Cornwall - History, Language and Folklore

Cornwall has a flag, it is the flag of St Piran, patron saint of miners, and is said to represent the triumph of good over evil. Cornwall also has its own anthem, "Song of the Western Men". And its own national emblem, a shield of 15 golden balls, representing the ransom raised in Cornwall for the Duke of Cornwall, captured by the Saracens during the Crusades

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A Short History of Cornwall Populated since the Stone Age and never really ruled by London until comparatively recent times, Cornish history is different from the history of the rest of Britain
Demographics Figures on population of Cornwall
The Cornish language Cornish is a Celtic language, thousands of years old. It finally died in the late 1890's as a native language. Recently attempts are being made to revive it. Read more about the origins of Cornish, and perhaps teach yourself a few words
Some of the Cornish Folk Lore & Legend Cornwall has always been rich in folklore. Giants and Piskies, mermaids and saints. Read a brief summary of what it is all about
King Arthur and Arthurian legend Certainly the Cornish believe that Arthur was a Cornishman. All the places in the tales of King Arthur are to be found here, from where he was born to where he had his last battle. From where he obtained Excalibur from the anvil to the lake where it was returned
Famous Cornish People For obvious reasons, Cornwall's best known names from the past are connected with mining or the sea, but there were others. Here are a few of them
Sir Humphry Davy Inventor of the safety lamp
Richard Trevithick The father of the steam engine
Henry Trengrouse Invented ship to shore rocket line
Capt William Bligh Of Mutiny on the Bounty fame
Goldsworth Gurney Thought up flashes for lighthouses
Mary Newman Sir Frances Drake's first wife
Richard Lander Explorer of the River Niger
Bob Fitzsimmons World Boxing Champion
John Opie Portrait painter
Guy Gibson Dambuster fame
Follow the link for a whole range of famous Cornish people
Cornish Saints Mainly, but not all Irish saints who came to Cornwall in the 4th and 5th century, this is a guide to most of them
Standing Stones Cornwall is rich in these groups of standing stones, built in the Bronze Age. They are usually known by their Cornish name of "menhir" (men stone and hir long). Their use varied from grave sites to religious buildings. there are some 90 such sites on the Lands End peninsular alone. The linked page will tell you more about some of the main standing stone sites.

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The hotel to stay at when visiting Cornwall is Corisande Manor Hotel find out more about it

Corisande Manor Hotel