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Boscastle, Cornwall

Historical Description

Boscastle, a village in Cornwall. The village is in the parishes of Minster and Forrabury, stands½ a mile from the coast, and 3 miles from Camelford station on the North Cornwall branch of the L. & S.W.R. It occupies a romantic site on the sides of hills, overhanging two deep vales, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office (R.S.O.), a ruined ancient chapel, and a Methodist chapel. It was once a market-town, and still has fairs on 5 Aug. and 22 Nov. Its name is a corruption of Bottreaux-Castle, and was taken from a baronial mansion, the seat of the Norman family of De Bottreaux, which stood on what is now a green mound. The manor went in the time of Henry VI., by marriage, to Lord Hungerford; descended to the Earls of Huntingdon; passed to the Marquis of Hastings, who takes from it the title of Baron Bottreaux. Boscastle Port, at the nearest part of the coast, is the harbour of the village; lies in the debouch of a narrow, high-flanked vale, has a small pier and breakwater, and carries on an export coasting trade in corn, slates, and manganese. The scenery around the village is strikingly picturesque, and that on the coast very grand. The church is a stone building in the Early English style. There are Wesleyan, Bible Christian, and Methodist chapels.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCornwall 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

We have a copy of The Visitations of Cornwall, by Lieut.-Col. J.L. Vivian online.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtPL35
Post TownBoscastle