Michael A. Stecker

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My visit to Cornwall England was in spring, 1987
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Cornwall England
Cornwall is isolated being located in the extreme southwest portion of England. Cornwall's flag is the flag of St Piran, patron saint of miners, and is said to represent the triumph of good over evil. Cornwall also has its own anthem, its own extinct language and its own national emblem. Populated since the Stone Age and never really ruled by London until comparatively recent times, Cornish history is different from the history of the rest of Britain. Cornwall has always been rich in folklore. Perhaps its greatest legend is that of King Arthur. All the places in the tales of King Arthur are to be found here, from where he was born (Tintagel Castle) to where he had his last battle, to where he obtained Excalibur from the anvil to the lake where it was returned Cornwall's history is also often linked with its two richest assets -- mining and the sea.

St. Ives
St Ives is an ancient borough in western Cornwall that supposedly got its name from St Ia, a female saint who crossed from Ireland on a leaf. This seaport village was one of the main centers of pilchard fishing in the last century. Tin and copper from the surrounding mines were also exported through the harbour. Today many of the miners and the fishermen have gone, and droves of tourists have replaced them. There is still much of the old character in the town, with cobblestone alleys, steep streets, flowery courtyards and whitewashed cottages. At the foot of The Digey, home of many of the best cottages, is the old inn, The Sloop - frequented by fishermen and artists. Indeed St Ives has been an artists colony since the 1880's when Turner, Whistler and Sickert painted here. In fact the prestigious Tate Gallery built a new extension here in 1992.

St. Ives Harbor as seen from my hotel room


Low tide in St. Ives Harbour


Grounded fishing boats at low tide


Low tide


Polperro is a small fishing village near Falmouth in southern Cornwall

The small harbor at Polperro



Lands End
Lands End is the most westerly point in mainland Britain, and the most visited outdoor tourist attraction in Cornwall. Lands End has rugged wave lashed cliffs, stunning views, the Longships Lighthouse and the Isles of Scilly 28 miles off shore.

Hiking along the cliffs of Lands End


Watching the fog roll in