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Lanteglos by Fowey, Cornwall

Historical Description

Lanteglos-by-Fowey, a parish in Cornwall, on the coast, at the mouth of the river Fowey. It contains the village of Polruan, immediately opposite the town of Fowey, which has a station on the G.W.R., and also the hamlets of Bodinnock and Highway. Post town, Fowey. Acreage, 3251 of land and 267 of water and foreshore; population, 1432. The property belonged formerly to the Fitzwilliams, the Mohnns, and the Pitts. Charles I. stopped at Hall House for some days, and while there an attempt was made to assassinate him, by some one shooting at him from the Fowey side while he was walking out in the grounds. It is now a farmhouse. Two castles stood formerly near the mouth of the Fowey, and were connected with a chain suspended across the river, to repel hostile vessels, and remains of the one on the Polruan side of the harbour still exist The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; value, £150 with residence. The church is ancient, has a tower, and contains monuments of the Mohuns. On the hill overlooking Polruan and Fowey harbour are the remains of an ancient chapel of St Saviour. At Polruan there is a recently erected church (St Saviour). There are two Methodist chapels at Polruan and one at Highway.

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

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Visitations Heraldic

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtPL32
Post TownCamelford