Madron, Cornwall

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Madron is a village of granite cottages, NW of Penzance.

The village church of St Maddern used to be the mother church of Penzance. The church has a broad wagon roof, some old carved bench ends, and the Trafalgar banner, commemorating the first news of the victory at Trafalgar in 1805.

There is a wishing well in the village that is said to have great healing powers.

South of Madron is the National Trust garden of Trengwainton, which is rich in semi-tropical plants.

Ding Dong mine one of the oldest in Cornwall is in the area. And in Madron church there is a ‘Ding Dong Bell’ that was rung to mark the end of the last shift of the miners.

Madron Local History has more details of the area.

Close to Madron are a number of prehistoric sites. Lanyon Quoit, an exposed Neolithic chamber tomb is 2 miles north. Lanyon Quoit is the best-known Cornish quoit, as it stands right beside the road leading to Morvah.

Men-an-Tol or "holed stone" is another mile further north. Men-an-Tol is two upright stones standing on either side of a round stone with a hole through the middle. The site may have been part of a chambered tomb at one time, as holed stones have been found at such tombs before. Legend says that people who pass through the hole in the stone will be cured of illness. Children could be cured of tuberculosis and rickets by being passed through naked three times, and adults could crawl through nine times to cure themselves of rheumatism.

And near to it is Maen Scryfa or "inscribed stone" said to mark the grave of a 6th century chieftain. The inscription in latin reads "of the Royal Raven, son of the Glorious Prince". However the inscription may not be contemporaneous.

Madron, Cornwall genealogical information from Genuki


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