Coverack, Cornwall

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Coverack is another attractive Lizard village that grew up round smuggling and fishing. The Coverack harbour was built in 1724 from local hornblende and serpentine stone. Several of the cottages are said to have secret cellars for the hiding of contraband.

HMS Brig Primrose, hit the Manacles in 1809 with 120 officers and men being drowned, the sole survivor being a drummer boy.

The SS Mohegan was wrecked on the Manacle Rocks beyond Lowland Point in 1898 with the loss of 106 lives.

The Paris Hotel on the Coverack quay is named after the wreck of the American ship, the Paris, which sank here off Lowland Point in May 1899 with 700 passengers and crew aboard. All were rescued. A lifeboat was stationed here soon after these wrecks.

Coverack St Peter's church was built in 1885 at a cost of £500. It features a serpentine pulpit, donated by the old serpentine factory along the coast at Poltesco. It has a wonderful setting overlooking the sea. The building is red brick and granite, with stained-glass windows on the east and west, the latter depicting St Peter with the crossed keys and St Keverne holding his staff.

There is an Iron Age cliff fort at Chynhallis Point half a mile to the south.

Coverack Village local web site


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