seems 
to partake both of the nature of the Dog Fish and the 
Ray, The back is coloured like the Seal, without 
streaks, and has a white belly. 

The Sea Adder is a kind of nettle-fish, about l6 inches 
long, and has a back and tail fin, with scales shaped 
like those of a land adder. 

The Sun Fish, so called from being round and emit- 
ting a kind of lucid splendour in a dark apartment, is 
\ery rarely seen. 

Turbot are caught in great plenty during the summer 
season. In Mount's Bay particularly, there have been 
instances of 30 being taken in an evening, with the hook 
and line. When plentiful, they are generally sold from 
4d. to fid. per pound. 

Mackarel are also caught in great abundance. 

Red MuUetts and John Dory's, which are very deli- 
cious fish, are very plentiful, but seldom caught east- 
ward of Plymouth. 

Conger Eels, of an extremely large size, weighing 
from 60 to ISOlbs. each, and which with their adder- 
shaped heads, have a very disgusting appearance. 

All sorts of shell fish are very plentiful, particularly 
Oysters; but in general they are not so good as those 
found on the Kentish and other coasts. The best sort 
are found in the creeks in Constantine parish, on the 
river Heyl. 

Respecting the Mines, the author of the General View 
of Cornwall, says, " in a narrow slip of barren country, 
where the purposes of agriculture would not employ 
above a few thousand people, they alone support a 
population, estimated at nearly 60,000, exclusive of the 
artizans, tradesmen, and merchants, in the towns of St. 


Austell, Truro, Penryn, Falmouth, Redruth, Penzance, 
and others." 

The tin of Cornwall constituted a branch of commerce 
at a very early period ; the Phenicians and Grecians ace 
said to be the first persons who came to Britain to traffic 
for that article, but how long they enjoyed the advan- 
tage cannot be exactly ascertained. On the discovery 
of the secret that the Phenicians and Grecians had the 
means of procuring this valuable metal in Britain, the 
Romans under Caisar were induced to undertake an 
invasion. Though they had possession of the mines for 
a long period, it does not appear they made much pro- 
gress in working them. During the Saxon government, 
the tin mines are said to have been altogether neglected, 
and the subsequent wars with the Danes and antient 
Britons prevented the possibility of much progress being 
made in mining concerns. After the Conquest, the 
mines were of little value to the proprietors, and even 
in the reign of King John, the product of them was so 
trivial, that the Thi Farm amounted only to 100 marks, 
and the King, with whom the right of working the mines 
solely rested, was so sensible of their low state, that he 
bestowed sorje valuable privileges on the county, by 
relieving it from the arbitrary forest laws, and granting 
a charter to the tinners, &c. 

During the time of Richard, King of the Romans and 
Earl of Cornwall, the revenue of the tin mines yielded 
an immense return ; at which time many Jews appear 
to have been employed in working them. Notwith- 
standing this success, the latter were banished the king- 
dom in the 18th year of the reign of Edward I., when 
the mines again became much neglected. Shortly after 
a charter was granted (through Edmund, Earl of Corn- 
wall) to the gentlemen of Blackmoor, proprietors of the 
Seven Tithings, affording the greatest quantities of tin ; 
by which charter, more explicit grants of the privileges 
of keeping a court of judicature, holding pleas of action, 


managing and deciding all stannary causes, of holding 
parliaments at their discretion, and of receiving as their 
own due and proportion, the toll tin, or one-fifteenth of 
all tin raised, were defined. At the same time, the 
right of bounding or dividing tin grounds into separate 
portions, for the encouragement of searching, appears 
to have been regulated ; by which the labouring tinner, 
who might discover tin in waste or uncultivated lands, 
became entitled to a certain interest in the land, upon 
giving proper notice in the Stannary Court to the pro- 
prietor thereof. The bounds limited the particular 
portions of ground to which the claim was made, and 
were formed by digging a small pit at each angle, so 
that a line drawn from each, determined the extent of 
the claim. This practise still exists, and the bounder 
is obliged to renew the pits every year, by removing 
any dust or rubbish that might otherwise hide his 
land marks. 

Carew says, that " this charter had a seal affixed to 
it, with a pick axe and shovel in saltier." 

In consideration of the privileges granted by this 
charter, the gentlemen tinners undertook to pay to 
Edmund and his successors. Earls of Cornwall, the 
sum of 4s. for every hundred weight of white tin. To 
secure the payment of that tax, they agreed that all tin 
should be brought to places appointed by the Prince, 
and there weighed, coined, and kept till the duties 
were paid. 

In the 33rd of Edward I., this charter was confirmed, 
and the tinners of Cornwall were made a distinct body 
from those of Devonshire, having before been ac- 
customed to assemble on Hengston Hill, every seventh 
or eighth year, to arrange their concerns and property in 
the mines. The laws and privileges of the Cornish 
miners were further enlarged in the 15lh year of the 
reign of Edward III., and subsequent acts passed in 
the reigns of Richard II., and Edward IV., which con- 


firmed the previous privileges, and the tinners divided 
into four bodies, and placed under the superintendance 
of one Warden, reserving them an appeal from his 
decisions, in suits of law and equity to the Duke of 
Cornwall in council, or should the title be held in 
abeyance, then to the Crown. 

A Vice Warden is appointed by the Lord Warden, 
to determine all stannary disputes; he also constitutes 
four Stewards, (one for each precinct) who hold a Stan- 
nary Court every three weeks, and decide by juries of 
six persons, with aright of progressive appeal to the Vice 
Warden, Lord Warden, and the Lords of the Prince's 
Council. The original Stannary Towns were Launces- 
ton, Lostwithiel, Truro, and Helston; to these places 
the miners were obliged to bring their tin every quarter 
of a year. But in the time of Charles IL, Penzance 
was added for the convenience of the western tinners. 

All tin ores are wrought into metal in the county, 
and are afterwards cast into blocks, weighing from 
2| cwt. to upwards of 3 cwt. each. They cannot be 
disposed of till assayed by the proper officers, and 
stamped with the Duchy seal, which bears the arms of 
Richard, Earl of Cornwall, viz. a lion rampant, gules, 
crowned or, with a border sable garnished with bezants. 

Since the reign of Henry VIIL the coinages have 
been held quarterly. The average annual produce of 
the tin mines is about 25,000 blocks, which, exclusive 
of duties, may be valued at ^260,000, and yielding a 
revenue to the Duchy of Cornwall of about ^10,000 
annually. The most considerable tin mines now work- 
ing, are in the neighbourhood of St. Austell, St. Agnes, 
and Piranzabuloe. The celebrated Polgooth Mine^ 
near the former place, however, has not been worked 
for upwards of 20 years past. 

There are also many other valuable tin mines in 
the western districts, north-west of Truro. 

Besides the mines, there are several stream works in 


the county, which have yielded immense quantities 
of tin. 

" In digging a mine," says Dr. Maton, " the three 
material points to be considered, are the removal of the 
barren rocks or rubbish, the discharge of water, (which 
abounds more or less in every mine,) and the rising of 
the ore. Difficulties of course increase with depth, 
and the utmost aid of all the mechanical powers is 
sometimes ineffectual, when the workings are deep and 
numerous. Mountains and hills are the most conveni- 
ent for working, because drains and adits are then easily 
cut to convey the water away into the neighbouring 
valleys. These adits are sometimes driven (as the 
miners term it) to the distance of one, or even two miles ; 
and though the expense is enormous, these are found 
a cheaper mode of getting rid of the water than by 
raising it to the top, especially when there is a great 
influx, and the mine very deep. It seldom happens, 
however, that a level can be found near enough for an 
adit to be made to it from the bottom of a mine ; 
recourse must be had then to a steam engine, by which 
the water is brought up to the adit, be the weight of it 
what it may. As soon as a shaft is sunk to some depth, 
a machine, called a •whim, is erected, to bring up either 
rubbish or ore, which is previously broken into conve- 
nient fragments, by pickaxes and other instruments. 
The whim is composed of a perpendicular axis, on 
which turns a large hollow cylinder of timber, (called 
the cage) and round this a rope winds horizontally, being 
directed down the shaft by a pulley fixed perpendicu- 
larly over the mouth of it. In the axis a transverse 
beam is fixed, at the end of which two horses or oxen 
are fastened, and go their rounds, hauling up a bucket 
or kibbul, full of ore or rubbish, while an empty one is 
descending. The ore is blown out of the rock by 
means of gunpowder, and when raised from the mine, 
is divided into as many shares or doles as there are lords 

conn WALL. ig 

and adventurers, and these are measured out by bar- 
rows, an account of which is kept by a person who 
notches a stick for that purpose. Every mine enjoys 
the privilege of having the ore distributed on the ad- 
jacent fields. It is generally pounded or stamped on 
the spot, in the stamping mill. If full of slime, it is 
thrown into a pit called the buddle, to render the stamp- 
ing more free, without choaking the grates, (thin plates of 
iron full of small holes.) If free from slime, the ore is 
shovelled into a kind of sloping canal of timber, called 
the pass, whence it slides, by its own weight, and the 
assistance of a small stream of water, into the box, where 
the lifters work. The lifters are raised by a water 
wheel, and are armed at the bottom with large masses 
of iron, about one hundred and a half in weight, which 
pound or stamp the ore small enough for its passage 
through the holes of an iron grate, fixed in one end of 
the box. To assist its attrition, a rill of water keeps it 
constantly wet, and it is carried by a small gutter into 
the fore pit, where it makes its first settlement, the 
lighter particles running forwards with the water into 
the middle pit, and thence into the third, where what is 
called the slime, settles. From these pits the ore is 
carried into a large vat, called the keeve, where it is 
washed and rendered clean enough for the smelting 
house. Most of the tin mines now working have steam 
engines, the advantages of which have proved a great 
benefit to the proprietors of them." 

The famous IVood Tin, as it is called, has frequently 
been found in the stream works. It nearly resembles 
the colour of Hcematites, with fine streaks, or Strice, con- 
verging to the different centres like the radiated zeolite. 
From the experiments of the celebrated Klaproth, 
wood tin was found to yield 63 parts in a hundred of 
tin. The most general state in which the tin of Corn- 
wall is found, is the calciform, the greater quantity of 
ore being indurated, or glass-like; and its most preva- 


lent matrix is either an argillaceous or a silieiotw 
subtance, or a stone composed of both, and called by 
the miners caple: none of the calcareous genus ever 
appear contiguous to the ore, except the fluors." 

The discovery of the Copper Mines in Cornwall is 
of a much later date than those of tin, being about 
the year I69O. Although the propriety of searching 
was strongly recommended by Nordcn to King James, 
many years expired before the real value of the copper 
mines was discovered. Subsequent improvements and 
perseverance have rendered the copper mines one of 
the most important branches of commerce in this 
county; and the quantity of that valuable ore, now 
annually raised, is said to be worth, upon a moderate 
calculation, the sum of ^350,000, or £90,000 greater 
than the value of tin. Copper ores are found in Corn- 
wall, in great abundance and variety. Native copper is^ 
sometimes found on the sides of fissures in thin films,, 
deposited by the impregnated water that runs from 
the lodes. Veins of copper are also frequently dis- 
covered in cliffs that are left bare by the sea, but 
the most certain sign of a rich ore is an earthy 
©cherous stone, called Gossan, of a ruddy colour, 
and crumbles like the rust of iron. Another sigiv 
of the presence of copper is, when the ground is 
inclinable to an easy free working blue Killas, in- 
termixed with white clay. A white crystaline stone 
is also found to contain a great quantity of yellow 
copper. The lodes of copper pre generally lie deeper 
than those of tin, and its ores are mostly of the pyritous 
and sulphurated kinds, with more or less arsenic* 
" The lodes, both of tin and copper, appear most fre- 
quently to have granite for their country, and to make 
an angle from 60" to 76" with the horizon." The ma- 
trices of copper ore are very numerous. Among tlie 
blue ores, there is one of an extremely fine blue earth. 
The grey ore is frequently spotted witii yellow and 

piirpl<?, but is deemed richest when of an uniform 
colour throughout. 

The copper ore is cleansed and dressed by the same 
process as that adopted for tin, but as it generally 
rises in large masses, requires less washing. Owing to 
the expense of importing coal, the ore is disposed of 
after it is prepared for the smelting houses, and owing 
to the expense of importing coal, the Smelting Houses 
at Haylc have ceased working for a considerable time 
past. " Nothing," says Dr. Maton, *' were so dele- 
terious as the fumes of arsenic constantly impreg- 
nating the air of these places, and so profuse is the 
perspiration occasioned by the heat of the furnaces, 
that those who have been employed at them a few 
months, became most emaciated figures, and in the 
course of a few years are generally laid in their 

The principal copper mines now working, are mostly 
in the neighbourhood of Redruth, of which the Gwen" 
nass, United, Poldice, Huel Unity, Cook's Kitchen, and 
Dolcooth Mines, have yielded an abundant source of 
gain to their numerous adventurers. 

A very accurate and well executed geological map 
of the mining districts, by Mr. Richard Thomas, was 
published in the year 181 9. 

Lead is found in several parts of Cornwall, but not in 
any great abundance. The ores are very dissimilar, but 
the sort most frequently discovered is galena, or pure 
sulphuret of lead, which is found both crystallized and 
in masses. Its colour is most of a bluish grey, and the 
form of its crystals is generally the cube. The most 
common varieties are the cube, truncated at the angles 
and corners, and the octahedron of two four-sided pyra- 
mids, applied base to base. The principal mines are 
Huel Pool and Huel Rooe, near Helston. There are 
also a few others on the north coast, in the neighbour- 
hood of Endellion and St. Minver, but of little conse- 


quence. The oxides of lead are valuable for painting 
and dying, and also for medicinal uses. 

Among the numerous mineral productions of Corn- 
•\vall, Gold and Silver ought not to be omitted; the 
former has been frequently found in extremely small 
granules, generally intermixed with the tin ore, in the 
stream works. The largest piece ever found, is men- 
tioned by Borlast to have weighed 1 5 pennyweights and 
l6" grains. The latter has been found at different 
periods in considerable quantities, particularly in a 
mine called Huel Mexico, some years ago, near St. 
Agnes; also in the Herland Copper Mine, in the parish 
of Gwinear. — A particular account of the discovery of 
silver in the Herland Mine, was furnished by the Rev. 
Malachy Hitchins, and printed in the transactions of the 
Royal Society for 1801. But it appears that after the 
mine was sunk to a considerable depth, the works were 
abandoned, the expenses of the mine having consider- 
ably exceeded the receipts. 

Within the last three years, a considerable quantity o| 
silver has been discovered in a mine belonging to Sir 
Christopher Hawkins, 

Iron, in rich lodes of red and brown ore, has been 
found in great abundance, in many parts of the county, 
but there are not any iron mines which have been much 
worked. — Iron Fyrites, or sulphuret of iron, occur in 
most of the veins of copper, as well as some magnetical 
iron ore at Penzance, and specular iron ore at Tin 
Croft Mine, in lUogan, Botallack Mine, near the Land's 
End, and other places. 

A variety of oiher semi-metals are found in Cornwall ; 
the most remarkable of these are Bismuth, Zinc, Antimony, 
Cobalt, Arsenic, Wolfram, Menachanite, and Molybdena, 
or Sulphuret of Molybdenum ; but a description of the 
places where they are found, or of their several proper- 
ties, has already been published in most of the works 
relating to this county. 

COttNWALL, 23 

Notwithstanding the early part of the History of 
Cornwall is enveloped in obscurity, there is little reason 
to doubt that (particularly from the writings of Leland) 
a battle was fought between the renowned King Arthur 
and his nephew Mordred, in the neighbourhood of 
Camelford, in which the former was slain; and that on 
the spot where the battle is said to have taken place, 
several warlike antiquities have been found. 

That during the incursions of the Saxons, several en- 
gagements took place between them and the Cornish 
Britons, particularly in the time of Athelstan, who in 
the year 926, is said to have completely defeated this 
county and subdued the Scilly Isles, when considerable 
havoc and depredations were committed. At subse- 
quent periods, the Danish pirates frequently landed, 
and committed great mischief in many parts of the 
county, particularly in plundering the monasteries. 

During the captivity of Richard I., several commo- 
tions took place in Cornwall, and St. Michael's Mount 
was seized upon, but afterwards given up, and Henry 
de lu Pomeroy died through fear of the King's anger. 

In the year 1322, many of the Cornish people were 
smitten with an enthusiasm of conquering the Holy 
Land, and left the county; but some were executed, 
and others returned and repented of their folly. 

When Queen Margaret landed at Weymouth in the 
year 1471, the people of Cornwall and Devonshire, 
under the persuasions of Sir Hugh Courtenay, of Bocon- 
noe, and Sir John Arundell, of Langhorne, marched to 
Exeter and accompanied her to Tewkesbury, when her 
troops were completely defeated, and the Queen, after 
being ransomed, died a few years after in France. At the 
latter end of the same year, John Vere, Earl of Oxford, 
took possession of St. Michael's Mount, and retained 
possession of it till the February following, when (on 
his life being spared by the King) it was surrendered to 
Sir John Fortescue. 


In 1497, the people in Cornwall rose in rebellion, 
and marched to Blackheath, in Kent, where they were 
defeated by Lord Dauberry, and their ringleaders exe- 
cuted. Lord Bacon, says, " on this occasion, they were 
armed with a strong and mighty bow, and had arrows the 
length of a tailor's yard." Shortly after another rebel- 
lion broke out in Cornwall, and no less than 3000 men 
joined the notorious Perkin Warbeck, and marched to 
Exeter; but his wife, Lady Catherine Gordon, was 
taken a prisoner from St, Michael's Mount. A subse- 
quent rebellion broke out in the year 1548, under 
Humphry Arundell, who was defeated and executed, 
together with many of his supporters. 

During the civil wars in the 17th century, the inhabi- 
tants of Cornwall greatly distinguished themselves by 
their bravery and loyalty; but during the severe con- 
tests which took place, many valuable lives were lost 
on both sides; especially as the insurgents had taken 
possession of some of the antient fortifications in the 
county. Cornwall now furnishes a regiment of militia, 
a corps of miners, and several troops of yeomanry. 
During the late war with France, many volunteer corps 
were raised, but fortunately their services were not 


From Plymouth to the Land's End; through Looe, Foteey^ 
Lostwithiel, St. Austell, Metagizzy, Tregony^ Gram- 
pound, Truro, FenryUf Falmouth, Helston, Marazion, 
and Penzance. 

1 HE great importance attached of late years to the 
towns of Plymouth, Stonehouse, and Dock, in a com- 
mercial and nautical respect, has not only tended to 
render those places of great consequence in the West of 
England, but as travellers proceeding into Cornwall, 
generally take this direction in preference to the one 
which enters the county near Launceston, the following 
Excursion has been considered the most likely to interest, 
and display the beauties of the southern part of the 
county. The scenery of Plymouth and its vicinity are 
highly pleasing and picturesque, particularly the views 
of Mount Edgecumbe and those on the banks of the 
Tamar, which contrasted with the majestic appearance 
of the numerous fine ships of war riding at anchor, form 
a picture truly sublime. Previous to quitting this 
neighbourhood, however, the admirers of the fine arts 
will derive much pleasure from visiting Saltram, the 
magnificent seat of the Earl of Morley, which abounds 
with a great variety of valuable paintings, the most emi- 
nent of which are the following : 

St. Faith, by Guido — In her right hand she holds 
her emblem of a white flag, which forms the back ground 
of the head. 

Peasants flaying at cards, by John Lingleback ; with 
a view of the neighbourhood of the Forum at Rome, in 
the back ground. 


Galatea surrounded hy Nymphs — Domenichino ; copied 
from the exquisite Fresco, by Raphael, in the Faraesine 
Palace at Rome. 

Virgin and Child, by Sassoferrato — This picture re- 
calls the idea of the celebrated Madonna Delia sedia of 
Raphael, of whom the painter was a close imitator. 

Landscape and Figures — Karel du Sardin. 

Storm at Sea, by Vandervelde. 

View near Tivoti — Gasper Poussin. 

Group of Soldiers, or Banditti — Salvator Rosa. 

Interior of a Cottage, with group of Peasants — D. 

A Conversation Piece — A. Palamedes. 

Landscape, with ruins and antient sculpture — Fran- 
cesco Milo. 

Landscape and Figures — Disk Dalens. 

Ditto — Both. 

Daphne pursued by Apollo — Francesco Albano. 

Landscape with Travellers, halting at a blacksmith's 
shop — P. Wouverman. 

The incredulity of St. Thomas — Gerard Hoel. 

St. Anthony and Christ — Antonio Caracci. 

View of the Doge's Palace at Venice — Canaletti. 

A Negro's Head — Rubens. 

St. John and Christ — Antonio Raffaelle Mengs. 

A Holy Family — Frederic Baroccio. 

Two Views in Venice — Canaletti. 

Three Female Figures, as Huntresses, by Rubens j 
supposed to be his three wives. 

Bolingbroke Family — Vandyck. 

SeigeofMaestricht — Anthony Francis Vander-Meulen. 

A group of six Figures, size of life — P. Veronesse. 

Adoration of the Shepherds — Carlo Dolce. 

Figures with Goats and Sheep — Berghem. 

Group of Sheep — Albert Cuyp. 

Ulysses discovering Achilles — Angelica Kauffman, 

Hector taking leave of Andromache — ditto. 


Assumption of the Virgin^ with glory of Angels — Lo- 
renzo Sabbatiui. 

Portrait of Oliver Cromwell — David Beck. 

Mercury — Weenix. There are also near 20 fine pro- 
ductions by Sir Joshua Reynolds. 

A catalogue of the pictures has been printed at the 
expense of their noble owner, for the use of strangers, 
■who are at all times allowed to have access to them. 
The situation of the house is one of the most enchanting 
spots in England, and commands a number of diversi- 
fied prospects. 

Mount Edgecumbe, the seat of the Right Hon. the Earl 
of Mount Edgecumbe, is another beautiful spot embel- 
lished with fine promenades, gardens^ and shubberies, 
perhaps equal to any in England. The house is a very 
low building, erected about the year 1550, with battle- 
ments and an octagonal tower at each angle. It contains 
a few fine family portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds. 
The beauty of this spot has often awakened the ideas of 
the poet; and who can quit it without enjoying the 
same feelings which inspired the following lines? 

"Farewell Mount Edgecumbe, all thy calm retreats. 
Thy lovely prospects, and thy mossy seats ; 
Farewell the couluessofthy dark deep woods, 
Farewell th« grandeur of thy circling floods. 

Where'er futurity may lead the way, 

Where in this vale of life, 1 chance to stray — 

Imagination to thy scenes shall turn. 

Dwell on thy charms, and for thy beauties burn." 

After crossing the harbour to Tor Point, on the right, 
is Thankes, a seat of the noble family of Graves, which 
commands a pleasing view of the Harraoaze and sur- 
rounding country. 

Antoney House, the seat of the Right Hon. Reginald 
Pole Carew, is an elegant mansion beautifully situated 
lOn a branch of the Lynher Creek. It contains a great 


variety of family portraits, and a few other fine pain* 
tings, by Holbein, Vandylce, Sir Joshua Reynolds, 
and other artists. 

The village of Antoney is about three miles from 
Plymouth, and has a very picturesque appearance from 
the road. — The Church is a small fabric situated on an 
eminence, and contains several handsome memorials of 
the Carew family; one of which to the memory of 
Richard Carew, the author of the Survey of Cornwall, 
has a long Latin inscription and the following curious 
verses : 

Full thirteen fires of yeares I toiling have o'erpast, 

And in the fourteenth, weary, enter'd am at last. 

While rocks, sands, storms, and leakes to take my bark away, 

By grief, troubles, sorrows, sikness did essay ; 

And yetarrivM I am not at the port of death, 

The port to everlasting life that openeth. 

My time uncerlain. Lord, long certain cannot be. 

What 's best to me 's unknown and only known to thee, 

O by repentance and amendment grant that I 

May still lire in thy fear and in thy favor dye. 

The prospects from the church-yard are extremely 
pleasing, and justly merit the eulogium of one of our 
modern poets: 

" The raptur'd eye now wanders round 
The circling stretch of distant ground, 
Where fading mountains crown the scene, 
With many a fertile vale between — 
Where sporting with the solar beams. 
Famed Tamar winds her wanton streams, 
And deek'd with villas, forts, and towns. 
With woods and pastures, hills and downs. 
With docks and navies — England's pride — 
And lighter barks that swiftly glide.*' 

About four miles from Antoney, to the right of the 
road after passing Craft Hole, is Sheviock Church, an 
antient building containing some curious tombs of the 
Dawnay's, and a superb monument to the memory of 


Sir Edward Courtenay and his Lady. The following 
beautiful lines are also engraved on a memorial for one 
of the Duckworth Family, who died at an early age : 

Dear lost Penelope, and must this tomb, 
Quench the sweet promise of thy opening bloom. 
Crush the sweet harvest of a mind so fair, 
Its early piety, its filial care. 

No there are seeds that angry tempests brave. 
These cannot perish in a timeless grave, 
Sprung from the Tree of Life, to them 'tis given. 
Though sown on earth, to germinate in heaven. 

Passing from hence through the hamlet of Hessingford, 
at a short distance is Bake^ the seat of Sir J. S. Copley, 
Bart., His Majesty's Solicitor General, which is a hand- 
some modern edifice, built on the site of an antient man- 
sion noted in former times as the residence of the Moyle's, 
and which was destroyed by fire a few years ago. 

On approaching the towns of East akd West 
Lode, the scenery becomes highly romantic. These 
towns derive their appellation from the river, on the 
banks of which they are built, and over which is a low 
narrow stone bridge of 12 arches. Both places re- 
turn members to Parliament, but in themselves contain 
little to interest the traveller. Several delightful 
modern residences have been built on the banks of the 
Looe river; among the most prominent, is Col. Lemon's, 
near Polvellan. The population of both towns amounts 
to about 1300, and the inhabitants are mostly engaged 
in maritime employments. 

About three miles west of Looe, is Trela-wny HousCy 
the seat of the Rev. Sir Harry Trelawny, Bart., a 
venerable mansion, but built at different periods. It 
contains a few good family portraits, particularly one 
by Sir Godfrey Kneller, of Sir Jonathan Trelawny, 
Bishop of Winchester. 

lu Felptt Church, wliich is not far distant from the 

30 CdBNWALl. 

house, there is a very curious monument to the memory 
of Francis Boiler, Esq., who died in l6l5. 

About five miles from hence, is Fowey,* an antient 
Borough and market town, situated in one of the most de- 
lightful and romantic parts of the county, on the western 
bank of the river, from which its name is derived. It is 
distant 24 miles from Plymouth, and 244 from London. 
The houses are very irregularly built, with foundations 
composed of a hard bluish slate, (termed by Mineralo- 
gists, Fat-quatz, from its greasiness to the touch,) and the 
principal street extends nearly a mile in length. 

Fowey has returned members to Parliament since 
the 13th year of the reign of Elizabeth, and the right of 
election is now chiefly vested in the inhabitants paying 
scot and lot. The Corporation consists of a Mayor, 
eight Aldermen, a Recorder, and Town Clerk. The 
number of inhabitants, by the late census, amounts 
to 1455. 

The Church, a handsome fabric, is composed of three 
aisles, with a lofty pinnacled tower at the west end. In 
the north aisle is a noble altar-tomb of marble, with a 
full-length figure of the deceased, in alabaster, richly 

* " The glorie of Fowey," says Leiand, " rose by the warres in 
King Edwarde the Firste and Thirde, and Harrey the 5 day, partely 
by the feates of warre, partly by pyracie, and so waxing rich fell 
all to Merchandize; so that the Towne was haunted with shippes of 
dirers Nations, and their shippes went to all Nations, it also appears 
by the roll of the huge fleet of Edward the Thirde before Calice, 
inserted in Hakaby''s Voyages that Fowey contributed 47 ships 
and 770 mariners, being a greater number than came from any 
other port in England, except Yarmouth." — Carew in his time, 
speaking of the prosperous state of Fowey, says, " I may not pass 
iu silence the commendable deserts of Master Rashleigh the elder, 
descended from a younger brother of an ancient house in Devon, 
for bis industrious judgment and adventuring the Trade of Mar- 
cbandize first opened a light and way to the townsmen uow thriving, 
and left his sonne large Wealth and possessions, who together with 
daily bettering his estate, converteth the same to hospitality and 
otlier actions befitting a Gcntleniau well aficuted to hi« Gud, Prince 
and Country." 



carved, and inscribed to the memory of John Rash- 
leigh, Esq., who died Aug. 11, 1582, with the following 
curious inscription: 









There are also several other memorials of the Rash- 
leigh and the Trespy families in this church. 

On an eminence near the church, is Place or Trespy 
House, a very antient building, and which is said to 
have been partly rebuilt in the reign of Henry VI., by 
one of the Trespy family. It is an interesting building 
and displays some rich Gothic work on the southern 
front ; yet has been greatly altered by modern improve- 
ments. The owner, J. T. Austen, Esq., is a gentleman 
of considerable ability, and has furnished Mr. Lysons 
with much information respecting this county. 

The Harbour of Fowey is spacious and well secured 
from the destructive effects of storms, by the hills en- 
circling it; and on rising ground near the sea, are 
the remains of two Towers, said to have been erected 
in the reign of Edward IV. There are also two other 
embattled square Towers on each side the harbour, 
now fast mouldering to decay, and which in former 
times supported a chain across its entrance. 

Fowey, like many other sea-port towns in early times, 
has suffered much during the wars: at present its chief 
dependance is on the pilchard fisheries. Other kinds of 
fish are also to be purchased in season, at very reason- 
able rates, and the river abounds with fine salmon. 

On the opposite side of the river, is Polruan, said 
by Lelaud, to have been in former times, a place of 


considerable note; but now it consists only of a few 
picturesque cottages. The ruins of an antient Chapel 
and an old well, surmounted by a stone cross. 

Menahilly, about three miles west of Fowey, the seat 
of William Rashleigh, Esq. late M. P. and Sheriff for the 
county, in the year 1820, is a neat edifice of moor stone. 
The southern or principal front, commands a view of the 
sea, but it is chiefly remarkable as containing a very va- 
luable cabinet of minerals,* and said to be the finest in 
England. There are also many other curiosities in the 
house, and a few fine drawings and portraits. 

About a mile from this place, in a very sequestered 
spot, called Folredmouth, stands an octagonal Grotto of 
curious workmanship, close to the sea, composed of 
an immense number of minerals, fossils, &c. In the 
centre of it stands a very handsome table of 32 species 
of polished granite. 

As the parish church of Tyarwardeth is more than 
two miles distant from Menabilly, a neat Chapel has 
been built at the expense of Mr. Rashleigh, adjoining 
his grounds. 

The road from hence to Lostwithiel, is extremely 
dreary; the Church Toxcer of Lanlivery, a small village 
to the left, forms a pleasing object. 

Lostwithiel is a very ancient Borough and market 
town, situated on the high road to Falmouth from Ply- 
mouth, and 28 miles west of Tor Point. The Corpora- 
tion, consisting of a Mayor, six Aldermen, and 17 
Burgesses, have the right of electing the members to 
serve in Parliament. 

* Amongf the most remarkable specimens in this collection, are 
green carbonate of lead with quartz, blende in twenty sided 
crystals and green ileur in crystals ; crystalized antimony, with red 
blende on quartz, yeiioMf copper ore with opal, and arseniate of cop- 
per, in cubes of a bright green colour. — A very valuable work was 
published a few years ago, entitled, " Specimens of British Mine- 
rals," from this collection, embellished with a number of fine plates, 
from drawings by Underwood awl Bone. 

' CbfeNWAtLi 83 

*rhe Church, is rather a handsome edifice, with one very 
lofty aisle and two small ones ; the tower at the western 
end is surmounted by a singularly beautiful Gothic 
spire. The chief attraction of the interior is a very 
curious and antient octagonal Font. It is supported by 
five clustered columns, and charged with a representa- 
tion of a huntsman riding an ass, accoutred in a short 
jacket with a sword by his side, a horn in his mouth, a 
hawk on his finger; a dog seizing a rabbit; an ape's 
head entwined with a snake; a representation of the 
crucifixion, with a female figure on each side; and the 
arms of the Earl of Cornwall : but the whole has been 
much obliterated and disfigured by a thick coat of 
whitewash. The accompanying engraving, it is pre- 
sumed, will be found an accurate representation of this 
interesting relic of antiquity. 

Lostwithiel is at present a town of little trade, 
although barges are navigable to the quay, every 
tide, from Fowey. The houses are chiefly built of 
stone with slated roofs, and amount to about 150 in 
number, and the parish contains, according to the late 
census, 933 inhabitants. 

At a short distance south of the church, are some 
considerable remains of an antient Exchequer or Shire 
Hall. It was no doubt formerly a magnificent building ; 
the walls are of great thickness, supported by massy 
buttresses, and the interior contains a number of gloomy 
apartments, ill calculated for the purpose for which it is 
now converted into a Stannary Prison. On the exterior 
are the arms of the Duchy of Cornwall with supporters, 
surmounted with the Prince's plume well carved. There 
is also here a neat Town Hall, erected in 1740, at the 
expense of Richard Edgecumbe, Esq., in which the 
Summer Quarter Sessions for the county are held. 

The weekly market is well supplied with all kinds 
of provision, and there are three fairs annually in 
this place. 


About a mile and a half of Lostwilhiel, on the sum- 
mit of an artificial mound, stand the venerable remains 
of Restormel Castle* which in former times was a place 
of considerable importance. History, however, is silent 
as to the origin of this highly interesting fortification; 
and as it is not even mentioned in the Doomsday Sur- 
vey, it is generally supposed to have been erected 
by Robert, Earl of Mortaign, and was the principal 
residence of himself, and the subsequent Earls of 
Cornwall. Prior to the reign of Henry the VHl., 
this place is said to have been in a dilapidated state. 
The present remains chiefly consist of a circular area 
of 110 feet diameter; the walls of which are nine feet 
thick, secured by a deep moat, now choaked up with 
brambles and wild plants. The entrance, on the south 
side, (which had formerly a draw-bridge,) has an outer 
and inner arch supporting a square tower in ruins. 
Round the area, the foundations of three regular suites 
of apartments are easily traced, connected by two dark 
naiTow stone staircases leading to the top of the 
ramparts. The ruins are richly overgrown with ivy, 
and being almost embosomed in wood, are very pleas- 
ing objects to the lovers of the picturesque. It is now 
the abode of owls, bats, and jackdaws ; and unless 
disturbed by the occasional visits of the curious tra- 
veller, they have seldom reason to complain of 

Such as wandering' near their sacred hower, 
Molest their ancient solitary reign. — 

* Leland describes Restormel Castle as "sore defaced" in his 
time, "the fair large dungeon" says he, "yet stondith, a chapel 
castoutof it, a newer work than it, and now unrofid." — Careiv says 
" certes it may move compassion, that a palace so healthful for aire, 
so delightful for prospect, so necessary for commodities, so fayre for 
building, and so strong for defence, should in time of secure peace* 
and under the protection of his natural princes, be wronged with 
those spoylings, then which it could enduie no greater at the hands 
of any forayne and deadly enemy, &c. — Nor Jen also says, "The 
whole Castle begianeth to mourne, aud to wriuge outhaid stones for 


Restormel House, the residence of John Hext, Esq. is 
a low embattled structure, said to have been erected on 
the site of an antient chapel. The demesne attached 
thereto, is now the property of the Earl of Mount Edge- 
cumbe. The valley in which Restormel House is built, 
with the castle on the eminence, form for the artist 
a very pleasing picture, and have often been admired. 

Boconnoc House, formerly the seat of the late Lord 
Camelford, is now the property of the Right Hon. Lord 
Grenville. It is a large plain building, situated about 
three miles east of Lostwithiel, in a richly wooded park 
well stocked with deer. The interior contains many 
handsome suites of apartments, a good library, and 
among other works of art, a fine bust of the late Earl of 
Chatham, on which the following panegyric lines have 
been written: 

" Here trophies faded, and revers'd lier spear, 
See Engflaud's genius bend o'er Chatham's bier. 
Her sails no more in every clime unfurl'd 
Proclaim her dictates to th' admiring' world. 
No more shall accents nerrous, bold and strong 
Flow in full periods from his patriot tongue. 
Yet shall th' historic and poetic page, 
Tliy name, great Shade, devolve from Age to Age ; 
Thine and thy Country's fate, congenial tell. 
By thee she triumpb'd, and by thee she fell." — 

On a commanding eminence, a short distance from 

teares ; that she that was imbraced, visited, and delighted with great 
princes, is now desolate, forsaken, and forlorne : the Cannon needs 
not batter, nor the pioneer to undermine, nor powder to blow up this 
so famous a pyle; for time and tirrannie hath wrought her desola- 
tion, her water pipes of lead gone, the planching. tten, the walls 
fallen downe, the fayre and large chimnye pieces, ai 4bR that would 
yield roonie or serve for use, are converted to Men's private pur- 
poses, and there remaj ueth a false show of honor, not contentinge 
anie compassionate eye to behold her lingrynge decayes. Men greyve 
to see the dying delayes of anie brute creature, so may we niourne to 
see so stately apyle so long a fallinge, if it be of no use, the carcase 
would make some profit, therefore if it deserve, let her fall be no 
longer delayde, else will it drop peece meele downe, and her now 
profitable reliques will then serve to little or no use." 


the house, stands an elegant-proportioned obelisk, 123 
feet in height, with the following inscription carved on 
the pedestal. 

In gratitude and Affection 

To the Memory of 

Sir Richard Lyttleton, 

And to perpetaate the Remembrance 

wliich rendered him 

The delig-ht of bis own age, 

And worthy the Veneration of 



The country between Lostwithiel and St. Austell is 
pleasing, and most delightful views of the ocean occa- 
sionally present themselves. 

On approaching the village of St. Blazey, about 
half a mile to the right, is Prideaux Place, at present the 
residence of David Howell, Esq.; but what perhaps 
engrosses the particular attention of the traveller, is a 
very fine bold promontory, nearly opposite the bouse, 
and the lands about it are ornamented with young 
plantations. The Church is a small antient fabric, 
standing on an eminence close to the mail road. From 
hence to St. Austell the distance is four miles. 

Within one mile of that town, on the left, is 
PoRTiiMEAR or Chaulestown, now become of some 
considerable consequence, owing to the spirited and 
laudable exertions of Mr. Charles Rashleigh. Since 
the year 1791> a P'^f h^s been built, and the pilchard 
fishery carried on. Some pilchard scans have been put 
on, and several buildings erected for that purpose. 
Here from this place also, most of the China clay brought 
from St. Stephen's is exported. 

St. Austell is situated in a highly cultivated part 
of the county, on the side of a hill. It is now become 
a very considerable and populous market town, and 
\Nith the parish, which is one of the largest extent, 
contains no less than 6 175 inhabitants. Although it 
has no claim to antiquity, it is noticed only as a poor 


tillage in Leland's times; but the numerous Mines in its 
vicinity,* have caused its present rapid rise. The 
Church, which stands nearly in the centre of the town, is 
a handsome fabric, ornamented with fanciful and gro- 
tesque sculpture.t Over the principal entrance on the 
south side, are some curious cyphers, the meaning of 
which has not been satisfactorily explained, by the 
most intelligent antiquarians. The interior is commo- 
dious, and contains a few good monuments. The Font 
resembles that in Bodmin church. 

The benefices of St. Austell and St. Blazey, are 
coupled together, and are in the gift of the crown : it 
is now enjoyed by the Rev. Richard Hennah. St. 
Blazey is famous for being the landing place of Bishop 
Blaze, the patron of the woolcombing trade; whose 
effigy is in the parish church, to whom it was dedi- 
cated, and from whom its name was derived. In this 
parish also is held an annual festival, on the very period 
which is observed for the commemoration of the great 
blaze by all the woolcombers in the kingdom. In a 
field near the church is a stone above seven feet high, 
and not above 18 inches square, whose inscription is 
totally obliterated; but tradition says it was a sepulchral 
monument of a West Saxon Chief. On it are several 
crosses engraven. 

The market of St. Austell is held on Friday, the char- 
ter for which was first bestowed by Oliver Cromwell, as 
a grateful reward for the heroic exertions of one May, 
who had a seat near the town ; and for his particular 
gallantry displayed in a battle fought near Boconnoc, in 

* The celeLrated Tin Mine, called Polgooth, about two niiies 
soutli-vrest of this town, has ceased working; for many years, owing' to 
some disputes amon* its proprietors. The profits arising' from this 
niine is said by Borlase to have been £20,000, for many years. 

■f The inhabitants boast of the Tower as the handsomest in the 
county ; but an impartial observer will not surely prefer it to that of 
Probus, though some parts of the sculptural ornauientg of the former} 
surpass considerably the latter. 


Cornwall. It is plentifully supplied with all sorts- 
of provisions. A large market, equal to a fair, is 
held annually on the day preceding Good Friday. 
It has two fairs for bullocks, sheep, coarse woollen 
goods, &c. The first is held on Whit Thursday, and the 
other on the 30th of November. Since the year 1792, 
there have been two additional fairs, or shows of cattle, 
held annually at this place; the one to be constantly on 
the third Tuesday in July, and the other on the third 
Tuesday in October. Both these last mentioned fairs 
are for horses, bullocks, sheep, &c. 

Although the manufactured commodities in St. Austell 
are not deserving of mention, except it be in coarse 
woollens; yet its commerce in various branches is very 
considerable, and its inhabitants numerous. They are 
in general remarked for an industrious thriving people, 
deriving their subsistence from trade. 

Not far from the western parts of the town, are three 
very spacious Blowing Houses. In two of them, cylin- 
ders are adopted instead of the common-formed bellows, 
and this mode of operation is considered preferable to 
the other. 

There are Quarries in this neighbourhood, which pro- 
duce what is commonly called china clay. Sometimes 
not less than 1000 tons per year is shipped at Porth- 
mear, and conveyed to Bristol, Liverpool, and Wales, 
and from those places to Staffordshire; where it is ma- 
nufactured into porcelain. 

Near this town, at a place called Menacuddle, is a 
waterfall, over which is a small dilapidated arched C/m- 
pel, supposed formerly to have been used as a place of 
retirement, for the sake of holy purification. Although 
it is near the road, yet, being in a wood, is not easily seen. 
It is a very pleasing subject for the pencil as a vignette, 
and has been engraved on more than one occasion. 

Penrice, which is only two miles south of St. Austell, 
is an antient mansioD, but has lately undergone a com- 


plete modernization by the proprietor, Joseph Sawle 
Sawle, Esq. : it contains a few good family portraits. 

The ride from St. Austell to Mevagizzy, a distance 
of six miles, is very pleasing. The opening bay of the 
sea is a striking feature, and bursts suddenly upon the 
traveller at a place called Portuan, within two miles of 

As a jfishing town, Mevagizzy ranks before any 
other in the county. It has a spacious Harbour; and 
the town, having very narrow streets, is chiefly built 
in a bottom; but has an imposing appearance when 
viewed from the neighbouring heights, with the beau- 
tiful mansion and plantations of Helegan forming the 
back ground. 

The Church is a small edifice, standing at the north- 
east entrance of the town ; but the tower has not been 
rebuilt, since it fell down a few years back. The 
interior contains a handsome monument, with effigies of 
the deceased, erected to the memory of Otwell Hill, 
Esq., and his wife, who died in l6l4, with the following 
curious inscription: 

Stock Lancashire, birth London, Cornwall gave 
To Otwell Hill inheritance^and grave, 
Frank, frugal, pleasant, sober, stout, and kind. 
Of worde true, just in deede, men did him finde. 

Two Raigus he served a justice of the Peace, 
Belov'd he liv'd and godly did decease, 
Mary his Wife, to overlive him lothe. 
This Monument hath raised to them both. 

Mevagizzy contains near 400 houses, and according 
to the late census, 2450 inhabitants. About two miles 
from the town, is Helegan, the seat of the Rev. Henry 
Hawkins Tremayne, a very elegant and substantial 
residence, most beautifully situated and embellished 
with fine gardens and shrubberies, and when perfectly 
finished, will be as handsome a residence as any in Uie 


county. The present liberal proprietor possesses great 
taste, and is daily improving the grounds, &c. The 
walk to the Battery close to the sea is really delightful, 
and the woody plantations add greatly to the beauty of 
this residence. 

Caerhays, the seat of John Bettesworth Trevanion, 
Esq. Lieutenant Colonel in the Cornish Militia, is an- 
other beautiful mansion of a castellated form, lately 
rebuilt at a very considerable expease from designs of 
that eminent architect Nash. 

About four miles from hence is Tregon y, a very anti- 
ent Borough-town, and in former times a place of some 
consequence. It formerly had two Churches, a Castle, and 
Priory ; but one of the former has long since gone entirely 
to decay, and the one now remaining at the head of the 
town, though very small, has a respectable and venerable 
appearance. Scarcely a vestige remains of the Castle, 
which stood at the lower end of the town. This is said 
to have been built by Henry de Pomeroy, on behalf of 
John, Earl of Cornwall, at the time that King Richard I. 
was in the Holy Land : it was standing, and was the seat 
of the Pomeroys, in the reign of Edward VL 

In the year 1696,* Hugh Boscawen, Esq., founded an 
Hospital for decayed housekeepers, and endowed it with 
lands, now let at Z0£. per annum, but capable of 
being soon raised (at the expiration of the present lease) 
to about three times that sum. 

Tregony returned members to Parliament in the 
reign of Edward L, and the right of election is vested 
in the principal housekeepers paying scot and lot. 
According to the late census, the inhabitants amount 
to 1035, being an increase of only 112 since the year 
1811. Tregony has a market weekly, and five fairs 

On the north side of the town stood what is called. 
Old Tregony, where was a church dedicated to St» 
* Lyson's Mag^. Brit. Page 7d. 


James, the walls of which were standing when Tomkin 
made his collections about the year 1736: part of the 
tower remained many years later. This church was a 
rectory, the advowson of which belonged to the Abbey 
de Valle, in Normandy, and was given by that convent, 
in the year 1267, to the prior and convent of Merton, 
in Surrey, in exchange, together with the Priory of 
Tregony, a small cell to that alien monastery. Mr. 
Whitaker says, that the site of the Priory of Tregony 
was opposite the old mount of the castle, and speaks 
of a doorway belonging to a stable, as having been the 
gateway of the Priory. The rectory of St. James is 
held with the vicarage of St. Cuby. 

There was also in the Borough of Tregony, a chapel 
of St. Anne, which was a chapel-of-ease to the church 
of St. James. 

Trezoarthenick, about two miles from this place, the 
seat of the late Francis Gregor, Esq., formerly M. P, 
for the county, is a pleasant and comfortable residence, 
with a good library and a few portraits; one, of Oliver 
Cromwell, is very fine. 

RuAN Lan YiioiiNE, a Small village two miles south- 
west of Tregony, is remarkable as having been for 
upwards of 30 years, the residence of the Rev. John 
Whitaker, the learned author of the Ecclesiastical 
History of the Cathredral of Cornwall, who died in the 
year 1808, aged 73 years. — A few days after his decease, 
the following lines appeared in the Cornwall Gazette, 
and are supposed to have been written by the late For- 
tescue Hitchins, Esq. author of the poem called " Tears 
of Cornuhia" founded on the melancholy loss of the 
St. George, in which Admiral Reynolds and many 
Officers perished. 

" Ah Whitaker, Cornuhia's proudest boast, 
Thou brig^htest gem that ever genius lost 
Froui her Tiara — must we then deplore 
Thy last farewell, to time's immortal shore, 


Mast we oppressed \rith unaTailing- g^rief, 

Stjck, (where thou sought'st) but vainly seek relief. 

From fair philosophy ; alas ! too true, 

Oh wisdom's pride, oh virtue's child ! adieu ! 

Not even ao^e that checks fond fancy's flight. 

And whelms the genius in Lethean night, 

Could to thy powers one envious barrier raise. 

Or blast the laurel of thy well-earned praise; 

But like a cloudless morn, thy period passed. 

Bright with superior virtues to the last. 

When way-worn travellers, at day's decline. 

See yon grand orb with matchless lustre shine. 

Urged by a sudden impulse of delight. 

Heedless they wander of approaching night: 

Till deeper shades o'erspread their devious way. 

And every pleasure vanishes with day. 

Then, Whitaker, true votaries of woe ! 

Robb'd of thy lustre, whither shall we go, 

Go where we list — prophetic is the strain. 

We ne'er shall look upon thy like again." 

From Tregony to Grarapound the distance is about 
two miles, within half a mile of which, on the left, is the 
parish church called Creed, a neat embattled structure, 
pleasantly surrounded by foliage. Here, till very lately, 
as rector, lived the Rev. William Gregor, one whom 
fame will ever eulogize as a being of a superior or- 
der; he is well known as a very scientific gentleman, 
and was the intimate friend of Mr. Whitaker. In this 
parish is a capital modem-built house, with beautiful 
gardens and fish ponds, the residence of the Rev. George 

Grampound is remarkable as having been, till lately, 
one of the Borough towns of the county.* It princi- 
pally consists of one street, the houses having a decayed 
and mean appearance. Nearly in the centre stand a 
very antient Chapel, and Market-house: the former, now 
fast mouldering to decay, has a small septangular cross 

• In v^ ansequence of certain corrupt practices, a Bill has recently 
passed Parliament, disfranchising this borough, and allowing two 
additional members to be returned for the County of York, 


in front of it. Grampoimd contains, according to the 
late returns, 668 inhabitants, being an increase of only 
67 during the last 20 years. 

Crossing an antient bridge over the Fal at the bottom 
of the town, from which its name is derived, the distance 
to Probus is two miles and a half, and within one mile 
of that village, on the left, is Trewitham, the seat of Sir 
Christopher Hawkins, Bart., M. P. It is a spacious 
mansion, commanding a number of diversified prospects; 
the interior is embellished with a few good paintings 
and portraits, and also contains a very valuable selection 
of books. Much praise is due to its owner, for his un- 
wearied endeavours to promote the mining interests of 
the county. He is a scientific gentleman, and has 
written a small interesting Treatise on Tin, &c. 

The Church of Probus has often been noticed for the 
simplicity of its architecture, the tower of which rises 
majestically to the height of 108 feet, which, contrasted 
with the low humble thatched cottages surrounding it, 
has a very picturesque appearance. Each angle of the 
tower is supported by a double buttress, diminishing In 
size as they approach the top, which is embellished with 
embrasures, and 40 pinnacles in eight clustres. The 
plinth, cornices, and upper story, are decorated with a 
variety of sculpture, consisting of small figures, foliage, 
ileurdelis, animals, and other objects. On the north 
and south sides are three Gothic niches.* The interior 
contains a large marble monument to the memory of 
Thomas Hawkins Esq., of Trewitham, on which is a 
female figure reclining on an urn. The accompanying 
view of the church was engraved from a drawing by 
the Rev. George A. Moore, of Garlennich, near Gram- 

At a distance of two miles north from Probus, in the 
parish of Ladock, in one of the most picturesque vales 

• beauties of Englaud and Wales for Cornwall, page 249. 


in the county, stands Pessick, which, though a very 
small village, possesses great beauties. 

Tregothnan, the seat of the Earl of Falmouth, is indeed 
a beautiful mansion lately erected at a very considerable 
expense, from the designs of W. Wilkins, Esq., and, in 
point of beauty, is surpassed by none in the county. 
The situation of the house is really delightful, and may 
be considered as one of the most enchanting spots ia 
the kingdom. It is built on a gentle eminence command* 
ing a great variety of extensive prospects, which are 
enlivened by the winding courses of the river Fal. 

In the construction of this mansion, the architect has 
made a very choice selection of the most perfect exam- 
ples extant. Its irregularity of form, and variety of 
ornament, closely resemble the style of the buildings 
erected during the reign of Henry VII. The great 
staircase is 42 feet in height, and occupies the large 
central tower, around which are placed the drawing- 
room, (54 feet long by 28 feet wide,) book room, dining 
room, billiard room, &c. A wide terrace with a parapet 
extends round the south-western part of the building; 
the Park is embellished with some very fine timber, and 
a very pleasant ride has been formed along the banks 
of the river, extending some miles. 

The Church of St. Michael Penkervil, which almost 
adjoins the park, is an antient fabric, and contains a 
handsome monument by Rysbrach, to the memory of 
the late Admiral Boscawen. 

From Tregothnan, after passing Nopus Passage, the 
distance to Truro is two miles. 

The town of Truro, which is generally and not 
improperly denominated the metropolis of the county, 
is pleasingly seated in a valley, at the conflux of the 
rivers St. Allen and Kenwyn, which (united with a 
branch of the river Fal) become navigable for vessels 
of 100 tons. This town appears to have been a place 
of some consequence even prior to the Conquest, and, 


acfcording to Leland, once possessed a Castle, and eiijoy- 
ed many privileges. Truro has returned members to 
Parliament since the reign of Edward I. : the right of 
election, however, like most other Boroughs in this 
county, is confided to the privileged few : the Mayor 
and others of the Corporation, to the number of 18 or 
20, are the only voters. 

The alterations and improvements made of late years 
at Truro, have certainly given the town a very respect- 
able and handsome appearance; the streets being also 
well paved and lighted, this town is rendered more 
comfortable than any other in the county. The Rev. 
Mr. Warner, in his Tour through this county, published 
in the year 1 809, says, " here all the modes of polished 
life are visible in genteel houses, elegant hospitality, 
fashionable appai'el, and cautious manners;" which 
observation, although not incorrect, may be attributed 
to the success of the inhabitants in mining transactions.* 

The Church is a very beautiful Gothic fabric. It 
consists of three aisles, with a modern tower at the 
west end, surmounted by a lofty spire. On the north 
side the chancel is a monument, with a long inscription 
to the memory of the courageous Owen Phippen, who 
died in March, l636: 

Melcombe in Dorset was his place of birth. 
Aged 54 : and here lies earth on Earth. 

There are several other memorials in this church, 
but none particularly deserving of notice. Besides the 
church, there are no less than seven other places of 
worship, for the different denominations of Christians. 

Near the town, on a commanding healthy spot, stands 

• Truro being' one of the privilejjed coinage towns, more tin is 
exported here than at any other port in the county : great quantities 
of copper are also exported from hence to Swansea and Neath in 
Wales. The blocks of tin lie in heaps about the streets, and are left 
entirely unguarded, as their great weight renders the difficulty to 
remoFe them an great, that it is uerer attempted. 


the County Infirmary, opened in the year 1799> undef 
the patronage of his present Majesty, but maintained 
entirely by voluntary subscriptions and contributions. 
Truro has also a neat Assembly Room, convertible into 
a Theatre ; besides a County Library, established in the 
year 1792. A Literary Society has lately been set on 
foot, and their Museum is already worth seeing. The 
Easter Quarter Sessions are also held in this town ; and 
the markets, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, are well 
supplied with all kinds of provisions. The parish of 
St. Mary's, with the adjoining streets, contained, accor- 
ding to the late returns, 2712 inhabitants, or an increase 
of 230 since the year 1811. 

The celebrated Samuel Foote, of dramatic celebrity, 
yras a native of this town. 

The scenery in the immediate vicinity of Truro, is 
particularly beautiful, and such as must delight every 
traveller; the town itself has a very picturesque appear- 
ance, particularly so, when viewed from the spot exhi- 
bited in the accompanying engraving. 

The Smelting-house for tin, about a mile from Truro, 
on the Falmouth road, is well deserving of notice, as it 
contains no less than 10 furnaces. Culm coal is used 
as the flax in the proportion of about one-eighth to the 
ore, of which nearly 600 cwt. is smelted within six hours, 
and yields about 350 cwt. of tin.* 

About seven miles from Truro, is Carclew, the seat of 
Sir William Lemon, Bart., M. P. and one of the most 
beautiful mansions in the county. It is situated on an 
eminence in an extensive and rich wooded park, rising 
from the valley thi-ough which the celebrated Carnon 
Stream Works are conducted, and commands a number 
of delightful prospects. The house is an elegant build- 
ing of the Ionic order, composed of granite. The 
portico in the centre, is connected with the wings, by 
colonnades. The interior is not so spacious as many 
* Vide Beauties of England and Wales for Cornwall, 


Other residences in this county, but contains some very 
handsome apartments, and the following paintings: 

Portrait of Pontius Pilate, by Rembrant. 

Two Bop at Dinner, and a View in India, by Murillo. 

Angels singing, by Amioni. 

Landscape, with Water falling over a Rocky Precipice, 
by Wheatly. 

A View in Italy, by Stalbent. 

Landscape and Castle, by Pynaker. 

Portrait of William Lemon, Esq. grand-father to the 
present Baronet. 

Portrait of Sir William and his Lady, by Romney. 

Penryn is a large antient Borough and market town, 
pleasantly situated about nine miles from Truro, at the 
head of a branch of Falmouth Harbour. It Avas 
formerly embellished with a College, founded in the 
thirteenth century, by Walter Stapeldon, Bishop of 
Exeter, for 12 prebends, which continued until the disso- 
lution of religious edifices in the reign of Henry VHI., 
when its annual revenues were valued at ^205 10*. 6d. 
This building is said by Leland, to have covered 
a space of three acres, and to have been surrounded 
by embattled walls ; but every vestige of it has long 
since been entirely obliterated. Penryn was incorpo- 
rated in the 18th year of the reign of James I. and is 
governed by a Mayor, eight Aldermen, 12 Common 
Councilmen, a Recorder, and inferior officers. The 
right of returning two members by the same charter, is 
vested in the Mayor, Aldermen, and all the inhabi- 
tants paying scot and lot. — There is a silver cup and 
cover belonging to the corporation, given by Jane, Lady 
Killigrew, with this inscription, " From maior to maior 
to the town of Permarin, when they received me that 
was in great misery, J. K. (Jane Killigrew) l633." 
Hals says, that this lady had gone on board two Dutch 
ships with a party of ruffians, and having slain two 
* lijsous^g Mag. Brit, page 121i 


Spanish merchants, their owners, robbed them of two 
barrels of Spanish pieces of eight. The lady, he adds, 
was by means of great interest pardoned; but her 
accomplices all executed. Hals's stories are not much 
to be depended upon ; it is more certain that she was 
divorced from her husband, and that in consequence she 
was protected by the inhabitants of Penryn, who bore no 
good will to Sir John Killigrcw, and his rising town of 
Smithick. Jane, Lady Killigrew, was daughter of 
Sir George Fermor, Knt. of Easton Neston, ancestor of 
the Earl of Pomfret: she died in l648. 

In the centre of the principal street, which is com- 
posed of many antient and irregular built houses, stand 
the Market House and Town Hall, the appearance of 
■which is not very pleasing. 

St. Gluvias, or the Parish Church, is over a branch 
of the river, the tower of which, with the surrounding 
scenery, appears highly picturesque, and attracts the 
attention of every one passing. The interior contains 
a variety of handsome memorials to the Pendarves 
family, once of Roscow, in this parish, and the follow- 
ing lines are inscribed on a monument to the memory 
of the Rev. John Penrose, who died in 177^> aged 63, 
after being 35 years vicar of this parish. 

^social manners, if the genflest mind. 

If zeal for God, and love for human kind, 

If all the charities which lifo endear 

May claim affection, or demand a tear. 

Then Penrose o^er thy venerable urn. 

Domestic love may weep and friendship mourn. 

The path of duty still, the path he trod. 
He walked with safety, for he walked with God; 
When lost the powers of precept and of prayer. 
Yet still the Flock remained the Shepherd's care. 
Their wants still nobly watchful to supply. 
He taught his last best lesson, how to die ! 

Eny's House, the seat of Francis Ens, Esq., near 
Penryn, which was erected before the reign of Edward 


I., has been in his family from that time, and is noticed 
by Camden for its fine gardens and shrubberies: it is 
still a residence of great respectability. 

Falmouth, which is now become a very important 
and populous sea-port town, is distant from Plymouth 
55 miles, and 269 west of London. The Harbour^ 
which is considered one of the very best in England, is 
so commodious and sheltered, that the most numerous 
fleet may ride here in safety ; and when it was surveyed 
a few years ago by Commissioner Bowen, buoys for l6 
sail of battle ships were laid down.* 

Much disquisition and doubts have arisen regarding 
the origin of this town; but it seems to be generally 
admitted, that it was a place of but little consequence 
until the reign of James I., when the greater part of 
the town was then built; neither was it incorporated 
until the 13th of Charles II. 

The town is chiefly built along the western shore of 
the harbour, the houses forming a street nearly half a 
mile in length. Owing to the improvements which 
have been made of late years, Falmouth has a very 
prepossessing appearance, and is now inhabited by many 
respectable families ; but although the population of the 
parish amounts, by the late census, to 6374, it is not 
represented in Parliament, whilst St. Mawes, a mean 
fishing cove, on the opposite side of the harbour, pos- 
sesses that advantage. 

The entrance to the harbour of Falmouth is fortified 
on each side, by the Castles of St. Mawes and Pendennis. 
The latter has a very magnificent appearance, being built 
on a rock, rising upwards of 300 feet above the level of 
the sea, and is almost insulated. This castle was first 
erected in the reign of Henry VIII., but the works 
were materially altered and strengthened in the reign of 
Elizabeth. It is now strongly fortified, and contains 

• A very correct plan of this harbour is inserted in Gilbert's 
History of Cornwall, 



commodious barracks for troops, good storehouses, and 
magazines, besides a comfortable residence for the 
Lieutenant Governor. In the time of the civil wars 
this fortress was bravely defended against the Parlia- 
ment forces, by John Arundell, of Trenie, and was only 
surrendered on the same conditions as were granted to 
other places. 

St. Mawes Castle, although erected in the same reign 
as Pendennis, is very inferior both in size and situation. 
The hamlet adjoining, is remarkable only as being one 
of the Boroughs of Cornwall, and has returned mem- 
bers to Parliament since the year 1562. The manor is 
now vested in the Marquis of Buckingham, but the 
right of election is confined to the freeholders only. 

The Church of Falmouth is a modern building, with 
a handsome altar, &c. It contains several memorials, 
but none very remarkable. There are several meeting 
houses in the town, for different sects, a small Roman 
Catholic Chapel, and a Jew's Synagogue; also a Public 
Dispensary and Hospital for the relief and support of 
disabled seamen, their widows, and children, which is 
liberally patronized. 

The trade of this town, audits prosperity, have much 
increased by the establishment of the packets that sail 
from hence every week to Lisbon, Portugal, the West 
Indies, and other places; also by the detention of fleets 
of ships, (particularly those outward-bound) which seek 
refuge in its capacious harbour, and frequently remain 
many weeks till the gales are more favourable. — Fal- 
mouth has a good weekly market, and two faii-s annually. 

Arivenack House, remarkable as having been the 
residence of the Killigretcs, (one of whom. Sir William 
Killigrew, of notoriety in the civil wars, lies buried in 
the church,) has been much altered from its original 
plan, yet still possesses an antient appearance. A 
manuscript history of the Killigrews, written by one of 
the family, says, that there was only a single house at 


IFalmouth, besides Arwenack (the seat of the Killigrews,) 
when Sir Walter Rayleigh, being homeward-bound from 
the coast of Guinea, put in there; that he was enter- 
tained at Arwenack, and his men poorly accommodated 
at the solitary house, which, it is probable, had been 
originally bui It for the entertainment of sea- faring persons ; 
that this celebrated navigator, being struck with the 
utility of providing more extensive accommodations at the 
mouth of Falmouth Harbour, for the officers and crews 
of homeward-bound ships, laid before the council a pro- 
ject for erecting four houses for that purpose. It is 
probable, that the single house here spoken of, was 
single as a house of entertainment, and that there were 
also a few fishers* cottages, though too inconsiderable 
to have been described by Norden, even as a village. 

The Church of the village of Maylor, near Falmouth, 
is a very picturesque building, containing a number of 
memorials, among which there is a monument for Capt. 
Yescombe, of the King George Lisbon Packet, who 
was killed in defending his ship against the enemy, 
in 1803. 

Trefusis House, the property of Lord Clinton, in this 
neighbourhood, is a very antient building, most delight- 
fully situated ; but not having been inhabited for many 
years, is going rapidly to decay. Part of it is now 
occupied as a farm-house. 

On the right of the road from Penryn to Helston, in 
the parish of Constantine, is a very curious massy 
rock, called a Tolinen; it is 33 feet long by 14| feet 
■wide, 18 feet high, and 97 feet in circumference. In 
form it resembles an egg, and is poised on two natural 
rocks. Much has been said as to the origin of this 
curious pile, but it is generally supposed to have been 
erected by the Druids. 

Helston, situated about 10 miles from Penryn, is 
a large respectable town, built on the side of a hill, 
gradually sloping to the River Cober, and is noticed by 


historians as a place of considerable antiquity, and 
as having once possessed a Castle* 

It now principally consists of four streets built in the 
form of a cross, with a handsome Market-house and 
Town Hall. The Church, a handsome fabric standing 
on an eminence, on the north side of the town, was 
rebuilt in the year 17^2, at an expense of ^6,000, 
defrayed by the then Earl of Godolphin. It contains a 
number of monuments, and a neat altar-piece painted 
by Lane. 

Helston has returned members to Parliament since 
the reign of Edward I., and the government of the 
town is vested in the Mayor, four Aldermen, and 24 
Assistants : they have exclusively the right of election 
and other privileges. 

The number of inhabitants, according. to the late 
census, amounts to 26*71, or an increase of Z7^ since the 
year 1811. 

This town has long been noted for its remarkable 
Jubilee on the 8th of May, on which day it has been 
customary with the inhabitants for ages past, to cease 
from their labours, and participate in the rural pleasures 
of the peasantry. Yet many of the foolish customs 

* "Heylstoun, alias Hellas" says Leland, "standeth onahill, a 
good Market towne, liaviDg- a Mayor aud privileg'es, wythin the 
which there is a Court for tlie Coinajfe of Tynne, kept twys in the 
Year. Yn tlie to^vnr is both a Chapel and a paroch (Church) and 
vestegia casteili, and a ryverrunnyng' under the same vestegia of the 
Castel issueth towards Tbe South Sea, stopped them yn the west part, 
with S. E. wyndes, casting up sandes inaketh a poole, called Loo, of 
an arrow shot in breadth, and two myles yn compus yn the Somer. 
In the wynter, by reasnn of fluddes, men be consfrayned to cut the 
sandy banke, between the Mouth of the Poole and the Sea, by the 
M'hich gut tiie Sea floweth and ehbi'th ynto the I'oole. — Loo Poole is 
two mile in length, and betwixt it and the mayne Sea is but a barre 
of sand, and once in three or four year what by the wait of the fresh' 
watier and rage of the Sea, it bubleth out, and then the fresh and 
Salt Water meeting maketh a Wonderful Noise. If this barre be 
always kept open it would be a good haren up to Uailston," 


Oil tills occasion, have vanished before modern refine- 
ment, and even the gentcelcst classes engage in the 
pleasures of the day, when the greatest harmony 
usually prevails, and dancing with its consequent hila- 
rity, is kept up until a very late hour. 

The scenery about the Loo Pool is peculiarly fine and, 
picturesque; it combines every characteristic excel- 
lence for forming a good picture, and affords many 
an interesting study for the landscape painter. The 
rocks start abruptly from the margin of the lake, and a 
fine hanging wood clothes the sides of the neigh- 
bouring hills. On the south, the prospect is only 
terminated by a narrow bank of sand, which appears 
almost to unite the sea with the lake: and indeed upon 
certain occasions, when the pool is so full of water as to 
endanger the submersion of property on the valley 
above, it has been found necessary to cut through this 
sandy partition, and allow the overplus water of the lake, 
to flow away into the main ocean. This indulgence, 
with the privilege of fishing for a peculiar and valuable 
species of trout, is readily granted, on application to the 
Lord of the Manor, John Rogers, Esq., of Penrose.* 

On the western side of the Loo Pool, about two miles 
from Helston, is Penrose, the seat of John Rogers, Esq., 
which has been considerably improved, since it came 
into the possession of that gentleman. 

A ride to the Lizard Point from Helston, a distance of 
14miles, will be highly gratifying to the lovers of romantic 
scenery, and which, to use the expression of a celebrated- 
tourist, " is rarely to be surpassed in England." The im- 
mense rocks which here rise in awful dignity to a very 
considerable height, resisting the mighty violence of the 
ocean, cannot fail to make a lasting impression on the 
minds of those who visit this interesting spot. 

The first place of any note, at about the distance 
of six miles from Helston, is the little fishing village of 
* See page 5. 


MuLLioN. The tower of the Church forms a con- 
spicuous feature in this part of the county. 

Three miles from hence, is the celebrated Steatite or 
Soap Rocks* which have been of great use to the china 

Kynan's Cove, situated within a mile of the Lizard 
Point, is highly deserving of notice, and is considered 
one of the most extraordinary spots on the coast. It is 
composed of huge rocks of immense height, partly 
projecting into the sea, and in one place so singularly 
formed, as to resemble an arched grotto.f 

In Lanerwednack Church, almost adjoining the Lizard, 
is a curious antient Font. 

The Lizard Point, is remarkable as being the spot 
from which all ships leaving the Channel, date their 
departure; and notwithstanding two Light Houses have 
been built, as beacons to warn the mariner of the 
danger of steering too close to the shore, shipwrecks 
are not unfrequent, particularly among foreign vessels, 
whose commanders may be supposed to be unacquainted 
with the dangers of this part of the coast.t 

Returning to Helston over Goonholly Downs, in the 
parish of Mawgain, is Trelowarrens, the seat of Sir 
Richard Vyvyan, Bart., a very curious and antient 
embattled mansion, containing fine portraits by Van- 

* Its matrix is an liard turpentine rock, in which it lies im- 
bedded in veins or lohes, almost ductile when first dug out, but 
gradually indurating -when exposed to the air, though always 
retaining its unctious feel. A considerable quantity has been used 
in the manufacture of china, but not for some time past. 

-|- In Lyson's Mag. Brit, is a beautiful etching of Rynan''s Cove, 
by Miss Letitia Byrne. 

t The winters of 1809 and 1817, were particularly fatal to our 
shipping; and among others, the Anson Frigate was lost near PorU 
leaven, when most of her brave crew were swallowed up by the 
ocean. — ^The Primrose Sloop of War, was lost near Gunwalloc CoTe» 
and all on board perished, except a poor Irish boy. — On the same 
night, was lost off the Cove of Loveritb, a transport, when onlj 
eight men escaped a watery grave 1 


dyke.* The house and grounds were much improved 
by the late Sir Vyell Vyvyan, and adjoining the house 
is a very neat Chapel, well fitted up with an organ, &c. 

In Mawgan Church, is a very antient tomb to the 
memory of the Carminoe family, with the mutilated 
effigies of a crusader ahd his lady. 

About five miles north of Helston, on the left of the 
road to Redruth, is Clowance, the property of Sir John 
St. Aubyn, Bart. It is an antient building standing in 
an extensive park, surrounded by high walls. This 
estate is said to have been in possession of this family, 
ever since the reign of Richard II. G reat improvements 
have been made by the present noble proprietor, 
although he seldom resides here : the plantations and 
grounds are arranged with great taste and judgment, 
and tend greatly to enliven the dreariness of this pait of 
the county. The interior contains a number of fine 
family portraits, by Sir Peter Lely and other eminent 
artists, besides a valuable selection of rare and choice 

Godolphin House is one of the most interesting man- 
sions in the county, and although going rapidly to 
decay, displays much of its former grandeur. It is 
situated two miles and a half from Clowance, and 
about a mile from the direct road to Mai'azion. 
The Godolphin family are said to have possessed the 
manor, as far back as the time of William the Con- 
queror; but the present mansion was built in the reign 
of Queen Elizabeth, by Sir Francis Godolphin. It also 
appears, that by his successful adventures and per- 
severance in mining concern^, the customs were 
increased above ^10,000 per annum. Charles II. 
created Sir William Godolphin a Baronet in l66'3, 

* One of which, an equestrian portrait of Charles I. on horseback, 
was presented to the family by Charles II,, in consideration of 
the' great attachment, sufferings, and heavy losses sustained ia his 


and his son Sidney was made Baron Godolphin of 
Rialton, in 1689. This nobleman displayed great 
ability in the House of Commons, and filled several 
distinguished offices under the crown. He died in the 
year 1712, and was succeeded by his son Francis^ 
whose youngest daughter married, in 1744, the Duke of 
Leeds, by which event the Godolphin estates, are now 
become the property of the Osborne family.* 

Pengersick Castle, the remains of which chiefly coa- 
sist of the keep, and a machicolated gate, are highly 
deserving of notice. History is silent as to the origin of 
this fortress; it however appears that the manor and 
barter were purchased in the latter end of the reign of 
Henry VIII., by a Mr. Milliton, (Job Milliton, who is 
mentioned as possessor of St. Michael's Mount, in the 
time of Edward VI.,) who having slain a man privately, 
made the purchase in the name of his son, and immured, 
himself in a secret chamber in the tower, where he died 
without being called upon to account for the offence ! 
The remains are situated at the bottom of an eminence,, 
on the borders of a creek near the sea, and although not 
very extensive,, form a very interesting and picturesque 
subject for the pencil of an artist. 

The manor is chiefly the property of the Duke of 
Leeds, and William Aremdell Harris, Esq. 

From hence to Marazion, the distance is six miles, 
and a very pleasing ride. 

Marazion or Market Jew, is a small town distant 
286 miles from London, and exactly 10 from Helston; 
but few places in England surpass it for mildness of 
climate and agreeable prospects. This town is stated in 
former times to have been a place of some consequence, 
and to have sujfered more than once by conflagration. 
It now consists of about 200 houses, chiefly built at the 
bottom of a hill, which shelters the town from the cold' 
north winds, and, by the late returns, contains about 1300, 
* Beauties of England and Wales for CornwalL, 


inhabitants. This town is governed by a Mayor, eight 
Aldermen, and 12 Burgesses, according to a charter 
granted in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, although it 
does not return members to Parliament. — It has a 
weekly market, and two fairs annually. 

The majestic appearance of St. MichaeVs Mounts 
which has for ages past been so much extolled for its 
singularity and beauty, cannot fail to arrest the attention 
and admiration of every traveller.* Regarding the 
origin of this wonderful object, much dispute has arisen 
among antiquarians; but the circumstance that the 
mount was partly, if not wholly, covered with wood, 
seems to be generally credited. When the mount first 
became a religious spot, is uncertain; but a Priory of 
Benedictine Monks was founded by Edward the Confessor, 
which after the conquest was augmented by Robert 
Earl of Mortaign, and continued until the dissolution of 
religious houses in the reign of Henry VIII., when its 
revenues were valued at j^lllO 12s. per annum! The 
monks however were frequently disturbed in their 
religious avocations, during the turbulent state of early 
reigns ; particularly by one Henry de la Pomeroy, who 
treacherously took possession of this priory, during the 
imprisonment of Richai'd I. in Germany, but who 
fearing the king's anger, is said shortly after to have died 
through grief.t From this and other circumstances, 

* Majestic Michael rises, he whose brow 
Is crowiiM with Castles, and whose rocky sides 
Are clad with dusky ivy ; he whose base. 
Bent by tiie storms of ages, stands unmov'd 
Amidst the wreck of thing^s — the change of time. 
That base, encircl'd by the azure waves, 
Was once with verdure clad; the towering oaks 
Here waved their branches green ; the sacred oaks. 
Whose awful shades among the Druids stray'd, 
To cut the hailow'd Mistletoe, and hold 
High converse with their Gods. 

t Sec page 23. 


the mount was fortified in a castellated manner, and in 
after times became a place of considerable notoriety, 
particularly during the contentions in the reign of 
Charles I.* After the dissolution, it was granted to 
Humphrey Arundell, of Lanherne. In the reign of 
Edward VI. it was leased to Job Militon, Esq. Sheriff 
of Cornwall, and passed through the hands of several 
persons, until it became the property of the St. Aubyn 
family, and now belongs to Sir John St. Aubyn, 
Bart., of Clowance, who has converted the remains 
of the priory into an occasional summer residence. 
Attached to it is a very pretty Chapel, in which divine 
service is occasionally performed; the seats are ex- 
tremely well carved and ranged on each side, much in 
the manner of stalls in cathedrals. At the western end, 
an organ has been recently erected, and may be con- 
sidered one of the finest instruments in the county. In 
the alterations which have taken place, great attention 
has been paid to preserve the original character of the 
buildings, and the dining room (which was the refectory 
of the convent) has a curious frieze in stucco, displaying 
the mode of hunting several wild animals. 

* Careio states, that " duringf the Cornish Commotions, divers 
Gentlemen with their Wives aud Families fled teethe protection of 
this place, where the Rehels besieged them, fyrst wynning' the 
playne at the hilTs foote by assault, when the watfr was out, and 
then the even ground on the top, by carrying up great trusses of Hay 
before them tu blench the defender's sight, aud dead their shot, after 
which they could make but slender resistance, for no sooner should 
any one within peep bis head over those unilanked walls, but he 
became an open mark to an whole shower of arrows. This dig. 
advantage together with Woman's dismay, and decrease of Victuals 
forced a Surrender to these Rakehells mercey, who nothing guilty 
of that effeminate Vertue, spoyi'd their goods, imprison'd their 
bodies, aud were rather by God's gracious providence, than any 
want of will, purpose or attempt, restained from murdering tke 
principal persons." — Lady Catherine Gordon, wife of the noted Per- 
kin Warbeck, the impostor and pretender to the crown, was taken 
prisoner at St. Michael's Mount, and when it surrendered in 1646, to 
the Parliamentary Forces under Colonel Hammond, after great resis- 
tance, a coQsiderable quantity of ammunition aud stores were taken. 

cohnwall. 59 

The mount is chiefly Composed of granite, and the 
passage to its summit, which is on the north side, is 
extremely steep and craggy. At high water it appears 
a complete in-^ulated mass of rock, gradually diminish- 
ing in size from the base, until it forms a pyramid, 
nearly 240 feet high. The prospects from the summit 
cannot fail to raise the most lively emotions, as the eye 
ranges over a vast range of the ocean, and which ap- 
pears the more noble, when contrasted with the humble 
dwellings of the poor fishermen beneath. 

During the early part of the last century, the Pier 
was rebuilt and enlarged, and is now capable of afford- 
ing great shelter to vessels ; the advantage of which to ' 
the fishermen on the coast is incalculable, as they often 
put in here for safety in stormy weather. Most of the 
persons who have taken up their abode on the north side 
the mount, are engaged in fishing pursuits, where many 
cottages have been erected for them. 

After proceeding about three miles over the sands of 
Mount's Bay, is Penzaxce. This town has long been 
noted for the pleasantness of its situation, the salubrity 
of its air, and the beauty of its natives ; and is in con- 
sequence much resorted to by travellers, who, in most 
instances, have derived more benefit than they had 
anticipated. Indeed the mildness of the climate of Pen- 
zance, is often compared to that of Italy. It is situated 
on the north-west side of Mount's Bay, and distant little 
more than 10 miles from the Laud's End, and 283 
from London. — Owing to the improvements made of 
late years, Penzance is now become a very populous 
and highly respectable place,* and altogether possesses 
as many claims as any watering place in the kingdom. 
The Corporation consists of a Mayor, eight Aldermen, 

* Penzance is thus noticed by Leland. — " Penzantes about a mile 
from Mousehold, standings fast in the shore of Mount Bay, is the 
Westest Market Town of all Cornwall, Socur for botes or Shypes, 
but a forced pere or Key— Theyr is but a Chapel yn the sayd 


12 Assistants, and a Recorder; but, like Marazion, does 
not return members to Parliament. — Beside the chapet 
dedicated to St. Mary, there are separate meeting- 
houses for Methodists, Quakers, and Jews. 

A very considerable trade is carried on here in the 
pilchard fisheries, and from thence great quantities of 
tin and copper are also exported. The market here is 
abundantly supplied with fish, and all kinds of provi- 
sions are remarkably plentiful and reasonable. 

About half a mile from the town, is the celebrated 
Wherry Mine, which has not been worked since the year 
1798, owing to the great danger attending the progress 
of the works. The opening of this mine, says Dr. 
Maton, " was an astonishingly adventurous undertaking. 
Imagine the descent into a mine through the sea, the 
miners working at the depth of 12 fathoms below the 
waves; the rod of a steam engine extending from the 
shore to the shaft, a distance of nearly 120 fathoms; 
and a great number of men momentarily menaced with 
an inundation of the sea, which continually drains in no- 
small quantity through the roof of the mine, and roars 
loud enough to be distinctly heard in it." Tin is the 
principal produce of this mine, and the ore is ex» 
tremely rich. 

On the western side of Mount's Bay, about a mile 
and a half from Penzance, is the small fishing town of 
Newlyn, and the village of Mousehole ; the latter 
remarkable only as having been the residence of Old 
Dolly Penkeath, the last person said to have spoken the 
Cornish dialect, and who died at the age of 102 years^ 
in the month of January, 1778. 

About three miles from hence, at a place called Bos- 

towne, 88 ys in Newlyn, For theyr paroche Chyrches be more than a 
mile off." — Penzance is noticed in history as having^ been destroyed 
by fire in the year 1595, by a party of Spaniards, who landed ati 
Mousehole, but were soon prevented from effecting further mis- 
ehief, by thie bravery of the Coraisbmen, 


CAWENUN, close to the sea, is a very curious piece of 
antiquity, composed of two large flat stones, one resting 
on a natural rock, and the other on three large stones; 
but whether this singular pile is the remain of some 
Druidical monument, or may be classed under the de- 
nomination of Roman Antiquities, is a matter not easily 
determined. The most interesting Druidical remains 
in this neighbourhood, are a pile of stones, between St. 
Burian's and Sarund, consisting of 19 in number, set 
upright in a circle 25 feet diameter, one large stone 
being in the centre. 

St. Burian, the next place of any note, was once 
remarkable as having possessed a college of Secular 
Canons, said to have been founded by King Athelstan, 
after the conquest of the Scilly Isles ; but not a vestige 
of this antient edifice now remains, St. Burian's, how- 
ever, is an independent deanery, in the gift of the King, 
and under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Exeter. 

The Church, which stands on a commanding emi- 
nence, and serves as a land mark, is a spacious fabric, 
consisting of three aisles, and contains several curious 
monumental remains; but when it was repaired in 1814, 
a handsome carved screen and other relics of antiquity 
were removed. Near the south porch, which is orna- 
mented with embrasures and pinnacles, is a §mall cross,* 
raised on four steps, with a circular head perforated 
with four holes, and on one side is a representation of 
the Crucifixion. In this parish are several decayed 
seats, now mostly occupied by farmers, which formerly 
belonged to several eminent persons in the county. 

The celebrated Logan or Rocking Stone at Treryn 
Castle, in the parish of St. Levan, is highly deserving 

* Crosses art very prevalent in Cornwall, Almost every village 
contains one or more. They consist in general, of a shaft of 
granite, and a torved head, with the figure of a cross in relief. 
The most remarkable ones, are the cross in Mawgan church-yard, 
Lanhivitt, and Frier Hole Cross, on the side of the road leading front 
Bodmin to Launcestoa. 


of notice, and indeed is considered as great a curiosity 
as any thing in Cornwall. This extraordinary stone, or 
immense block of granite, supposed even to weigh 90 
tons, is so balanced on the summit of an immense pile 
of rocks, that one individual, by placing his back 
to it, can move it to and fro easily. 

•' Behold yon huge 
And nnhewn sphere of living' adamant, 
Which, pois'd by magic, rests its central weight 
On yonder pointed rock, firm as it seems, 
Such is its strange and virtuous property. 
It moves obsequious to the gentlest touch." 

The stupendous and majestic appearance of the 
rocks which form the Promontory of the Land's End, 
the raging of the ocean beneath, the incessant scream- 
ing of sea gulls and other wild birds, when disturbed 
by the sight of man, raise the strongest emotions of 
admiration and astonishment. On a ridge of rocks, 
called the Long Ships, a Light House was erected in the 
year 1797, by a Mr. Smith, under the sanction of the 
Trinity Board. 


From the Land's End' to Stratton; through St. Ives, 
Camborne, Redruth, St. Columb, Padstow, and Cam- 

St. just, about five miles from the Land's End, is 
the first place of any note in this direction, and is situa- 
ted about seven miles from Penzance; but chiefly 
remarkable as the birth-place of the celebrated Dr. 
Borlase, the historian of the Natural History and Anti- 
quities of this county.* 

• William Borlase, a learned Eng^lish antiquary, was bora 
at Pendeeii, in tiie parish of St. Just, Cornwall, February 2, 1695^. 
The family of that name, from which he was descended, had been 
settled at that place from whence they derived it (Borlase,) from tb« 
time of King William Rufus. Our author was the second son of 
John Borlase, Esq. of Pendeen, in the parish before mentioned, by 
Lydea, the yonng'est daug-hter of Christopher Harris, Esq. of Hayne, 
in the countyof Devon, and was early put to school at Penzance, from 
which he was removed in 1709, to that 6f the Rev. Mr. Bedford, then 
a learned schoolmaster at Plymouth. Having^ completed his gram- 
matical education, he was entered of Exeter College, Oxford, in 
March, 1712-3, where, on the first of June, 1719, he took the degree of 
Master of Arts. In the same year, Mr. Borlase was admitted to 
deacons' orders, and ordained priest in 1720. On the 22nd of April, 
1722, he was instituted by Dr. Watson, Bishop of Exeter, to the rec- 
tory of Ludg-van, iu Cornwall, to which he had been presented by 
Charles, Duke of Bolton. On the 28th of July, 1724, he was married 
in the church of lllug-an, by his elder brother. Dr. Borlase of Castle- 
horneck, to Anne, eldest surviving- daughter and coheir of William 
Smith, M. A. rector of the parishes of Camborn and Illugan. In 1732, 
flie Lord Chancellor King, by the recommendation of Sir William 
Morrice, Bart, presented Mr. Borlase to the vicarage of St. Just, his 
native parish, and where his father had a considerable property. 
This vicarage and the rectory of Ludgvau were the only preferments 
|ie ever received. 
. Wben Air. Borlase was fixed at Ludgvan, which was a retired, but 


" The road to St. Ives," says Dr. Maton, " when re- 
tuniing from the western part of the county, passes near 
numerous shafts of mines, which render a journey over 
this part of the country by night extremely dangerous. 
The moor stone or granite lies dispersed in detached 

a delightful sitnation, he soon recommended himself as a pastor, 
a a^ontleman, and a man of learning-. The duties of his profession he 
discharged with the most rigid punoluality and exemplary dignity. 
He was esteemed and respected by the principal gentry of Cornwall, 
and lived on the most friendly and socrai terms vt ith those of his neigh- 
bourhood. In the pursuit of general knowledge he was active and 
vigorous : and his mind being of an inquisitive turn, he could not 
survey with inattention or indifference the peculiar objects which his 
situation pointed to his view. There were in the parish of Ludgvan 
rich copper works, belongiug to the late Earl of Gndolphin. These 
abounded with mineral and metallic fossils, which Mr. Borlase col- 
lected from time to time; and his collection increasing by degrees, 
he was encouraged to study at large the natural history of his native 
county. While he was engaged in this design, he could not avoid 
being struck with the numerous monnments of remote antiquity, that 
are to be met with in several parts of Cornwall, and which had 
hitherto been passed over with far less examination than they de- 
served. Enlarging, therefore, his plan, he determined to gain as 
accurate an acquaintance as possible with the Druid learning, and 
with the religion and customs of the ancient Britons, before their 
conversion to Christianity. To this undertaking he was encouraged 
by several gentlemen of his neighbourhood, who were men of litera- 
ture and lovers of British antiquities; and particularly by Sir John St. 
Aubyn, ancestor of the present baronet of that family, and the late 
Rev. Edward Collins, v icar of St. Earth . In the year 1748, Mr. 
Borlnse, happening to attend the ordination of his eldest son at 
Exeter, commenced an acquaintance with the Rev. Dr. Charles Lyt- 
tleton, late Bishop of Carlisle, then come to be installed into the 
dfanery, and the Rev. Dr. Milles, the late dean, two eminent auti. 
quaries in London. Our author''s correspondence with these gentle- 
men was a great encouragement to the prosecution of his studies ; 
and he has acknowledged his obligations to them, in several parts of 
his works. In 175(), being at London, hn was admitted a fellow of 
the Royal Society, into which he hud been chosen the year before, 
after having communicated an ingenious " Essay on the Cornish 
Crystals." Mr. Borlase, having completed in 1753 his manuscript 
of the Antiquities of Cornwall, carried it to Oxford, where he 
finished the whole impression, in folio, in the February following. 
A second edition of it, in the same form, was published at London, ia 
17G0. Our author's next publication was, '* Observations on the 


blocks, many of them huge enough for another Stone 
Henge. Scarcely a shrub appears to diversify the 
prospect, and the only living beings that inhabit the 
mountainous, parts are the goats, which browse the 
scanty herbage." 

ancient and present state of the Islands of Scilly, and their impor- 
tance to tlie trade of Great Britain, in a letter to the Rev. Charles 
Lyttleton, L. L. D. Dean of Exeter, and V. R. S." Tliis work, which 
was printed likewise at Oxford, and appeared in 175(i, in qnarto,was 
an extension of a paper that had heen read before the Royal Society, 
on the 8th of February, 1753, entitled " An Account of the great Al- 
terations, which the Islands of Scilly have underg-one since the time 
of the ancients, who mention tliem, as to their number, extent, and 
position," It was at the request of Dr. Lyttleton, that this account 
was enlarged into a distinct treatise. In 1757, Mr. Borlase agaiu 
employedthe Oxford Press, in printing' his " Natural History of Corn- 
wall," for which he had been many years making collections, and 
which was published in April, 1758. After this, he sent a variety of 
fossils, r id remains of antiquity, which he had described in his works 
in the Ashniolean Museum ; and to the same repository he continued 
to send every thing curious which fell into bis hands. For these 
benefactions be received the thanks of the University, in a letter from 
the Vice-chancellor, dated Nov. 18, 1758 ; and in March, 176C, that 
learned body conferred on him the degree of doctor of laws, by 
diploma, the highest academical order. 

Though Dr. Borlase, when he had completed his three principal 
■works, was become more than sixty years of age, he continued to 
exert his usual diligence and vigour in quiet attention to his pasto- 
ral duty, and the study of the scriptures. In the course of this study 
he drew up paraphrases on the books of Job, and the books of Solo- 
mon, and wrote some other pieces of a religious kind, rather, how- 
ever, for his private improvement, than with a view to publication. 
His amusements abroad were to superintend the care of his Parish, 
and particularly the forming and reforming of its roads, which were 
more numerous than in any parish of Cornwall. ' His amusements at 
home were the belles lettres, and especially painting; and the cor- 
rection and enlargement of bis "Antiquities of Cornwall," for a 
second edition, engaged some part of his time; and when this busi- 
ness was completed, he applied his attention to a minute revision of 
his " Natural History." After this, he prepared for the press a 
treatise he had composed some years before, concerning the creation 
and deluge. But a violent illness, in January, 1771, and the appre- 
hension of entangling himself in so long and close an attention 
as the correcting the sheets, solely, and at such a distance from 
Loudon, would require, induced him to drop his design, and to re- 


St. Ives is a very antient and populous sea-port 
town, situated near the north-east angle of a very fine 
bay, about eight miles from Penzance ; seven from 
Marazion; 13 north-west from Helston ; 14 west from 
Redruth ; and 277 from London. In antient records, 
this town was called Porth-Ia; and it is said to have de- 
rived its name from St. Hya, or la, an Irish saint, who 
came over to Cornwall accompanied by St. Breaca and 
others, and was buried in the church at this place. 

It has a good Pier, erected by Smeaton, about 40 
years ago; but the streets being very narrow, iiTCgular, 
and dirty, the town has but a poor appearance in 

cat the mdnnscript from his bookseller, when only a few pag'es of 
it had been printed. From the time of his illness, he beg^n sen- 
sibly to decline ; the infirmities of old ag-e came fast upon him ; and 
it was visible to all his friends that his dissolution was approaehingf. 
This expected event happened on the 31st of August, 1772, in the 
77th year of his ag-e, when he was lamented as a kind father, an 
affectionate brother, a sincere friend, an instructive pastor, and a 
man of erudition. He was buried within the communion rails in 
Ludg-van Church, by the side of Mrs. Borlase, Vvho had been dead 
above three years. 

The Doctor had by his lady six sons, two of whom alone survived 
him, the Rev. Mr. John Borlase, and the Rev. Mr. George Borlase, 
who was Casuistical Professor and Registrar of the University of 
Cambridge, and died in 1809. Besides Dr. Borlase's literary con- 
sections with Dr. Lyttleton and Dr. Milles, before-mentioned, he 
corresponded with most of the literary men of his time. He had a 
particular intercourse of this kind with Mr. Pope; and there is 
still existing a large collection of letters, written by that celebrated 
poet to our author. He furnished Mr. Pope with the greatest part 
of the materials for forming his grotto at Twickenham, consisting of 
such curious fossils as the county of Cornwall abounds with; and 
there might have been seen, before the destruction of that curiosity, 
Dr. Borlase's name in capitals, composed of crystals, in the grotto. 
On this occasion a very handsome letter wa$ written to the Doctor 
by Mr. Pope, in which he says, " I am much obliged to you for your 
-valuable collection of Cornish diamonds. 1 have placed them where 
they may best represent yourself, in a shade, bufshining," alluding 
to the obscurity of Dr. Borlase's situation, and the brilliancy of his 
talents. — The papers which he communicated at different times to 
the Royal Society are numerous and curious. 

itself, yet when viewed from the environs, it has a very 
picturesque effect. It is also one of the Borough-Towns 
of Cornwall, and the right of electing the Members of 
Parliament, is vested in the Corporation and all the in- 
habitants of the town and parish paying scot and lot. 
According to the late returns, the parish contains up- 
wards of 3000 inhabitants. A considerable traffic is 
carried on at St. Ives, with the Bristol merchants, be- 
sides the Pilchard Fisheries; but this port, like most 
others on the north coast, is much incommoded by the 
quantity of sand driven in by the north-west winds. 

Speaking of St. Ives, Leland observes that " most part 
of the houses in the peninsula be sore oppressid or 
overcovered with sandes that the stormy windes and 
rages castith up there. This calamte hath continuid ther 
litle above 20 yeres. " Again he says, " the best part of 
the toun now standith in the south part of the Peninsula, 
toward another hille for defence from the sandes". Nor- 
den describes the haven as much annoyed with sands, 
and unfit for receiving ships of any burden. "The town 
and port of St. Ives," says Carew, " are both of mean 
plight; yet with their best means (and often to good 
and necessarie purpose) succouring distressed shipping. 
Order hath been taken," he adds, " and attempts made 
for bettering the road with a peer; but eyther want or 
slacknesse, or impossibilitie, hitherto withhold the effect: 
the whiles plentie of fish is here taken and sold verie 
cheap." Holinshed has mention of a light-house, and 
block-house, near St. Ives, to the following effect. On 
" a little byland cape or peninsula, called Pendinas, the 
compass not above a mile, standeth a Pharos or light for 
ships that sail by those coasts in the night. There is 
also a block-house and a peer on the east side thereof, 
but the peer is sore choaked with sand, as is the whole 
coast from St. les unto St. Carantokes." There is still 
a battery on the eastern side, and the old pharos, which 
still exists, is used for depositing government stores. 


Sir Francis Basset, member for this town in the reign 
of Charles I., gave the Corporation a handsome cup, on 
which is the following singular inscription: 

If any discord ''ticixt my friends arise^ 
fVithin the borough of beloved St. /ue'*, 
It is desyned that this my Cup of Love, 
To evince one a Peace Maker may prove. 
Then am I blest to have given a legacie 
So like my harte unto posteritie. 

This Sir Francis Basset, (who was of Tehiddy) pro- 
cured for St. Ives, from King Charles, in the year l6'39, 
its first charter of incorporation; under which the body- 
corporate consisted of a Mayor, 12 capital Burgesses, 
and 24 inferior Burgesses: but by the subsequent char- 
ter of James II., granted in l685, the Corporation con- 
sists of a Mayor, Recorder, Town-clerk, 10 Aldermen, 
end 12 Common-council-mcn. Four of these are 
Justices of the Peace, and hold a Sessions. It appears 
that before the incorporation, the chief officer of this 
town was called the Mayor or Portreeve ; and it is said 
that one Payne, who held tliat office in the reign of 
Edward VI., was executed by order of Sir Anthony 
Kingston, for being concerned in Arundell's rebellion.* 
The Borough has sent members to Parliament ever 
since the reign of Philip and Mary. 

The Rev. Jonathan Touss, the learned annotator on 
Sudidas, and editor of Longinus, was born at St. Ives, 
and died at the age of 72, in the year 1785, after being 
34 years rector of St, Martin's, near Looe. 

The Church is a low antient fabric, situated near the sea- 
shore, and contains a curious Font, the body of St. la, the 
foundress of the church, and the patroness of the town. 

On the summit of a hill, near the town, is Tregvma, a 
modern castellated building, the seat of S. Stephens, Esq. 
which commands a fine prospect of the sea. About a 

• Dr. Borlase's MSS, quoted in Lysons' Cornwall, p. 149. 


mile from the house, is a pyramid erected to the memory 
of the late John Knill, Esq., of Gray's Inn, London, 
and secretary to Lord Hobart, when Lord-Lieutenant of 
Ireland, who by will, directed that at the end of every 
five years, an old woman, and 10 girls under 14 years 
of age, should walk in procession with music, from the 
market-house at St. Ives, to this pyramid, round which 
they should dance and sing the 100th Psalm, and for 
which purpose he vave some freehold lands.* 

About four miles from St. Ives, at a place called Haylcj 
situated on the eastern bank of the river of that name, 
were, till lately, several houses for smelting copper, 
but which have been discontinued, owing to the too 
great expense necessary to be incurred. The process 
of smelting the ore and roiling the metal, was brought 
to great perfection at these works, but materially effected 
the constitution of the poor men employed in them. A 
very considerable trade is however carried on at Hayle, 
in timber, iron, limestone, and Bristol wares. 

On the west side of the harbour, is Trevcthoe, the 
property of Wm. Praed, Esq. The house stands in a 
very pleasant situation, and the grounds have been much 
improved by the introduction of the pine-aster fir, which 
flourishes extremely well in this part of the county. 

The county between this place and Redruth, has long 
been celebrated for its numerous mines, some of which 
have produced a golden harvest for their proprietors^ 
and have given employment to many hundred persons. 

In the midst of them stands Camborne, which has 
in consequence become a considerable market-town, 
and has four fairs annually. The market-house was 
erected at the expense of Lord de Dunstanville. 

The Church is an antient fabric, and contains some 

elegant memorials of the Pendarves family, a handsome 

marble altar-piece, and a curious carved stone pulpit; 

but its antient font has been removed to the gardens at 

* Lyson's Mag . Brit. p. 160. 


Tehiddy. According to the late returns, the population 
of Camborne is stated at 6219, or an increase of 1005, 
during the last 10 years. 

Pendarves, in this parish, the seat of Edward William 
Wynne Pendarves, Esq. is a large handsome building, 
situated on a commanding eminence, and has lately 
undergone many judicious improvements. 

About four miles to the left of the road to Redruth, 
and the same distance north-west of that town, is Tehiddy 
Fork, the seat of the Right Hon. Lord de Dunstanville, 
■which forms a noble feature in this part of the county. 
It is a handsome edifice, chiefly built of Cornish free- 
stone, with detached wings at the angles, and erected in 
the early part of last century. It is embellished with a 
number of fine paintings, of which the following are 
most worthy of notice. 

King John signing Magna Charta. — Miller. 

The Cascade of Terni, and another of the 

Cascatellis of Tivoli, with Mecwnuskilla. — More. 

The Lake of Nirni. — Dulancy, 

The Death of Lucretia, & a Venus and Cupid. — Gavin 

The Three Graces. — Rubens. 

A Philosopher with a skull in his hand. — Rembrant. 

A Nativity, and a Flight into Egypt. — G. Bassan. 

Herodias, with the Head of John the Baptist. — Bonomi 
de Ferrari. 

Sketch of our Saviour appearing to St. Bruno, — Lan- 

A small picture of a Nun. — Carlo Dolcii, 

A Battle Piece. — Burgognon. 

Portrait of a Venetian Senator. — Pordenon. 

A whole-length Portrait of Gen. Massey. — Vandyke, 

pitto of Sir Francis Basset, Vice-Admiral of Corn- 
wall. — Ditto. 

Chief Justice Keybridge and his Wife. — Peter Lely. 


Lady Masters, aged 74, sister to Sir Francis Basset. — 
Godfrey Kneller. 

The late Sir John St. Auhyn and the late Francis 
Basset, Esq. — Hudson. 

Lord de Dunstanville and his Lady. — Gainsborough. 

Ditto, when about 1 8 years of age, in a vandyke 
dress. — Sir Joshua Reynolds. 

Sir John St. Aubyn. — Ditto. 

John Prideux Basset. — Ramsey. 

The extent of Tehiddy Park amounts to about 700 
acres, and the grounds have been much improved and 
beautified by extensive plantations, since the present 
nobleman succeeded to this estate. 

Two miles south of Tehiddy, and within the same dis- 
tance of Redruth, is Carn-bre' Hill, a very interesting spot, 
and considered by Borlase, (from the numerous remains 
of cromlechs, basons, circles, and kairs, in its vicinity) to 
have been the principal seat of Druidical worship in this 
neighbourhood. Notwithstanding many other writers 
have coincided in this opinion, yet it is evident from the 
observations of one of the most learned Antiquarians, that 
these remains do not exhibit a complete system of Druidical 
worship, and Dr. Maton also observes, " these rocks 
exhibit awful vestiges of convulsions, and the immense 
detached masses of granite, which appear about to roll 
down their declivities, awaken sublime ideas in the 
mind of a spectator." Neither is there any appearance 
of systematic designs in the remains alluded to. 

On the eastern side of the hill, stands Carn-bre' 
Castle, erected on a vast ridge of rocks, which not being 
all contiguous, are connected by arches turned over the 
cavities. One part of this fortress is very antient and 
pierced with loop holes, but the other seems more modern, 
and is supposed to have been erected to embellish the 
prospect from Tehiddy, and from its elevated situation, 
being nearly 700 feet above the level of the sea, com- 


mands a most extensive view of the surrounding country. 
In the year 1749, several gold coins and other relics of 
antiquity, were found in digging a part of the hill, and 
a plate of them is given in Borlase's Work. 

Redruth, which is supposed to be one of the most 
antient places in the county, is now become a very con- 
siderable and populous market town. It principally 
consists of one long street, built on the side of an emi- 
nence, in the very bosom of the mining district. 

The Church, which was rebuilt about 50 years ago, is 
a neat edifice, standing nearly a mile from the town; 
and the rectory is in the gift of Lord de Dunstanville. 

Redruth has two markets weekly, and three fairs 
annually. The population of the parish, according to 
the late returns, amounts to 6,000. 

Scorrier House, about two miles from Redruth, the 
seat of John Williams, Esq., contains a very valuable 
collection of minerals. 

The country between Redruth and St. Agnes, appears 
extremely desolate and barren, as a late writer has- ob- 
served — " like the shabby mien of a miser, it's aspect 
does not correspond with its hoards;" since there are 
more mines in this part of the county, than any other. 

St. Agnks is a sniuU town, on the northern coast, 
nine miles from Truro, and 2()7 from London, and had 
formofly a considerable harbour, now choaked up with 
sand ; and the quay has been partly washed down t)y 
the impetuosity of the waves, but is now in tolerable 

The lover of the picturesque, however, will be highly 
pleased at the grandeur of the rocks, which face the 
shore at this part of the coast; and here is a remarkable 
stupendous mountain, called St. Agned Beacon, rising 
pyramidically to the height of more than 600 feet above 
the level of the sea. The beacon on the top is greatly 
dilapidated, yet is particularly valuable to vessels pass- 
ing this coast. Au antient well at this place, has been 


much extolled, and many miraculous slories are told 
regarding its virtues. 

St. Agnes has to boast of the birth of that celebrated 
painter, Opie, and one of the members of the Royal 
Academy, who died so much lamented, at an early age. 
His Lectures on Painting have since been published, 
with his portrait, and are highly interesting and useful 
to the artist. 

The Church is an antient edifice, and is consolidated 
with the vicarage of Piranzabuloe, being in the patron- 
age of the Dean and Chapter of Exeter. There are 
also several antient manors in this parish. The popu- 
lation, according to the late returns, amounted to 5,762, 
being an increase of 738, since the year 1811. 

In Piranzabuloe, the adjoining parish, is of a cir- 
cular amphitheatre, with a rampart and fosse surround- 
ing it, called Firan Round. The area is about 130 
feet in diameter, and it is supposed to have been origi- 
nally designed for the performance of Cornish interludes, 
or where plays were acted. 

Perraw Forth in this parish, is much resorted to 
during the bathing season, on account of its fine sandy 
beach, &c. 

Trerice in Newlyn, is one of the most interesting 
antient buildings in the county, and although going to 
decay, still displays much of its original grandeur. 
The principal entrance hall being very spacious, is 
lighted by a fine large window of 24. compartments, and 
over the chimneypiece in the drawing-room, (which is 
in a very deplorable state,) are the arms of the Arundel 
family, who resided here at a very early period. It is 
now the property of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bart., 
and at present is occupied by a respectable farmer. 

About three miles from hence, in the parish of St. 
Columb Minor, are some considerable remains of 
Railton Priory, and which is said to have been founded 


by Prior Vivian of Bodmin, who is noticed in a subse- 
quent part of this work. 

The remains are seated in a romantic valley, and 
principally consist of the entrance gateway, and an 
inner court with an embattled dwelling, lighted with 
three Gothic windows. There is also a very antient 
Well, at the back of which is a curious carved niche, 
with a pedestal for an image. At different parts of the 
building are several coats of arms of the founder, and a 
stone with some curious characters upon it. The 
accompanying view exhibits the most interesting and 
entire part of this religious building. 

Quitting this sequestered spot, on ascending the hill 
leading to St. Columb, on the left, stand the ruins of 
Nanswhyden House, the seat of the late Robert Hoblyn, 
Esq., and which was unfortunately destroyed by fire, in 
1803, together with the whole of the furniture in it. The 
house was one of the handsomest buildings in the county, 
and erected from the designs of Potter, at an expense 
of upwards of ^30,000. It had a very valuable library, 
which fortunately escaped this catastrophe, having been 
sold before by auction in London, after the sale lasting 
25 days. The catalogue was embellished with a 
portrait of the owner, and is now a valuable relic 
of literature. 

At Mawgan, a romantic village three miles north- 
west from St. Columb, is Lanherne, formerly the resi- 
dence of the Arundels ; but remarkable as being the 
abode of several Carmelite Nuns from Antwerp, and the 
only nunneiy now existing in this county. It is a very 
antient building, and contains a neat Chapel adorned 
with a few good paintings, brought hither at the time the 
nuns emigrated to this country. The east front of the 
house being the principal, displays much of its original 
character, but the whole is an interesting pile of 
building. It is now the property of Lord Arundel, 


of Wardour Castle, who takes great pleasure in affording 
an asylum, and attending to these unprotected women: 

" Oft the musing passer by 
At the Mansion casts his eye, 
Griov'd for the devoted host, 
Tiiere to social freedom lost." 

The nuns are very strict and regular in their devo- 
tions, and employ their leisure time in the manufacture 
of fancy articles, which are disposed of to those persons 
who visit the place. Although this indulgence is 
allowed, the nuns are seldom seen, except at a funeral, 
when the whole of them attend the corpse, to the end 
of the lawn in front of the house. 

The Church of Mawgan almost adjoins Lanherne, and 
is a very antient fabric, containing a great variety of 
curious brass monumental inscriptions, but several of 
them have been defaced. The carving of the screen 
which separates the chancel, is a fine piece of workman- 
ship. In the church-yard stands a very curious and 
antient Gothic Cross, on the east side of which is a niche 
containing the Crucifixion, sculptured in pretty high 
relief. In the niche on the west side, is carved a sub- 
ject, taken no doubt from some legend, consisting of the 
figures of a king and queen; the latter in the dress of 
the fourteenth century, kneeling on one side before 
a desk. On the other side, is a large bolt with a serpent 
coiled round it, which seems to be biting the face of the 
king, whilst an angel holds its tail.* The whole is in 
tolerable fine preservation, but for whom, or for what 
purpose it was erected, has never been ascertained. 

Carnanton, in this paribh, the seat of James 
Willyams, Esq., is a neat and commodious building, 
but almost surrounded by trees. An earthen vessel was 
lately found near this house, containing near 700 silver 
English coins of different reigns, in fine preservation, 

* Lyson's Mag. Brit. 245. 


Trewan, the seat of Richard Vyvyan, Esq, the late 
Sheriff for the county, is situdtcd on the brow of a hill 
facing the south, commanding a fine view of the town of 
St. Columb. It is an irregular building of granite, said 
to have been erected in the year l633, and the interior 
contains several handsome apartments; but the drawing 
room being richly ornamented with sculpture, represent- 
ing the principal events of the Book of Genesis, is highly 
deserving of notice. — There are also a few good portraits, 
and a fine picture of a Shipwreck, by Vandervelde, 

St. Columb Major, as it is called, to distinguish it 
from a parish of the same name adjoining the village, but 
of less consequence, is a considerable market town; and 
although not situated on the high mail road to Truro, yet 
is a town of some importance on the northern side of 
the county. It is built on an eminence, and contains a 
few good houses; the Market-house has an antient appear- 
ance. It is situated 1 1 miles north-west of Bodmin, and 
15 from Truro; but after leaving the regular high mail 
road, the other roads winding to the town are very bad 
and dirty. 

The Church is a large antient fabric ; but has, per- 
haps, been injudiciously altered from its original design. 
The interior contains a variety of memorials, one of 
•which has a handsome bust of the deceased Robert Hob- 
lyn, Esq. of Nauswhyden, who represented the City of 
Bristol in three Parliaments, and died in the year 1756. 
The living of St. Columb is the best in the county, and 
computed to be worth at least ^2000 per annum, and 
in the gift of the Rev. George Moore, of Garlennick, 
near Grampound. 

The population of the parish, according to the late 
returns, amounted to about 2,493. It has a market 
every Thursday, and two fairs annually. 

About two miles from the town, to the left of the road 
leading to Bodmin, but in St. Columb parish, is Castle- 
an-DinaSf a noble entrenchment, originally fortified with 


three circular walls, and an immense ditch. It is gene- 
rally supposed to have been constructed by the Danes, 
and was a permanent fortified residence of some Scandi- 
navian Chief. The diameter of the space enclosed, is 
400 feet; and the principal ditch is 60 feet wide. 
Castle-an-Dinas, Dr. Borlase says, consisted of two 
stone walls, built one within the another, in a circular 
form : the ruins he describes as fallen on each side the 
wall, shewing the work to have been of great height 
and thickness: he also mentions a third wall, built 
more than half way round, but left unfinished. This 
remain is seated on the highest hill in the hundred of 

From St. Columb to Padstow, the distance is eight 
miles, but the country between those places does not 
present any thing deserving particular observation. 

Padstow has long been noted as the principal sea- 
port town on the north coast of Cornwall, and in a com- 
mercial point of view is of the greatest advantage to the 
county. Here also the first religious house was founded 
by St. Petreock, as early as the year 432. It is situated 
1 1 miles frohi Bodmin, and about 243 from London, and 
is noted as one of the most antient places in England. 
The town is built on the western side of the harbour, 
sheltered by an immense hill, and at high water has a 
pleasing appearance. 

A very considerable trade is carried on here in iron, 
coals, timber, groceries, and merchandize in general. 
Padstow has a market weekly, and two fairs annually. 
These are now little more than mere holiday fairs ; 
though within these 60 years they were well supplied 
with cattle, cloth, hats, &c. Leland, speaking of this 
town, says — " There use many Britons with smaul 
shippes to resorte to Padestowe, with commodities of 
their countrey, and to by fische : the town of Padestowe is 
ful of Irisch men : there is a large exporte of come." 
Carew again says — " It hath lately purchased a corpo- 

78 CORNWAtt. 

ration, and reapeth greatest thrift by traffiking with Ire- 
land, for which it commodiously lieth." We have not 
been able to learn any thing about the charter of corpo- 
ration alluded to by Carew, and are assured that the 
town has no such charter. The principal import-trade, 
for iron, is from Cardiff; coals, from Wales ; timber, 
from Norway; and groceries, and bale goods, from 
Bristol: and considerable quantities of corn are still 
exported; the other principal exports are malt and 

In the Church, an antique building, situated at the 
head of the town, are several handsome memorials: that 
of Sir Nicholas Prideaux, Knt., who was Carew's con* 
temporary, and died in 1627, commemorates also Sir 
William Morice, who married a daughter of Hum- 
phrey Prideaux: " he was knighted," says his epitaph, 
" by King Charles II., on his landing at Dover, and 
afterwards made Secretary of State and a Privy Coun- 
sellor, in consequence of his great services in bringing 
about the Restoration, by his influence with General 
Monk. He died at Werrington, in 1676, aged ^b." 
The learned Dr. Humphrey Prideaux, Dean of Nor- 
wich, was a grandson of Sir Nicholas above-mentioned, 
and was born at Padstow, in l648. Dr. Prideaux, who 
was educated at Liskeard school, besides his well-known 
work on the connexion between the Old and New Tes- 
taments, published " The True Nature of Imposture 
fully displayed in the Life of Mahomet." — The Font, in 
this antient building, is in itself a curious relic of anti- 
quity, decorated with effigies of the twelve Apostles. 

There are several antient Chapels in this parish. 
That of St. Saviour, of which the east wall remains, 
stood on the brink of the precipice which overlooks the 
town: near Place-house, at the top of the town, was St. 
Sampson's chapel : at Trethyllic, near Place grounds, 
was a chapel with a cemetery : between St. Saviour's, 
and Stepper-point, was another chapel, the name of 


Xvhich is not known : and about a mile and a half from 
the town, that of St. Cadock, which had a tower, the 
pinnacles of which were used in rebuilding that of Little 
Petherick church. 

One of the schools founded by the trustees of the 
Rev. St. John Elliot's charitable donations (176O;) and 
endowed with £5 per annum each, was established in 
Padstow. Two Sunday-schools, and several Day-schools, 
have also been established; by which several institutions 
for relieving the poor, and encouraging the industrious, 
are supported. 

Padstow contains, according to the late returns, 
1702 inhabitants, or an increase of 204, since the 
year 1811. 

On Sander's Hill, a handsome residence was erected 
a few years ago, at a very considerable expense, by the 
late Thomas Rawlings, Esq., but which is about to be 
taken down, owing to the death of that gentleman, and 
as the property cannot be disposed of. 

Place-House, the seat of the Rev. Charles Prideaux 
Brune, situated a little distance above the church, is 
an antient embattled mansion. It contains a few re- 
markable fine family portraits, and bther works of art. 
The house has been lately beautified and enlarged at a 
considerable expense, and may now be ranked as one 
of the finest residences in the county. The western 
front with its circular tower and Gothic library window^ 
has a very handsome effect. 

The Rocks off the coast in the neighbourhood of 
Padstow, and the sand banks on the coast, not always 
visible at low water, have been the cause of many ship- 
wrecks, and scarcely a winter passes without the occur- 
rence of such dreadful calamities. The Rev. Mr. 
Warner, in his Tour through Cornwall, speaking of the 
dangerous rocks off this coast, says, " their black per- 
pendicular heads frown inevitable destruction on every 


vessel that approaches them, and seldom does one of the 
unhappy crew survive to tell the horrors of the wreck.'* 

Again she plungfes ! hark a second shock 
Tears her strong bottom on the marble rock. 
Down on tlie vale of death, with dismal cries. 
The fated victims shuddering roll their eyes 
In wild despair, while yet another stroke 
With deep convulsions rends the solid oak : 
*Till like the mine, in whose infernal cell 
The lurking daemons of destruction dwell. 
At length asunder torn, her frame divides, 
And crashing spreads in ruin o'er the tides. 

Quitting Padstow, the lover of the picturesque will 
be much delighted with the village of Little Pkther- 
wiCK, where a bridge across the road, an old mill, the 
church, a few rustic cottages, and some luxuriant foil* 
age, form a picture highly interesting. 

After crossing the river Camel at Wadebridge, over 
which there is a bridge, built in the year 1485, of 17 
Gothic arches, and 320 feet long, in the parish of 
Egleshale, is Peucarrow, the handsome seat of Sir 
Arscott O'Molesworth, Bart. The house has lately 
undergone a complete repair, and is fitted up in an 
elegant style, with a good library, billiard room, and 
the usual comforts attached to a gentleman's residence. 
Here are also a few good pictures, but mostly portraits. 
The gardens and hot-houses are very beautiful, and 
kept in excellent order. 

In the Church of Egleshale, is a very handsome 
carved stone pulpit, and a neat monument to the me- 
mory of Sir John Molesworth and his lady. 

The road from hence to Camelford, a distance of 11 
miles, contains little to interest the traveller, excepting 
perhaps, the celebrated Slate Quarry of Delabole, in the 
parish of St. Teath, and which has been already des- 
cribed in page 7. 

The town of Camelford is a place of considerable 
antiquity, and has returned members to Parliament, 


Since the reign of Edward VI. The right of election is 
vested in the freemen, and the town is governed by a 
Mayor and eight Burgesses. 

Although it is a place of but little trade, yet it has 
a market weekly, and four fairs annually, at which 
great quantities of cattle are bought and sold. 

The Town Hall is a neat structure, built a few years 
ago, at the expense of the late Duke of Bedford. 

According to tradition, the neighbourhood of Camel- 
ford is remarkable as having been the site of a memo- 
rable battle fought between King Arthur and his trea- 
cherous nephew, Mordred; in which the former was 
slain, and his troops routed with considerable loss. 

About five miles north-west of Camelford, is Tinta- 
GELL, in which parish, the small Borough-town of Bos- 
siNEY is situated; but as far as regards appearances, 
this town can only rank as a village of the meanest 
description, although it has returned members since the 
reign of Edward VI. It contains about 140 houses, but 
the number of voters seldom exceed 14 or 15, the right 
of election being chiefly confined to certain individuals 
possessing the property. 

Among its noble representatives are ranked the great 
Sir Francis Drake, Sir Thomas Cottington, Secretary of 
State to Charles 1., and Sir Richard Weston, afterwards 
Earl of Portland and Lord Treasurer in the same reign.* 
But the most interesting circumstance relative to Tinta- 
gell, is its being the reputed birth-place of the re- 
nowned King Arthur; respecting whom, it was the 
opinion of Lord Chancellor Bacon, that there was truth 
enough in history to make him famous, besides that 
which was fabulous. His history, however, has been 
so blended with the marvellous, by the monkish histori- 
ans, that some authors have been disposed to doubt 
even his having ever existed; and certainly the circum- 
stances connected with his asserted birth at Tintagell, 

• Lyson's Mag. Brit. p. 306. 

82 CORN ATA Lt. 

are not among those parts of his story which are most* 
entitled to credit. 

The certainty, however, that there has been a Castle 
at this place, cannot be imaginary, even if we only 
judge from the ruins now existing; but as far as regards 
its origin, there are many different accounts, and none, 
perhaps, whose authority can be relied on. That there 
should have been a castle erected here, in the time of 
the antients, is very probable, as few places are so 
well calculated for the mode of warfare then in prac- 
tice. The commanding and open situation of this spot, 
with other concurrent circumstances, leave but little 
doubt that this fortress was erected long previous to the 
Conquest. " The ruins now existing, consist of two 
divisions, one scattered over the face of the main pro- 
montory, and another over the peninsula, which is 
severed from it. The walls of the former are garetted and 
pierced with many little square holes, for the discharge 
of arrows. They seem to have included within them, 
two narrow courts. At the upper end of the most 
southern of them, are the remains of several stone 
steps, leading probably to the parapet of the walls. 
Here the ramparts were high and strong, this being the 
quarter overlooked by the neighbouring hill. As they 
wound round to the west, however, less labour had been 
expended upon their structure, for a hideous precipice 
of 300 feet deep, to the edge of which they were car- 
ried, prevented the fear of any assault in that quarter. 
The works on the peninsula had been anciently con- 
nected with those on the mainland, by a draw-bridge 
thrown across the chasm, in the division above men- 
tioned."* This however had gone to decay in Leland's 
time, and the only means of approaching this part are by 
a dangerous and narrow ascent, winding up the cliffs on 
the western side. 

Leland's desciiption is curious. — " This castelle hath 
• Warne^-'s Tour. 


bene a marvelus strong and notable forteres, and almost 
situ loci inexpugnabile, especially for the dungeon, that is 
on a great high terrible cragge, environed with the se, 
but having a draw-bridge from the residew of the cas- 
telle unto it. There is yet a chapel standing withyn this 
dungeon of S. Ulette alias Ulianne. Shepe now fede 
within the dungeon. The residew of the buildinges of 
the castel be sore wetherbeten and yn ruine, but it hath 
beene a large thinge." In another place he says — " The 
castel had be lykhod three wardesj wherof two be woren 
away with gulfing yn of the se : withowte the isle ren- 
neth alonly a gate howse, a walle, and a fals braye dyg- 
ed and walled. In the isle remayne old walles, and yn 
the est parte of the same, the grownd beyng lower, re- 
may neth a walle embatteled, and men alyve saw ther 
yn a postern, a dore of yren. There is in the isle a prety 
chapel, with a tumbe on the left syde." Carew's and 
Nordeu's accounts of Tintagell castle are nearly similar; 
the latter of these, indeed, appears to have been taken 
from the former. " Half the buildings," says Carew, 
"were raised on the continent, and the other halfe on an 
Hand, continued together (within men's remembrance) 
by a drawebridge, but now divorced by the downefaln 
steepe clififes, on the farther side, which, though it shut 
out the sea from his wonted recourse, hath yet more 
strengthened the iland ; for in passing thither you must 
first descend with a dangerous declyning, and then 
make a worse ascent, by a path, through his stickleness 
occasioning, and through his steepnesse threatning, the 
ruine of your life, with the falling of your foote. At 
the top, two or three terrifying steps give you entrance 
to the hill, which supplieth pasture for sheepe and 
conyes : upon the same I saw a decayed chappell. Un- 
der the iland runs a cave, through which you may rowe 
at full sea, but not without a kinde of horrour at the un- 
couthnesse of the place." Norden is rather more parti- 
cular in his description of the ascent to the island '* by a 


very narrow rockye and wyndinge waye up the steeps 
sea-clyfFe, under which the sea-waves wallow, and so as- 
sayle the foundation of the ile, as may astonish an un- 
stable mayne to consider the perill, for the least slipp 
of the foote sendes the whole bodye into the devouringe 
sea; and the worste of all is the highest of all, nere the 
gate of entraunce into the hill, where the offensive stones 
so exposed hang over the head, as while a man respect- 
eth his footinge, he indaungers his head ; and lookinge 
to save the head, indaungers the footinge accordinge to 
the old proverbe ; Incidit in Scyllam qui vult vitare Cha- 
rybdim. He must have his eyes that will scale Tintagell. 
Most of the iland buyldings are ruyned." It appears by 
the view of Tintagell annexed to Norden's description, 
that a great part of the building on the main land was 
in his time standing. 

The immense height of the cliffs on which these ruins 
are situated, the desolated aspect of the surrounding 
country, and the grandeur of the ocean raging beneath, 
all conspire to form a scene truly sublime, and cannot 
fail to make a lasting impression on the mind of those 
who have visited this interesting spot. 

O'er Cornwall's cliffs the tempests roar*d, 
High the screaming' Sea Mew soar'd 
On Tintagel's topmast tow'r. 
Darksome fell the sleety show'r, 
Round the rough Castle shrilly sung 
The whi<jtling blast, and wildly flung 
On each tall rampart's thund'ring side 
The surges of the trembling tide. 
When Arthur rang'd his red-cross ranks, 
On conscious Camban's crimson banks, 
By Mordred's faithless guide decreed, 
Beneath a Saxon spear to bleed ! 

Wharton's Poems, p. 95. 

After the Conquest, Tintagell Castle became the oc- 
casional residence of several of our English Princes, 
and here Richard, Earl of Cornwall, entertained his 


nephew, David, Prince of Wales, when the latter re- 
belled against the King in 1245. 

In subsequent centuries, almost within a few years of 
the commencement of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, it 
had, like other fortresses in this county, a governor, 
(being annexed to the Duchy of Cornwall) and was oc- 
casionally used as a state prison. The remains are now 
fast mouldering to decay; and in a few years, perhaps, 
not a vestige will be standing, to shew where grandeur 
had once usurped its despotic power. 

The Church of Tintagell was formerly appropriated 
to the abbess and convent of Fontevralt in Normandy, 
and having passed in the same manner as Leighton-~ 
Buzzard in Bedfordshire, was given by King Edward IV. 
to the collegiate church at Windsor; the Dean and 
Chapter of which church have now the great tithes, and 
are patrons of the vicarage. There were chapels in this 
parish dedicated to St. Piran and St Dennis, besides 
that in the castle of Tintagell. 

At Tintagell is a Charity-school, supported by the 
mayor and free burgesses, who pay a salary of £\0 
per annum to the master. 

About two miles from hence, over a rocky road, is 
BoscASTLE, a small village, in a very romantic situa- 
tion. Here a pilchard fishery has been established 
some years, but with little success to the adventurers. 

The Qiiay has been greatly improved, and several 
new buildings erected. — This place had formerly a 
Castle, the antient residence of the Bottreaux family; 
but it was entirely gone prior to Leland's time. 

In the Church is the following epitaph for the Rev. 
W. Cotton and his wife, who died within a short time 
of each other. 

Forty-nine years they lived man and wife, 
And whafs more rare, thus many without strife^ 
The first departing, he a few weeks tried 
To live without her, could not and so died. 


The road from hence to Stratton, is highly pleasing, 
and presents many fine prospects of the surrounding 

The village of St. Maky Week is noticed by 
Carew, as the birth-place of Thomasiw Bonaventure, who, 
although a poor cottager's daughter, had the good for- 
tune to marry for her last husband, (the last of three,) 
Sir John Percival, a wealthy merchant, and L.ord Mayor 
of London; at whose death she became possessed of a 
large property. She retired to this, her native village, 
where she spent the remainder of her life and fortune 
ip acts of unbounded charity. 

Stratton is a small market town, standing rather 
in a low situation, 223 miles from London, and 18 from 
Launceston, but noted in history as the place where a 
great victory was obtained during the civil wars by the 
King's forces, in consideration of which, Sir Ralph 
Hopton was in l643, created Lord Hopton of Stratton. 
The parliamentary force amounted to upwards of 5000 
men, with 13 pieces of ordnance, and although ihe 
troops of the King were very inferior, they fought with 
such desperate fury, that the enemy were completely 
defeated, their baggage, ammunition and ordnance, 
being all lost. A few years after the death of Lord 
Hopton, Sir John Berkeley was created Baron Berkeley 
of Stratton, but the title became extinct in 1773. In 
the year 1797, Lord de Dunstanville was created Baron 
Basset of Stratton, with remainder to his daughter and 
her issue male.* 

The market is on Tuesday, and there are here held 
three fairs annually. The former appears to have been 
held by prescription: it is for corn and ' provisions. 
Camden states this parish to have been famous for 
gardens and garlick: there are now no gardens in the 
neighbourhood, but such as are cultivated for private 
use, nor is it remarkable for the culture of garlick, 
* Lyion's Mag. Brit, for Cornwall, p. 206. 


although it is occasionally to be seen in the market, 
where it is purchased by the cattle doctors. 

The manors of Straiten and Binamy belonged, at an 
early period, to an antient family, called in various 
records, De Albo Monasterio, Blanchminster, and 
"Whitminstcr. Sir John de Blanchminster dying with- 
,out issue, towards the latter part of the fourteenth cen- 
;tury, these estates passed to Erameline, only daughter 
and heir to Sir Richard Hiwis, who had married Alice, 
daughter of Sir Ralph de Blanchminster, and aunt of 
Sir John: this Emmeline first married Sir Robert 
Tresilian, Chief Justice of the King's Bench, and after 
his death, Sir John Coleshill, to whom Guy de Blanch- 
minster, rector of Lansallos, released in 1393 all right in 
the manors of Stratton, Binamy, &c. Sir John Coles- 
hill, son of the above, who was killed in the battle of 
Agincourt in 1415, left an infant son; after whose 
death, in 1483, the large estates of this family passed by 
a female heir to a younger branch of the Arundells, 
soon extinct, and were afterwards in severalties among 
its numerous representatives. The manors of Binamy 
and Stratton, having been purchased by the Grenville 
family, passed with the Kilkhampton estate, and are 
now the property of Lord Carteret, Binamy Castle, 
which appears to have been built by Ralph de Blanch- 
minster, in or about the year 1335, is spoken of as a 
seat of the Coleshills by William of Worcester, who 
made a tour through Cornwall in the reign of Edward 
IV. Borlase describes the house of the Blanchminsters 
as having been situated half a mile from Stratton, and a 
furlong from the antient causeway made by that family: 
on this estate, now called Binhamy, is a farm-house, a 
little to the west of which is a moated orchard, descri- 
bed in Camden's map as a square fort, and called 

The Church contains several antient memorials, one 
of which, with the effigy of a knight in armour, is sup- 


posed to be intended for Ralph de Blanchminster, who 
was Lord of the Manor at a very early period. In 
the parish-register occurs the following remarkable 
instance of longevity: — " Elizabeth Cornish, widow, 
buried March 10th, ifipi. This Elizabeth Cornish 
was baptized in October, 1578: her father's name was 
John Veale: she was, when she died, in the 114th year, 
having lived at least 113 years, four months, and 15 
days." It appears also by the register, that not less 
than 153 persons died of the plague in this small town, 
in the year 1547: and in 1729, out of 49 persons bu- 
ried, 42 fell victims to that destructive distemper the 

The lands given to the church of Stratton, for the 
maintenance of the poor of the parish are very consi- 
derable, and chiefly vested in eight persons, who have 
the appropriation of the rent of them. — There is also in 
the church, the following epitaph, to the memory of one 
of these eight trustees, and which is rather a curious 
piece of composition. 

Near by this place interr'd does lye. 

One of the eight whose memory 

Will last, and fragrant be to all posterity. 

He did revive the Stock, and Store, 

He built the Almshouse for the poor; 

Managed so well was the revenue ne'er before. 

The Church he lov'd and beautified, 

His highest glory and his pride, 

The sacred Altar shews his private scale besides. 

A Book he left for all to view. 

The accounts which are both just and trnej 

His owne discharge, and a good precedent for you. 

Be silent then of. him who's gone, 

Touch not I mean, an imperfection, 

Fur he a pardon has from the Almighty throne. 

Look to your ways, each to his trust. 

That when yoi} thus are laid in dust, 

Your actions may appear as righteoos and as just. 

About two miles north from Stratton, is the small 
port of BuDE, which is much resorted to in the sum- 


mer season for sea-bathing. The trade of this place 
will be gieatly increased when the Canal, now making, 
is completed: the chief exports are timber, bark, and 
oats; the imports, coal and lime-stone from Wales, and 
groceries, &c., from Bristol. The harbour, on account 
of its sands, is best adapted to vessels not exceeding 60 
tons burden: but occasionally, vessels of from 80 to 90 
tons enter it; and one of more than 90 tons was built at 
Bude in 1813 for the trade of this port. Great quan- 
tities of sea-sand are carried from hence for manure, 
not only into the neighbouring parishes, but into the 
north of Devonshire, to the distance of 20 miles and 

KiLKHAMPTON, about four miles north of East 
Stratton, is remarkable for the singular beauty of its 
Church. It is a large edifice, said to have been erected 
by a Baron of the Grenville line, who came into Eng» 
land with William the Conqueror, and whose arras are 
sculptured in many parts of the building. 

The whole fabric is a light and rich piece of work- 
manship, particularly the southern enti'ance, a semicir- 
cular arch, round which is a very curious zig-zag 
Anglo-Norman moulding, in fine preservation. The 
interior contains three aisles, divided by slender pillars, 
supporting obtuse Gothic arches, and has an elegant 
appearance. It is embellished with several handsome 
memorials, but the most remarkable one is, the monu- 
ment of Sir Beville Grenville,* who was slain in the civil 
wars; and as Hervey says, " swords and spears, mur- 
dering engines and instruments of slaughter, adorn the 
stone with formidable magnificence." It bears the fol- 
lowing inscription : 

" Here lyes all that was mortal of the most noble and 
truly valiant Sir Beville Grenville, of Stowe, in the 
county of Cornwall, Earl of Corbill, and Lord of Tho- 

* A very fine portrait of Sir B. Grenville, is to be found in Gil- 
berfs Cornwall, 


rigny and Grenville, in France and Normandy, descend- 
ed in a direct line from Robert, second son of the war- 
like RoUo, first Duke of Normandy, who, after having 
obtained divers signal victories over the rebels in the 
West, was at length slain, with many wounds , at the 
battle of Lansdowne, July 5, l643. He married the 
most virtuous Lady, Grace, daughter of Sir George 
Smith, of the county of Devon, by whom he had many 
sons, eminent for their loyalty and firm adherence to 
the crown and church; and several daughters, re- 
markable examples of true piety. He was indeed an 
excellent person, whose activity, interest, and re- 
putation, were the foundation of what had been done 
in Cornwall; his temper and affections so public, 
that no accident which happened could make any 
impression upon him, and his example kept others 
from taking any thing ill, or at least seeming to do so. 
In a word a higher courage and a gentler disposition 
were never married together, to make the most cheer- 
ful and innocent conversation." 

" To the immortal memory of his renowned grand- 
father, this monument was erected by the Right Honour- 
able George Lord Lansdowne, Treasurer of the House- 
hold to Queen Anne, and one of Her Majesty's most 
honourable Privy Council, &'c, in the year 1714." 

"Thus slain thy valiant ancestor* did lye, 
When his one bark a navy did defy, 
When now encompassed round (he victor stood. 
And bath'd his pinnace in his conquVing blood. 
Till all his purple current dryed and spent, 
He fell, and made the waves his monument: 

• Sir Richard Grenville, a celebrated military and naval com- 
mander in the reign of Queen Elizabeth. He first distinguished him- 
self in the viars under the Emperor Maximilian against the Turks, for 
which his name is recorded by several foreign writers. In the year 
1591, being then Vice-Admiral of England, he was sent in the 
Revenge, with a squadron of seven ships, to intercept the Spanish 
galleons ^ when falling in with the enemy's fleet, consisting of 52 sail, 


1Vh(<re shall the next famed Granville's ashes stand. 
Tliy gfrandsire fills the seas, and thou the land.'' 


Vide Oxford University Verses^ printed 1643.* 

Clarendon^ in his History of the Rebellion, speaks of 
Sir Beville Grenville's death as " that which would have 
clouded any victory, and made the loss of others less 
spoken of: and the monument is indebted to that noble 
author's own words for all the latter part of the pane 
gyric it js so properly inteoded to perpetuate. 

The Pulpit is a rich piece of carved work, and the 
font very antient. 

The magnificent and old. residence of the Grenville 
family, called Stowe, in this parish, has been pulled 
down many years, and the park dismantled. It was 
one of the most superb residences in England, and the 
beauty of the grounds and scenery adjacent, have been 
frequently eulogized. John Grenville, Earl of Bath in 
the reign of Charles II., erected it. It stood on an 
eminence, overlooking a well-wooded valley; but not a 
tree near it, says Dr. Borlase, to shelter it from the 
north-west. That writer speaks of it as by far the 

near the Tercera islands, be repulsed them 15 times in a continued 
fig^ht, till his powder was all spent : his ship, which sunk before it 
could arrive in port, was reduced to a bulk, and himself covered 
viith wounds, of which he died two days afterwards, on board the 
vessel of the Spanish commander. 

• A collection of verses, by the University of Oxford, on the death 
of Sir Beville Grenville, was printed in 1643, and reprinted in 1684. 
To these are annexed King Charles's Letters to Sir Beville Gren- 
ville, and to the county of Cornwall; and a patent of Charles I. 
which g^rants to the county of Cornwall a trade to Denmark, to the 
great Duke of Muscovy, and to the Levant. Martin Llewellyn was 
a poet and physician, and was some time principal of St. Mary Hal), 
in Oxford : m the latter part of his life he resided at High Wycomb ; 
died there ia 1682, and lies buried in the north aisle of the cbancel. 


noblest house in the west of England, and says that the 
kitchen offices fitted up for a dwelling-house, made no 
contemptible figure. It is a singular circumstance, that 
the cedar wainscot, which had been brought out of a 
Spanish prize, and used by the Earl of Bath for fitting 
up the chapel in this mansion, was purchased by Lord 
Cobham at the time of its demolition (the house being 
then sold piecemeal) and applied to the same purpose 
at Stowe, the magnificent seat of the noble family of 
Grenville in Buckinghamshire, where it «till remains. 

Kilkhampton is noticed in history, as the place where 
the renowned and pious Harvey conceived his Medita- 
tions among the Tombs, 


Trom Stratton to Bodmin; through Launceston, Calling- 
ton, Saltash, St. Germains, and Liskeard. 

1 HE country between Stratton and Launceston, a 
distance of 12 miles, does not present anything requir- 
ing particular notice, except perhaps, within a few 
miles of the latter place bordering on Devon, Werring- 
ton Park, the seat of his Grace, the Duke of North- 
umberland. The house is ra*her a low building, and in 
point of architecture, is by no means imposing. The 
situation of the park, however, is particular fine, being 
highly diversified and embellished with some of the finest 
trees and foliage in the kingdom. 

On entering St. Stephen's, the attention of the travel- 
ler is immediately arrested by the handsome appearance 
of its Church, which is embellished with a handsome 
Gothic Tower, of great height. This edifice was rebuilt 
in the sixteenth century, and before the Conquest, was 
made collegiate; but suppressed through the iofiuence 


of William Warlewast, Bishop of Exeter, who founded 
a Priory of Austin Monks in the adjoining parish of St. 
Thomas. This continued until the dissolution of relt- 
gious houses in the reign of Henry Vlll., when its annual 
revenues were valued at 354£. 0*. ll^rf. ; yet not a 
vestige of it has been in existence for many years. 

A most interesting view of Launceston presents itself 
from the bridge of Newport, and the Keep of its vene- 
rable castle rises with awful dignity over the surround- 
ing houses. The accompanying view is taken from 
the position alluded to. 

Newport Church, generally called St. Thomas, is a 
small fabric of a very antient appearance, and here are 
several decayed houses, which exhibit the nature of 
domestic architecture a few centuries past.* 

After ascending a steep hill, and passing through the 
north gate, stands Launceston, one of the most antient 
towns in the county, on the great western road to the 
Land's End, distant 214 miles from London. This town 
ranks as one of the principal in the county, and from 
the influence it formerly possessed, from being fortified 
with a noble castle and embattled walls, it has en- 
joyed in early reigns, many privileges and immunities; 
but was not, however, incorporated until the reign of 
Queen Mary, in the year 1555. It has returned mem- 
bers to Parliament, however, since the reign of Edward L 
The right of election is in the Corporation and free 

The assiees for the county were formerly held wholly 
in this town ; but an act was passed in the first of George 
I. to empower the proper authorities to hold the summer 
assizes at Bodmin. 

The magnificent ruins of the Castle are still highly 

• Newport, which wasantiently under the jurisdiction of the town 
of Launceston, is one of the notorious Boroughs of Cornwall, having' 
returned members to Parliament since the reign of Edward VI. 
The aumber of roters, does not, in geaeral| exceed 30 persons. 

94 tORNWAlt; 

interesting to the antiquary, and few subjects are better 
calculated for the pencil of the artist; their form being 
highly picturesque, and which are highly pleasing from 
being richly over-grown with ivy. The accompanying 
view exhibits the remains of the principal entrance, 
with the majestic and venerable keep rising above, 
together with the walls now fast falling to decay. 

Regarding the origin of this antient fortress, little is 
known that may be deemed authentic; but, according 
to historians, it is said to have been in existence long 
prior to the conquest, which opinion is materially 
strengthened, from this neighbourhood having been the 
scene of many severe contests with the antient Britons 
and Saxons. After the conquest, it was given to the. 
Earl of Morteyne, to whom no less than 288 manors in 
this county were also granted by William the Conqueror. 

The remains chiefly consist of a Gateway^ a small 
Tower at the south east angle, some decayed walls and 
the keep. The latter is 93 feet in diameter, and the 
height of the parapet from the base of the conical rocky 
mount on which the keep stands, is upwards of 100 
feet. The ascent to it is on the south side, but the steps 
are mostly wanting, and to get its summit is now be- 
come even dangerous. It consists of three wards, each 
surrounded by a circular wall; the outer one, or parapet 
wall, is not more than three feet thick; the second waU 
is about six feet from the former, near four times as 
thick, and considerably higher; but between these two, 
a staircase leads to the top of the ramparts. The inner 
wall is 10 feet thick, and 38 feet high, and the diameter 
of the inclosed area is about 18 feet. This is said to 
have been divided into two apartments, and the lower 
one, having no light, is supposed originally to have been 
a dungeon, but the whole pile has become so extremely 
ruinouSj thai it is impossible to state exactly how, and for 
what purpose it was originally constructed. The door 
ways of the keep are chiefly composed of round arches. 


and a curious Saxon doorway, now forming tbe entrance 
to the White Hart Inn, is supposed to have belonged for- 
merly to the castle. Lysons, however, concludes that it 
came from the antient priory at St. Thomas, abore 
alluded to. 

This fortress, like most others in the county, had 
in former reigns a governor ; but the mode in which 
buildings of this kind are in general constructed, render 
them ill calculated as places of residence. It appears 
that Launceston Castle was in ruins as early as the 
reign of Edward III., although it was a post of much 
consequence during the civil wars in after times. At 
the Restoration it was granted to Sir Hugh Pyper, Knt. 
(who lies buried in the church here,) and was in the 
possession of his grandson, till the year 1754. It now 
belongs to his Grace, the Duke of Northumberland. 

The Church is a large handsome structure, composed 
of square blocks of granite, each of which is enriched 
with carved ornaments. The porch on the south side 
is particularly beautiful, and has a very striking appear- 
ance from the street adjoining. At the eastern end, also 
highly sculptured, is a curious figure of a Magdalene, in 
a recumbent posture. The interior contains several 
monuments, but none meriting particular observation* 
On the north side of the church is a very pleasant 
promenade sheltered by an avenue of trees, which is 
enlivened by a very extensive and beautiful prospect of 
the distant country. 

Part of the old wall that surrounded the town and 
two Gateways still remain : the one on the eastern or 
Exeter road, has a very antient and interesting appear- 
ance. The accompanying view which represents this 
gateway, is taken from the road leading to Callington. 

The houses in the town are in general well built, but 
the streets are very narrow and badly paved. There 
are two Charity Schools maintained by voluntary sub- 
scriptions, and a Free School founded in the reign of 


Queen Elizabeth, and endowed with an income pay- 
able out of the revenues of the Duchy of Cornwall. 

The market at this town is well supplied with all 
kinds of provision, and remarkably cheap. There are 
also no less than six fairs, held here annually. The 
town suffers much inconvenience in the summer season, 
from a scarcity of water. 

The number of inhabitants, according to the late 
returns, amounted to 2l63, and in 1811 to 1758, ex- 
clusive of the adjoining parishes of St. Thomas and St. 

Trebursi/, near this town, a handsome modern resi- 
dence, erected some distance from the site of the old 
house, is the property of the Hon. W. Eliot, M. P. 
late Colonel of the Cornwall Militia. 

From Launceston to Callington, the distance is about 
12 miles, and the country, as far as the first nine miles ex- 
tend, is very beautiful and romantic. About three miles 
from Callington, in the parish of Stoke Clainsand, is 
JVhiteford House, the seat of Sir William Pratt Call, 
Bart. It is a handsome building, standing in a beautiful 
and luxuriant valley, which, with the meandering water 
in front, has a very pleasant aspect. The fish ponds 
and gardens here are extremely fine, and kept in a" 
high state of cultivation. 

Callikgton is a market and BoroBgh-town, situated 
in a flat and open part of the county, distant 214 miles 
from London. The houses are chiefly disposed in one 
broad street, and being very irregularly built, have 
rather a poor appearance. 

The Church is an antient and spacious fabric, consist- 
ing of three aisles, the centre one very lofty, and was 
built chiefly at the expense of Nicholas de Asheton, one 
of his Majesty's Justices of the Court of King's Bench, 
who died in the year l645, and lies buried in the chan- 
cel, where there is a handsome brass plate with effigies 
of himself and lady. 


There is also a handsome alabaster tomb, to the 
memory of Lord Willoughby de Broke, lord of the 
manor, who died in the year 1502. In the church-yard 
is a very antient octagonal cross, surrounded with some 
antient sculpture, but it has been roost shamefully 

This town is governed by a Portreve, who is chosen 
annually, at the court leet of the lord of the manor. 
The elective franchises of the inhabitants were lately 
determined by a committee of the House of Commons, 
but the members are usually returned by the freeholders 
and resident leaseholders. 

Callington has a weekly market on Wednesday, and 
four fairs annually. 

The prospects from the summit of Kitt Hill on Hen- 
geston Downs, near Callington, are very extensive; 
comprehending the windings of the Tamar, the Hamoaze, 
Plymouth Sound, Mount Edgecumbe, and surrounding 
country. About five miles from Callington, in the 
parish of Calstock, is Cotekele or Cuttayle House, one of 
the most antient and curious constructed mansions in 
England. It is situated on a pleasing eminence on the 
western bank of the Tamar; but being almost surrounded 
with wood, the river can only be seen from some of the 
windows of the higher apartments. There is no account 
when this mansion was erected; but from the style of 
architecture, is supposed to have been built about the 
time of Henry VII. It is a very irregular pile of 
building, inclosing a small quadrangle, the approach 
to which is through a square gateway tower on the 
south side. At the north angle, is a large square tower, 
which contains the principal apartments. 

This place from the beauty of its situation and other 
local circumstances, has excited great curiosity, and 
parties of pleasure make frequent water excursions to it 
in the summer: boats for such purposes are to be hired 
at Plymouth or Saltash. 


The entrance hall opening from the quadrangle, is 
embellished with a collection of antient armour, and 
warlike instruments; and gives a true picture of the 
feudal dignity of antient times. The several apartments 
in the house are enriched with a great variety of 
curious old articles of furniture, such as carved ebony 
chairs, cabinets, &c. There is besides, some very fine 
tapestry, ornamented with the figures of Romulus and 
Remus, &c., in good preservation. The chapel con- 
nected with the dining room is small, and was origi- 
nally ornamented with painted glass windows. The 
altar cloth, composed of rich velvet embroidered, is 
ornamented with the figures of the Twelve Apostles, 
and other appropriate embellishments. 

This mansion has belonged to the Edgecumbe family 
since the reign of Edward III.; and here Sir Richard 
Edgecumbe, who was attached to the House of Lancas- 
ter, concealed himself from the tyranny of Richard III. 
In remembrance of his miraculous escape, he erected 
the small chapel which stands on a rocky precipice, 
close to the river. 

In the month of August, 1789> their late Majesties, 
■with the Princess Royal and the Princesses Augusta and 
Elizabeth, honoured this old mansion with a visit, and 
breakfasted with the Earl and Countess of Mount 

Cahtock Church stands about half a mile from the 
village, on a commanding eminence, and is a small 
antient fabric, containing several memorials of the 

About a mile from the church, is Harewood House, 
the seat of Salisbury Trelawney, Esq. It is a hand- 
some building, erected on one of the most delightful 
spots of the banks of the Tamar. Mason in his poem 
of Elfrida, has made Harewood the scene of the love* 
of Ethelwold, and of the misfortunes consequent to 
his union with the fair daughter of Edgar. 


The village of Calstock is situated close to the 
side of the river, and here is a regular ferry to Beer 
Alston, in Devonshire. 

About three miles from hence, is Pentillie Castle, the 
seat of John Tillie Coryton, Esq. which was erected a 
few years ago, from designs by Wilkins, on the site of 
an old family mansion. It is a very beautiful Gothic 
structure, with a majestic portico on the south side, 
surmounted with pinnacles, and being built on a bold 
eminence rising abruptly from the river Tamar, it really 
possesses a commanding and dignified appearance. The 
interior contains a number of spacious apartments 
finished in a handsome and costly manner. 

The approach to the house is embellished with a 
neat Gothic Lodge, on the road leading to Saltash; and 
the grounds are enriched with a variety of beautiful 
plantations. In the grounds is a Tower or Sepulchral 
Building, erected for Sir James Tillie, whose interment 
here has given rise to a tale, that being of Atheistical 
principles, he had directed himself to be placed after 
his death, in a chair therein, with bottles, glasses, &c. 
to perpetuate his derision of a future existence. The 
fact however, of his being buried in a coffin, was 
proved a few years ago; and from his will, it is clear 
that he died in the ** hope of a glorious immorta- 


From hence to Saltash, the distance is six miles, and 
about a mile and a half to the left, in the church of 
the village of Landulph, is the following remarkable 
inscription : 

Here lyeth the body of Theodore Paleologfus 
of Pesaro in [lale, descended from the iuiperyall 
Lyiie of the last Christian Emperors of Greece 
Being thesonne of Camilio, the sonne of Prosper 
the sonne of Theodoro, ye sonne of John, 
the sonne of Thomas, the second brother to Constantine 
Paleologus that rayr^d in Constantinople, until 
Subdued by the Turiis, who married with Mary the 

100 COllNWALt, 

daughter of William Balls of Hadiye in 
Suffolke Gent, and had issue five children, Theodore, 
John, Ferdinando, Maria and Dorothy, and departed 
this lyfe at Clifton the 21st of January 1636. 

There is also a large tomb in the chancel, with a 
handsome marble slab to the memory of Sir Nicholas 
Lower and his lady. 

The Parsonage House has been greatly improved, and 
commands a beautiful prospect of the river and Saltash. 
It contains a good library, and a few paintings by some 
of the antient masters. Much praise is due to the pre- 
sent incumbent, the Rev. F. V. I. Arundell, for having 
raised an embankment round the house, and for bring- 
ing the grounds into a high state of cultivation, and for 
improving the plantations. 

About two miles from hence, in the parish of Botus 
Fleming, is Moditonham, the seat of Charles Carpenter, 
Esq. a commodious modern building, most delightfully 
situated, and commanding some extensive views of the 
surrounding country. 

In the Church, a small venerable pile, is a recumbent 
figure of a crusader with a sword and target, which 
■was accidentally discovered about three years ago, on 
the removal of some old wainscot. 

In the centre of a field, at the north side of the 
village, stands a pyramidical monument, erected in 
memory of Dr. William Martin, of Plymouth, who died 
in the year 1762. 

The town of Saltash principally consists of one 
long street rising abruptly from the Tamar, to a con- 
siderable eminence, and the houses in general have an 
antient appearance. It is a place, as Carew observes, 
which, owing to the steep ascent on which it is situated, 
" every shower washes clean." It is also of great an- 
tiquity, and in the year 1393, the assizes for the county 
are said to have been held here. During the civil wars 
it was considered of much importance, being one of 


the principal passes into the county. It was first gar- 
risoned by the Parliament, and surrendered without 
opposition to Sir Ralph Hopton, in the autumn of l642. 
General Ruthen, finding it open after his defeat at 
Bradock-down, in January, l643, took possession, and 
hastily fortified it; but it was soon afterwards taken by 
assault, by Lord Mohun and Sir Ralph Hopton : a 
garrison was left in it in the month of May that year, but 
on the approach of the Earl of Essex, it was given up 
the latter end of July, l644. We are told that on this 
occasion Sir Edward Waldegrave gallantly defended the 
pass, and, as it appears, with temporary success. After 
the capitulation of Essex, Saltash was again taken 
possession of by Sir Richard Grenvillc: in the month 
of October following, it was taken by a detachment 
from the garrison at Plymouth ; Sir Richard Grenvillc 
afterwards recovered it by assault: and it was finally 
abandoned by the King's troops in the month of Feb- 
ruary, 1646. 

Saltash is governed by a Mayor, six Aldermen, and 
an indefinite number of burgesses ; but they generally 
amount to about 50. It was made a free borough 
in the reign of King John, or that of Henry III., by 
Reginald de Valletort, who confirmed to the burgesses 
various privileges which they had enjoyed under his 
ancestors: these privileges were confirmed by King 
Richard II. In the year l682, Charles 11. granted this 
borough a renewed charter of incorporation, under which 
the body-corporate was defined to consist of a ^layor 
and six Aldermen, styled the council of the borough, 
who had liberty to chose a Recorder: but the charter 
first mentioned, in virtue of which the town is now 
governed, was procured in 1774. It has returned mem- 
bers to Parliament since the reign of Edward VI. The 
right of voting is confined to the freeholders of the 
borough, amounting to about 70 persons. Some names 
of eminence appear in the list of its representatives; as 


Sir Francis Cottington, Edward Hyde, afterwards Earl 
of Clarendon, and Edmund Waller the poet. 

The Chapel is an antient structure, having Gothic 
windows and a massive tower. It contains a handsome 
altar piece. In the north aisle there is a superb monu- 
ment to the memory of three brothers, named Drew, 
officers in the navy, who were unfortunately drowned. 

Saltash has a market weekly, and four fairs annually ; 
and over the river is a constant ferry; boats are to be 
had at a short notice, for Plymouth Dock, or any place 
in its vicinity. The market mentioned as attached to 
the castle of Trematon, when the survey of Domesday 
was taken, was probably held at Saltash : it is spoken of 
in that survey as a new market of the Earl's, which 
had been prejudicial to the Abbot's market at St, 
Germain's. The small weekly market for butcher's 
meat is held on Saturday: an old writer says, that the 
burgesses claimed another market on Tuesday, but that 
it was not in his time held. The present fairs are on 
the Tuesday before each quarter-day, (the remnant, 
probably, of the Tuesday's market,) February 2, and 
July 25 : the two last are for horned cattle and sheep. 
The tolls of the market and fairs belong to the Corpora- 
tion, who are entitled to the proceeds of the ferry over 
the Tamar, the privilege of dredging for oysters, the 
farm and tolls of oysters, and certain duties payable by 
masters of ships; which altogether produced about 
i6300 per annum in 1714. 

Leland speaks of " Asche (Saltash) as a praty quick 
market-town. The tounesmen," he says, " use boothe 
merchandise and fischery." Norden says, " the towne 
increaseth daylie in merchandise and wealth: there 
belonge unto the towne some 8 ships besydes small 
boates. The haven is capable of anie burden. The 
great carrack that Sir Frauncis Drake browghte home 
so rich, arrived here, and was here disburdened, and 
after fatally fyred." 


The remains of Trematon Castle are situated on a 
commanding eminence on the northern bank of the 
river Lynher, just below Saltash, but the carriage road 
to it, a very pleasing ride, extends at least two miles 
from the town. Proceeding in the latter direction, 
about half way, the tower of St. Stephen's Church has 
a conspicuous appearance. It is remarkable as con- 
taining a variety of antient memorials, but many of 
them are much defaced. Carew relates, that in the 
church of St. Stephen's a leaden coffin was found about 
the middle of the sixteenth century ; but the grounds 
on which he supposes it to have been that of Orgarius, 
Duke of Corn-wall, are very weak ; for it appears that 
all he learned from his informant, who had been an eye- 
witness of the discovery fourscore years before, was, 
that an inscription on the lead imported it to contain the 
body of a Duke, whose heiress married a Prince. One 
of the monuments in this church, is for iV/as^er Hechins, 
as Carew calls him, lessee of the great tithes in the reign 
of Queen Elizabeth. The church was given to Windsor 
College by Edward the Black Prince. 

On approaching the Castle, its venerable Keep arises 
majestically amidst the surrounding foliage, and with 
the little bridge and cottages in the valley, forms alto- 
gether a very picturesque subject. The entrance is 
through a small arch on the north side, and a circular 
road, leading to it, has been lately cut through the hill 
on which it stands. The site of the area covers more 
than an acre of ground, and is enclosed by embattled 
walls, six feet in thickness. The keep stands on the 
summit of a conical mound at the north-west angle, 
embattled with walls 10 feet thick and 30 high. The 
space enclosed is of an oval form, and was formerly 
divided into apartments, but as there are no marks of 
windows, they would appear to have been lighted 
from the top. The entrance to it was through a circular 
arched doorway on the western side, from whence an 


irregular path leads to a small sally-port; but the most 
perfect part of the building is the principal gateway, 
composed of three strong arches, with grooves for port- 
cullisses between them. These arches support a square 
tower, embattled, containing an apartment, which has 
been fitted up as a museum for natural curiosities. The 
walls are decorated with some of the finest tapestry in 
England, the colours being as bright as if it had only 
lately been finished. 

Regarding the origin of this antient fortress, little is 
known, that may be deemed authentic; but it is gene- 
rally believed, like most other buildings of a like nature, 
to have been originally erected prior to 'the Conquest. 
Afterwards it was given to Robert, Earl of Moreteyne 
and Cornwall, and in subsequent reigns was annexed to 
the Duchy of Cornwall. During the civil wars of the 
eighteenth century, we find no account of this castle's 
having been occupied by either of the contending 
parties: but Carew relates, that during the Cornish 
commotions in 1549, Sir Richard Grenville held Tre- 
maton for a while against the rebels ; but that having 
been induced to quit it, for the purpose of holding a 
parly with the beseigers, they intercepted his return, 
seized on the castle, sent him a prisoner to Launceston 
gaol, and plundered and ill-treated his lady and her 
attendants. — A few years ago it was leased to Benjamin 
Tucker, Esq. Surveyor General of the Duchy of Corn- 
ivall, and who was for many years Secretary to the 
^^allant Admiral, Earl St. Vincent. This gentleman has 
frected a very comfortable residence within the area, 
«id embellished it with a great variety of choice paint- 
ings and other works of art. Among the most valuable 
is " L#*^meuse Aurore de Natier," a picture well known 
•on the Cqptinent, besides the Twelve Caesars, by Golt- 
zius. Thenfe-is also the celebrated organ which was 
madie by Mr. Moor^_^ of Ipswich, for the Empress of 
Russia, at the price of ;^i6,000, and a most beautiful 


specimen of shell-work, which was formed in the 
Brazils, and the construction of which is said to have 
occupied two nuns the whole of their lives. The garden 
round the house, is laid out with great taste, and em- 
bellished with a good hot-house. In one part of it, on a 
marble slab, is a bust of Admiral St. Vincent, with the 
following inscription from the eclogues of Virgil. ' 

O Meliboce, Deus haec nobis otia fecit 
Namque erit ille miiii semper Deus, illius aram 
Saepe tener nostris ab ovilibus iiiibuet agnus, 

A short distance from the castle, near the ferry across 
Anthoney Passage, are some small remains of an antient 
Chapel, called Shillingham, which is richly over-grown 
with ivy. 

The manor of Ashe-torre, or Esses-torre, the site of 
which is a rock at the bottom of Saltash town, abutting 
on the water, has an extensive jurisdiction, although it 
was itself held as seven fees under the honor ofTrema- 
ton. Carew speaks of this rock as "invested with the 
jurisdiction of a manor, and that it claymed the suites 
of many gentlemen as his freeholders in knights' service." 
This manor, which extends its jurisdiction into several 
parishes in Cornwall and Devonshire, belonged to the 
ancient family of Fleming of Devonshire, Barons of Slane 
in Ireland: it was sold in the sixteenth century, by 
Nicholas and Robert Dillon, sons and heirsof Anne, one 
of the sisters and co-heiresses of Christopher Fleming, 
Baron of Slane, to Thomas Wyvell, Esq. from whose 
family it passed, by a female heir, to the ancestor of 
Francis Wills, Esq. of Saltash. The site of this manor 
is thus described in old papers: — "All that messuage, 
tlwellinghouse, palace, &c. and waste ground in and 
nigh Ashe-torre Rock, with the remains of houses, on 
which premises manor-courts were held, all unconnected 
with any other person's land, and forming a peninsula, 
situated at the bottom of Fore street or road, in the 
borough of Saltash, on a rock, part of which abuttcth 


into the sea." — A record of the year l620 is said to 
have claimed Wadsworthy as parcel of the demesne of 
the manor of Ashe-torre. 

Ince Castle, the seat of Edward Smith, Esq. is an 
interesting building, situated on the banks of the Lynher, 
and forms a conspicuous object in this part of the 

Returning to the high road at the distance of three 
miles, is Lan drake, the Church of which is remark- 
able for its high tower, which is visible for many 
miles round. In the interior is a curious brass plate, 
dated 1509, with an effigy of Edward Courtenay, Esq., 
and a monument to the memory of Nicholas Wylls, 
Gent., who died in the year 1607. 

Wootton, an antient seat in this parish, has long since 
gone entirely to decay. 

Near Landrake is Stockton, the seat of Admiral de 
Courcy, a modern mansion, commanding many inte- 
resting views. The interior contains a number of war- 
like instruments, and a variety of natural curiosities. 

From Landrake to St. Germains, a decayed market 
and Borough-town, the distance is three miles. This 
place is remarkable as having been in early time, the 
seat of the episcopal government of the diocese of the 
county; and it takes its name from St. Germain, Bishop 
of Auxerre, who is said to have resided here for a time, 
during his visit to England. It is situated in a very 
romantic dell, on the borders of a creek formed by the 
river Lynher, about nine miles from Plymouth and 
eight from Liskeard ; but is one of the largest parishes 
in the county, being 20 miles in circumference. It has 
been represented in Parliament since the year 1562; 
the right of electing the members being vested in the 
inhabitant householders, who have resided 12 months 
within the Borough. The town, as it is called, which 
contains less than 100 dwellings, is governed by a 
Portreve, chosen annually at the Court Leet. Leland 


spoke of it as " a poor fischar town," and he adds, that 
" the glory of it stood by the priory." Carew observed, 
" the church-towne mustereth many inhabitants and 
sundry mines, but little wealth, occasioned eyther 
through abandoning their fishing trade, as some con- 
ceive, or by their being abandoned of the religious people, 
as the greater sort imagine." Its market scarcely ex- 
isted even when the survey of Domesday was taken ; 
having been reduced almost to nothing in consequence 
of the Earl of Moreton's market (most probably Salt- 
ash) then lately established in the neighbourhood. This 
market was at that time held on Sundays; but the day 
was afterwards altered to Friday: in Browne Willis's 
time it was very inconsiderable, and has long been 
wholly discontinued. There are two cattle fairs, held 
May 28, and August 1. 

Whitaker supposes the bishop's see to have been 
established at this place, so early as the year 6l4. 
That St. Germains was the episcopal see as long as an 
episcopal see existed in the county of Cornwall, he has 
proved in the most satisfactory manner; but of its 
existence at that early period, his learned volumes 
on the subject of the Cathedral of Cornwall afford no 
proof; nor have we any intimation from history of any 
Bishop of St. Germains before the year 910, when 
Athelstan was appointed to that see. King Athelstan, 
who founded a college of Seculars here, made Conan 
Bishop of St. Germains in 936. After the death of 
Bishop Burwold, Livingus, Bishop of Crediton, pro- 
cured this bishopric to be annexed to his own, and his 
successor Leofric made interest to have them both 
united to that of Exeter. Leland says, that Bartholo- 
mew (Iscanus) Bishop of Exeter, who died in 1 1 72, 
changed the Monks of St. Germains into Canons Regular, 
on account of the laxity of their lives. At the sup- 
pression of this monastery in 1535, it was valued at 
£227. 4s. 8d. clear yearly income. King Henry VIII. 


leased the site of the priory and other lands to John 
Campernown and others; relative to which grant, Carew 
has the following story. " John Charapemowne, sonne 
and heir apparent to Sir Philip of Devon, in Henry the 
Eighth's time, followed the court, and through his plea- 
sant conceits, of which much might be spoken, wan 
some good grace with the King. Now when the golden 
showre of the dissolved abbey lands rayned wellnere 
into every gaper's mouth, some two or three gentlemen 
(the King's servants,) and INIaster Champernowne's ac- 
quaintance, waited at a doore where the King was to 
passe forth, with purpose to beg such a matter at his 
hands: our gentleman became inquisitive to know their 
suit; they made strange to impart it. This while, out 
comes the King: they kneel down; so doth Master 
Champemowne. They preferre their petition; the King 
gi-ants it: they render humble thanks; and so doth 
blaster Champemowne. Afterwards, he requireth his 
share ; they deny it : he appeals to the King : the King 
avoweth his equal meaning in the largesse; whereon, 
the overtaken companions were fayne to allot him this 
priory for his partage." Norden has strangely mistaken 
this story, and says, that King Henry VIII. bestowed 
the priory of St. Germains upon an ancestor of the 
Eliots, " being full of pleasant conceytes wherewith the 
the Kinge was delited." It is certain that the Chara- 
pemowns became sole possessors of the priory estate, 
and that in 1565 they conveyed it to Richard Eliot, 
Esq., of Coteland, in Devonshire, in exchange for that 
manor. Sir John Eliot, son of Richard, was a distin- 
guished patriot in the reign of James I., and an active 
opposer of the Duke of Buckingham and the court 
measures, particularly that of raising taxes without the 
consent of Parliament: for some bold speeches on this 
subject he was committed to the tower, where he died 
in the year 1632. Daniel Eliot, his grandson, left an 
only daughter, maitied to Browne Willis, the celebrated 


antiquary, by whom we are informed that his father-in- 
law, in order to keep up the family name, bequeathed 
his estates of Edward Eliot, grandson of Nicholas, 
fourth son of Sir John above-mentioned, from whom 
they descended to the present possessor. 

It appears that the Cathedral, now the Parish Church, 
was first built in the reign of Athelstan, when it formed 
a part of the Priory, founded at the same time for 
Secular Canons. On the removal of the diocese to 
Exeter, the manor of St. Germains was divided between 
the Bishop and the Prior of the convent. On the Priory 
site a spacious mansion has been erected for the resi- 
dence of the Eliot family, and is now the property of 
the Right Hon. the Earl of St. Germains. It is called 
Port-Eliot, but was formerly called Porth-Prior. The 
exterior is not very striking; perhaps " its simplicity," 
says a late writer, " is more correspondent to the scenery 
by which it is surrounded, and which is rather to be 
called pleasing than picturesque or grand." The inte- 
rior, however, is embellished with some fine portraits 
by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Rembrant, Opie, &c. 

The Church almost adjoins Port Eliot House, and in 
point of architectural beauty, is equal, if not superior to 
any in the county. 

At the west end are two towers, both of which are 
said formerly to have been octagonal, but the south one 
is now of a square form, and contains the clock. Between 
the towers is a remarkably fine entrance doorway, or 
circular receding arch, 20 feet wide, with four pillars 
on each side, having plain square bases and capitals. 
The arch contains seven mouldings, with alternate 
zig-zag ornaments, which is also continued between the 
pillars. Over the arch is a pediment, with a cross at 
the top resembling an heraldic cross. Above are three 
narrow round-headed windows, and as great part of the 
edifice is richly mantled with ivy, it forms a very inte- 
resting and beautiful subject for the pencil. The inte- 


rior is spacious; and the capitals of the pillars which 
divide the aisles from the nave, are curiously ornamented 
with Saxon sculpture. It contains a great variety of 
memorials, but the most remarkable are those for the 
learned Walter Moyle, who died at the age of 49, in the 
year 1721, and the superb monument by Rysbrack, in 
memory of Edward Eliot, Esq. who died in the follow- 
ing year. A white marble tablet, to the memory of 
Elizabeth, wife of John Glanville, Esq., has the follow- 
ing beautiful lines inscribed on it. 

While faithful earth doth thy oold relics keep, 
And soft as was thy nature is thy sleep, 
Let here the pious, humble, placed above, 
Witness an husband's g^rief, an husband's lore; 
Grief that no rolling years can e'er efface. 
And love, that only with himself must cease; 
And let it bear for thee this heartfelt boast — 
'Twas he that knew thee best, that lored thee most. 

In the south aisle is a low ornamented recess, said to 
have contained the effigy of an abbot of the convent. 
Another recess is called the Bishop's throne; and among 
other relics of antiquity, is preserved a curious carved 
oaken chair, supposed to have belonged to one of the 
monks. — "A great part of the chauncell" of this church, 
as Carew relates, " fell suddenly downe upon a Friday, 
very shortly after the publick service was ended, which 
heavenly favour, of so little respite, saved many persons' 
lives, with whom immediately before it had been stuffed ; 
and the devout charges of the well-disposed parishioners 
quickly repayred this ruine." 

Cuddenbeck the antient seat of the Bishops, has long 
been occupied as a farm, and now exhibits but little 
of its ancient episcopal grandeur. 

Quitting St. Germains, at the distance of about a mile, 
is the direct coach road from Tor Point, and within four 
miles of Liskeard is Catchfrench, the seat of Francis 
Glanville, Esq., which being built on an eminence, has 


a commanding eflfect ; although it is a very comfortable 
and spacious building, yet it does not possess much 
architectural beauty. The west front is embattled and 
faced with slate, and at a distance, with the surrounding 
scenery, has a pleasing effect. 

The road from Tor Point to Liskeard is extremely 
hilly, and in many places even dangerous. 

Coledrirnicky another spacious mansion like Catch- 
french, is also in the parish of St. Germains. It stands 
about a mile from the road, and within three miles of 

Near this also on the right, is the village of Men- 
HENIOT, the Church of which is a very large edifice 
with a lofty spire, visible at a considerable distance. 
This building contains memorials for the families of Car- 
minow and Burell; J. Trelawney, of Coldrinnick, Dean 
of Exeter; and Lady Charlotte, daughter of James, Earl 
of Errol, Lord High Constable of Scotland, and wife of 
William Holwell Carr, B. D., incumbent of the parish, 
who died in 1801. The vicarage is one of the most va- 
luable benefices in Cornwall, being endowed with the 
great tithes, subject only to an annual payment of £20 
to Exeter College, Oxford. The Dean and Chapter of 
Exeter are patrons, but pursuant to the directions of 
Bishop Courtenay, must nominate a fellow of Exeter 
College. William of Wykham was vicar of this parish : 
and Dr. Moreman, a learned divine, who was instituted 
to the vicarage in the reign of Henry VIIL, is said to 
have been the first in these parts who taught and cate- 
chised his parishioners in the English language. 

The parish of Menheniot abounds with beautiful 
scenery; its numerous vallies being pleasingly diversi- 
fied with rock and wood. 

Here is a very antient and curious building called 
Fool, now occupied by the poor of the parish; but 
remarkable as having been the seat of the ancestors of 
the present Sir Harry Trelawny ; though Carew speaks 


of it as being far beneath the worth and calling of its 
then possessor, Sir Jonathan Trelawny. It is now fast 
mouldering to decay, but displays some very interesting 
specimens of antient architecture. On the south front, 
which was the principal entrance, (and exhibited in the 
accompanying view) is a massive chimney, which age 
and other circumstances have inclined three feet from 
its perpendicular; and at this time perhaps, it is chiefly, 
if not wholly, supported by the ivy which grows 
about it. 

LiSKEARD is a large and populous market town, 
situated on rocky hills, and partly in a bottom, about 16" 
miles from Plymouth, and 223 from London. This 
place ranks as one of the oldest towns in the county ; 
and it had once a Castle, supposed to have been erected 
by one of the Earls of Cornwall. It stood on the north 
side of the town, and its site is still called the Castle Hill ; 
but, even in Leland's time, it was little more than a 
heap of ruinous walls. The manor of Liskeard 
formed a part of their ancient possessions; Liskeard 
having been made a free borough in 1240, by Richard 
Earl of Cornwall and King of the Romans, who bestowed 
on the burgesses the same privileges which he had 
already granted to those of Launceston and Helston. 
His son Edmund, in 1275, granted them the fee of the 
borough, with the profits arising from the markets, fairs, 
&c., subject to a rent of ^18 per annum, which rent 
King William III. granted to Lord Somers : it is now 
paid to Lord Eliot, who purchased it of the late Lord 

The Church is a spacious edifice, standing on an 
eminence at the eastern entrance to the town. It is 
composed of three aisles, with a low embattled tower at 
the west end, on which are some curious grotesque 
heads. The southern part of the building is the most 
handsome, and over the porch are three Gothic niches. 
It contains but few monuments worthy gf notice, — In 

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the south aisle, is a neat cenotaph to the memory of 
Lieut. Joseph Hawkey, who was killed in action with 
some gun boats in the Gulph of Finland, in July I8O9, 
in the 23rd year of his age. There is another for Joseph 
Wadham, who died in 1707, " being the last of that 
family, whose ancestors were the founders of Wadham 
College in Oxford." 

Liskeard has returned members to Parliament, since 
the reign of Edward the I.; the right of election being 
vested in the corporation and freemen. The former, 
according to the charter of Elizabeth, consists of a 
INIayor, Recorder, eight capital Burgesses, and 15 
Assistants.* In the list of representatives for this bo- 
rough, we find the name of Lord Chief Justice Coke. 

Leland speaks of the Market at Liskeard as " the 
best in Cornwall, savyng Bodmyn." In his time the 
market was held on Monday, and there are still three 
great markets on that day; Shrove-Monday, the Mon- 
day after Palm Sunday, and the Monday after St» 
Nicholas's Day. Browne Willis tells us that this market 
much exceeded that of Bodmin; it was then held, as it 
now is, on Saturday. It is most amply supplied with 
all sorts of provisions; a great portion of which is 
purchased for the supply of the market at Plymouth 
Dock. There are three large caltle-fairs; upon Holy 
Thursday, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and St. 
Matthew's Day. Liskeard is one of the four towns for 
the coinage of tin; but there has been no coinage held 
there of late years. 

The Tozvn Hall was erected about the year 1707> 
at the expense of Mr. Dolben, one of the representatives 
for the borough. It is a curious structure supported by 
granite columns; and the meat market is held in the 
space between them. 

* In the course of the proceedinj^s on the election case in 1803, 
when the rifj-hts of the Corporation were confirmed, it appeared from 
records, that there was a Mayor in t!ie reign of Richard II. 

tll4 corxwall. 

A new Market Houfe is about to be erected on a very 
commodiuus plan. 

The trade of the town is not of any particular de- 
scription ; but such as most country towns enjoy, 
where the neighbouring agriculturists carry on the 
farming business to a great extent. There is, however, 
a Paper Mill in the neighbourhood, which perhaps does 
not so particularly affect the place. 

The population of the town, according to the late 
tensus, amounts to I896, being an increase of but 101 
persons, since the year 1811. Browne Willis speaks of 
Liskeard as the largest town in Cornwall, containing as 
he was informed, 1000 houses. He must have been 
much misinformed; as the population appears, by the 
parish-register, to have been considerably increased 
within the last century, and in 1801 there were but 323 
houses, and I860 inhabitants. 

The town consists of several streets very irregularly 
built; still the houses are in general substantial, and 
slate-roofed. It has two good Inns, called the Bell, 
and the King's Arms. 

Here was formerly a Nunnery of Poor Clares, founded 
and endowed by Richard, Earl of Cornwall and King of 
the Romans, but of which we have not been able to 
obtain any further account. A great part of the con- 
ventual buildings, known by the name of the Great 
Place, yet remains, converted into dwelling-houses; 
and the Chapel is now a bake-house. 

A battle was fought near Liskeard on the ipth of 
January, l643, between Sir Ralph Hopton, and the 
Parliamentary forces, in which the latter were defeated ; 
Sir Ralph marching into the town with his army that 
night. King Charles, on his entrance into Cornwall in 
1644, halted at Liskeard on the 2nd of August, and 
stayed there till the 7th. 

A survey of the year 1337, in the Treasurer's Re- 
membrancer's Office, speaks of a new Park at this 


place, in which were then 200 deer: it was disparked 
by Henry VIII, and the land which it comprised (still 
called the Park) is now held on lease by Lord Eliot. 
There was formerly a chapel in this park, dedicated to 
the Virgin Mary, to which there was a great resort of 
pilgrims. — There are three Meeting-houses in the town, 
belonging to the Independents, Quakers, and Methodists: 
the former was originally built by the Johnson family, 
for the Presbyterians. Defoe, in his Tour through 
Great Britain in the early part of the last century, speaks 
of it as a large new-built meeting-house; and observes, 
that there were only three more in Cornwall. A 
volume of Poems by the Rev. Henry Moore, some time 
hiinister of this Meeting, was published after his death, 
under the superintendance of Dr. Aikin. — The Gram- 
mar-School here is supported by the corporation, with a 
salary of ^30 per annum : Dean Prideaux, and Walter 
Moyle, were educated at this school, A Charity-School 
for poor children, in which 10 girls are now taught, was 
founded by the trustees of the charitable donation of the 
Rev. St. John Eliot, who died in J 7^0, and endowed by 
them with £5 per annum. 

The Church of St. Cleer, a village three miles 
north-west of the town, is an interesting fabric, with a 
lofty tower, surmounted with pinnacles at the angles, 
and the buttresses which support it are embellished 
with purfled fineals. The antient IVell of St. Cleer, 
about a mile from the church, is a pleasing subject for 
the pencil, the top being richly overgrown with ivy. 
Near it is a Stone Cross, ornamented at the top with some 
rude sculpture. 

In this neighbourhood are several other objects 
highly interesting to the antiquary. The Hurlcrs, when 
perfect, consisted of three circles of upright stones 
from three to five feet high, but several of them have 
been removed. According to historians, these monu- 
ments of antiquity are said to have been of Druidical 

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Origin; but the name of hurlers is most probably de* 
rived from an opinion among the common people, that 
the stones were once men, who were transformed for 
Hurling (a favorite game among the antient Cornish 
people) on the sabbath day. 

The Cheese-Wring is a natural pile of rocks 32 feet 
high, of eight stones, or layers, apparently placed one 
above another, the largest at the top: considering its 
perilous form and exposed situation, how this pile has 
withstood the rage of storms for so many ages, is a 
matter of just astonishment. 

The Cromlech, or Trewethy Stone, as it is generally 
called, standing on an eminence some distance from 
the Cheese-Wring, may be ranked as one of the greatest 
antiquities in the county. It consists of six upright 
stones, and one large slab, covering them in an inclined 
position. This impext measures l6 feet in length, 
and 10 broad, and is, at a medium, about 14 inches 
thick. It rests on five of the uprights only, and at its 
upper end it is perforated by a small circular hole. 
No tradition exists as to the time of its erection ; but, its 
name at once designates its being a work of the Britons, 
and sepulchral.* 

The village of St. Neot's, four miles from Liskeard, 
has long been celebrated for possessing a church, 
embellished with some of the finest painted glass win- 
dows in the kingdom. They amount to 17, and display 
various subjects connected with the legend of St. Neat, 
Portraits of Saints, the History of the Creation^ &c., but 
some of them have unfortunately been defaced by igno- 
rant or malicious depredators. 

The Church is a handsome fabric, built of granite, 
and from the style of architecture is supposed not to 
be older than the reign of Henry VI. It stands on a 
rising ground at the head of the village, and has a 
dignified appearance, especially when contrasted with 
the humble dwellings near it. 

* fieauties of Cornwall, 


A correspondent has favoured us with the following 
additional particulars relative to St. Neot's: — 

This village is about four miles west of Liskeard. 
Until the close of the ninth century, it was called 
Ham-stoke; from that period till the Conquest, or 
later, it had the name of Neot-stoke; it received its 
present name soon after. About the middle of the 
ninth century, St. Neot (a pious hermit, who had been 
Sacristan at Glastonbury Abbey) retired here. His 
pool is still shown; respecting which there are some 
curious traditions.* The Saint erected a College of 
Priests, and a church here, (on the site of the more 
antient Chapel of St. Guerir,) in which he was buried in 
877: the edifice was rebuilt in 884. The present 
Church was erected in l480.t It is an elegant building, 
consisting of a nave and two side aisles. Its greatest 
ornament is its beautifully stained glass; of which a con- 
siderable portion remains in a mutilated state. Many 
of the legends of these richly "storied windows," have 
perished: Mr. GorhamJ has preserved 85: in 1786, Mr. 
Forster published a coarse outlined engraving of the 
windows, containing the legends of St. Neot, and of 
St. George. 

On the north side of the Chancel (where was doubt- 
less the Saxon Chapel) is a small recess, from which 
projected one end of a stone casket, 18 inches by 14. 
Here were preserved some remains of Neot; the found- 
ers of St. Neot's Priory in Huntingdonshire, having left 
"one arm"|| of the Saint for the Cornish Church, when 

• See Gorhahi's History of St. Neot's, pp. 29— 37. London, 1820. 

f So determined in Gorham's History of St. Neot's, p. 231. Mr. 
Whitakcr (Life of Neot, pp. 191— '203) thinks the date is intended for 
1530; and that the body of the Church was built in 1199,— a wild 
conjecture, in defiance of architectural evidence! 

X See Gorham's History of St. Neot's, pp. 2S3— 245. 

II Archives of Line. Catli., in a vol. entitled, " Memoranda Olireri 
Sutton," ff. 122 b., 123, a curious testimonial by Ansclni, .Abbot of 
Bee, of his examination of the relics of St. Neot, iu 1078. 


they stole the greater part of the treasure about 974 ! 
In October, 1795, this little cemetery was broken open 
by some intoxicated workmen, whose curiosity had 
been excited by a visit of Mr. Whitaker. The casket 
above-mentioned, was found to be a shallow cenotaph : 
behind it was a stone, closing the mouth of an aper- 
ture rudely formed in the solid wall; in this inner 
recess was discovered "about a quart of mould-earth, 
very fine in itself, yet adhering in clots, and dark in 
colour."* By the side of this cavity is a wooden 
tablet ; on which are inscribed some quaint and puerile 
verses, supposed to have been written just before the 
Reformation: the narrative which they detail, is ex- 
tremely inaccurate. 

Returning from St. Neots to the high road, within four 
miles of Bodmin is Glynn House, the residence of E. J. 
Glynn, Esq., which has lately been rebuilt on the site 
of an elegant mansion, unfortunately destroyed by fire, 
about three years ago. This misfortune not only was 
a great loss to its worthy owner, but the literary world 
has suffered an irreparable one ; for it contained one 
of the finest libraries in the county. The family also 
narrowly escaped, being all in their beds at the time, 
but were luckily apprized of their dangerous situation 
by a female domestic. — The present mansion is built at 
the bottom of a gentle declivity, in a very pleasing 
valley, and is therefore sheltered from the violence of 
the north-east winds. It is certainly a low structure, 
but contains a number of commodious apartments. The 
grounds round the house have been greatly improved, 
and now have a very pleasing aspect from the road. 

After crossing an antient bridge over one part of the 
river Fowey, at Resprin, the antient mansion of Lanhy- 
drock, situated at the head of a noble avenue of trees, 
nearly a mile in length, has a very striking effect. It 
is an embattled sti-ucture of granite, occupying three 
♦ Whitaker's Life of Neot, pp. 203—211. 

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sides of a quadrangle, and the windows are divided by 
stone mullions. On the north side is a gallery ll6 feet 
long, covered with a profusion of uncouth and ill-executed 
plastered figures. There are, however, a few family 
portraits, but none remarkable. In front of the house, 
is a large irregular building, with a fine circular arch, 
once a porter's lodge ; but as the owner of it, the Hon. 
Mr. Bagnal Agar, has not resided here for some years, 
the whole building is getting much out of repair, though 
as interesting a spot, perhaps, as any in the county. 

The Church of Lanhydrock, almost adjoining the 
house, is a beautiful small edifice, with an embattled 
tower, finely mantled with ivy. The whole fabric has 
recently undergone a complete repair, and at the same 
time the antient character of the building has been 
judiciously preserved as much as possible. 

The plantations in the grounds near the grand entrance 
lodge, are daily improving; and in a few years lime will 
tend materially to the beauty of the domain. 

About three miles from hence, is Bodmin, a large 
town, situated on the high western road, 243 miles from 
London, 30 from Plymouth, 21 from Launceston, and 
about 12 from the two channels on the north and south 
sides of the county. The late learned Mr. Whitaker, 
in his History of the Cathedral of Cornwall, has whh 
much ability, proved the fallacy of the grounds upon 
which it was supposed to have been a bishop's see; an 
error into which Dr. Borlase, Browne Willis, and other 
eminent antiquaries, had fallen; and has shewn very 
satisfactorily, that it was not the monastery at Bodmin, 
but another religious house dedicated to St. Petroc, 
near the sea-side, at Padstow, that was burnt by the 

In early times, however, Bodmin possessed a Priory, 
a Convent of Grey Friars, and several other religious 
structures, of which there are now but few remains. 

The Priory y which stood near the church, has gone 


entirely to decay, but a handsome modern house, 
called the Priory, erected on its site, is now the resi- 
dence of Walter Raleigh Gilbert, Esq. This spot was 
first selected for religious retirement as early as the 
sixth century, by St. Guron and St. Petroc. It owed 
its origin^ to the circumstance of St. Petroc, its founder, 
having taken up his abode in a valley, now occupied by 
the town of Bodmin, but then the residence of St. Guron, 
a solitary recluse, who having resigned his hermitage to 
St. Petroc, it was by him enlarged for the residence of 
himself and three other devout men, who accompanied 
him with the intention of leading a monastic life accord- 
ing to the rules of St. Benedict. Here St. Petroc died 
before the middle of the sixth century. His shrine was 
preserved in a small chapel, attached to the east end of 
Bodmin church, as we learn from Leland and William 
of Worcester. The hermitage which he had founded, 
continued to be inhabited by monks of the Benedictine 
Order, till the reign of King Athelstan, who, in 926, 
founded, on or near the same spot, a priory of Benedic- 
tines : but this convent having been dissolved at an early 
period, and its possessions fallen into the hands of secu- 
lar canons, Robert, Earl of Moreton and Cornwall seized 
them for his own use, and, after the death of his son 
William, Earl of Moreton and Cornwall, they became 
vested in the crown. Algar, to whom it is probable 
they had been granted, with the King's license, and that 
of William Warlewast, Bishop of Exeter, re-founded the 
monastery, and replenished it with Austin Canons, who 
continued till the general dissolution of religious houses, 
when its revenues were valued at 270^. Os. lid. clear 
annual income. The Pi'ior had, among other privileges, 
a market and fair, gallows, pillory, &c. as proved in a 
quo warranto, in the reign of King Edward I. The site, 
■with the demesnes, was granted to Thomas Slernhold, 
one of the first English translators of the Psalms. — Va' 
fioys yelics of antiquity have been found at different 


times on this consecrated spot; among which were some 
columns with ornamented mouldings and a mutilated 
effigy of a skeleton, finely executed, which has been 
placed against a gateway in the garden belonging to the 
Priory House. 

The Convent of Grey Friars is said to have been 
founded in the year 1239, under the patronage of Ed- 
mund, Earl of Cornwall, and principally supported by 
the benefactions of Sir Hugh and Thomas Peverell, of 
Egloshale, who were buried in the friary church. 
In the year 1565, it was conveyed to the Corporation of 
Bodmin, to whom it still belongs. Since the early part 
of last century, it has been fitted up as an Assize Hall, 
150 feet long and 60 in height; but the removal of its 
two beautiful Gothic windows is to be lamented. The 
two ends are appropriated for the Courts of Assize, and 
the intermediate space for the business of the Corn 
Market, &c. Above is the Grand Jury Room, and a 
large Ball Room, often used during the races in August. 

The only remains of the Chapel of Ben/, is a ruinous 
tower, standing on a hill north of the town. 

Some ruins of 5^. Leonard's and St. Nicholas' Chapels 
were standing when Dr. Borlase published his work on 
the Antiquities of the County ; but they have long since 
been entirely removed. 

The Church, which is the largest in the county, and 
stands at the north-east end of the town, on rising ground, 
was rebuilt in 1472, as appears by the inscription on the 
coniice of the south chancel, viz. 

An'? dni M? CCCC? LXX.?II doinafcm fecit. 

It is a handsome edifice, consisting of a lofty nave and 
side aisles, separated by clustered columns and pointed 
arches. The capitals of the pillars, which are of very 
fine moorstone, are ornamented with roses. 

The Tower stands on the north side, and has a vene- 
j5j,ble appearance. Over the porch on the south sid^, 


there are three handsome niches. The whole building 
(particularly the interior) has, within the last seven 
years, undergone a thorough repair. It contains a fine 
altar-tomb, erected in memory of Prior Vivian, Suffragan 
Bishop of Megara, in Greece, who died in the year 
1533, and on which is the effigy of the deceased in his 
pontifical robes, with a mitre and crozier, his hands 
clasped on his breast, and two angels supporting shields, 
charged with the Vivian and Priory arms. 

The Font is the most interesting piece of antiquity in 
the church, and of large dimensions. It is supported 
by a pedestal in the middle, and four pillars on the out- 
side, with angel's heads for capitals ; and the basin in the 
centre is highly ornamented in the Saxon style, with 
grotesque animals, foliage, &c. A handsome painted 
window, by Lowe, of London, representing the Resur- 
rection of our Saviour, will be put up in the course of a 
short time. It is the gift of Lord de Dunstanville, who 
is the patron of the vicarage. 

A very particular account of the expense of rebuild- 
ing the church, is preserved among the town records. 
The whole cost, exclusive of presents of timber, amount>- 
ed only to 194£. 3s. 6|d. The timber for St. John's 
aisle cost 20^. 13s. 4d. Sir John Arundell gave seve- 
ral timber-trees for the building. The lead for roofing, 
came to l6^. 2s. 3|d. The rate of wages at this time 
appears to have been, for a laboui'er, four-pence by the 
day ; for a mason, hewing stones, five-pence ; for making 
the pillars, &c. sixpence; for a plasterer, five-pence 
half-penny. The following is a specimen of some of the 
charges : — " Forty-nine journeys (days work) for the 
windows above the Vyse, 24s. 6d.; fourteen journeys on 
the gabell window, 7s." There was formerly a spire on 
the tower, said to have been built by Prior Vivian, and 
esteemed, as Tonkin tell us, the loftiest and finest in the 
West of England. It was destroyed by lightning in 
1699.— Jasper Wood, 37 years vicar of Bodmin, who 


died in 1716, a man, it may be supposed, of deranged 
intellects, fancied himself bewitched, and that he was 
delivered from the witches' power by his guardian-angel. 
Tonkin says there was a printed account of this man, and 
various traditions relating to him are still current in the 

The Corporation consists of a Mayor, 11 Aldermen, 
24 Common Councilmen, and a Town Clerk. This 
town was regularly incorporated by charter of Elizabeth, 
which was lost, by lapse, previously to the year 1798, 
when a similar charter was granted by his late Majesty. 
The right of electing two representatives in Parlia- 
ment is vested solely in the 37 members of the Corpo- 

Among the antient corporation accounts, are the fol- 
lowing curious items, relating to the election of mem- 
bers of Parliament, and the payment of their wages, in 
the reign of Henry VII. 

" 19, 20 Hen. VII, paide to Richard Watts and John 
Smyth, burgesses of the Parliament for the towne, 
13s. 4d. 

" Paide for the endentes for the burgesses of the par- 
liament, 20d. 

" Paide and yeven in malmesey to the under-sheryff, 

" Paide for the makyng a payr of endentes and an 
obligation, 12d. 

" It. Paide and yeven onto Thomas Trote in rewarde, 

" It. Paide to Sir Richard Downa, the wich was 
promysed by the maier and the worshipfull in a reward 
towardes his wagys, 13s. 4d. 

The town principally consists of one long street, 
running nearly a mile from east to west; the houses in 
general, are low, decayed, and irregular; but much 
improvement has been made within the last 20 years. 
Some centuries ago, Bodmin appears to have been of 


much greater extent, and more populous, than at pre- 
sent: it was probably largest, and contained the greatest 
number of inhabitants, about the fourteenth century. It 
is now smaller than either Helston, Liskeard, Megavissey, 
and Penryn ; and considerably smaller than St. Austell, 
Truro, Redruth, Penzance, or Falmouth; yet in the 
reign of Queen Elizabeth, it appears to have still taken 
precedence of all the other Cornish towns. 

The Grammar School, said to have been founded by 
Queen Elizabeth, and endowed with 5£. per annum, 
(which the Corporation have increased to 100^. per 
annum) was held in an old chapel, in the church-yard, 
until the last year, when a new school-room was opened 
in a more commodious situation. 

The population, according to the late returns, amounts 
to 2902, but the whole parish contains 3278, being 802 
more than the number returned in 1811.* 

The market on Saturday is much frequented, and 
well supplied with provisions; but some judicious regu- 
lations are necessary, (particularly to remedy the want 
of a market house,) which would render it more gene- 
rally useful and commodious. There are also three 
fairs held here annually, chiefly for cattle. 

There was a market at Bodmin when the survey of 
Domesday was taken, the profits of which, belonging 
to the Prior, were then valued at 35s. per annum: 
the tolls were afterwards let at a fee-farm rent to the 
burgesses, in whom the market and fairs are now 
vested. Leland speaks of the market at Bodmin as 
being like a fair for the confluence of people ; and Hals 
compares it, in point of supply of all kinds of provisions 

* Bodmin has been described by many writers, as a very un- 
healthy place; the contrary, however, is the fact: for during the last 
ten years, the number of funerals have only been 409, and baptisms 
854. — The town suffered much in the years 1576 and 1581, from a 
pestilence. It is uow remarkable for the health and longevity of the 


&c., to those of Exeter and Tavistock. The fairs, which 
are great marts for cattle and horses, are on the feast of 
the Conversion of St. Paul, Saturday after Midlent Sun- 
day, Saturday before Palm Sunday, Wednesday before 
Whitsuntide, and on the feast of St. Nicholas the Bishop 
(December 6.) Leather-shoes are made in great quan- 
tities at this town, and exposed to sale in standings at the 
markets and fairs. 

Bodmin is said to have been one of the coinage towns 
which had the privilege of stamping tin; butit appears 
that it had been lost before the year 1347, when the 
burgesses petitioned parliament, complaining, that al- 
though by royal charter they were authorised to deal in 
all kinds of merchandise, tin as well as other, in the 
county of Cornwall, they had of late been hindered by 
the Prince and his men from buying or coining tin : they 
were unsuccessful in their application, the answer of 
Parliament being, that the Prince might order the tin to 
be sold where he pleased. 

The Summer Assizes for the county have been held 
in this town, with few exceptions, since the year I7l6, 
and the Michaelmas Quarter Sessions are also held here. 

The races usually commence the week following the 
assizes, and are held about a mile and a half from the 
town, on the left of the road leading to Launceston. 
The course is considered one of the finest in England. 

The County Gaol was erected in the year 1780, from 
the designs of Sir John Cull, on the principles recom- 
mended by the great philanthropist, the late John 
Howard, Esq. It stands in a healthy situation, on the 
side of a hill, to the north of the town. 

Within the last three years a very handsome and 
commodious Lunatic Asylum has been erected at the 
western end of the town, and is fitted up in a very 
comfortable manner, for persons afflicted with that 
dreadful malady. 

The earliest historical event, of any importance, con- 


nected with this place, is, that it became the head-quar- 
ters of Thomas Flanmauck and Michael Joseph, the 
ringleaders of the rebellion of 1496, both of whom 
indeed appear to have been inhabitants of this parish. — 
Perkin Warbeck, after his landing in Cornwall, in the 
year 1498, assembled at Bodmin a force of 3000 men, 
with which he advanced to attack Exeter. — In 1550, 
the Cornish rebels, under the command of Humphry 
Arundell, encamped at Castle-Hynock, near this town, 
and marched thence to the siege of Exeter. After th^ 
suppression of this rebellion, which soon followed. Sir 
Anthony Kingston, the Provost-marshal, came, with the 
King's commission, to punish some of the chief offend- 
ers; and, it is said, he hanged the mayor at his own door, 
after partaking of the hospitalities of his table. — Bodmin 
does not appear to have had any garrison during the 
Civil War, though it was occasionally occupied by both 
parties. General Fairfax finally took possession of it for 
the Parliament in l646, a few days before the capitula- 
tion with Sir Ralph Hopton, near Truro. 

At St. Lawrence, about a mile north-west of Bodmin, 
are some remains of the Hospital for Lepers, founded by 
Queen Elizabeth, in the year 1582, but which was abo- 
lished a few years since owing to certain abuses, and the 
lands belonging to it, worth about ^140. per annum, 
appropriated to the Infirmary at Truro. The remains 
chiefly consist of three fine arches, springing from clus- 
tered columns, with ornamented capitals, and some 
ruinous walls, now fast mouldering into decay. On one 
part of the old buildings, is the following inscription: 

Kic'^arlte (itartet of J^apnt Columlie Msxt^mX tig 
tis lastc tDsUe ^ Ccstantent in ano Mora. 15S2 
Irtlr gebe ten poutiHe for X'^t oUurance of ttoentie 
s^tlltngcs. serelse to tie iiaseH unto us tp pocv 
ILeyers of \\it ^ospstall & to oure successors for ebet 
tottct ten pounire ts X^t consent of ^ts iSiecutor toe 
tabe tmyloselr totoarttee tfje maltsng of t^i)S ftotose 
in ano. 1586. to^ose cfjarttable & rare example in 
oure tstne (ISoD grantete main to folloto Tjcreaftre 


The seal of this hospital is a curious relic of antiquity, 
containing the figure of St. Lawrence, under a Gothic 
canopy, and another figure below it, in the attitude of 
prayer, with this inscription: — " S, Set Lawrencie 
Bodmons de peupo." 

St. Lawrence is merely a hamlet to Bodmin, but 
is remarkable as having two very large fairs for cattle 

At Lanhwit, the adjoining village, about three miles 
from Bodmin, are some remains of an antient Monastery^ 
called St. Bennet's, which, although greatly defaced 
some years ago, by the removal of the cloisters, still 
displays a fine tower, richly mantled with ivy. The 
other parts have been fitted up at the expense of the 
proprietor, the Rev. F. V. L Arundell, as a family re- 
sidence. The remains are seated in a narrow valley, 
almost surrounded by wood, with a rapid stream in the 
front, which adds greatly to the beauty of this roman- 
tic spot. 

Tremere, an ancient seat of the Courtenays, in this 
parish, is now a farm-house. 

A ride from hence to the Roach Rocks, will be highly 
gratifying to the curious traveller, or an admirer of 
natural curiosities. They consist of three immense 
piles of craggy ponderous stones, rising to a considerable 
height, and at a distance resembling an antient castle. 
On the summit of the pile, in the centre, stand the re- 
mains of a small building, which formerly contained 
two apartments, and is supposed to have been erected 
for religious purposes. 

These rocks, says Dr. Maton, " consist of a white 
sparry quartz, mixed with schoerl, which appears in 
innumerable needle-like crystals. Two or three vari- 
eties of this substance are observable; in one the 
schoerl being more sparingly interspersed, and in 
another more abundantly." A pile of rocks starting 
abruptly out of a wide green surface, and covering 


some space with enormous fragments, on which there 
are only a few vestiges of incipient vegetation, form a 
singular scene, exhibiting a kind of wild sublimity, 
peculiar to itself. The accompanying view was taken 
from the south side, and the chapel on the summit is 
a very beautiful and picturesque feature in the picture. 



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In a former part of this work, we gave a list of the 
principal Tin and Copper Mines in this county ; but 
as we apprehended the limits of it would not allow a 
particular description of them, we have since, at the 
suggestion of some of our subscribers, curtailed the 
historical and topographical notices, with the view to 
enable us to present our readers with some little 
particulars as to the situation and nature of the most 
valuable mines now working. In passing through the 
county according to the plan of our several Excur- 
sions, there are not any mines deserving of pai'ticular 
attention, until the traveller arrives at St. Austell; here 
it is necessary that he should make some stay, as the 
vicinity of the town possesses many attractions, and 
the numerous works now in progress will amply gratify 
his curiosity. 

The most considerable Tin Mine in the county is 
Polgoothy which is situated about two miles south-west 
of St. Austell ; and even in Borlase's time, is said to 
have yielded to its proprietors a profit of ^20,000 


annually for some years. Owing, however, to some 
unfortunate disputes, the operations have been sus- 
pended for nearly 20 years, but have lately been 
resumed with increased vigour. From the extensive 
nature of the works earned on in this mine, the whole 
surface of the country in its vicinity, has been completely 
disfigured, and presents a very gloomy aspect. The 
quantity of ore which has been raised from this mine, 
during the progress of its workings, is far beyond 
calculation: the immense piles of earth, which have been 
excavated and thrown up, have quite a mountainous 
appearance: roads have been formed in several direc- 
tions leading to the places or shafts, where the miners 
are at work; and the dreariness of the scene is only 
enlivened by the humble cottages, which have been 
erected for their residence. The number of shafts which 
have been sunk in this mine, amount to near 30, and 
the greater part of.them are mostly working; but since 
the introduction of steam engines, the operations have 
been considerably increased, as the water is now raised 
to the level of the adits, and which before had in some 
cases overflowed certain parts of the mine. 

The introduction of steam engines for drawing off 
the water from the mines in Cornwall, is one of the 
most valuable discoveries imaginable; and the greatest 
advantages have attended these powerful machines, 
while on the other hand few accidents have been occa- 
sioned by their adoption.* 

• Owinof unfortunately to the burstings of the boilers of some of 
the engines at this mine, very lately, two men lost their lives; but 
most fortunately many others had previously quitted their work, or 
otherwise they would have experienced the same melancholy fate. 


In Dr. Maton's Observations on the Western Counties, 
is the following description of a Steam Engine; but since 
that time, their powers of acting have been considerably 
augmented ; and on some occasions they are now made 
on a very large scale, with cylinders even 90 inches in 
diameter. ' 

" The Steam Engine is one of the most curious, and 
perhaps most useful machines that owe their origin to 
the discoveries of philosophy; without it many of the 
mines in Cornwall must long ago have ceased to have 
been worked ; and among other purposes to which it has 
elsewhere been most advantageously applied, should be 
mentioned, the supplying of towns with water, the 
grinding of corn, the turning of the wheels of machines 
in woollen manufactories, and the blowing of bellows 
to fuse ores and metals; we have to boast of this grand 
machine, being invented, as well as perfected, in our own 
country ; Captain Savery is said to have first discovered 
the method of raising water by the pressure of air, in 
consequence of the condensation of steam ; or at least he 
was the first person that put any method of this sort into 
practice: he obtained a patent, in the year l698» ^^"^ ^ 
machine contrived in the following manner; the air was 
expelled from a vessel by steam, and the steam condensed 
by the admission of cold water, which causing a vacuum, 
the pressure of the atmosphere forced the water to ascend 
into the steam vessel through a pipe 24 or 26 feet 
high: by dense steam brought from the boiler, the 
water in the steam vessel was elevated to the requisite 
height. This construction, however, did not answer, 
because very strong vessels • were wanted to resist 
the expansive violence of the steam; an enormous 


quantity of which was, besides, condensed by coming 
in contact with the cold water in the steam vessel. The 
danger of bursting the vessels was avoided soon after- 
wards by the invention of Messrs. Newcoraen and 
Cawley, of Dartmouth. These gentlemen employed 
for the steam vessel a hollow cylinder, shut at the bottom 
and open at the top, and furnished with a piston sliding 
easily up and down in it, but made tight by oakum or 
hemp, and covered with water: the piston was sus- 
pended by chains from one end of a beam moveable on 
an axis in the middle of its length ; to the other end of 
this beam hung the pump rods. Some imperfections still 
remained ; but the most important were at length wholly 
removed by the discoveries of Mr. Watt, and the con- 
struction made use of by that gentleman and Mr. Bolton, 
of Soho, near Birmingham ; who obtained a patent for 
25 years, in addition to the term granted to Mr. Watt 
alone, in the year 176S. One of these machines will 
work a pump of 18 inches in diameter, and upwards 
of 100 fathoms in height, at the rate of 10 or 12 strokes, 
of seven feet long each^ in one minute. It will raise to 
the height of 80 feet, in that same space of time, a 
weight equal to 18,000 pounds; the combined action of 
200 horses could not effect more. In Newcomen's 
engine this would have required a cylinder 10 feet in 
diameter; but as, in the new engine, the steam acts, and 
a vacuum is made, alternately above and below the 
piston, the power exerted is double to what the same 
cylinder would otherwise produce ; and is farther aug- 
mented by an inequality in the length of the two ends 
of the lever. It must be considered too, that one-third 
part only of the coals which the old engine would 


have required, is used for the same portion of work.** 
The expense of erecting the first steam engine in the 
Polgooth Mine, amounted to nearly ^20,000; and the 
quantity of coals consumed by it, in the short space of 
24 hours, is stated to amount to 144 bushels. 

According to Borlase, the main vein of ore in this 
mine, was about six feet thick, running from east to 
west, and dipping to the north, at the rate of about six 
feet in a fathom ; towards the east it divides into two 
branches, and there is another that cuts the former 
nearly at a right angle, and consequently runs north 
and south, but dipping to the east. The ore is dissemi- 
nated in general through a matrix of Caple* accom- 
panied with a yellow cupreous pyrites, and sometimes a 
ferrugineous ochre; it is of the vitreous kind, but rarely 
found in crystals, the colour for the most part being of 
a greyish brown. 

Crennis Copper Mine, which is situated about two 
miles east of St. Austell, is highly deserving of notice: 
here also steam engines have been introduced with the 
most beneficial effects; but although the ore found in 
this mine is extremely rich, it was not discovered till 
within the last few years, but is stated in some in- 
stances to have yielded a clear profit to its proprietors 
of ^84,000 in one year. 

The several Tin Stream Works also in the neighbour- 

* One of the vag'ue terms soinetiines given to the crust or coating^ 
of the ore, sometimes to an argillaceous substance, and sometimes 
to a quartz ore one. The miners have pretty generally determined, 
however, that caple must be black ; and at Polgooth they mean a 
heavy kind of quartz, which is perfectly opake, and contains a large 
portion of argill. 


hood of St. Austell, are particularly deserving of notice} 
the one on the left of the road near Pentuan, has proved 
a considerable benefit to the adventurers concerned in 
it. In Luxilian parish, through which the road leading 
from St. Austell to Bodmin has been formed, there are 
several works of a similar nature; but owing to the 
number of excavations which have been made for the 
discovery of ore, it is desirable that strangers should 
avoid travelling in this direction after dusk. The cele- 
brated JFood Tin, as it is called, is mostly found in the 
Stream Works, and which although extremely valuable, 
appears far from prepossessing^ in the minds of those 
persons who are unacquainted with mineralogy. 

Small particles of gold are frequently found in the 
Stream Works, but they are mostly incorporated with 
tin crystals in streaks. - 

The celebrated Clay Works in the parish of St. 
Stephen's are also well deserving of attention; as they 
are now conducted upon a very extensive scale. In a 
commercial point of vjew, the discovery of this clay, 
or china stone, has been attended with the great- 
est advantages, besides being the means of affording 
employment to many men, women, and children. The 
value of this clay, or china stone, as it is generally called, 
was accidentally discovered about 60 years ago ; since 
which time, immense quantities have been exported for 
the porcelain manufactories in Staffordshire and Wales. 
It is a decomposed granite, the felspar of which has 
lost its properties of fusibility ; but, in the manufacture 
of china and earthenware, it is of the greatest value. In 
the manufacture of crucibles at Truro, it has been 
found of much value. Notwithstanding, however, the 


great success which has attended the progress of the china 
stone works, it is to be lamented, the wages allowed to 
the several persons employed in them, are so trifling. 
Little occurs to interest the traveller in regard to mines 
after leaving St. Austell, until his arrival at Truro. 

The Carnon Stream Works, on the left of the road 
leading to Falmouth, are the most considerable in the 
county, and merit particular observation. It is now 
nearly 40 years since they were fitst discovered ; and 
the quantity of tin which they have yielded, has proved 
a golden harvest to the proprietors of them. The works 
occupy a considerable extent of ground, and appear to 
have been gained from the sea; the mud and other 
matter washed down by the stream, having raised a 
sort of embankment, which, by its continual extension, 
and some assistance from art, has gradually contracted 
the boundaries of the tide.* The bed of pebbles from 
which the tin is extracted, is about 30 feet below the 
the surface of the ground, and from four to six feet 
thick. As a proof that these works must have been known 
in very early times, a wooden shovel, and picks made 
of deers' horns, together with some human bones and 
skulls, have been found at different periods. Great 
improvements have been lately made in the works for 
drawing off the water, and which has also, from the 
lowness of their situation, been attended with con- 
siderable benefit to several other mines in the neigh- 

When at Helston, the traveller will derive much 
gratification from visiting the celebrated Tin Mine, 
called Huel Vor, which is situated about three miles 

* Vide Beauties of Eng^land and Wales for Cornwall, page 438. 



west of that town. This mine is allowed to be one 
of the most valuable in the county ; and its proprietors 
are said to have gained a clear profit of upwards of 
^10,000, in the short space of three months, notwith- 
standing the monthly charges amount to ^5,000. Here 
are no less than five large steam engines for drawing off 
the water, besides several others of less magnitude for 
raising the ore, &c. There are also four large stamping 
mills worked by steam. The operations of this mine 
extend more than a mile and a quarter below the surface 
of the earth, and about 1300 persons are employed 
in conducting the different works. The ore is smelted 
and roasted on the spot; and when properly cleansed, 
is ladled from the furnaces into moulds of 370lbs. 
each. The principal lode in this mine is said to be of 
the enormous width of 30 feet, and extremely rich 
The expenses incident to carrying on the working of thi& 
mine are very great; especially in the consumption 
of candles and gunpowder, which far exceeds any esti- 
mate a stranger to mining concerns could form. In this 
mine, no less than 3,000lbs. of candles, and about 
3,500lbs. of gunpowder are consumed every month. 

The Botallack Tin and Copper Mine, in the parish of 
St. Just, near the Land's End, is one of the most sur- 
prising undertakings in the county, as the operations of 
the miners extend for nearly 70 fathoms under the bed 
of the sea; and the entrance to the works is at least 
200 feet below the cliffs. 

How fearful 

And dizzy 'tis to cast one's eyes so low, 

The crows and choug^hs that wing the midway air 

Show scarce so gross as beetles : 


-V\\ look no more, 

Lest my brain turn, and the deficient sight 
Topple down headlong." 

As a late writer* justly observes, that on descending 
to the surface of the mine, " You will then behold a 
combination of the powers of art with the wild sublimity 
of nature, which is quite unparalleled; the effects of 
the whole being not a little heightened by the hollow 
roar of the raging billows which are perpetually lashing 
the cliff beneath. In looking up you will observe 
troops of mules laden with sacks of coals, for the 
supply of the engine, with their undaunted riders, 
fearlessly trotting down the winding path which you 
trembled at descending even on foot. As you approach 
the engine, the cliff becomes almost perpendicular; 
and the ore raised from the mine is therefore drawn 
up over an inclined plane, by means of a horse engine 
placed on the extreme verge of the overhanging rocks 
above, and which seems to the spectator below, as if 
suspended in " Mid Air." 

The ore of this mine is the grey and yelbw sulphuret 
of copper, mixed with oxide of tin. Here a great 
variety of interesting minerals have been collected, 
among which are several varieties oi jasper; arborescent 
native copper; jaspery iron ore; arseniate of iron; sul- 
phuret of bismuth, imhedded in jasper ; beautiful «pec«/ar 
iron ore; lamatitic iron, and the hydrous oxide of iron, in 
prisms .terminated by pyramids. 

The neighbourhood of Redruth is, as before stated 
in a preceding part of this work, the very centre of 
the mining district ; and there are more mines in the 

• The author of the Guide to Mount's Bay, recently published. 


vicinity of that town than in any other part of the 
County. We therefore recommend travellers, especially 
those who are interested in mining transactions, to make 
some stay at Redruth, and we can venture to say that 
they will derive much gratification in consequence. 

About two miles west of that town is the noted Copper 
Mine of Dolcoath, which from its situation on the brow 
of a hill, enables the visitor to see at one view, all the 
principal machinery by which its working is conducted. 
As the same writer justly observes; " it is quite im- 
possible to convey an idea of this singular and in- 
teresting scene; steam engines, water wheels, horse 
■whims, and stamping mills are all in motion ; while in 
the glen beneath, many hundred labourers are to be seen 
busily engaged in the different operations of separating, 
dressing, and cleansing the ore. In the whole circle of 
human inventions, there is nothing which so fully 
manifests the resources of intellect, for the production 
of immense effects, as the stupendous art of mining, and 
it is impossible that the workings of Dolcoath Mine, 
can be viewed without exciting the strongest sensation 
of wonder and exultation." The works of this mine 
extend upwards of a mile in length, from east to west, 
and in depth, 1050 feet below the level of the sea; 
being much deeper than any other mine in the 

Cook's Kitchen in Illogan, another rich copper mine, 
is also situated on the summit of the same hill, and from 
the extent of its operations presents a grand scene, the 
picturesque effect of which is materially heightened by 
the solemnity of Carnbre' Hill, and the numerous pon- 
derous masses of rock which lie scattered about its base 


In the Chacewater Mine, which is situated three miles 
• south of Redruth, is one of the largest steam engines 
now in use; and when erected in the year 1813, was 
then the most powerful engine ever made. As a proof 
of its immense power, if it were applied as a mill, it 
could grind a bushel of wheat in a minute; and notwith- 
standing its velocity, and the complex nature of its seve- 
ral parts, the engineer in charge of it, can in one instant 
put a stop to its motion, by the mere act of turning a 
screw. This engine is made upon the improved system, 
by Bolton and Watt, and finished with much elegance. 
The cylinder is 66 inches in diameter ; the depth of the 
engine shaft is 128 fathoms; from the adit to the bot- 
tom, 90 fathoms. It makes eight strokes in a minute, 
and at every stroke raises 108 gallons of water to the 
adit, and at the same time also, 60 gallons 10 fathoms 
high, for the purpose of condensing the steam. The 
quantity of coals which it consumes in 24 hours, is 
estimated at about eight chaldrons. 

About two miles from hence, in a southerly direction, 
are' the Consolidated Mines, which have only lately been 
re-established.* Here are two very powerful steam 
engines, with cylinders 90 inches in diameter. The 
expenses attending the resumption of the workings of 
these mines, are said to have amounted to the enormous 

* " As some men were lately sinking an air hole to the bottom 
level of the Consolidated Mines, when at the depth of 160 fathoms 
from the surface, they struck into a cavern ; the rush of foul air 
from which, compelled them to call out to their companion stationed 
above, to raise them by the tackle kept in readiness for that purpose. 
This vast subterranean vault is situated in one of the principal lodes 
of the mine ; it is about nine feet high, and six feet wide; the west- 


sum of nearly £70,000; but owing to the immense 
quantity of copper ore which has been raised, and other 
advantageous circumstances, the shares are now selling 
in London at more than £100 per cent. The monthly 
charges for workmen, &c. amounts to no less a sum 
than £7000. These mines are now under the manage- 
ment of Mr. Taylor and a London Company. 

Huel Unity and the Poldice Mines are also situated 
in this neighbourhood; the former produces copper, 
and the latter tin and copper. Both have been very 
profitable to their adventurers, and are said to have 
yielded them a profit of from 12 to £l6,000 annually. 
The Poldice Mine is one of the oldest in the county, 
and yields a yellowish copper ore, a rosin tin, and a few 
stones of galena. In both of these, steam engines have 
been long erected, but they are not on so extensive a 
scale as those used in some of the mines above noticed. 
In these mines, some of the most beautiful specimens 
of arseniate of copper and lead have been discovered. 
A whitish grey copper, crystallized, in triangular and 
quadrangular pyramids, has also been found here. 

Huel Alfred Copper Mine, which, some years ago, 
was the richest and most profitable mine in Cornwall, 
is situated about a mile and a half south-east of Hayle. 
In former times the adventurers in this mine are said to 
have gained £130,000; but owing to some misunder- 
standing, the operations have been discontinued since 

cm end from the place of entry, has been explored, and is found to 
be about 40 fathoms in length ; the foul air in the eastern end, has 
hitherto prevented the miners from fully exploring it ; the appear- 
ance of the sides and roof is very craggy, and shews that the carity 
has been occasioned by a courulsioa of nature. 



the year I8I6, until within the last six months. It is 
in contemplation to erect two steam engines in this 
mine, with cylinders of the largest dimensions; when 
no doubt, from the favourable appearance of the lodes, 
the proprietors will be amply repaid the expenses 
incident to such an undertaking. To the Mineralogist 
this mine is highly interesting, as several very rare and 
curious minerals have been discovered ; viz. stalactitic 
swimming, and cubic guartz, carbonate and phosphate of 
lead, stalactitic, cotryoidal, and investing calcedony, Sj^c. 
If a stranger should be desirous of descending into a 
mine, he cannot select a better opportunity than here 
presents itself, owing to the extensive scales of the lodes. 
On these occasions, it is always customary to put on a 
suitable dress; viz. a flannel jacket and trowsers, a close 
cap, an old broad brimmed hat, and a thick pair of 
shoes; thus accoutred, a lighted candle is put into his 
hand, and another suspended to a button of his jacket. 

A few years ago the Duke of R d gratified his 

curiosity in this respect, and many others have followed 
his example; but as a satisfaction toour readers, we 
insert Dr. Forbes's observations on the subject. " A 
person unacquainted with the details of mining, on 
being informed of many hundreds of men being employed 
in a single mine, might naturally imagine that a visit 
to their deep recesses, would afford a picturesque and 
imposing spectacle of gregarious labour and bustle ; 
tremendous noise, and much artificial brilliancy to cheer 
the gloom: nothing, however, is further from the truth, 
as far as regards the mines of Cornwall ; for, like their 
fellow labourers, the moles, the miners are solitary in 
their operations. Seldom do we find more than three 



or four men in one level or gallery, at a time, where they 
are seen pursuing the common operations of digging, or 
boring the rock, by the feeble glimmering of a small 
candle, stuck close by them, with very little noise or 
more latitude for bodily movement ; besides whom, there 
are generally one or two boys employed in wheeling the 
broken ore, &c. to the shaft. Each of these boys has 
also a candle affixed to his wheelbarrow by the univer- 
sal subterranean candlestick, a piece of clay. A certain 
band of men, who, however numerous, are always 
called " a pair" generally undertake the working of 
a particular level. These subdivide themselves into 
smaller bodies, which by relieving each other at the 
end of every six or eight hours, keep up the work, 
uninterruptedly, except on Sunday. By means of this 
subdivision of the pairs, there is in general not more 
than one third of the under-ground labourers below at 
any one time. Very seldom are the miners within the 
sound of each other's operations, except occasionally 
they hear the dull report of the explosions. In the 
vicinity of the main shaft, indeed, the incessant action 
of the huge chain of pumps, produces a constant, but 
not very loud noise; while the occasional rattling of the 
metallic buckets against the walls of the shaft, as they 
ascend and descend, relieves the monotony both of the 
silence and the sound; still every thing is dreary, dull, 
and cheerless; and you can be with difficulty persuaded, 
even when in the richest and most populous mines, that 
you are in the centre of such extensive and important 

The Herland Mines are situated about a mile east of 
Huel Alfred, and are chiefly remarkable for the beau- 


tiful specimens of native silver, vitreous silver ore, and 
black oxide of silver, which they have produced, and 
which has been noticed in a former part of this work. 

After an interval of nearly 20 years, the workings of 
these mines have lately been resumed, under the 
management of a London Company; who have had 
two steam engines erected, with cylinders 80 inches in 
diameter. The copper ore found in the Herland Mines 
is extremfily rich; but although the lodes are more 
numerous than in Huel Alfred, they are not so large. 
All mines are placed under the superintendance of a 
foreman, called the Captain, who keeps the accounts, and 
pays, and regulates the workmen; they are in general 
men of respectability, and get liberally paid. The 
designation of Captain, however, is very absurd ; for in 
many instances, even strangers are frequently accosted 
as such by the Cornish people. There are also inferior 
superintendants, who are employed to superintend the 
internal operations of the miners. 

The miners, in general, are a civil, honest, and active 
class of beings, and since the extension of the Wesleyan 
system, have become very religious. The hardships 
many of them endure is beyond belief, particularly- 
such as have large families ; and who, in most cases, 
live in little huts in the immediate vicinity of the mines. 
Their mode of living is very hard, as they seldom taste 
animal food ; indeed, the reduced scale of their wages is 
such as scarcely to allow bread, and that in many 
instances composed of ground barley only. In some 
cases, many of the miners work like slaves, and are 
obliged to wheel barrows a considerable distance, filled 
with ore to the extent of four cwt.j while on the 



Other hand, those who are employed under ground, 
Lave a wretched emaciated appearance, and mostly die 
at an early age, in pulmonary consumptions. 

The Iron Foundries at Hayle are well deserving of 
notice, and here some of the largest engines used in the 
iflines were cast. The Water Dam which was constructed 
about 30 years ago, (near the house where the copper 
was formerly smelted,) for scouring out the sand from 
the harbour, has been attended with the moS4 beneficial 
effects. It is now in contemplation to have a causeway 
built across the Hayle, the estimate for which amounts 
to about cg5,000; and which, if accomplished, will 
be highly beneficial. 

The singular and desolate appearance of the whole 
■ surface of the country in this neighbourhood, which, 
with few exceptions, extends even as far as Padstow, 
excites the attention of every stranger. The immense 
banks of sand which have been thrown up on the coast, 
have been a great injury; and in some instances, many 
dwellings have even been buried by the shifting of the 
sands; here human bones have also been frequently 
discovered, supposed to have belonged to cemeteries 
which have been inundated during violent hurricanes. 

Many of the above particulars were obligingly com- 
municated by Sir Christopher Hawkins, Bart., M. P., 
and Recorder for St. Ives; and who also has a seat, 
called Trewinnard, in this part of the county. 

Tredea, which is near to Trewinnard, is the property 
of Davies Gilbert, Esq., M. P. for Bodmin, and Presi- 
dent of the Royal Geological Society at Penzance. 

With the view to enable mineralogists to prosecute 
their endeavours, it is necessary on their proceeding 


into Cornwall, that they should visit the most interesting 
collections in the county. Of these may be ranked the 
valuable collection belonging to William Rashleigh, 
Esq., at Menabilly, near Fowey, which has been noticed 
in a former part of this work. In this splendid collec- 
tion are some very magnificent oxide of tin, Jluors^ 
melachite, and some very rare varieties of sulplturet of 
copper; wood tin forming a vein in a matrix of quartz, 
to one side of which adheres a fragment of rock. An 
account is given in the first volume of the trans- 
actions of the Penzance Geological Society. Here are 
also some fine specimens of yellow copper ore, with 
opal; triple sulphuret of antimony; copper and lead in va- 
rious forms; ruby copper in cubes; quartz with water in 
globules; ^ojuajes of beautiful lustre ; axi^ green Jluor, in 
crystals with 24 sides. Many of the specimens above 
enumerated are of considerable value and scarcity, 
besides which there are also many others highly in- 
teresting. They are contained in a spacious apartment, 
which has been fitted up in the most elegant manner, 
with glass cases to prevent them from being injured. 
Mr. Rashleigh takes great pleasure in allowing strangers 
to visit his collection, and is entitled to every mark of 
commendation for his politeness on such occasions. 

In the collection of Joseph Carne, Esq. at Penzance, 
may be seen prehnite in a variety of forms, axinite in 
its usual form, stilbite in flat four-sided prisms termi- 
nated by pyramids, mesotype radiated, garnets in 12 
and 24 sided, crystals, pirite in six and 12 sided prisms, 
nranite in quadrangular tables with the angles in some 
cases truncated, and also in forms much resembling 
cubes and octohedrons, uranochre, native bismuth, and 


specular iron ore, very simular to that found at Elba; 
grey sulphuret of copper, the best defined crystals of 
which are very obtuse dodecahedrons, and six-sided 
prisms; in some specimens the dodecahedrons are so 
placed upon the summit of the prisms, as to resemble af 
nail: this is one of the most rare specimens ever 
found in Cornwall, and is much sought after by minera- 
logists. Here are also two very rare and curious 
specimens of yellow and grey sulphuret of copper, in 
forms resembling a cube, the latter being pseudomor- 

The Royal Geological Society at Penzance possessed 
many valuable and rare specimens ; among the earthy 
species may be enumerated, calcedony, sodalite, Jiaiiyne^ 
petalite, colophonite, vesuvian, Sfc. In the metallic 
branch, is carbonate of lead, specular iron, arseniate of 
iron, the oxide, carbonate, arseniate and phosphate of 
copper, native gold, found in the Cornish Tin Stream 
Works; arsenical pyrites, uranite, uran ochre, native 
nichel, &c. besides a mineral but little known, viz. sub- 
carburet of iron, and which was analyzed by the late 
Rev. W. Gregor. 

The cabinet of John Williams, Esq. at Scorrier House, 
near Redruth, is unrivalled in its specimens of red 
oxide of copper in octohedrons, cubes, and capillary 
crystals ; there are also some fine specimens of arseniate 
of copper in very perfect obtuse octohedrons; a mass 
of uranite, which for size and beauty surpasses any that 
has ever been found: blende in octohedrons and cubes, 
native and ruby silver, besides a very rare and highly 
valuable specimen of the muriate of horn silver and 
arseniate of lead in six-sided prisms. 


Such strangers as are desirous of forming a collection 
of the several minerals which have been found in this 
county, cannot adopt a better plan than applying to the 
different dealers; they are, however, sometimes to be 
had of the miners. The most respectable dealers in 
minerals are, at St. Austell, Mr. Hennah, Bookseller ; 
at Truro, Tregoning and Mudge; at Falmouth, Mr. 
Trathan; at Penzance, Mr. Jacobs; at Redruth, Mr. 
Bennett; at Gwenap, Mr. Michell; at St. Agnes, Mr. 
Argall ; and the landlord of the Tamar Inn, Calstock ; 
who was once a superintendant of some of the mines 
near St. Austell. 


Such travellers as may be desirous of making an 
excursion to these islands, will not only be much gra- 
tified by the voyage, but their health will be materially 
benefited by the congenial breezes of the ocean, and the 
mild temperature of the atmosphere, which is so pecu- 
liar to this part of the coast. The beauty also of the 
several marine prospects which such an excursion pre- 
sents to notice, cannot fail to excite the most lively 
emotions : yet who can enjoy it, without reflecting on the 
many dreadful shipwrecks which have occurred off the 
Scilly Islands; especially the melancholy fate of Sir 
Cloudesly Shovel and his brave companions. Owing, 
however, to the erection of light-houses, and other 
salutary measures, such disasters have not been so fre- 
quent as formerly. The difficulty of navigating -the 
passage round the Land's End, is nevertheless very 
great, and, in many instances, attended with much 

The contiguity of these islands to the county of 
Cornwall, renders it necessary that some little notice of 
them should be given in the present work. From the 
Land's End they are distant ab6ut nine leagues, and on 
a clear day are distinctly visible; but from Penzance, 
from whence the packet sails every Friday, the distance is 
fourteen leagues. With a fair wind the voyage is gene- 


rally accomplished in six hours ; but on some occasions 
has lasted two days. 

According to the most eminent historians, these islands 
Avere originally denominated the Cassiterides, or Tin 
Isles, and their number not to have exceeded ten; but 
their original appearance has been greatly altered, 
either by the violence of the sea, or some other convul- 
sive effort of nature* At present their number amounts 
to one hxmdred and forty, although the following only 
appear to be inhabited; viz. St. Mary's, St. Agnes, St. 
Martin's, Trescow, Bryher, and Sampson. The population 
of the whole of them, (more than half of which reside 
in St. Mary's,) does not exceed 2000. 

St. Mary's is the largest and most cultivated, pos- 
sessing three towns, a pier, a garrison, custom-house, 
&c. The length of this island is about two miles and a 
half; and its circumference is about 10 miles. The 
prospects from some of the hills are extremely fine; and 
from their rocky character and other local circum- 
stances, present a very singular and interesting appear- 
ance. " The principal settlement is Heugh Town, so 
called from the neighbouring peninsula, on which, 
during the pilchard fishery, a man is stationed to watch 
the coming of the fish, and give notice of their ap- 
proach by heughing to the boats below. On the summit 
of the peninsula is a small fort, erected in 1793> by 
Sir Francis Godolphin, and called Star Castle, from 
having eight points projecting like the rays of a star. In 
the centre is the governor's house, having a foss between 
it and the outer rampart; where, at the salient angles, 
are four small apartments, designed for as many cap- 
tains of the garrison. The lines are at some distance 


below the fort, nearly two miles in extent, and flanked 
by several strong batteries. Below them are the re- 
mains of an antient fort, that seems to have had a circular 
keep, like the castles of Trematon, Launceston, and 
Restormel. Nearer the water's edge, on the western 
side of the peninsula, is the Heugh Town, which skirts 
the border of a sandy bay, with a good anchorage, and 
sufficiently spacious to contain 100 sail of shipping. 
The houses are chiefly low buildings, but were much 
improved under the late Earl of Godolphin, at whose 
expense the pier was erected about the year 1750. The 
other towns, which are called Old Town and Church 
Town, consist only of a few houses, and present little 
to excite curiosity."* 

At Porthelk Cove, on this island, the body of Sir 
Cloudesly Shovel was washed on shore, and not being 
recognized, was buried in the sands, but afterwards 
removed to Westminster Abbey, where there is a hand- 
some monument to his memory. It is to be regretted, 
that although it was executed many years ago, when 
the art of sculpture had not arrived at much perfection, 
it has been so much defaced by idle and mischievous 
persons. When the fatal accident occurred. Sir 
Cloudesly was returning with his squadron from Toulon; 
and in a thick fog on the night of the 22nd October, 1707> 
his ship (the Association) struck on the Gilstone Rock, 
and sunk instantly, when every soul on board perished: 
the Eagle, Captain Hancock, experienced a similar 
fate, and the Romney and Fire-Brand were also lost, 
but their captains and 25 men were fortunately rescued 
from a watery 'grave. 

* Beauties of England and Wales for Corawall, page 485. 


The civil government of the Scilly Islands is chiefly 
managed by 12 of the most respectable inhabitants, 
who hold their meetings every month at Heugh Town, 
where they mostly settle difl'erences or disputes by 
compromise : all criminal causes are referred to the 
military power. 

St. Agnes contains upwards of 300 inhabitants, and 
is situated about a mile to the south-west of St. Mary's. 
It is extremely pleasant, fertile, and well cultivated, but 
is chiefly remarkable for its beautiful light-house. 
This highly useful structure was completed about the 
year l680, under the superintendance of Mr. Adam 
Walker, the celebrated lecturer on natural and experi- 
mental philosophy; it is upwards of 60 feet high, and 
is built on a very elevated spot. The light is produced 
by several parabolic reflectors of copper, plated with 
silver, and each having an Argand's lamp in its focus, 
supplied with oil from behind. The frame in which the 
reflectors are disposed, stands perpendicularly to the 
horizon, on a shaft united to a machine below, that 
turns the whole round every two minutes; by this 
motion the light progressively sweeps the whole horizon, 
and by its gradual intermission and increase, is readily 
distinguished from any other; its brilliancy is also 
extraordinary ; and by these combined effects, its bene- 
fits are greatly increased, as the seaman is at once 
rendered completely sensible of his situation.* The 
charges attending the erection of this light-house, were 
defrayed by the Trinity House; but all vessels passing 
it pay the same rates as those received by the one on 
the Long Ships at the Land's End, except coasting ves- 
* Beauties of England and Wales for Cornwall, p. 487. 


sels, which pay only a shilling each. There is a small 
church on this island, the service of which is performed 
by a minister, appointed and paid by the/Society for 
Promotins; Christian Knowledge. 

St. Martin's, which is situated about three miles 
eastward of St. Mary's, appears from the remains of 
the numerous enclosures which intersect it in various 
places, to have been formerly well cultivated, and it 
would in all probability have been entirely deserted, 
had not Mr. Thomas Ekines, a respectable merchant 
of these islands, encouraged some people to settle here 
about a century ago. This gentleman likewise caused 
a tower and spire to be erected on it, as a land mark to 
seamen passing this part of the channel. The inhabi- 
tants chiefly consist of between 30 and 40 families, 
who are mostly related to each other, and much at- 
tached to the place. They have also a church, the 
service of which is performed by the minister ap- 
pointed by the same Society, who also officiates at 
Trescow and Bryher. Borlase has noticed a druidical 
circle on this island; and from the several barrows 
which are also to be seen, concludes that not only this, 
but most of the other islands were in former ages 
very populous, and the lands much cultivated. The 
barrows, " says that learned writer, were all constructed 
in one manner; the outer ring is composed of larg^ 
stones pitched on end, and the heap within consists of 
smaller stones, clay, and earth, mixed together: they 
have generally a cavity of stone work in the middle, 
covered with flat stones; but the barrows are of various 
dimensions; and the cavities, which, being low, and 
covered with rubble, arc scarcely apparent in some. 


consist of such large materials in others, that they 
make the principal figure in the whole monument." 
Although he had several of them opened, nothing of any 
consequence was discovered. 

Trescow, which is situated two miles south-west of 
St. Mary's, is only about half the size of that island ; 
although Leland describes" it as the largest of the whole 
cluster. It is, however, chiefly remarkable for having 
once possessed a monastery, some small remains of 
which are to be seen in a very beautiful situation, near 
the borders of a lake, separated from the sea by an 
ever-green bank. There • are also the ruins of several 
other buildings; but those belonging to the Old Castle, 
which are situated on an eminence overlooking the 
harbour are most extensive. " Some other fortifications 
are called Oliver's Castle, Battery, &c., in honor of 
Cromwell; though that called Oliver^s Castle seems to 
have been originally fortified many years prior to the 
civil wars; about the conclusion of which, these islands 
were seized for the king, by Sir John Grenville, who 
afterwards capitulated to Blake and Sir George Ascough. 

This event was chiefly effected through the judicious 
disposition of the Parliament's forces on this island, and 
on Bryher; which prevented supplies being carried to 
St. Mary's, where the King's forces were concentrated."* 

The number of inhabitants at Dolphin Town amounts 
to about fifty families, who live in about twenty small 
houses. Here is also a Church and some Tin Mines; 
the latter, although of little value, are said to be the 
only mines now to be seen on any of the islands. This 
circumstance is the more singular, as the Scilly Islands 
Vide Beauties fur Cornwall, page 488. 


have long been noted for their numerous mines, and 
extensive trade with the Phenecians, &c. Much ha» 
been said by Borlase and other celebrated writers 
respecting the great change which the island* have 
undergone; not only in regard to antiquities, trade, 
extensive population, &c.; but that it must be evident 
to those who are acquainted with the situation, all the 
changes have arisen from the continual encroachments 
made by the sea, and violent tempests. The many 
shipwrecks which have also occufred, have in a great 
measure prevented many persons from entering into trade 
with them. It is the opinion also of a very eminent 
writer; that the islands are undoubtedly undergoing a 
gradual diminution; and that at no great distance of 
time, St. Mary's will probably be divided by the sea, 
and a channel formed through the low land, betwceu 
the new town and the south-east side of the garrison. 

Brither or Br^har, so called from its extreme 
mountainous position, is situated to the west of Trescow, 
and contains little to interest the tourist, except several 
barrows; the largest of which, situated on high ground, 
is 77 feet in diameter. Borlase says, " within this 
barrow are many kistraens, as the Britons call stone 
cells; and many of the flat stones which covered them, ■ 
lie here and there ; some keeping their first station, and 
some being removed to make stands for shooting rabbits, 
with which this part of the hill abounds." The number 
of families now resident in Breharj do not exceed 20. 
At low water, the sands between this island and that of 
Trescow, may be crossed by foot passengers. 

Sampson Island ischiefly composed of two circular 
hills, connected by a low rocky precipice. The in- 


habitants are but trifling compared to the other islands, 
but it is noted by Borlase for containing several stone 
barrows, some rock basins, a kistraen, &c. 

After the conquest of the Scilly Islands by King 
Athelstan, they were bestowed on several monks, and 
continued in their possession till the reign of Henry I., 
who granted " to Osbert, one of the Abbots of Tavistock," 
all the churches of Scillj/, with their appurtenances, and 
the land, as the monks or hermits held it in the time 
of Edward the Confessor, and Burgald, Bishop of 
Cornwall. •' Prior to the reign of Edward I., they 
appear to have reverted to the crown, being then held 
by Ranulph de Blackminster, who paid annually, at 
Michaelmas, a rental of 300 puffins, or six shillings and 
eight pence." In the reign of James I., they were leased 
to Sir Francis Godolphin, and are now held by the 
Duke of Leeds, on a lease for 3 1 years, granted in the 
year 1800, at an annual rent of ^40, with the option 
of a renewal on paying a fine of ^4000, 

The climate of the Scilly Islands is reputed to be 
both milder, and more equable than that of Cornwall; 
but the storms which occur, are more sudden and 
violent. The natives are remarked for being a robust 
and hardy race of people ; but as a late celebrated wri- 
ter* observes, were it not for the facility with which 
they obtain spirituous liquors, they would live to an 
advanced age." 

They are mostly employed in maritime pursuits, and 
in making kelp from the Algce, which is disposed of to 
the Bristol merchants for the use of the glass manufac- 
tories. The same writer also justly observes; " from a 
* Xbe author of the Guide to Mounts Bay, &c. recenOy published. 


combination, however, of unfortunate circumstances, in 
addition to the fatal blow given to the smuggling trade 
by the activity of the preventitive service, the inhabitants 
were reduced to such extreme distress, that it became 
necessary in the year I8I9, to appeal to the generosity 
of the public in their behalf; and notwithstanding the 
great difficulties of the times, the sum of £9000 was col- 
lected for their relief: in this great work of charity it is but 
an act of justice to state, that the Society for Promoting 
Christian Knowledge, by their purse, as well as by their 
writings, performed a very essential service. The funds 
thus obtained, were in part appropriated to the relief of 
the immediate and pressing distress under which they 
laboured, while the remainder was very judiciously 
applied towards the promotion of such permanent ad- 
vantages as might prevent the chance of its recurrence. 
A fish cellar was accordingly provided in the island 
of Trescow, for the purpose of storing and curing fish ; 
boats adapted for the mackerel and pilchard fisheries 
were purchased, and others were repaired; nets and 
various kinds of tackling were also at the same time 
liberally supplied. By such means have the inhabitants 
of these cheerless rocks been enabled to avail them- 
selves of some of the resources which Providence has 
placed within their reach, and their families have been 
thus enabled to exist without the dread of absolute 

Notwithstanding this relief, the fisheries of the Scilly 
Isles are capable of much extension, and although the 
expense incident to the necessary outfit woud be con- 
siderable, yet the advantages to the inhabitants would 
be incalculable. The importance of this subject has 


been very ably brought to notice by the Rev. George 
Woodley, Missionary from the Society for Promoting 
Christian Knowledge, and Minister of St. Agnes and St. 
Martin's, in his work on the State of the Scilly Islands, 
which was published in the year 1822. 

Various species of fish are to be caught by the hook 
and line at these islands during the season, and which 
are salted by the inhabitants for winter consumption. 

A very curious fact is also noticed respecting 
the arrival of the woodcock, in Scilly, that they are 
generally to be had there before any other place in 
England. Owing to the great distance they are supposed 
to have travelled, great numbers have been taken by the 
natives, from their becoming exhausted ; instances have 
also occurred of their falling dead by striking against 
the light-house, the splendour of the lanthern no doubt 
having attracted them ! 

To the geologist, the Scilly Islands present but little 
to interest; at St. Mary's are several beds of porphyry 
and clorite containing pyrites ; the former are deserving 
of attention on account of their distinct appearance of 
stratification. The granite of the Lizard Point at the 
Island of Trescow, the felspar of which is of a pure 
white, might be advantageously employed in the China 

The interior of the church of St. Anthony , which is 
situated on the coast south of Falmouth, is highly 
deserving of notice from its style of architecture, the 
arch separating the nave being a fine specimen of 
Anglo-Norman workmanship. 

In the parish of Luxilian is an immense pile of rocks, 
totally different from the Roach Rocks, yet extremely 
well worth seeing; they are seated on a considerable 
eminence, and many of the ponderous fragments have 
rolled into the valley beneath, presenting altogether a 
very singular appearance. In some places the stones 
very much resemble antient cromlechs. 

Four-Hole Cross is situated about six miles on the 
right of the road leading from Bodmin to Lanson, and is 
considered one of the most interesting relics of antiquity 
in Cornwall; but the upper part, either from age or 
other causes, is not perfect. 


Bo'dmin . . D. Gilbert, Esq., F. R. & L. S., Eastbourne. 

J. W. Croker, Esq., L. L. D., F. R., and 

L. S., Secretary to the Admiralty, &c. 
BossiNEY , . Sir C. Domville, Bart., SantryHouse, Dublin 

John Stuart Wortley, Esq., Wortley Hall, 




Callin<»ton . . Matthias Attwood, Esq., Banker. 

William Thompson, Esq., an Alder* 
man of London. 

Camelford Mark Milbank, Esq., Thorpe Hall, 

Sheldon Cradock, Esq., Hartforth, 
Corn WALL , , . . Sir William Lemon, Bart., D. C. L., 
Carclew, near Truro. 
John Hearle Tremayne, Esq., Heligan, 
FowET. . . , . . . .Viscount Valetort, John Stree^ 
Berkeley Square. 
George Lucy, Esq., Pall Mall, 
HELSTON.,.,..Lord J. N. B. B. Townsend. 

Harrington Hudson, Esq., Bessenby, 
near Bridlington, Yorkshire. 
Laitkceston. . . James Brogden, Esq., Clapham, 

Hon. Pownall Bastard Pellew, R. N, 
LiSKEARD. . , . ,Hon. W. Eliot, now Earl St. Germains, 

Sir William Henry Pringle. 
East Looe .... Thomas Potter Macqueen, Esq., Ridg- 
mont House, Bucks. 
George Watson Taylor, Esq., D. C.L., 
Earlstoke Park, Wilts. 
West Looe. ... Sir C. Hulse, Bart., Breamere, Hants, 
Right Hon. Henry Goulbum, 17, 
Upper Grosvenor Street. 
LosTWiTHlEL..Sir Robert Wigram, Knt. F. R. S., 
Belmont Lodge, Worcestershire, 
Alexander C. Grant, Esq. 


Newport Jonathan Raine, Esq. 

Wm. Northey, Esq., Box Hall, Wilts 
St. Germain's. .Hon. Seymour Thomas Bathurst. 

Right Hon. Charles Arbuthnot, K. C. 

St. Ives Lyndon Evelyn, Esq. 

Sir Christopher Hawkins, Bart., Tre- 
withan, near Truro. 
St. Ma WES.... Sir S. B. Moreland, Bart., Pall Mall. 

Joseph Phillimore, Esq., D. C. L. 
St. Michell . . Sir George Staunton, Bart., L. L. D. 
and F. R. S., Leigh Park, Hants. 
William Taylor Money, Esq., Strea- 
tham Park, Surrey. 

Penryn Pascoe Grenfell, Esq., Taplow House, 

R. Stanton, Esq., Colebook House. 

S ALTASH William Russell, Esq., Brancepeth 

Castle, near Durham. 
Tregony Viscount Barnard, Selby, Northamp- 
James O'Callaghan, Esq. 

Truro Sir Richard Hussey Vivian 

William Gossett, Esq., Sackville Street. 


The following Letter to the Editor of the Annals of 
Philosophy is taken from that work for May, 1 824. 

" DEAR SIR, Plymouth, April 18, 1824. 

Your geological readers will hear with infinite regret, that the 
celebrated Logan Stone in Cornwall, which lias for so long a period 
been regarded as an object of great national interest and curiosity, 
and which has been visited by persons from the remotest extremity 
of Europe, has within the last few days been overturned by one of 
the Lieutenants of his Majesty''s navy^ now commanding a revenue 
cutter, stationed between the Lizard and Land's End, assisted by a 
party of his men. The barbarous and wanton folly which could 
induce an officer bearing his Majesty's commission to commit so 
unwarrantable an act, as to remove a great national curiosity from a 
position in which it had stood for ages, defying the hand of time, 
and affording to tlie enlightened traveller an object of such singular 
interest, will, it is hoped, be visited with the severest displeasure of 
the Admiralty. In a tour through Cornwall in the summer of 1821, 
I was informed by a cottager who lived near the spot, that an 
attempt was made by a party of seamen some years before, to remove 
it, but without success. Cornwall by this wanton outrage, has lost 
one of its most interesting monuments. 

I remain, dear Sir, yours very truly, 


N. B. For a description of the Logan Stone, and an interestias^ 
view, vide p. 61, 


Adder, Sea, a fish 14 

Angel Fish ibid 

Antoney, Village of, Charch, Monaments, House, and 

Pictures 27 and ?6l 

Arwenack House, remarkable as the antient seat of the 

Killegrews 50 


Bake, an antient seat of the Moyles ,, 29 

Blower, or Fin Fish 13 

Blowing Houses, near St. Austell S8 

Boconnoe House, a fine seat 35 

Bodmin, Town of, antient Buildings, Church, Font, 

Population, &c 119 

Boscawen-un, singular Pile of Stones at 61 

Bossiney, remarkable as one of the Boroughs 81 

Boscastle, a Fishing Village, curious Epitaph in the 

Church 85 

Botus Fleming, Church, and Tomb of a Crusader 100 

Botailack Mine, at St. Just, account of 138 

Bude, a bathing place, its Canal, &c b8 


Carhays, a seat 40 

Callington, Town of, Antient Buildings, &c 96 

Calstock, a Village, Church, &c 98 

Camborne, 1 own of. Church, Population, &c 69 

Camelford, Town of, Buildings, &c 80 

Carn'-bre, Castle, Rocks, &c 71 

Carnon Stream Works, account of 137 

Carnanton, a seat 75 

Carclew. seat of Sir William Lemon, Pictures, &c 46 

Castle-an-Dinas, an Antieut Entrenchment 76 




Cattle, different Species of, bred in Cornwall 10 

Catchfrench, tlie seat of F. Glanville, Esq 110 

Cliarlestown, near St- Austell 36 

Cheese Wring 116 

Church of Creed 42 

Clay Works, at St. Stephen's, an account of 136 

Clowance, a fine seat, belonging to Sir J. St. Aubyn .... 55 

Coldrinnick, a seat Ill 

Cornwall, derivation of its Name, Situation, Climate, Po- 
pulation, &c 1 to 3 

Consolidated Mines, account of 141 

Cook's Kitchen, a celebrated Copper Mine 140 

Copper, its discovery, Mines described, &c 20 

Cotehele House, a very antient building 97 

Copley, Sir J. S, seat of 29 

Crennis Copper Mine, account of 135 

Cross, Antient, at Callington, 97, and Four-Hole Cross 161 

Cromlech 116 

Cuddenbeck, at St. Germains, noted as the seat of the 

Bishops 110 

Dolcoath, a noted Copper Mine 140 


Eels, Conger, very plentiful 14 

Egleshale, Church of, Carved Pulpit, Monuments, &c. . . 80 

Eny's House 48 


Falmouth, Town of. Buildings, fine Harbour, &c 49 

Fowey, Town of. Church, Monuments, Antient Buldings 

at. Harbour, Population, &c 30 

Fonts, Antient, in Lostwithiel, 33; St. Austell, 37; Lau- 

erwednack, 54; Padstow, 78; Kilkhampton, &c 91 

Foote, the Comedian, born at Truro 46 


Glynn House, a seat 118 

Gold , found in Cornwall 22 

Godolphin House, an antient building 55 

Grampus, a fish 13 

Gran.ponnd, till lately one of the Boroughs of Cornwall, 

|)reseut State 42 

Harewood House. , .»«•.,....,, 98 

Hayle, Port of, Works, &c ,,. 69 

Heligan, a seat 39 

Helston, Town of, Church, Population, &c 51 

Herland Mines, some Account of. I44 

Hills in Cornwall 3 

Historical Events, brief description of 2S 

Huel Vor, a noted Tin Mine 137 

Unity ditto, for Copper 142 

Alfred, ditto ibid 

Husbandry, improvement in, noticed 8. 

I J 

Ince Castle, a seat on the banks of the Lynhcr 106 

Iron, found in great abundance in Cornwall 23 

Foundaries at Hayle 1-16 

John Dory s, a delicious fish I4 


Kilkhampton, village of, noted for the singular beauty 

of its Church, Monuments, Font, &c 89 

' , the birth-place of the pious Hervey 92 

Kuill, J. Esq., singular custom respecting his will...... C9 

Ky nan's Cove, a curious pile of Rocks at 54 


Ladock, a picturesque vale at 43- 

Lakes in the County, the Loo particularly described .... 5 

Lands, Waste, enclosed 9 

Lanlivery, Tower of its Church noticed 32 

Lanhydrock House, an antient seat. Church, &c 118 

Laudulph, "Village of, singular Monument in the Church, 

Parsonage House, &c 99 

Landrake, Church of, remarked for its high Tower 106 

land's End, singular Promontory, Light Honse, &c 62 

Lanherne, Nunnery of, at the village of Mawgan 74 

Lauerweduack Church, near the Lizard, Antient Font at 54 
Launceslon, Town of, Antient Castle, Church, Public 

Buildings, Population, &c 93 

Lead Mines, not very abundant 21 

Liskcard, Town of, Church, Population, &c 112 

Lizard Point, Rocks at, very curious 53, 64 

Looe, East and West, Town of. Bridge, Popula- 
tion, &c 29 



liOo Pool, a Lake near HelstoD 53 

Lostwithiel, Town of, Church, Antient Font, Exchequer 

Hall, Population, &c 33 


Mackarel, very plentiful in Cornwall 14 

Marazion or Market Jew, its pleasant Situati«n, &c 56 

Martin, Dr. William, Monument of 100 

Mawgan, Village of, highly rural, Antient Church, 

Cross, &c 74 

Menabilly, a fine seat belonging to W. Rashleigh, Esq., 

noted for its collection of Minerals 32 and 147 

Menacnddle, Ruin at 38 

Menheniot, Village of. Church, Old Buildings, &c. ...... Ill 

Metals, various sorts, found in Cornwall 22 

Mevagizzy, remarkable as a Fishing Town, Church, 

Monument of Otwell Hill, Population, &c 39 

Mineralogical Substances, described 7 

Mines in Cornwall, the mode of working them described 19 

Moditonham, the seat of Charles Carpenter, Esq 100 

Mount Edgecumbe, a fine seat 27 

Mousehole, Village of, remarkable as the birth-place of 

Old Dolly Penkeath 60 

Mullets, very plentiful l4 

MuUion, a Fishing Cove, near the Lizard 64 

Maylor, the Church of, a picturesque building, Monu- 
ments, iSfC 51 


Nanswhyden House, ruins of 74 

Newport Church 93 

Newly n, Village of 60 


Padstow, Town of. Harbour, Chnrch, Antient Buildings, 

Population, &c 77 

Pelynt Church, Antient Monument in 29 

Pencarrow, seat of the late Sir A. Molesworth 80 

Pendarves, a Seat 70 

Pendennis Castle 49 

Pengersick Castle 56 

Pen rice, the seat of J. S. Sawle, Esq 38 

Penrose, seat of S. Rogers, Esq. near Helston 53 

Penryn, an Antient Town, Church of St. Gluvias, Monu- 
ments, Population, &c 47 


PentilUc Castle, the seat of J. T. Coryton, Esq 90 

Penzance, remarked as a beautiful Town, healthy cli- 
mate, &c 59 

Perrow Forth, noted as a bathing place 71 

Pessick, village of 44 

Petherwick, Little, Village, noted as being highly pic- 
turesque 80 

Pilchard Fisheries described, and mode of curing them 12 

Piranzabuloe, singular Amphitheatre at 73 

Place House, Padstow 79 

Plymouth, scenery about, noticed 25 

Polruan 31 

Polredmoutb, Grotto at 32 

Pool, Menheniot, an antient seat of the Trelawney's .... Ill 
Potatoes, the soil of Cornwall, favourable for the 

growth of 9 

Polgooth Tin Mine, account of. 131 

Poldlce, Mine of 142 

Porthmear, or Charlestown 36 

Prideanx Place ibid 

Probus, Village of, noted for its fine Church 43 


Redruth, Town of. Church, Population, &c 72 

Restormel Castle, House, &c 84 

Rialton Priory, account of 73 

Rivers in Cornwall 4 

Roche Rocks, a great natural curiosity 127 

Ruan Lanyhorne, a village remarkable as the residence 

of the Rev. J. Whitaker 41 


Saltash, Town of. Church, Population, &c 100 

Saltram, Seat of Earl Morley, with its fine Pictures .... 25 
Scorrier House, a seat remarkable for its fine collection 

of minerals 72 

Shark, the blue species, caught off the Coast of Cornwall 14 

Scilly Islands, concise description of ..< 151 to 160 

Sheviock Church and Monuments ....,..• 28 

Shillingham, ruins of an antient Chapel 105 

Silver, discovery of 22 

Slate, Delabole, the most celebrated Quarry for , . 7 and 80 

Smelting House near Truro, noticed 46 

Soap Rocks, at the Lizard 61 

Soils^ described • 5 


St. Blazy, Village of, Festival of St. Blaze, Church, 

&c , 36 to 37 

St. Austell, Town, fine Church, Population, &c. ..< 36 

St. Michael Penkervil Church, a pictureisque edifice .... 44 

St. Mawe's Castle 50 

St. Mawgan Church, an antient Tomb in 55 

St. Michael's Mount, brief description of 57 

St Neot's, Village of, noted for the beauty of its Church, 

Painted Glass Windows, &c 116 

St. Bennett's, remains of a Priory 1 27 

St. Burian, au antient place, College, Church, and antient 

Cross 6L 

St. Germains, a decayed town, remarkable for the beauty 

of its Situation, Antient Church, Monuments, &.c 106 

St. Just, near the Land's End, and remarkable as the 

birth-place of Dr. Borlase 63 

St. Ives, Town of. Fisheries, Harbour, Church, Popula- 
tion, &c 66 

St. Agnes, Town, Beacon, the birth-place of Opie, the 

Painter, &c 72 

St. Columb Major, Town of. Church, Population, &c. ..76 

St. Stephen's Church, near Trematon Castle 92 

St. Mary Week, Village of, remarked as the birth-place 

of Thomasine Bonaventure 86 

St. Cleer, Village of, noted for its Church, and numerous 

Antiquities 115 

St. Lawrence, Ruins at 127 

Stratton, Town of. Church, Monumental Epitaphs, &c. 86 

Stockton, seat of Admiral de Conrcy - 106 

Steam Engines, their extensive powers described, and 

great utility in the Mines 133 

Stow, an antient seat of the Grenvilles 91 

Sun Fish mm... 14 

Tehiddy Park, seat of Lord de Dunstanville, Pictures, 

&c 70 

Thankes, seat of the Graves 27 

Tin, the different Mines described, and the mode of pre- 
paring it; Laws relating to, &c 15 to 18 

Wood, highly valuable 19 and 136 

Tintagel, renowned birth-place of King Arthur, antient 

Fortifications at. Church, &c 81 

Tolinen, a curious one in Constantino Parish 51 

Touss, Rev, J. born at St, Ives •• 68 


Trebnrsy, a seat near Launceston 90 

Tredea, the seat of Davies Gilbert, Esq., M. P 140 

Trespy House, Fowey, an antient building 31 

Trefusis, an antient seat 51 

Treguma, a seat of S. Stephens, Esq 68 

Tregony, Town of, Antient Buildings, &c 40 

Tregotlinan, seat of Earl Falmouth, and its fine Park. ... 44 

Trelawuey House, Pictures, &c 29 

Trelowarrens, an antient seat 54 

Trematon Castle, a fine ruin, seat of B. Tucker, Esq 103 

Tremere, an antient seat of the Courtenay's 127 

Trerice, an antient building, formerly the seat of the 

Arundell's 73 

Treryn Castle, Logan Stone, at 61 

Trevethoe, the seat of the Praeds 69 

Trewarthenick, a seat 41 

Trewithan, seat of Sir C. Hawkins, Bart 43 

Trewaii, seat of Richard Vyvyan, Esq 76 

Truro, Town of, noted as the metropolis of the West of 

England, fine Church, Buildings, Population, &c 44 

Turbots, plentiful in Cornwall 14 


Wade&bridge, near Bodmin 80- 

Werrington Park, seat of the Duke of Northumberland 92 

Wherry Mine, near Penzance, remarkable one 60 

Whiteford House, seat of Sir W. P. Call, Bait 96 

Woodcocks, singular account of their arrival in Cornwall 160 

Wootton, an antient seat at Laudrake 106 


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