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Morvah village and parish stand near the north coast of the Land's End Peninsula with a history stretching back thousands of years.
The Parish Church of Morvah is the only one in Cornwall dedicated to St Bridget of Sweden and therefore attracts numerous Swedish visitors. Some of the ornamentation within the church is of Swedish manufacture. The tower dates from the 14th century while most of the current building was erected in 1828.
Morvah in History
There is a holy well at Tregaminion Farm but it is covered by a modern concrete pump house. The ruins of the well chapel, stand near the intersection of a public bridleway from Morvah and the coast path.
There are many features of archaeological interest within Morvah parish including:
Bosullow Trehyllys courtyard house settlement, a village dating from the Iron Age and early Romano-British Dark Age period over 2000 years ago, which comprises of a number of round houses and at least three courtyard houses; the Men-an-Tol holed stone which is believed to be from the Bronze Age; Men Scryfa inscribed stone, nearly 2m in height with the inscription Rialobran Cvnoval fil (Rialobran, son of Cunoval)and probably dating from the 6th century (500AD); Chun Castle and Chun Quoit.
Morvah was a busy mining area during the 19th century with numerous mines working within the parish including Morvah Hill Mine, Morvah Consols which in 1873, sold 6 tons of black tin and the Morvah Zennor Mines which between them sold 195 tons of black tin between 1837 and 1839.
A Pasty Festival is held at Morvah every year on the first Tuesday of August. This recently established event is a revival of Morvah Fair which used to be celebrated annually at the same time of year.
The name Morvah is believed to derive from the Cornish Morveth meaning 'a place by the sea'.
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Located in West Cornwall near the North coast of the Land's End peninsula, Morvah is easily accessible from the B3306 St Ives to St Just road.
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