September, 2015

Sep 15

Cornwall–Pendennis Castle

Photograph of Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Cornwall, EnglandPendennis Castle has a long history of military importance. Henry VIII built it in the form it has today. Pendennis is where the royalists made a last stand against Oliver Cromwell, and where many of the troops took off for the D-Day landing in Normandy. It was and still is a military castle.

Sep 15

Cornwall–Rame Head

Photograph of a coastal road in Rame Head, Cornwall, EnglandA view of part of the Rame Peninsula in south-east Cornwall. The entire Rame Peninsula is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty due to its landscape value. Areas of Natural Beauty are designated for conservation and have levels of protection from development.

Sep 15

Cornwall–Mount Edgcumbe House

Photograph of Mount Edcumbe Manor House, Cornwall, EnglandMount Edgcumbe House is a manor house that was the seat of the Edgcumbe family since Tudor times. It was sold to the Cornwall County Council and Plymouth City Council in 1971 and is now open to the public. It is popular with walkers and tourists.

Sep 15

Cornwall–St. Michael’s Chapel

Photograph of St. Michael’s Chapel at Rame Head, Cornwall, EnglandMay of 2015 included a magical and moving journey to Cornwall, England, my father’s birthplace. I wanted to learn about the lives and the landscapes of my ancestors. I learned a great deal about the difficult lives of the tin miners of Camborne and felt a deep connection with the people and the magnificent landscapes. It was a journey of discovery. Over the next weeks I will post photographs of some favorite locations.

This first photograph is of St. Michael’s Chapel, located on a promontory at Rame Head, Cornwall. It was licensed for Mass in 1397 but was likely built on the site of an earlier Celtic Hermitage. Rame Head would have been the last piece of England the Pilgrims would have seen as they sailed from Plymouth to America.