Pentewan Village Website
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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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(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 […]
ALL SAINTS CHURCH PENTEWAN Following a successful year of progress for our village Church we are holding a short service on SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY AT 2:30pm followed by an AGM We would like as many of you as possible to come along and let us know how you would like to see the Church used […]
Pentewan Old Cornwall Society commences the 65th year of indoor meetings in the village hall on Monday 16th September 2019 at 7.30pm. If you are interested in the history of Cornwall and would like to learn more about the county in which you live you will be made welcome at our monthly meetings. We commence […]
Escaped and lost on Friday evening from 2 Higher West End, Pentewan. 22 year old African Grey parrot called Nesta. Timid and tame very rarely bites, likes to hide in dark places, cupboards, boxes, etc. Needs to be home if you find him or know where he’s hiding. Many thanks Andy and Tracie. 07971 609240 […]
Thursday 25th July 6:30pm We need your help! We are collecting again for our annual event and looking for: Donations of any type of bottle for the bottle tombola; anything from nail varnish, to HP sauce to wine! Bric-a-brac donations, any items welcome Cake and savoury goods stall, home baking encouraged