Sea Waves Guest House

4 Marine Terrace, Penzance, TR18 4DL, United Kingdom
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Lanyon Quoit

by leafmcgowan

Real close to Lanyon Farm lies a single megalith called "Lanyon Quoit". Barely noticeable from the road as the stone property walls block the direct view from the roadway, is a little walk-through with a National Trust sign signifying the monument. As you walk up to the stone megalith - the sense of awe and history overwhelms you and enchantment of times long past of the people to came to this place to raise these large stones. Burial marker or tomb? Solar calendrical stones? Faerie Fort? No one really knows the true nature of the monument. This is one of Cornwall's most ancient and popular monuments. It is believed to date from the Neolithic period (3500-2500 BCE), from a time where the only tools that existed to create these monument stones were themselves stones, sticks, and natural materials. The huge capstone of this monument had originally stood atop four upright stone columns, but through time it had collapsed to the ground, smashing some of the original stone supports during a storm in 1815. So the Quoit that is seen today, is the re-erected one, at right-angles to its original position, on top of what remains of the uprights. It was originally tall enough for a horse and rider to pass underneath it, that is no longer possible, as it is just over a meter tall at present. Sitting beneath it rewards the pilgrim an intense meditation and prophecy for the spiritual, and a moment of awe for the non-religious. Current archaeological theorie believes these quoits in the area as grave markers or funeral sites. Some have theorized that bodies were laid on top of the capstone to be eaten by carrion birds ans similar sites show evidence of bones from several individuals and its thought the bones were moved to sites such as this one for use in rituals to communicate with ancestors and the spirit world.


by angelis

"under construction"

Egyptian House is a fascinating building on Penzances' oldest Street. It is rather an incongruous sight and very beautiful. It was built by the mineriologist John to house a geological museum and now belongs to the landmark trust. Alongside the hiroglyphics on the outside run the crests of George III and IV and William IV.

Penzance is not a massive town, but it is the biggest in the Land's End peninsula ( also known as Penwith). The harbour is the most westerly on The Channel and is split into two parts. The outer area is tidal and contains luxury yachts to tiny row boats. The small inner harbour is enclosed and houses a shipwrights and repair dock. Watching the massive Scily Isles ferry Scilonia III manouver its way in hilarious and seems to be a local past-time.
Every summer thousands of tourists flock here for sun, sand, sea and of course the great views across Mounts Bay. Penzance is the place to come to catch the ferry Scililonia III or the helicopter to the Scily Isles.
The original spelling was Pen-Sans which means Holyhead in old Cornish. It refers to the now eroded headland on the site of Battery Rocks where stood the tiny chapel of St Anthony.
Until the town recieved its Charter of Incorporation from James II in 1614, it was overshadowed by nearby Mousehole.

Penzance has the only promenade in Cornwall. It stretches from the towns station right down towards Newlyn, passing Penzance's harbour and dry dock and is a beautiful walk on a sunny day. On windy days the sea can blow right over the promenade so wear your waterproofs!


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