Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The joys of looking up!

The Sky

Okay okay....i know i can't really claim the whole of the sky to be Cornish, but i did take these shots of the sky over Cornwall...*chuckles*

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Carn Brea Castle and Monument

Carn Brea  is a hilltop situated between the towns of Redruth and Camborne and has seen various human settlement over the years.

Carn Brea castle and a nineteenth century monument to Lord Francis Basset, Lord de Dunstanville, stand on top of the hill.

Carn Brea had a Neolithic settlement between 3700 and 3400 BC and the site was re-occupied in the Iron Age.

The Castle itself can be traced back to 1379 and was built by the Bassett family and is inside the ramparts of the Iron Age hillfort.

The views from the hill are fantastic and you can see far and wide across the North coast and inland.

The Carn (cornish for hill) is reasonably high and whenever we go away, it is one of the first things you see as you get closer to home and i always find it a welcoming site.

The castle is now a restaurant, owned by the Sawahla family serving a fine selection of Jordanian style food.

I took Rose there last week for here birthday as a suprise and we had a fantastic evening...*smiles*

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Hayle Towans

Hayle Sands is a beautiful three mile sandy beach that stretches from the Hayle Estuary to Gwithian Towans and Godrevy Point. The lower half is close to the town of Hayle and comprises different sections of beach known as Hayle Towans, Black Cliff and Mexico Towans

Restormel Castle

Restormel Castle is situated on the River Fowey near Lostwithiel.It is one of the four Norman castles of Cornwall, the others being Launceston, Tintagel and Trematon.

It was built in 1100 in the typical motte and bailey style and is a perfect example of military architecture of its period, and one of the finest in England. The castle belonged to the Cardinhams in the 12th century, until Andrew de Cardinham's daughter married Thomas de Tracey, who owned the castle until 1264, after which it went to Simon de Montfort and to Henry III's brother, Richard of Cornwall. Richard died in 1271, and his son Edmund in 1300. From 1337 it became one of the 17 Antiqua maneria of the Duchy of Cornwall.
Restormel Castle is now in the care of English Heritage and is open to the public.
The castle was built behind a 17 metre moat, upon slopes which were artificially steepened. Restormel has seen action only once during its long history, when Charles I's forces drove out the Parliamentarian garrison during the Civil War.
In 1999 members of the Cornish Stannary Parliament removed signs from this site and other Cornish sites under the care of the English Heritage organisation, based upon the claim that the sites should properly be marked as Cornish heritage and not English. Three men later paid criminal fines in connection with these actions.
In 2007 British Archaeology magazine reported the discovery of a Roman fort near Restormel castle. A geophysical magnetometer survey was conducted by members of the Saltash Heritage.

(Referances taken from Wikipedia)