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For me, Polperro is quite simply the prettiest fishing village in Cornwall. It sits in between two steep hillsides on the south-east coast of Cornwall with Looe about four miles to the east and Fowey to the west. It still has a small fish market on the side of the harbour, and this serves the day fishing boats that fish the local seas. The village has several art galleries that feature the work of local artists, and there are several delightful pubs and restaurants. Visitors' cars are not allowed in the village and there is a large car park at the top of the hill, about half a mile a way. For those who find the walk (especially back up) a little too tiring there is a taxi service operated by electric former milk floats.

Tags:   Cornwall Polperro Cornish harbours fishing boats fishing villages Explored HDR

N 59 B 5.9K C 20 E May 13, 2015 F May 13, 2015
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The small town of Moretonhampstead lies on the eastern edge of Dartmoor, within Dartmoor National Park. It calls itself “The Gateway to the High Moor”, and is a favourite stopping off point when I travel down to my holiday home in Cornwall. But on this occasion I was actually on my way back home to Northamptonshire. The town has a fascinating history.

The central region of Devon was occupied by the Saxons soon after 682 AD. It was divided into vast estates, and one of these divisions included all land within the boundaries of the rivers Teign and Bovey, with Mor Tun as its major settlement. The present parish of over 6,000 acres is the residue of that ancient crown lordship. The Domesday Book (1086 AD) shows that the manor of Moreton, with some neighbouring manors, supported upwards of 5,000 sheep. Wool and (in later years) the manufacture of woollen cloth formed the basis of the town's economy for over 700 years. The economy was evidently healthy when the town established a water-powered fulling mill before the end of the 13th century.

In 1207 AD King John granted a weekly market and an annual five-day fair, indicating that Moretonhampstead had developed into an important local community. The town grew steadily through the Middle Ages and remained prosperous until the end of the 17th century, when the wool industry began to decline. The town continued to be a local trading centre and a rest stop for travellers on the difficult routes across Dartmoor and from Exeter and Newton Abbot.

A series of fires in the 20th century destroyed many of Moretonhampstead's ancient buildings, but sufficient still remains to demonstrate the Saxon and Medieval heritage, and the later industrial prosperity. Much of the town is designated a conservation area, with many listed buildings of architectural and historic interest.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Tags:   Devon Dartmoor Moretonhampstead towns English towns street scenes Explored

N 47 B 4.0K C 21 E May 21, 2015 F May 22, 2015
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This is my home village just a mile or two south of the town of Kettering in the north of Northamptonshire. The lovely old Grade II*-listed Church of St Peter dates back to the late 12th century, while its tower is 14th century. We have a very popular village school, a nice old pub, a shop on the main road and a little village hall. Everything you really need for village life. The old part of the village lies tucked away behind the church.

Tags:   Northamptonshire Isham English villages St Peter's Church, Isham churches medieval buildings Grade II*-listed buildings Explored red telephone box

N 345 B 24.1K C 104 E Apr 27, 2015 F Apr 30, 2015
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Charlestown, which is near St Austell, grew out of a small fishing village called West Polmear (also West Porthmear). Prior to the building of the harbour trading vessels landed and loaded on the beach. It was developed in the Georgian era (specifically from 1790 when work on building the outer quay began to 1799 when the first dock gates were erected) as a new town, and named after local landowner Charles Rashleigh who had a hand in its design. The works were to the plans of John Smeaton. It was built to facilitate the transport of copper from nearby mines but its main function became the export of china clay from the region's quarries. The inner harbour is home to several tall ships, and one or two can normally be found moored there.

Tags:   Cornwall Charlestown Cornish harbours harbours tall ships coast Explored

N 131 B 8.8K C 38 E Apr 27, 2015 F Apr 29, 2015
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It was nice to see these four old folk sitting chatting on the bench. After struggling up the very steep path at Polruan on the south coast of Cornwall they more than deserved a good rest while enjoying the view of Fowey and the River Fowey estuary.

Tags:   Cornwall Fowey Polruan River Fowey rivers estuaries small boats Cornish towns Explored


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