The book has won awards, including the 1998 british book award for illustrated childrens book of the month. Long before the rise of penzance, mousehole was a principle port on mounts bay and the village was a pleasant place to live. As thye cornish language has been referred to here it is worth mentioning. The first mention of the village of mousehole is in 1283 and the first mention of portheness is in 1267. The origins of the villages name seem to vary, with some sources like edmonds the lands end district saying that the name mousehole derives from the hole or cavern in the cliff to the south. Now we have that, er, not at all cleared up, lets return back to the history of mousehole. Browse the worlds largest ebookstore and start reading today on the web, tablet, phone, or ereader.
If mousehole was on a dating website it goes without saying that youd love the photo, but dont be fooled into thinking she is vacuous beneath her exquisite exterior. Mousehole, which was once described by welsh poet dylan thomas as the loveliest village, has retained its picturesque beauty despite an interesting and at times volatile past as mycornwall editor mark pugh found out. She appears to be famous for a ghost novel, which i am now determined to obtain. Mousehole is a quaint cornish fishing village which is an amazing place to visit. With a constant demand for cheap goods, such as brandy, gin, tobacco and tea, freetraders made a living from smuggling for many years. Picturesque cornish harbour mousehole harbour, mousehole. This is a beautifully illustrated story about mousehole in cornwall. Free and unlimited fibre wifi is available in abbey place net loft measured at 32mbsecond download. Today, mark sellwood and i explore the fabulous harbour and surround of mousehole, a popular tourist resort and.
If you book with tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. On the harbour front, overlooking the fishing boats, 2 for street offers french food set against the backdrop of modern, chic and minimal decor. Here is a complete guide with all the best things to do in mousehole cornwall. Photos, maps, personal memories and local books of. Image 8 sure as hell isnt mousehole ive lived here for 25 years and the harbour piers. Mousehole is a picturesque harbour village on mounts bay in cornwall.
Read about haunted cornwall strange goings on and grim murders that will send a. The lifeboat solomon browne, based at the penlee lifeboat station near mousehole, went to the aid of the vessel union star after its engines failed in heavy seas. Stroll the narrow, cobbled streets and discover galleries and shops, whilst keeping an eye out for historic plaques that bring mouseholes history. Cornish books for adults and for children factual fun and fascinating.
There are also lots of books on local folklore, history and smuggling that are great to read on a stormy night. Collect photos, maps, memories and books of interest to you. Where the name came from is open to debate, some narrators say the name was derived from moz hel, the maidens river, others say it was given the english name mousehole when the local inhabitants saw a large opening in the side of a hill, and thought it was an actual mousehole. Cornish books for children from the charming pasty peepsto the history and secrets of. The mousehole cat is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated childrens books ever. The history of small scale attacks by foreigners in the sixteenth century are not very well known by english people and seem to have been eclipsed in the. After the lifeboat had rescued four people, both vessels were lost with all hands. Mousehole has a rich fishing heritage and was once known as porth enys, meaning port of the island. Mousehole harbour lights everything you need to know about their bright and dazzling history 54 years on from the first switchon theyre now considered one of the uks best. The mood you catch mouseholes harbour in will depend on the season. Evacuees are studied in most uk primary schools and callum fox and the mousehole ghost supports the history syllabus, whilst also having the added contemporary feel of a story about children with mobile phones and facebook. Based on the legend of cornish fisherman tom bawcock and the stargazy pie, 1 it tells the tale of a cat who goes with its owner on a fishing expedition in rough and stormy seas.
Smuggling reached its peak in the 18th century, and cornwall was at the centre of it. A nice fishing port in cornwall mousehole harbour, mousehole. Antonia barber creates a marvelous story based on true events and the equally gifted nicola bayley brings her words to life with her exquisitely detailed illustrations. For over fifty years, the mousehole harbour lights christmas display. Based on a true event in the history of mousehole pronounced mowzel, cornwall, this beautifully illustrated story.
Written by the author of anvils in america, the most complete work on anvils in the us, this book discusses the mousehole forge, its history and development over time as one of the foremost anvil manufactories in england, and was instrumental in supplying anvils to the new world. It was published in 1990 by antonia barber, of whom i had not heard. Its picturesque harbour is surrounded by narrow streets and yellow lichened houses, which huddle together creating a stunning location. Watch the comings and goings of the harbour and enjoy the beautiful mousehole christmas lights display. This festival is the inspiration behind the book the mousehole cat by antonia barber and the associated television productions. In lilting and alliterative language, barber tells the story of mowzer the cat who saves a cornish fishing village from starvation at christmas. The mousehole cat is a childrens book written by antonia barber and illustrated by nicola. The mousehole cat looked unique so i borrowed it from friends. It was sacked by the spaniards in july 1595 when the entire village, apart from one house, was burnt to the ground. Why not come along to newlyn archive on saturday and learn about the licensed privateers of the pentreath family including doga and dick dlaw the fighting bosun. Wander along the harbour walls, enjoy our small, but safe and sheltered beach or relax in the natural sea pool. Check back regularly to find your next favourite book. Mousehole harbour 2020 all you need to know before you.
Mousehole, cornwall genealogy heraldry and history. Find books like the mousehole cat from the worlds largest community of readers. This is the last of my current videos exploring cornwall, but i shall return. Photo of mousehole, harbour, fishing boats 1935, from the francis frith collection. Mousehole was originally known as porth enys, meaning port of the island as it was the most important harbour in mounts bay even. Mousehole is a picturesque fishing village on the south coast of cornwall between penzance and lands end. With harbour views and friendly staff, head here and you can also expect to find the best hot chocolates in mousehole they even have veggie marshmallows. Popular for retaining its original character, charm and beauty, mousehole is a tiny fishing village in west cornwall, three miles west of penzance.
Mousehole is a village and fishing port in cornwall, england, uk. Goodreads members who liked the mousehole cat also liked. Its been in the history books since1266 part of the south quay dates from 90 and is possibly the oldest pier in cornwall. This story is set in cornwall, a place i have luckily visited in recent years. The penlee lifeboat disaster occurred on 19 december 1981 off the coast of cornwall. It was the summer of 1981 and we had rented a cottage in mousehole for the summer school holidays. When a simple string of lights was hung up by local artist, joan gillchrest, along the harbour front to bring a little winter cheer in 1963, an idea was born.
Mousehole, part of mounts bay, is renowned for its rich smuggling history. Mousehole photos, maps, books, memories francis frith. Mousehole cornwall west cornwall cornwall england british pub british history british isles portsmouth england chester cathedral medieval castle. Abbey place net loft, by mousehole harbour lofts for. Pretty stone cottages line the narrow streets making their way from the harbour. Mousehole harbour was always exposed to hard southerly gales. Sophie nadeau loves dogs, books, paris, pizza, and history, though not. The most famous wreck is the thames barge, baltic, which was bound for newlyn with cement when she ran onto mousehole island on a rough november night in 1907. Exploring cornwall a walk round mousehole and its harbour. From then on, the mousehole harbour lights have gone from strength to strength, growing in number each year.
The mousehole cat always a great favourite with children and adults alike. The poets comments about mousehole, as it is known in the english language, followed his marriage to caitlin macnamara in 1937. Based on the legend of cornish fisherman tom bawcock and the stargazy pie, it tells the tale of a cat who goes with its owner on a fishing expedition in rough and stormy seas. Mousehole is a lovely village to visit and there are plenty of places to eat and galleries and gift shops to look in. Although usually thought of as the same place, a document from 9 names porthenys juxta mousehole i. Her crew, and the captains wife and daughter, were rescued by six mousehole fishermen. The village developed around the floating fleet and it appears in record books dating to 1266 as an important fishing port. Mousehole cornwall, buy books online about mousehole or by local authors. Image 8 sure as hell isnt mousehole ive lived here for 25 years and the harbour piers look nothing like this and the seascape to the left bear absolutely no resemblance to parade cliffs. The mousehole cat is a childrens book written by antonia barber and illustrated by nicola bayley. In 1595 the spanish raided the villages around mounts bay and the mousehole was burned to the ground, only the keigwin pub escaping destruction. Mousehole harbour lights everything you need to know. We recommend booking mousehole harbour tours ahead of time to secure your spot. It is selfsustaining and receives no financial support either from local or national government.1498 441 740 1179 260 1641 382 505 381 1220 731 294 428 453 1065 1621 1301 1244 37 821 519 605 1213 1367 1444 1379 823 420 1438 100 1022 1311 290 219