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Penzance Par one bridge too far.

December 24, 2013 by David Herd

The Par Inn Cornwall

Par inn Cornwall

Penzance Par one bridge too far, well rather than speak in riddles allow me to explain. Where Penzance is a bright & buzzy seaside town Par is quite the opposite, cold & bleak without too many redeeming features. My sincere apologies to the residents of this tiny Cornish fishing port.

I had a very good reason to visit Par, my grandfather Sam Tippett was born there around 1900. We stopped in the pub and asked if anyone had heard of the Tippetts but sadly no luck. Seeing we were in Cornwall I ordered a pasty, it was the worst I have ever tasted & I mentioned this to the barman. He said “talk to the fellow beside you, his wife makes them”.  😳

My friend Bill Austin & I had a good laugh about this and I surreptitiously hid the rest of the awful pasty in a paper bag ready to throw it in the garbage.

David Herd & Bill Austin in Par

Penzance Par one bridge too farNotice the small oven on the right? That’s where the terrible tasting pasties are lying in wait for an unsuspecting customer.  😥

A typical street in Par.

Penzance Par one bridge too farI did visit Par way back in the 60s to meet Minnie, one of my grandfathers (Sam Tippett) sisters. Penzance to Par is 61 miles or about 1.25 hours by car. Obviously I had a good reason to visit Par, otherwise I can’t see any features worth going there for.

Pop Tippett’s sister Minnie.

Cornwall-Par-TippettThis is  Minnie, one of my grandfathers (Sam Tippett) sisters.

This was Minnie’s home in Par

Penzance Par one bridge too far I should have taken this photo with me because I’m sure somebody in the pub would have known its location.

Countryside around Par

Penzance Par was one bridge too far

Quite a lonely part of the English coast.

Penzance main street.

Penzance Par one bridge too farPenzance is a town, civil parish and port in Cornwall, in England, United Kingdom. It is well known for being the most westerly major town in Cornwall and is approximately 75 miles west of Plymouth and 300 miles west-southwest of London.

Beachside

Penzance Par was one bridge too far Penzance  is the most westerly major town in Cornwall and is approximately 75 miles (121 km) west of Plymouth and 300 miles (480 km) west-southwest of London. Situated in the shelter of Mount’s Bay, the town faces south-east onto the English Channel, is bordered to the west by the fishing port of Newlyn, to the north by the civil parish of Madron and to the east by the civil parish of Ludgvan.

Granted various royal charters from 1512 onwards and incorporated in 1614, it has a population of 21,168 (2001 census).

Main St Penzance

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Luck was with us providing a beautiful blue sky.

Coastline

Penzance Par one bridge too far

I can imagine it would be freezing cold in winter.

St Michael’s Mount

Penzance Par one bridge too far

St Michael’s Mount  meaning “grey rock in the woods”, also known colloquially by locals as simply the Mount) is a tidal island 366 metres (400 yards) off the Mount’s Baycoast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is a civil parish and is united with the town of Marazion by a man-made causeway of granite setts, passable between mid-tide and low water.

In prehistoric times, St Michael’s Mount may have been a port for the tin trade, and Gavin de Beer made a case for it to be identified with the “tin port” Ictis/Ictin mentioned by Posidonius.

Historically, St Michael’s Mount was a Cornish counterpart of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France (which shares the same tidal island characteristics and the same conical shape), when it was given to the Benedictines, religious order of Mont Saint-Michel, by Edward the Confessor in the 11th century.

St Michael’s Mount is one of 43 (unbridged) tidal islands which can be walked to from mainland Britain

In conclusion I guess I may be a little harsh on my description of Par, however travelling between Penzance Par you will find many interesting towns & villages worth a visit, St Ives for instance is a wonderful seaside village.


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