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Picture this. Historic Cornwall…

09 May

There were so many sights to see – and to photograph – on our recent trip around some of Cornwall’s many ancient sites and monuments, I thought it would be worth compiling a selection of pictures that show some other places that we visited during our stay

The countryside around Carn Euny and Boscawen, showing the first full burst of spring in the sunshine was beautiful in itself.

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Then, on our final day in the area, we took a quick drive out to St Senara’s church in Zennor.
This is the home of the Mermaid chair, a piece of furniture that has been in use for at least five hundred years, and which has a mermaid carved in the side.

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Legend has it that a chorister in the congregation had a voice so sweet, he drew a mermaid to hear him sing. She was reputed to sit in the shadows at the back of the 12th century church, and eventually lured him back to the sea with her, never to be seen again.

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I’m not a big fan of churches usually, and this one may not be especially photogenic on the outside..

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…but the simple, unfussy decorations inside gave it a lighter feel than some others I’ve seen.

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And on the road between St Just and Zennor, the derelict remains of an old tin mine.

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Wherever you turn there’s something beautiful to see, to experience, to explore.

No wonder we return again and again to the most atmospheric and historic of counties, Cornwall.

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12 responses to “Picture this. Historic Cornwall…

  1. Big D

    May 9, 2013 at 23:05

    It definitely seems a very picturesque county, doesn’t it?

     
  2. jerseylil

    May 10, 2013 at 06:45

    Wonderful photos! Those ancient rocks in Cornwall form impressive shapes. Cornwall is a place I hope to visit when I get to England one day. The Mermaid chair is incredible and what an enchanting tale to go with it. Nice photos of the old church and I especially liked the stained glass windows. The derelict tin mine looked like an interesting site to explore and photograph too.

     
    • dalecooper57

      May 10, 2013 at 12:06

      Wherever you turn, fabulous photos just drop into your camera.

       
  3. iancochrane

    May 10, 2013 at 10:30

    There is definitely something about ruins. So atmospheric!
    Cheers, ic

     
  4. Lanthie

    May 10, 2013 at 19:57

    Love the colourful cushions on the pews. Great pics as always Mr Cooper!

     
    • dalecooper57

      May 10, 2013 at 20:04

      Yeah, I liked that shot too. (I may have “tweaked” it slightly)

       
  5. nothingprofound

    May 11, 2013 at 13:43

    Seeing such sights one can’t help but be drawn into reflections about our mortality and the passage of Time.

     
    • dalecooper57

      May 11, 2013 at 13:49

      It does make one appreciate the insignificance of our minimal contribution to history, you’re right.

       
  6. gpcox

    May 11, 2013 at 15:59

    It seems like there sure is a lot to see. I went to the site that explains your Gravatar – good interview.

     
    • dalecooper57

      May 11, 2013 at 16:53

      Thanks. Sorry about the other link, I think BC are having technical difficulties today.

       
  7. Helena Fortissima

    October 19, 2013 at 13:53

    Gorgeous photos, and I love the tale behind the Mermaid chair.

     

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