Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Holiday to Cornwall - Day 4 - My Birthday and Mevagissey

Today was my birthday so after opening my cards with breakfast we visited Mevagissey, first impressions were that nothing much has changed.

The first record of Mevagissey date back to the early 14th Century when it was know as Porthilly.  
The name Mevagissey comes from St Meva and Saint Issey.

Our first port of call was to the museum at the end of East Quay that runs down the left side of the harbour. This small museum is set in a historic building dating back to 1745 when it was used to construct and repair vessels for smuggling. There are now three floors filled with artifacts relating to the history of Mevagissey.

The fisher and cottages on the Cliff Road above the East Quay date back to the 17th Century.

There are still several fishing boats sitting in the harbour and still you can buy fresh fish as it arrives in harbour, providing you are up early enough.  If you want you can go out on a mackerel fishing trip. (extract from museum leaflet: “In 1830 pilchard catches were substantially as much as 12,000 to 15,000 tons in a good year.”) There are also a couple of boats that go out for half hour trips along the coast back towards Pentewan.

You can catch the Fowey Ferry from here too. (extract from museum leaflet: “In 1830 there were sixty-four seine boats operating out of Mevagissey and the nearby coves.”)

One of several heaps of fishing nets on the quay, waiting to be loaded onto the fishing boats later today.

The harbour is lined with several restaurants all serving fish dishes, including one Portugese restaurant, which seems a bit out of place, plus several ice cream parlours.  

Hidden beneath the ivy is the 15th Century Fountain Inn.

There are also several gift shops.

(Extract from museum leaflet “In 1866 an Act of Parliament was obtained to allow the enlargement of the harbour.”)

We stopped off at one of the coffee shops just off the harbour front for a coffee and a flapjack.

We then walked up Polkirt Hill which climbs up steeply parallel with West Quay, giving you the classic view over the harbour.  Close to the top you can divert into the gardens where there are several benches for you to sit and admire the view.  After sitting for a while we headed down the steps taking us to the West Quay.

A rare photo of me.

At the beginning of the West Quay can be found a small aquarium with examples of the various fish and lobsters, crabs that can be found in the waters locally. In 1869 this building was the home of the lifeboat station.

After all this walking it was time for lunch, a coronation chicken roll and a coffee was what was needed.

The lighthouse at the end of the West Quay was built in 1896.

Every where you go in Cornwall you will be serenaded by the many large Gulls.

(Extract from museum leaflet: “Andrew Pears was a young Cornish barber, cutting hair and trimming beards in Mevagissey more than 200 years ago.  In 1789 he went to London where he groomed the gentry and listened to their complaints about the harsh effects soaps had on their complexion.  He experimented and came up with the most perfect soap - Pears.”)

On returning to Pentewan Sands we went to the sun deck of The Seahorse for a drink, Ian had a pint of Tetley’s Bitter and I had a Singapore Sling Cocktail in a jar. The last time I had a Singapore Sling Cocktail we were with friends sitting in The Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

For our evening meal we went to the Hubbox down by the beach, an American Diner for a chilli, cheese burger, fries and a cider.

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