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Tolcarne beach

Tolcarne beach Sunset

Cornwall - The Hidden Nation

From surfing beaches along the north shore to satellite communications at Goonhilly, from climate domes at the Eden Project to sleepy villages, it's all here for you to enjoy.

When the Italian cleric, Polydor Vergil, was commissioned by the English king, Henry VII, in 1505 to write "the History of England" (1535), he gave the following description of Britain in the introduction:

    "The whole Countrie of Britain divided into iiii partes; whereof the one is inhabited of Englishmen, the other of Scottes, the third of Wallshemen, [and] the fowerthe of Cornishe people, which all differ emonge them selves, either in tongue, in manners, or ells in lawes and ordinaunces."

This distinction of Cornwall was also reflected by the first Duke of Cornwall when, in 1351, he commissioned a survey of his Duchy of Cornwall lands to ascertain what was held, and by whom, of his tenants in "Cornwall & England".

There are many historical references to corroborate this distinction (see constitutional status of Cornwall) and it has been the Cornish perception of themselves up to the present day but hidden from the world by being classified, since 1889, as an English administrative county.

It is argued that to ignore the Cornish as one of the constituent nations of Britain is to deprive the Cornish people of their history and rights as a national group within the United Kingdom and the greater Europe and deliberately facilitate actions detrimental to the future existence of the Cornish people.

While it is also argued that the former kingdom of Cornwall exists historically in the same way as separate Plantagenet kingdoms but is no longer relevant in modern day England.


The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Opening hours:
Daily throughout the year
10am - 6pm

The award winning "Lost Gardens of Heligan" are thought to be the largest garden restoration project in Europe.

Over 57 acres of gardens were lost for 70 years and are now being rediscovered and restored as a working Victorian garden.