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    The Old Post Office

    by grandmaR Updated May 1, 2015

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    I just have a quick picture taken as we drove past. This is a National Trust building which they bought in 1903. It is the oldest Trust property in Cornwall. Originally it was a 14th-century yeoman's farmhouse. It has a wavy slate roof. In the Victorian period,it briefly held a license to be the letter receiving station for the district.

    You can obviously see it from the street, but the National Trust site says there is Victorian postal equipment, a selection of samplers and furniture dating back to the 16th century on display

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    The Parish Church of Saint Materiana

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 30, 2015

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    St Materiana is the best example of a small Norman parish church in Cornwall, due to the unparalleled survival of both Norman doorways and a high proportion of its original windows. The transepts are apparently 13th century, but the tower is 15th century, It is remote from the village, set in a very prominent promontory on the north coast, close to the medieval castle The church is built from local slate-stone, the stones of generally small size and tightly fitted together as is typical of early masonry. The tower is built from larger pieces of slate-stone that are laid as much as possible to continuous courses. It is listed Grade I.

    The cemetery is unusually large for a churchyard in Cornwall though it has apparently been extended three times. To the east of the older part (which is approximately circular in shape) are areas which came into use probably in the early 19th and mid-20th centuries. The north-east part was previously part of the Trecarne Lands.

    We visited this churchyard primarily to take document the graveyard. Our guide let us off at the back gate and we walked through to the front.

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    Views from Tintagel castle

    by Elodie_Caroline Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    So this is the views that you would get if you lived in Tintagel castle, quite pretty now and again and would be wonderful in thunderstorms, or when the sea was rough. But it's not the kind of place I would want to live, to be quite honest.

    Looking at this though, and remember all of those awful steps, how on earth did Uther Pendragon and his ilk ever get up to Tintagel castle, it's not like they had good rock climbing gear in those days, is it. Come to think of it, did Igraine, Arthur's mother, spend her whole pregnancy indoors? She wouldn't have been able to get up and down to the castle, with a great big lump in front of her, would she.

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    Merlin's cave

    by Elodie_Caroline Written Feb 24, 2008

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    Supposedly... you couldn't really get a good view of the cave, only a glimpse of the coving that leads to the enterance of it. The only way that you could ever get a good look at this cave , is if you went to it via the sea, but they didn't do sightseeing tours by sea, unfortunately.

    I can't imagine what living in a cave like this would be like? Cold and draughty, but Merlin was magic wasn't he, I don't suppose a wizard/magician would feel the cold and draught like us mere mortals would.

    Merlin's cave at Tintagel
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    Tintagel castle

    by Elodie_Caroline Written Feb 24, 2008

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    So this is Tintagel castle; home of Uther Pendragon and birthplace of king Arthur... well, what is left of it anyway. No sign of any knights or Arthur to be seen, not even any sign of a round table? What a bugger eh. But do you know what, this might have been Arthur's birthplace and it might be the birthplace of a great historical legend, but I want to see the castle of Camelot instead, as that is where the real Athurian legend is.

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