St Breward is situated on Bodmin Moor, 6 miles north of Bodmin between the De Lank and Camel rivers.
Accessed from the A30 via the village of Blisland.
Accessed from the A39 via St Mabyn (travelling north) or Michaelstow (travelling south).
The area has significant Iron and Bronze Age remains around Rough Tor.
North of St Breward village is the the neolithic or Bronze Age megalithic monument known as King Arthur's Hall comprising 56 large granite stones arranged in a rectangle surrounded by an earth bank.
In the 17th century there were two separate villages at St Breward, at the southern end, and Churchtown, at the northern end. As each village expanded towards the other they finally became one.
The De Lank Quarry near St Breward produces silver grey granite which has been used on many famous buildings including Tower Bridge, the Royal Opera House, New Scotland Yard, Beachy Head Lighthouse, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park and the plinths for the statues of Winston Churchill and Karl Marx in London. The anglican parish church dates from 1278 but was substantially rebuilt in the 1860s.
There is also china clay quarried at De Lank and Stannon Down.
St Breward Silver Band was started in 1899 and is still going strong. They can be seen and heard at Port Isaac on Thursday evenings throughout June, July and August. All band members live within 10 miles of the bandroom.
One of the biggest sculptures in history made from a single piece of rock is the Seed, which started life as a 167 tonne boulder extracted from De Lank Quarry, Cornwall. After carving it weighs 70 tonnes - as much as 10 elephants. It is made of prime silver-grey Cornish granite estimated to be 300 million years old. Carved into its surface is a pattern as intricate as the head of a sunflower. The Seed can be seen at the centre of the Core, the education centre at the Eden Project.
Tarny Bed and Breakfast, Row, St Breward, Bodmin PL30 4LW. Tel: 01208 851304 Email:
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The Old Inn, Churchtown, St Breward