Breage, Cornwall

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Breage in Cornwall offers a microcosm of Cornish history. A former mining village, with associations with the wreckers and smugglers on the coast. The men of Breage and nearby Germoe were notorious for their wrecking activities in the 18th century.

Prussia Cove, 1.5 miles SW of Germoe, is named after the 18th century smuggler John Carter, the self styled King of Prussia.

The 15th century church of St Breaca has some noteable wall paintings, discovered in the last century under layers of lime wash. The paintings date from the 15th century, and were painted by wandering monks, They depict Christ blessing the Trades, and St Christopher.

Godolphin Hall, 2 miles north of breage, dates from 16th and 17th centuries. It was the home of the Godolphins, and is open to the public on a limited number of days each year. It is built around a courtyard with a loggia on the north side.

Between Breage and Germoe is Tregoning Hill where William Cookworthy first discovered china clay.

Breage, Cornwall Genealogical information at Genuki


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