Cornwall Local Customs

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Cornwall Local Customs

  • Cornish Pasties

    Cornwall's national dish is actually a very good one - if you get it freshly baked! What is a Cornish Pasty? It used to be the miner's food who needed something warming and filling for their hard work. Nobody knows exactly when it was invented, but it's been typically Cornish for a long time. A Cornish Pasty is a D-shaped piece of pastry filled...

  • Cornish Pasty

    The Cornish Pasty has a distinctive 'D' shape and is crimped on one side, never on top. The texture of the filling for the pasty is chunky, made up of uncooked minced or roughly cut chunks of beef (not less than 12.5%), swede, potato and onion and a light peppery seasoning. (a local turnover containing beef, potato, swede and onion. The pasty was...

  • Crippled Cock

    No, this isn't what you may think it is, as it's coming from me... I'm on about a certain Cider that you can buy in Cornwall. It's called, 'Crippled Cock,' and comes in a wine shaped bottle. The bottle isn't very big, but I can assure you, this stuff tastes nice and is very strong; I guess the Crippled Cock happens after you've drunk too much of...

  • Tin Mining in Cornwall

    Mining in Cornwall dates back to between 1000 and 2000 B.C. when Cornwall is thought to have been visited by metal traders from the eastern Mediterranean. They named Britain, the 'Cassiterides' - 'Tin Islands'. Originally the tin was found as alluvial deposits in the gravels of stream beds, but eventually underground working took place. Tin lodes...

  • Bale Pushing!

    Hmm, so this is a bit of an unusual one. A friend of mine lives in Crantock, just outside Newquay, and recently invited me up their one evening for a few drinks and to watch the "bale push". This is an annual tradition in Crantock, where the villagers all get together around the two pubs, form teams of 4 and race each other pushing bales of hay...

  • Coastal Walking Trail

    (Dec. 2005 trip) - The coastal footpaths along the rugged southwest coast of England came into being many years ago out of necessity. A combination of the need for a functioning life-saving system in case of shipwrecks, as well as the requirements for Revenue officers to monitor the notorious smuggling activities in the numerous coves, meant that...

  • Narrow Cornish Lanes

    (Feb. 2004 trip) - A characteristic of Cornwall are its narrow country roads walled by high hedges. Quite often, you really cannot see much of the surrounding countryside except that which is directly ahead of you. We went for a little drive to nowhere in particular on a Friday morning and ended up on this little road in the area of St. Newlyn...

  • Foretelling the weather

    Anybody spending more than a few days in West Cornwall quickly realises that normal weather forecasts are useless. The weather they are forecasting is already here! We learned to interpret the signs of coming weather ourselves.Today with satellite weather reports we do a little bit better. The excellent website at provides a good...

  • Flowers

    It is pretty well generally known that Cornwall and the Scillies in particular produce early flowers for the London markets. The evening train is the "flower" train, and nearly always carries boxes and boxes of flowers. They will be in London by midnight and in the Covent Garden markets soon after. Daffodils are an important item, and the fragrant...

  • Because of the mate's trousers!

    All the satellite aids in the world cannot help a ship if nobody looks at them!The RMS Mulheim was wrecked close to Land's End at 4.30am on the 22nd March 2003.The local paper reported :The RMS Mulheim shipwreck close to Land's End has been partially blamed on a pair of trousers. The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) say in their MAIB...

  • Wrecking!

    No, the practice of deliberately luring ships to the rocks has ceased! However for hundreds (thousands?) of years, ships have needed no artificial inducement to be wrecked on the rocks and the reefs of the Cornish coast.Today, the local fishermen still consider that what a wrecked ship contains is "fair pickings". When an insurance company declares...

  • The climate

    The Cornish climate is very mild and wet! The Western tip is probably two months ahead of most of the rest of Britain. Lambs are born in December, daffodils bloom in February and in March you can see primroses and violets. The wind blows hard all the year. West of Penzance, the only trees to be seen grow in valleys and sheltered places.Farmers...

  • Cornish pasties

    Fair enough you don't see every Cornish person eating a Cornish pastie, but if you are there, you have to without a doubt try a Cornish pasty.It's not your typical Tesco brand of mince meat and raw potato. In fact it's all made by hand with diced beef chunks and vegetable, there are also many other types to choose, such as lamb, chicken or even the...

  • A get away....

    It's a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and leave behind your worries and tensions.Cornwall is a popular place to relax. It's a mystery as well as inspiring which is worth exploring. A walk along the 3 miles of sandy beach under the sunset with your love, side by side and hand in hand, would be a walk to remember....

  • The infamous Cornish pastie

    If you come to Cornwall you must try a Cornish pasty. Developed as the ultimate in packed lunches for Cornish miners ( tinners) a true pastie contains beef, onion, sliced potato and sliced swede (confusingly called turnip in Cornwall, no idea why!) and salt and pepper. The filling is wrapped and baked in a shortcrust pastry with a crimped crust....


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