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the college - week st. mary

A property owned by the Landmark Trust

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These maps will enlarge considerably, but you will still need good eyesight to read the small print on the Week St Mary one on the left.   The one on the right is the gps map for the whole holiday


Matthew's Pictures above - touch the thumbnails to see a larger picture

Week St Mary

Monday 19.10

We set off at 9.30 in dull weather which improved as we drove west.   There were a few mini showers and some sunshine.   We stopped for lunch at Sedgemoor Services for lunch which did not excel.   Arrived after a bit of messing about in Week St Mary and asking a householder we found Tor View and collected the key.   Asking another local we found The College and were barked in by a young dog looking over the wall.   We settled in and went for a short walk around the village.   We enjoyed the loo twinned with the Parish Council Office and walked around the churchyard.   There were some very elaborate stones.   We had cottage pie, peas and Shiraz for supper and an early night, as we were all tired.  

The church from outside the College

In a front garden

Ferns growing in the wall, cotoneaster hanging over.

The church - St Mary's

The Methodist Church

Loo on the left, Council Office on the right

Over the door of the church

Flowers on a grave

Schizostylis coccinea

Tuesday 20.10

The beds were very comfortable, though Peter was awake part of the night;  I woke up with the bedclothes in the position they were the night before?   I managed to produce breakfast without scales, using a measuring jug for dry foods.   It seemed to work.  

In the morning went to Bude, the scenery was very appealing and the light was good, but the road was too narrow to stop and take pictures.   We parked in a massive park by the sea and looked around.   We went on a circular walk partly by the canal around a nature reserve.   We bought a tea towel for John and Ann with a good message on it.   Peter collected leaflets from the Information Centre.   We went home for lunch to eat up.

Gate going nowhere or is it a 'shed'

Chimney in the wall

The College seemed to be always in shadow

Original window

Main room

Bude harbour early 

River Neet

Father's chair

GPS Bude

Oenothera stricta

Rock samphire

Wet suits

Palm trees

Bude Light


The Bude Light sculpture was erected in front of the Castle to commemorate the Millennium and especially Sir Goldsworthy Gurney?s achievements.  This coloured concrete cone, designed by local artists Carole Vincent and Anthony Fanshawe, has fibre optic star patterns incorporated into it and a light at the top.  This comes to life at night as the fibre optics sparkle.

Starlings enjoying palm seeds



The canal


Towards the town



Towards the sea


Walking the dogs

Harbour Master's boatshed used to be the RNLI


Boat park



Across the car park

Lestriva (meaning dockyard in Cornish)

House by the canal


Wildlife in the Marshes

Canal House


Canal reflections



Row of cottages

In the afternoon we walked to Penhallam Manor which is a ruin with only the outline of the walls left.   We were off the route, but met some dog walkers who showed us the way.   We walked back through the woods meeting a few sheep and were exercised by a long drag uphill to Week St. Mary.   The Post Office sold us some rice and Cider;  we were hoping to have curry this evening.   Unfortunately the packer forgot to put in the curry spices and we had to have lamb with red wine and tomato?

M photographing the texture on  his favourite cottage

Cottage on the square


Country lane

Small puffball


Lone tree

Over the fields

Sheep in the trees


Spindly trees


Black topped fungus


Penhallam family

A former well

Remnants of wall



Revealing the site

Site if the manor house

Roots and trunks

Escaped Leycesteria formosa




Fields around the village

St Mary's Church

Fields around the village

More sheep

Gps Penhallam Walk

Stairway- natural light

Through the quatrefoil window

With the light on

Lower part

Wednesday 21.10

Low cloud and Cornish rain, so we were not confident setting out for Rough Tor pronounced Row (like cow) Tor.   Got lost on the way and went to Bodmin instead where we visited the former Bodmin Jail now a museum.   We visited a pub recommended by previous incumbents of the College - The Old Inn at St. Breward (The highest inn in Cornwall).   The portions were very large indeed so P & H only ate half of theirs.   P had some Doom Bar and M Atlantic.   The driver had orange juice.

We managed to find Rough Tor on the way home from the pub.   Even in the mist it looked interesting and we will go again once the weather improves.   Some of the lanes are very exciting and there was a particularly steep straight stretch like a switchback.   The Romans must have been here.   The cloud is higher at Week St. Mary, but still very overcast.

Fine gate


Odd chimney pot tops

In the courtyard

Telephone box

Back of the Gateway

People were hanged in the jail

Artificial flowers

The condemned cell



31 Christmases in Prison

Nicholas Gard hanged for knifing James Hoskin

Double hanging 1840

Picking oakum 

A cell, but for how many


Woman being flogged


Counterfeiter from Redruth

Flogging a juvenile

Mine Shaft Murder


Force feeding

The Stocks

1812 a Jewish boy was murdered in a barrel

A women with healing powers who was not fed, but was healthy saying that she was fed by the fairies at night

1 bath every 3 months!




Sarah Polgrean murdered an abusive husband

Out of the window

Modern two-person cell - soft bog-roll!


From lower car park


Bude street

Bodmin Museum

The Shire Hall

The Weavers

Coade Stone decoration

Bude street


We had lunch at The Old Inn at St Breward (the highest inn in Cornwall)   Quantity beat quality.

by Matt

Thursday 22.10

Not a sunny day, but better visibility than yesterday;  we went to the Minions using the satnav and walked over the moors taking pictures.   There were a lot of dogs about and we were sniffed and nudged.   Met some volunteers who were rehabilitating a stone circle, the stones were procumbent so we did not visit them.   Went on to the Trethevy Quoit which was up a very narrow lane which was very bendy and teeth-clenching for the driver.   The quoit was situated by some houses which spoiled the effect a little.   We looked around Liskeard and had lunch at The Fat Frog, bought some pasties a saffron bun and carrot cake from The Bakery ? Malcolm Barnecutt.   Liskeard was very hilly and seemed to have only 2 pubs and one was shut.   We also bought a few things from the Co-op.   The Pipe Well was the reason that Liskeard was settled;  it never runs dry.

We walked along the river to the Golitha Falls which were rapids not a waterfall.   Lots of beech trees, the sun came out for a few moments on two occasions.   We came home via the Church at St. Neot, which is renowned for its stained glass.

Had the pasties for supper and the carrot cake for tea, both were good.



The Hurlers

Gorse bush


The Hurlers


The Pipers also below

The Hurlers


Road block


From the other side

Cheese ring from a distance

Good from both sides

The Hurlers



Bunch of grapes!!

Trethevy Quoit

Trethevy Quoit

Not the best background

Trethevy Quoit

Caradon Hill attractions

Gps Quoit



Bit grotty

Fine DMs

We had lunch at the Fat Frog, we could not find a pub

Liskeard church




Patterns on a log

Bracket fungus






Carved scenes of Rural life

Carvings of fish on the back

Trees and the river

Growth on the trunk

Roots and beech leaves



Scum and leaves

Felled tree

Rock in the stream

Another version

Silky water

We turned back here


St. Neot Church

War Memorial

Nave and altar

Stained glass

Stained glass

Stained glass

The renowned glass, not well taken & the ceiling was not green!

Carved stone

St Neot


Friday 23.10

We visited St Nectan?s Glen to see the waterfall at the end of a rocky valley.   The light was not good again, but we enjoyed the walk and took some snaps.   We had coffee and borrowed some wellies for H and paid to go on to the waterfall.   A local girl with two small children had a brain haemorrhage and died in her early twenties.   Her wake was held at the caf?.   Ribbons and messages were hung on the bushes in her memory at the waterfall and also back along the glen.   We had to wade in the water to get a shot of the falls ? a very tricky exposure being particularly extreme.

We went on to lunch in Camelford at The Masons, Arms.   Good food (Cheffy) but expensive.   P had crab cakes, Matthew had mussels and I had Rabbit.   We walked along the Camel then drove to the car park for Rough Tor where we climbed Showery Tor, which had a number of shapely stones, then Little and Rough Tors, which were bigger, but less attractive.   There was a long cairn pointing to Rough Tor and we could see Brown Willy which was not very exciting.   However we saw some Bodmin Ponies.   Peter had a sore knee which held up well.   We came home and had a game of Black Maria.


Through the bedroom window

Red campion

Umbilicus rupestris

Des res

Autumn leaves

Cairn in the stream

Coin stuck with coins

Stream in the woods



'Egyptian' cat


People enjoy placing stones in the stream

Cairn in the stream

60ft overall drop on the falls

Photographing the falls

Tribute ribbons

In the stream


Walls and fences in the glen

Stream in the woods


The sea from the path

Fuchsia 'Mrs Popple'


Gps St Nectans Glen

We had lunch in Camelford, then walked by the river enjoying a Cornish dragon and a decking area overlooking the Camel



Finally we arrive at Rough Tor pronounced to rhyme with cow

Pink and blue granite


Long collection of stones pointing to Rough Tor

Panoramas of the long view as we make for Showery Tor - the pictures don't enlarge

Showery Tor

Brown Willie

Faces in the stones

Rough Tor

Bodmin ponies


Saturday 24.10

It was raining so we went to the Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre.   There was an informative talk about the birds of prey.   The Harris Hawk worked with a named dog (Poppy) it had to go to a game fair to find out that there were other dogs.   Falcons have eyes that function differently when necessary;  earwigs spend the winter in the dry stalks of umbellifers.   My snapper?s battery was exhausted so Peter took the pictures.   http://www.pjspictures.me.uk/!.PJP_Cornwall.htm

We returned to the College for lunch then went to Cracklington Haven ? the sun was out and the waves were impressive, we took some pictures.   Had a short climb around the cliff path to exercise our calves then went on to see St. Genny?s church which had some good glass and a photogenic graveyard, but the sun was not in the optimum position.   Came home via Jacobstow and had supper at the local pub, The Old Orchard Inn.   My meal was the best of the holiday, very well cooked indeed.

The beach

Interesting strata


Waves in Cracklington Haven


Pebble on the beach



Pebble on the beach

Trellis marking on the rock

Strata below


View from cliff path

Coming up the path

View from a seat on the cliff path


We called in at St Genny's on our way home

gps Cracklington Haven

Victorian postbox

St Genny's

Celtic cross

From the graveyard

Possibly Acinos alpinus

St Genny's

Stained glass

George and the dragon

Carvings on the Pulpit at St Genny's

Slow exposure leaning on the pews


Gps St Genny's

Sunday 26.10

Peter had to go out in his pyjamas to mend a fuse, so he could see to make breakfast.   The clocks are now on real time.   We walked around Altanun, hoping to see the carved pew ends in the church, but some worshipping was going on so we could not go in.   We went on to Launceston to see the Steam Railway.    The train ran every hour on the hour.   We travelled in an open carriage  and were lightly covered in smuts.   Two small engines pulled the train.   Lovely weather so maybe some good pictures.   Very few pubs in Launceston, but we found one which did Sunday roasts;  it was a good meal.   Afterwards we looked around the castle and some of the nearby roads.   Came home for tea.


Church and war memorial






Mini bridges to the houses


From the car park

Launceston Castle

Castle gateway


Launceston square

Down the hill

We left the car at the top of the hill and walked down to the Launceston Steam Railway and it's slate mine engines originally from North Wales

Lad and Velinheli


Engine driver




Frazer Nash

Traction engine





Launceston Castle

Town Gate

P in an alley

Westgate Inn where we had a roast lunch

Launceston Castle

Castle arch

Launceston Castle

Stairs to keep


View from the top

Fields from top of the tower

Eagle House Hotel

Intricate carving on the Church of St Mary Magdalene

Interesting clock on the tower to the left


Remembrance seat

Union flag

White dahlia

Church Door

Bell ringer's gravestone

St Mary's Church

Monday 27.10

We had an easy journey home arriving in the afternoon;  the cats were pleased to see us

gps Launceston