Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Tintagel Sea Serpent

Above: Looking towards Barras Nose and Gullastem, from Tintagel Island

In September 1907 the Aberdeen Journal reported a sighting of a sea serpent by the Rev. T. C. Davies of Sheffield and Mr E Dodgson, Chaplain at Jesus College Oxford. They first sighted the creature about 11.45.am on September 12th. The report came in a letter to the Western Morning News. They were seated on the edge of the cliff at Gullastem, close to Tintagel, when their attention was drawn to a black object moving very quickly along the surface about 200 yards away towards Tintagel Island. In view for about a minute, the serpent was at least twenty-foot-long, and was holding its head above the water which appeared to have a large mane upon it. The two witnesses rued that they had neither a telescope or a "Kodak to take its likeness”.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Roche Holy Well Lore

Roche, north of St. Austell, famous for the Roche rocks, with St. Michael's Chapel built amongst them. Once tenanted by a hermit; then by a leper, whose daughter waited on him, and drew water from a well, said to ebb and flow, called after her.

To St. Gundred's, near a group of cottages called Hollywell village, maidens would repair on Holy Thursday, to throw in pins and pebbles, and predict coming events by the sparkling of the bubbles which rise up. Lunatics were also immersed in it

From:The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope, 1893.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Cornish Bunch or Bush

Cornish Bunch or Bush

Two withy hoops are fastened  together at right angles. These are covered with holly and ivy. A red candle is placed at the base and an apple is secured to hang down above it. These were hung from the ceiling on Winter Solstice eve, where just before midnight, the red candle was very carefully lit.  Then those assembled would form a ring underneath the bush, and perform a dance to welcome the rebirth of the sun.

From: The Old Cornwall Christmas Anthology