St Erth

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St Erth village and parish lie close to the gateway to the Land's End peninsula on the Hayle River.

The parish church is dedicated to St Erth and dates from the 14th century.

St Erth bridge, a crossing point for the Hayle River, is an ancient three arched bridge which has been in existence from the 1300s or earlier. The main route between Penzance and London formerly passed over this bridge.

The name of St Erth originates from the Celtic saints who were associated with the church here, notably St Ercus.

In the early 20th century, St Erth was famous for being the village who sent William Hampton, the last person to be hanged at Bodmin gaol. The crime, the murder of a young girl, Emily Tredrea, by her sweetheart.

Famous people born in St Erth

Of Cornish worthies, two men born in St Erth. Davies Gilbert, born in 1767, discovered and mentored Humphry Davy in addition to engaging in geological and botanical pursuits. Gilbert's Parochial History of Cornwall was published in 1838.

The inventor, William Husband, produced many innovative designs for mining and engineering and was born here in 1823. His grave is in the churchyard.

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Located in West Cornwall just off the A30 between Hayle and Penzance. IntoCornwall Area Map Land's End Peninsula

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