Jamaica Inn at the heart of Bolventor
Jamaica Inn at the heart of Bolventor


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Bolventor, in Cornish Bedhasbold, is a hamlet on Bodmin Moor, most famous for being the location of Jamaica Inn.

Jamaica Inn is a former coaching inn where travellers would stop for food and drink, while the horses who pulled the coach would be fed and watered. It was built in 1750. The Inn is reputed to have been at the heart of a local smuggling network and it appears that not all its former visitors have left, as the ghost of a murdered sailor is seen on occasions supping his drink.

Daphne du Maurier stayed at the Inn during 1930, an experience which inspired her to write one of her most famous novels, Jamaica Inn, a tale of Cornish smuggling set here on Bodmin Moor.

The small church which is dedicated to the Holy Trinity is no longer used. Between the 13th and 16th centuries, there was a chapel nearby dedicated to St Luke. It's font was moved to Tideford Church.

Bolventor is situated in the parish of Altarnun, located between Launceston and Bodmin. It has a church and a few houses. Bolventor was originally part of St Neot parish but in 1846 it became a parish in its own right. Today it has been merged with nearby Altarnun.

During the 1840s and 1850s tin was mined at Bolventor. It is believed that the hamlet got its name from the Bold Venture Mine, as in 1844 the hamlet was known by this name.

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