Thursday, 16 July 2009

Day 4 - South West Coast - Mousehole - Some old pics..and bit of history

Like all villages along the coast of Britain, Mousehole is all about the ocean and the people who survive off it. The air is thick with salt. The sea is loud wherever you are in the village. People practically live IN the ocean. So everything relates back to the sea. I found these old pics from The Shipp Inn's bar area...incredible. My fishing mates in Cape Town won't believe the pic of the massive shark, taken in 1939. The caption for the photo says it weighed five tons and the liver was one ton...

Incredible. Nature is amazing for what it can come up with!

The caption for the shark on it to read it in a bigger font.

The best beer in the world for admirals - and us.
And Mousehole's history is violent. It was burnt to the ground by the Spaniards in 1595. Squire Keigwan defended his manor house to the death, and it still stands today.
And the last speaker of the Cornish language - Dorothy Pentreath - lived and died in Mousehole, passing on in 1777 at the age of 102. Her grave is in the churchyard above town.

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