Quirky Cornwall

Rena George Cornwall 6 Comments

Apart from my featured image of the glorious St Michael’s Mount, in Cornwall, I’ve resisted posting pictures of the scenic harbours, stark ruins of tin mines on brooding Cornish moors, and the pretty villages we saw on our recent trip there. Instead I thought for a change that you might like to see a few of the county’s more unusual attractions.

Phone Bath

Not sure how to caption this one!

We probably all know a village where the old red phone box has been reinvented as community library, but I haven’t a clue why anyone would want to stick a bath on top of one of them…but somebody obviously did!

We came upon this vision by the side of a road near St Austell. Hmmm….

St Mawes Cut Price Petrol
Cut Price Fuel

Missed the boat again! Just when I thought we’d found the fuel bargain of the year, the pumps were empty.
These historic petrol pumps advertising petrol at 2/3d a gallon are in St Mawes. Without reaching for my ready reckoner, I’ve figured out that equates to less then 2p a gallon in today’s prices.


The fabulous Admiral Benbow Inn

I had to include this one. Reputedly one of the earliest drinking houses in Penzance. Notice the figure of smuggler on the roof, poised with his musket at the ready as he encourages passers by to come in and quench their thirst.

When we visited (strictly for research purposes, of course) the lovely landlord insisted on showing us around the hostelry. The upstairs floor, which is used for functions, is packed with trinkets, memorabilia and ‘treasures’ from the wrecks of old sailing ships that have foundered over the centuries on Cornwall’s rocky shores.


Teetotal Street, St Ives
Teetotal Street

No need for much explanation of this street corner in St Ives. It think it speaks for itself. No connection intended with the previous picture

The Shell-seekers

She Sells Seashells on the Seashore

We found these little bags of seashells for sale on a strictly trust basis in front of a dilapidated former fisherman ‘s cottage at Mousehole Harbour.
Judging by the state of the cottage, the owner will have to sell an awful lot of shells to do that renovation.

Moving On

This is s sign we spotted on a building in Newquay and I couldn’t resist including it.

The Bronte's Mother's House 

The Brontes

The house above isn’t strictly speaking quirky, but you can’t fault its historical importance. Many of you will have visited the beautiful Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, West Yorkshire, where the literary sisters penned their classic wild and passionate tales.

Most people pass this unassuming red brick house in Penzance’s historic Chapel Street without a second glance. The only clue to its history is the small brown plaque by the front door, which reads: “This was the home of Maria and Elizabeth Branwell, the mother and aunt of Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell Bronte.”

Maria left Cornwall in 1812 when she married the Rev Patrick Bronte. In 1820 the family moved to Haworth where, tragically, Maria died a year later.

The following year, Maria’s younger sister Elizabeth left her home in Penzance to travel to Yorkshire to care for the six Bronte children.


 Egyptian House Penzance


The Egyptian House.

Further up the same street is a building no one could ignore. The Egyptian House was built in 1836 by John Lavin, a Penzance mineralogist, to house a geological museum.

These days behind its extraordinary façade are three upmarket holiday apartments.


Finding glorious sites like the ones above are what I love most about Cornwall. Hope you enjoyed them, too.


Rena x

Comments 6

  1. What fun and interesting pictures! I’m still trying to figure out how they got that bath up there and I had to laugh at the chiropodis sign 🙂 x

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  2. OH wow!! You have a really lovely blog! And what a fabulous fun trip to Cornwall too, thank you for sharing.

    I am loving that red phone box with the bath tub! LOL! Now that’s art!

    Oh and that Egyptian House!! How lovely! I’m still giggling at the Chiropodist sign…

    Take care

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      Lovely to see you here, Old Kitty, and thank you for leaving such kind comments. The Cornish have a wonderful sense of humour, don’t they? It was great fun wandering about one of my favourite counties and finding all these ‘little treasures’.
      Like Teresa, I’m still trying to work out how they got that bath up on the phone box…and why. Rx

  3. Hi Rena .. thanks for coming by my blog – good to know you’re up in Yorkshire and near the Minster .. must be lovely to be able to walk around York … Eastbourne is fine .. but a Cathedral city would be wonderful!

    Good connection to come over when you posted about Penzance and Quirky Cornwall .. my mother lived there and we’ve always visited throughout our lives .. so I know all those places you’ve mentioned! Looked like being taken home … good memories of many years and visits …

    Have a good week – cheers Hilary

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      Hello, Hilary, it’s lovely to see you here. I’m glad you enjoyed my little tour of Cornwall, especially since you have a family connection with the county.
      We’ve been visiting at least once a year for the past thirty-plus years. It’s always different – and so much more still to discover.
      Thank you for dropping in, and for leaving a comment. Rx

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