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historic hills 7-16

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On the 17th day of my virtual bike trip along the Cornwall coast, I enjoyed a long trip down Polmear Hill near Par.  I also learned about the Rashleigh family who built the mansion of Menabilly, the inspiration for Manderley, the house in my favorite book, Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.


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Map showing distance travelled (map from Google Earth)


On my way down Polmear Hill, I spotted this Celtic Cross by the road.  Some research told me this stone commemorates a carriage accident on Polmear Hill …


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stone cross on Polmear Hill (image from Street View)


At the bottom of the hill was an interesting group of connected houses, the Rashleigh Almshouses.  Jonathan Rashleigh (1591-1675), a merchant and politician, had these built in 1653 to provide a home for poor widows in the area …


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Rashleigh Almshouses – the small units once housed poor women from the community – today, groups of two units have been joined to make private residences (image from Street View)


Near the end of my bike trip I saw two tall ships out in St. Austell Bay …


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Best View: a hut on Polmear Hill …  since it is near a bus stop and at the end of a paved footpath, I wonder if this is an old abandoned hut, or if it was built or repurposed for a bus stop shelter…


August 2, 2013  'hut on Polmear Hill'   Jane Tims

August 2, 2013 ‘hut on Polmear Hill’ Jane Tims


Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

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  1. I am enjoying your trip across Cornwall so much. I’ve heard about these places from Gary’s half-brother who lives there. Since we’ll not likely ever get there to visit, it is fun to hear about and see the places you’ve travelled by bike.


    Carol Steel

    August 26, 2013 at 9:17 am

    • Hi. I see now why so much enchantment is associated with England. My Mom went there a few times and she loved it. Jane


      jane tims

      August 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm

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