A compendium of fascinating information about Cornwall past and present, this book contains a plethora of entertaining facts about the county's famous and occasionally infamous men and women, its towns and countryside, history, natural history, literary, artistic and sporting achievements, agriculture, transport, industry and royal visits.
A reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped in to time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage, the secrets and the enduring fascination of the county. A remarkably engaging little book, this is essential reading for visitors and locals alike.
Did You Know?
In British law no officer or agent of the Crown, which includes both Westminster and the Anglican Church, can legally set foot upon Cornish soil without the express and joint permissions of the Duke of Cornwall and Cornwall's Stannary Parliament.
Dolly Pentreath (c. 1680-1777), is popularly regarded as the last true speaker of the Cornish language and her last words were reputedly `Me ne vidn cewsel Sawznek!' (`I don't want to speak English!').
Penzance boasts the county's only officially designated promenade, which extends for just over a mile from the town harbour to Newlyn.
Founded in 1860 Warrens Bakery, a family-owned chain based in St Just in Penwith, supplies pasties to Fortnum & Mason.
Cornwall's flag is that of St Piran and shows a white cross which represents molten tin oozing out of a black rock which Piran used when building his fireplace.
John Van der Kiste has written over 40 books, including royal and historical biographies, local history, true crime, music and a novel, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.