Pentewan Village Website
livin’ the dream
The village and its harbour date back to medieval times, when Pentewan was mainly a fishing community, with some stone-quarrying, tin-streaming, and agriculture. Leland, writing in 1549, referred briefly to ‘Pentowan’ as “a sandy bay witherto fischer bootes repair for socour”.
Between 1818 and 1826, local land- and quarry owner Sir Christopher Hawkins substantially rebuilt the harbour, partly to improve the existing pilchard-fishery and partly to turn the village into a major china clay port. At its peak, Pentewan shipped a third of Cornwall’s china clay. The last trading ship left in 1940.
Many of the older buildings, as well as the harbour, are constructed out of Pentewan stone. Some – including All Saints Church, completed in 1821 – were built by Sir Christopher Hawkins as part of his long campaign to improve the village.
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Phil Hadley who has written articles for the website before has a new book out (further details below). Phil says, “I have expanded the geographical area covered to take in events of interest and some of the installations built on this stretch of coast so the odd event from Pentewan to Nare Head can be […]
The tree disease, Phytophthoraramorum has been found at Kings Wood and the Woodland Trust has been served a Statutory Plant Health Notice by the Forestry Commission requiring us to manage the outbreak. This requires us to fell or kill the diseased trees within a certain time frame, to slow the spread of the disease.
OPENING HOURS FROM 28th September 2020 SHOP / PETROL FORECOURT Mon – Sat: 7.00am – 6.00pm Sun: 9.00am – 4.00pm POST OFFICE Mon – Fri: 9.00am – 5.30pm Sat: 9.00 am – 12.30pm Please adhere to the Social Distancing in place of 2 metres and only 2 in the shop at a time. Also use the gloves provided for […]
The church has been decorated for Harvest and you are welcome to enter and look at the display. The church is open everyday from 10am to 6pm. Unfortunately, there will be no Harvest Service, but we have had pleasure in decorating the church for you to come and see. If you would also like to donate, […]
(From the Pentewan Old Cornwall Society Archive) The end of the II World War in Pentewan was celebrated more quietly in 1945 than it was in 1918. This was perhaps because men and women from the village who were in the forces had not yet returned home, many still being overseas, in the Middle and […]
If you are interested in the history of Pentewan village you may like to log onto the website cornishstory.com and read an article which has just been uploaded on to it. The article incorporates some notes which my grandmother wrote about life in the village in the early 1900’s. I was asked to write the […]