The tiny harbour of Mousehole is thought to have derived its name from a smugglers cave to the south of the town. It is a quaint little place that built up around the area's fishing industry. Over the last 100 years, however, this trade has died off but the town has retained its traditional charm. Thomas Dylan once described Mousehole as 'the loveliest village in England'.
A walk around the streets is a treat and a visit to Keigwin House, Mousehole's oldest house, dating back to the fourteenth century is a must. 200 years ago a lady by the name of Dolly Pentreath died, she was the last surviving person with Cornish as their native tongue. A plaque has been erected on what was her house and a monument is in situ on the churchyard wall in Paul commemorating her life.
Mousehole is a slice of perfectly preserved Cornish life and for anyone wanting a feel for Cornwall's heritage, it is a good place to start.
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