Gardens of Heligan
gardens, created mainly in the 19th century, of were one of the
finest gardens in England of their period, with 57 acres of planted
gardens, around 100 acres of ornamental woodlands. Scattered throughout
were follies and temples.
lost gardens of Heligan is a beautiful place to visit. There is
a lot of walking involved and probably takes a whole day to look
Hawkins Tremayne, John Tremayne and John Claude Tremayne in turn
created and planted the gardens and ornamental woodlands with walks
and rides. They were noted botanists and horticulturists and by
the 1900 had a amassed a wonderful collection of trees and shrubs
from all over the globe, many of which can be seen today. It was
the centre of the community with 20 house staff and up to 22 garden
At the end of the war only around 6 of the 22 garden staff survived
to return to Heligan. The house was returned to the family in 1919.
In the changed post war world the Tremaynes were not able to keep
such a large staff, and decided in 1920 to rent the house out. The
new tenants were unable to maintain the gardens, which went on a
gradual decline. They remained a time capsule, as they were not
altered by any modernisation. That was until 10 years ago when the
work started to return them to their former glory.
is very much a traditional Cornish fishing village, the largest
in St. Austell Bay. The name originates in the old Cornish dialect
for "Meva-ag-issey", which means "the towns of Meva
and Issey". Meva and Issey were two 6th century Irish missionaries
who came to convert the area to Christianity.
streets of this unspoilt town are a delightful twisting hodgepodge
of whitewashed buildings lining narrow passageways. Mevagissey is
situated on the southern Riviera coast making it an ideal place
to visit whilst in Cornwall. It is a small, unspoilt fishing village
with a colourful history of boat building and smuggling. which still
retains its traditional character and nowadays has a selection of
top quality pubs, restaurants and shops.
Mevagissey is a working fishing port, though visitors can hire boats
for trips around the bay. For a bit more active adventure, book
a shark fishing outing or deep sea fishing trip at the pier. If
you prefer to stay on dry land there is excellent walking on the
cliff tops above the town (and the views of town and sea are superb!).
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is a coastal town situated in the north-west corner of St Austell
Bay on the south coast of Cornwall, about two miles from St Austell
town centre. Charlestown was the idea and creation of Charles Rashleigh,
a member of the renowned local family and the founder of the local
china clay industry, for whom it was named. The local pub, 'The
Rashleigh Arms' is also named after him.
Eventually Charlestown became a model Georgian "new town"
that handled much of the ore and clay being sent world-wide, and
the parish was created in 1847 from part of St. Austell parish.
Charlestown is still in use today - a working port with an active
fishery - while also being a tourist site and the location for several
movies. The Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Museum helps explain
the history of the area.
town of Fowey has a unique unspoilt ancient charm which holds a special
fascination for visitors of all ages.
The medieval and Tudor cottages, narrow steep winding
streets with glimpses of the shimmering river below, busy with yachts
and boats; cobbled walkways perfumed with flowers from hanging baskets
and window boxes and the quays bustling with life, all help to encant
the holiday maker, many of whom choose to visit us year after year.Privately owned 'Place', a 15th century fortified
manor house, dominates the town. Still owned by the original family
who had it built, its fortifications and high boundary wall give
the town a feudal atmosphere. The town has strong connections with
the world famous author, Dame Daphne Du Maurier, who spent most
of her life in the area.
A Daphne Du Maurier festival is held each May, which
is a celebration of her life and work. Fowey Regatta week, in August,
is a hugely popular event, with competitive sailing events, street
carnival, the Red Arrows display team and much more.
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