Geographical Links throughout the County of Cornwall
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|These pages list most of the towns and villages in Cornwall.
Each entry is a brief pen picture of the place (up to 10 lines).
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Places with names in bold letters within the description have their own entry in these pages.
|Towns and Villages - B|
|BALDHU, from the Cornish bal (mine) and du (black or dark). About a mile south of Threemilestone, this former tin, copper, zinc and silver mining village is also the burial place of Billy Bray. the 19th century Cornish preacher. Billy was born just down the road at Tvelveheads. The nearby Wheal Jane mine was the last Cornish tin mine to close, in 1991, when it became unprofitable. The pumping syatem was turnes off in early 1992 and caused an ecological disaster as the ground water level rose and millions of litres of toxic water was released into the Carnon River and then on into the Fal estuary as far as Falmouth.|
|BARRIPPER is situated about one mile south-west of Camborne off the B3303 road from Camborne to Helston. This is one of the few Cornish place-names with a Norman French origin: beau and repair meaning "beautiful retreat".|
|BATHPOOL is about halfway between Liskeard and Launceston off the B3254 near North Hill.|
|BODMIN (in Cornish it is Bosvenna or Bosvenegh meaning "dwelling of the monks") is situated on the western edge of Bodmin Moor. This was formerly the county town, home of the Assize Court and the county gaol, where the Crown Jewels and the Doomsday Book were stored during the 1st World War. Pencarrow House is situated halfway between Bodmin and Wadebridge. Over 200 years of Regimental history is on display at the Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry Museum.
The railway station for Bodmin is Bodmin Parkway, about 3 miles to the south east of the town on the A38. During the summer there are steam trains that run between Bodmin Parkway and the old Bodmin General station near the town centre.
|BOLVENTOR is halfway between Bodmin and Launceston. It is the location of Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne Du Maurier. Within the inn there various pieces of Daphne du Maurier memorabilia. There is also a well stocked gift shop.|
|BOSCASTLE (Botterels castle or dwelling by rock pile) is situated on the North Cornwall coast (a few miles off the A39). The river is bordered by thatched and lime-washed houses as it flows down to the harbour and its 16th Century quay. Clinging to the hillside above are a group of 14th century cottages. The novelist Thomas Hardy lived here for a while when he worked as an architect during the renovation of the nearby St Juliot Church. Devastated by flood on Monday 16th August 2004 following unprecedentedly heavy rainfall in the area. The River Valency could not contain the flood water and the lower end of the village was hit by a 9 foot high wall of water.
|BOYTON (mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Boitone) is situated a five miles north west of Launceston on the Devon - Cornwall border. Served by the Western National 220 'bus from Launceston. As well as being a village, Boyton is also a parish.. There is another village and parish of Boyton in East Anglia.|
|The very old village of BREAGE (pronounced Brayg or Breague to rhyme with league) lies just over a mile from Porthleven and just off the main road to Penzance. It is named after the parish saint - St Breage. This former mining village is full of Cornish history. The church here is a beautifully built 15th century granite construction and well worth a visit. The interior has some good wall paintings and other examples of 15th century workmanship in the roof. In the 18th Century the men of this area were well known for their wrecking and smuggling activities along the coast. At nearby Tregonning Hill, William Cookworthy discovered china clay in the mid-1740s. The deposits here were very limited compared to those he subsequently found further east near St Austell|
|BRYHER (Isles of Scilly) is the north western island of the group. It is a friendly island with a small working community. It offers the visitor a range of high quality accommodation in the hotel, small guest houses, self-catering cottages and campsite. There is a shop, sub-post office, café and licensed restaurant, and a public bar at the hotel. Local fish and vegetables are available throughout the summer. Boats are an integral part of daily life and Bryher has an excellent year-round launch service.|
|BUDE situated in the very north of the county just off the A39. Large sandy beaches with good surf at times. Bude is Cornwall's special unspoilt place "where coast meets countryside". One of the main attractions of the year is the 8 day Jazz Festival at the end of August and into September.
From Bude it is usually possible to see Lundy Island if the weather is fair.