Dolly Pentreath was one of the last, if not the last, native Cornish speakers. She claimed that Cornish was her only language until she was 20 or so. She lived in Mousehole and died there in 1777. Or she lived and died in Paul, the village just above Mousehole...in other versions. She probably did both, although obviously she only died in one...more
Mousehole harbour is a lovely spot, with plenty to watch (always the same with harbours) and a good view out to see as well.If you are visiting in winter there are rather good Christmas lights too...it's a Mousehole tradition. They don't just decorate the harbour edge but create floating displays...a dinosaur and (I think) a whale when I...more
If you walk the narrow lanes around the heart of Mousehole, near the harbour, you will get a feel for what the village was like when its life revolved around the sea and fishing.Cottages built from local stone, with thick walls and tiny windows to provide shelter from the weather. Most stand sideways on to the sea, in the main, for shelter from the...more
We stopped by Mousehole for lunch and immediately liked the look of 2 Fore Street Restaurant, which is located just across the road from the harbour. The glass frontage and modern décor gave the impression it was our type of place. Lunch service was in full swing, but there were a few free tables and we were told to take our pick. We just had the...more
I wanted to visit Mousehole when I was in Cornwall only because a book I love (Charles de Lint's book The Little Country) took place there. Amazingly, the people in Pam's Pantry, mentioned often in the book, or the local bookshop across from it seemed to know nothing about it. Still, I'm glad I went! The food was great, as was the service and...more
An annual project by the residents of Mousehole Village. Simple and unassuming, the light up in the bay brings out the Christmas spirit in this small town. Walk around the place in the evening and peer into the christmas decorations in the windows of the various shops and houses. Almost each of these decorations is 'mouse'-themed. Drop by the small...more
I haven't actually been to this event, as I was not there at the right time of year, but I've heard of it and wish I could see it myself. The photo is by Charles Winpenny and is here by permission from Cornwall Cam .You see, the Christmas lights in Mousehole don't just decorate houses - they go on the boats, too. Everything is decorated in a...more
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The cheapest way to get to Mousehole is to walk, and there are good views, pubs, and a few small shops along the way, but once you've done that you can also take the First Bus from one of the stops in Penzance, Newlyn, or Marazion. The bus drops off and picks up right in the center of Mousehole. It's cheap (I think it costs just over a pound) and comfortable. Visit the website below to plan your trip or see the times.
West Cornwall has an extra Christmas celebration on the 23rd December, known as Tom Bawcocks Eve.
Mousehole man Tom Bawcock lived about two centuries ago. During a bad winter of storms with Christmas coming up, the fisherman of Mousehole had not managed to gather in any fish being too afraid to take their boats out. On the Eve of Christmas Eve, with the gale still blowing, Tom gathered his crew together; "Come on, me sons, let's see if we can get us some Christmas denner."
They were the only boat to set sail into the storm. The tradition goes that they had a good catch and bought back seven different types of fish.
On Tom Bawcocks Eve this is celebrated by the baking of Starry Gazy pie which has seven types of fish baked under a crust, with the heads sticking out a hole in the middle.
A merry place you may believe
Was Mouzel on Tom Bawcocks Eve.
To be there then who wulden wesh
To sup o sibm soorts o fesh.
When morgy brath had cleared the path,
Come scences for a fry,
And we had a bit o scad
And starry gazy pie.
Next came fairmaids
Bra thusty jandes
As maade our oozles dry.
And ling and haake
Enough to make
A raunin' shark to sigh.
An aich we'd clunk
As health were drunk,
And when up came Tom Bawcocks name
We pris'd un to the sky.
Here's what I think you should do to visit Mousehole. 1) Walk there from Penzance if you are able. Leave about a half hour each way for walking and give yourself a couple hours to see Mousehole. Admire the lifeboat house along the way.2) Once there, stroll around the back-alleys and narrow paths between the buildings and take in the charm and...more
The main part of Mousehole is a small maze of streets that is best just wandered around on foot. As you wander you should come across a plaque on the wall marking the house of Dolly Pentreath who, it is claimed, was the last person to speak Cornish as her mother tongue.Apparently she was a familiar sight around the area begging coins by jabbering...more