Introduction to Zennor
Five miles from St Ives along the winding BB3306 coast road, this small granite village lies surrounded by tiny fields between a craggy hill and the cliffs.It is not far to drive and is well worth a visit. It is also close enough for the more energetic to make a bracing walk along the coastal path or over the fields from St Ives.
The farming village has a delightful church and a fascinating museum. St Sennara's church has a famous carving of a mermaid on an old bench end, now part of a chair. The legend is that when Matthew Trewhella was singing with the choir a mermaid was attending the church and over heard him. Matthew fell in love and the mermaid enticed him into the sea at Pendour Cove, he was never seen again. Outside the south porch is a slate memorial to John Davey of Boswednack, said to be the last person to speak Cornish when he died in 1891.
A footpath leads down to the dramtic cliffs of Zennor Head, while above the village are the rocky slopes of Zennor Hill. 'Logan' or rocking stones can be found on the hill at the south end is Zennor Quoit, a prehistoric burial chamber with a massive sloping capstone.
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