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West Country 2019 (9): Bodmin

Posted: October 11, 2019 in cornwall, UK

St Petroc is reputed to have founded a monastery on the site of Bodmin in the 6th century naming the place Petrocstow. Certainly, by the time of the Doomsday Book, the monastery held land across this part of Cornwall and the associated settlement was the largest in Cornwall at the time. The name Bodmin is probably derived from the Cornish for ‘dwelling of the monks’ and was recorded as early as 1100, although there are plenty of variants in documents including Bodman, and Bodmyn.

Bodmin was the centre for three Cornish rebellions. the first in 1497 when a Cornish army marched all the way to Blackheath in London in protest against increased taxes. here it was met by the Royal army, which defeated the rebels in battle. This unrest probably led to Bodmin being the place where the usurper Perkin Warbeck, masquerading as one of the ‘princes in the tower’ was proclaimed King Richard IV before moving east. However, once the army came up against forces loyal to Henry VII, it soon surrendered. The third rebellion was in 1549 when people in the west country objected to the imposition of the new prayer book by Edward VI. They advanced into Devon and besieged Exeter, but after fighting a number of battles, they were forced to retreat.

Bodmin briefly served as the County town of Cornwall from 1835 until 1876, when the administration moved to the newly created city of Truro. Bodmin’s former jail, courthouse and Barracks are now open as museums

West Country 2019 (7): Slate

Posted: October 9, 2019 in cornwall, UK

During our travels, we found lots of examples of slate in the Natural landscape. Lovely subtle colours.

Now I will confess to a liking for fudge, so I was delighted to find this shop in Wadebridge. Unfortunately, it was closed!

A wet day saw Sue and I start day 4 of our trip to the West Country at Davidstow Airfield looking for a Buff-Breasted Sandpiper which has been present for a couple of days. We found a number of Ringed Plover and lots of Meadow Pipits, but not the Sandpiper.

Ringed Plover

Our next stop was at Crowdy Reservoir, where a Northern Wheatear and a Grey Wagtail were on the dam.

Grey Wagtail

We stopped at Wadebridge. On the river Camel, we found a Little Egret, a Lapwing and about 30 Common Redshanks.

Our final stop was further up the estuary at Rock. The tide was low and the sandbanks exposed but apart from an Oystercatcher, a Raven, some Cormorants and Gulls there was little to see

West Country 2019 (4): Boscastle

Posted: October 4, 2019 in cornwall, History, UK

Sue and I went to the picturesque village of Boscastle on the North Cornwall coast. Historically, the harbour was important as it was the only harbour on the north coast for 20 miles. During its active time, it was used to import limestone and coal and exporting slate. The village is at the confluence of 3 rivers before they reach the sea.

On 16 August 2004 a flash flood, caused by heavy rainfall flowing down the rivers meeting a high tide, caused extensive damage as the water rose above the river banks and harbour walls. 50 cars were swept into the harbour and a number of buildings were seriously damaged including a number of the villages historic buildings. Amazingly no people were killed. The National Trust, which owns a lot of the properties and land in the area and other organisations set about restoring the village to its pre-flood condition.