From Cumbria to Cornwall

by David Murray on 16 November 2011

in Cornwall

Way down in the far South West, in deepest Cornwall, two or three miles beyond Penzance lies what poet Dylan Thomas called, “The most beautiful village in England”.

Mousehole (pronounced ‘Mowzel’) is an old fishing village, much of it dating back to the late-16th and early 17th century when it was rebuilt after being destroyed in a Spanish attack. This was the period when Catholic Spain was still trying hard to recover Protestant England for the Pope; the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 had not put an end to that aspiration. Mousehole, along with Penzance and neighbouring villages, was put to the flames.

Subsequently it grew to have a busy fishing harbour, and by the nineteenth century was already attracting visitors during the Summer months. Today it is deservedly one of the prime attractions for people taking a Cornish holiday.

Note: As is stated on the banner photo above, although the site is called “Around-England” its emphasis is on the North, and we’re now based in Cumbria. Some time back, though, I used to include periodic items about other parts of the country. I’ve decided to return to that practice, and am planning approximately weekly to post something here on the blog that points further south. Today is the first of these.

The photograph below was taken during one of my own visits to Cornwall in 1987. Almost twenty five years have passed. It hasn’t changed much, and that’s pleasing.

Mousehole Cornwall 1987

Mousehole, Cornwall, 1987

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