Archaeologists have been unearthing the secrets of a Cornish cliff face which is in danger of being destroyed.
Gunwalloe on the Lizard is thought to have been the site of an early medieval settlement and home for Saint Winwaloe from Brittany.
But the site is eroded by winter storms every year.
Now archaeologists and students from Exeter University are investigating the site which they fear may be lost forever.
Historic documents suggest that Saint Winwaloe may have visited the site in 6AD and possibly lived in a hermitage in the cliffs behind the current church.
Read More at BBC News – Ancient secrets of Cornwall cliff revealed.
Photo by Steve Rigg
Napoleonic history enthusiasts are expected to wage a bidding war as a lock of the French general’s hair is auctioned in Cornwall.
A gold brooch, with a figure-of-eight lock of hair, will go under the hammer at David Lay’s auction house.
Mr Lay said he expected the artefact would attract a lot of interest from collectors and bids could reach up to £5,000.
Born on 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte crowned himself the Emperor of France.
The late Georgian brooch is one of a number of Napoleonic artefacts from an estate in Cornwall.
The authenticated artefacts were given by the general to an Anglo-Irish major who was among his guards on the Island of St Helena, during his years of captivity after the defeat at Waterloo.
Read More at BBC News – Lock of Napoleon’s hair auctioned in Cornwall.
If you’re keen to explore some of England’s most fascinating historical sites, a stay in West Cornwall cottages could be the perfect choice for you. This beautiful area in the south-west of England is famed as a wonderful holiday destination, so you’ll find plenty to do in addition to exploring its ancient wonders.
This peaceful region is the home of pasties, cream teas and other great British traditions, so you can soak up culture from the past as well as the present during your break in a cottage in Cornwall.
And if you’re particularly keen to start your adventure, why not book last minute cottages in Cornwall? That way, you could be setting off sooner than expected!
Brimming with archaic and mystical sites, West Cornwall is something of a haven for those fascinated by the past. Here you’ll be able to visit stone circles, explore Iron Age villages and stroll through ancient lands.
If you’re eager to see attractions steeped in local legend, why not visit one of the many stone circles that the area is home to? The Merry Maidens in Boleigh could be a particularly good example, they date to 2500 to 1500 BC.
Comprised of 19 stones in total, the circle is shrouded in myth. Many believe that the site was used for dancing rituals, while others claim it was where local girls were punished for bad behaviour.
Meanwhile, you will also find there are plenty of Iron Age settlements waiting to be explored, too. You could pay a visit to Carn Euny, which dates back to this period and is close to another ancient place – the hamlet of Brane.
Here you will be able to peruse other historic settlements and stroll through age-old woodland.
If you’re keen to see old buildings, why not visit the quiet village of Phillack, which overlooks Hayle Estuary Bird Sanctuary? Here you will find an ancient church that you can explore.
And don’t forget that there is plenty else to see and do in this region, so make sure you experience as much as possible during your break. You could visit its stunning beaches and – if you’re feeling adventurous – try your hand at some surfing.