Jools wrote:Carn Brea Castle is said to have been built on top of an earlier chapel dedicated to St Michael. He's often found on high places, somewhat overshadowed in this instance by St Agnes' Beacon, Carn Brea's sister hill, which can be seen out at sea and is described as "the most prominent feature" of the coastline.
Jacqui wrote:Clearly the Carn Brea chapel occupied an earlier important site. The St Michael reference is a reminder that Carn Brea is on the St Michael Line. This is ignored by orthodox historians, who fall back on 'ritual' and describe the cairn as "the dwelling place of the ancestors of the tribe" (without any evidence)
Stuart wrote:Church Cove offers a safe haven to passing ships. Not the first place you'd expect to find a church but it's lasted...
A small stream runs through the middle of the sandy beach at Church Cove. This may have been used for tin streaming but at any rate the resemblance between churches and engine houses is quite striking, cf. Wheal Coates, Chapel Porth, St Agnes (which used to be an island)
hvered wrote: There's a St Agnes in the Scilly Isles which also has a 'bolster' joining St Agnes to the island of Gugh. Dunno if it's a man-made earthwork (any tales of giants welcomed)
Jacqui wrote: These 'wheals' or mine-walls dominating cliffs and islands may be why Cornwall is associated with castles, even castles 'in the air'.
Jools wrote:Jacqui wrote: These 'wheals' or mine-walls dominating cliffs and islands may be why Cornwall is associated with castles, even castles 'in the air'.
Old English weall "rampart" (natural as well as man-made), also "defensive fortification around a city, side of a building, interior partition," an Anglo-Frisian and Saxon borrowing (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch wal) from Latin vallum "wall, rampart, row or line of stakes," apparently a collective form of vallus "stake." Swedish vall, Danish val are from Low German.
So wheal = wall and is clearly NOT 'from Latin'. The dictionary definition of weal is 'a ridge raised on flesh', but it is also part of 'wealth' and well(being) so it looks as if a mine-wall, with all the connotations of mineral wealth, at some point became a rather unpleasant medical term. Cf. mump, a mound or hump as in Burrowbridge Mump, and mumps.
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