Jubilee Wharf - Penryn

Jubilee Wharf is an award-winning development. The vision of Andrew Marston (owner) and Bill Dunster of ZED Factory Architects.  The development combines a mix of Housing, workshops, offices, children’s nursery, health and fitness classes and the cafe, Muddy Beach. 

Working Sail’s Aboard The Agnes 

Over Falmouth’s  Working Boat Festival I had the chance to sail on the Agnes. The creation of Master Boat Builder, Luke Powell. During the winter months, Agnes is berthed up alongside the Muddy Beach cafe in Penryn under the ownership of Working Sail and run as a charter vessel by Luke and Joanna Powell

And, having admired this wooden boat on countless occasions I was fortunate to be invited aboard.

After some extensive research, this 46’ pilot cutter Agnes was built to the lines of the original Agnes built in 1841. In her heyday, Agnes was the top pilot cutter from the Isles of Scilly.  Her dimensions are 46’ on deck x 13’ 3” beam x 8’ 6” draft and she displaces 26 tons. The original Agnes had a long working life ending her days as the last cutter to work out of the Isles of Scilly under Captain Stephen Jenkins whose grandsons Alf and Barry helped launch the new boat in May 2003.

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Although Agnes is very much from another age, she has proven herself to be an extremely sea-worthy vessel during the harshest of North Atlantic storms. Yet, also sails beautifully in the lightest of airs.  Agnes was originally built for an American owner and sailed across the Atlantic for her first few years of life. Her usual sailing grounds are now around the Celtic shores of Cornwall, Brittany and Southern Ireland to where Working Sail will ground you in the pleasures of traditional sailing and giving you a taste of life afloat.  

On the day I sailed there was a rough bunch of folk from all corners of the Kingdom. A Russian who worked for Apple in London and who I impressed with having met the great Russian dissident, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a free-wheeling housewife from Essex who never shut up telling us about her derring-dos on a Folk Boat,  a calm and gentle soul from mid-Wales who was building a wooden boat…ten of us, and our host and hostess. The acerbic and lovable Luke who took the helm but was as often as not given due coaching on setting the sails to windward and the timing of his tacking in light winds by his soul mate Joanna. Joanna was certainly the better cook and I did wonder if perhaps she had more simpatico with the light airs. A rumble of domesticated humorous chiding was always in the background. 

I was quite happy to pull in the foresail when needed as we tacked up and around Falmouth Bay seeking pockets of wind. My camera, always at the ready, was able to pocket the odd image. What did impress me was the realisation that Falmouth (like Venice) was best appreciated and entered into from the sea, not rail or road. It is a magnificent sight as you pass St Mawes and Pendennis Point. The Harbour Front at Falmouth is a memorable sight and one can only wonder at the thanks many sailors have given to God on their return after a safe passage.

Further up river in Truro Luke is building The Pellew, a reproduction of a 65’ Falmouth Pilot Cutter.   thefalmouthpilotcutter.co.uk  Please see below:

So Bon Chance Agnes! May I wish you many more fine years under sail. 

 

For more info on The Agnes visit - https://workingsail.co.uk/ 

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Welcome To Our Cotswold On-Line Guide

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We have been publishing high-quality Cotswold guides for 35 years; Guidebooks, Photographic Books, Walking and Cycling Guides, as well as Touring Map-Guides. We are now placing all our experience, know-how and energy into this project. Below is Phase 1.  The Site will develop in parallel with our Guidebook but will in due course be far more extensive. Our intent is to retain the independence, free spirit and opinions of our books.

This On-Line Guide is designed to be User-Friendly. For Phase 1, there are three categories: Where To Stay, Where To Eat and What To See & Do. To find your idylic Place To Stay that fits into your budget and style just scroll down the page and admire the images and short description of each Listing. If one takes your fancy you can discover more by entering their website. We have chosen these hotels, inns and camp sites because we believe they are the best. We do not contemplate listing the norm, the average…Only The Best Will Do - When Time Is Short...

The Cotswolds embody English domestic architecture at its very best. Evidence of local craftsmanship is ever-present in the shape of the churches, cottages, farms, tithe barns and manor houses. The Cotswold village is the embodiment of all these factors, none more so than Chipping Campden. Out of this rich vein of architectural brilliance has arisen the English Country House Hotel, the Country Inn (Pub) or Hostelry, the English Tea Room, all well represented in this Guide. 

What and Where is the region known as the Cotswolds? 

To some fashionistas, and magazine editors, the Cotswolds runs comparison to the New York Hamptons and Tuscany. Whilst to others the name is synonymous with wool and hunting, stone walls and majestic churches. The Cotswold Hills are set in a triangle between Bath (to the south), Stratford-Upon-Avon (to the north) and Oxford  (to the east).  

The Cotswolds region is perched on the central section of a ridge of oolitic limestone. The geological structure has thus had a profound and lasting affect on the landscape, and ‘look’ of the area. The oolitic limestone that forms these hills has the appearance of 1000s of tiny balls, like fish roe and is between 200 and 175 million years old. 

This ridge has been tilted on its side, and is run off with streams, and river valleys, that lead off in a south-easterly direction, to feed the Thames basin. On the western edge, the scarp is steep in places with outcrops of rounded hills, notably Cam Long Down, and Bredon Hill, and makes for fine walking country, and pleasing views across to the Malvern Hills and Wales

Linguistically, the Cotswolds derives its name from two Saxon words: ‘Cote’ - sheep fold, and ‘Wold’ - bare hill. This references the importance of sheep in the development of the area. And, it is to the Cotswold Lion sheep that one must look to for the origin of wealth and endeavour that brought prosperity to this region

Neolithic Man found refuge on these hills from the swamps of the Severn, and Thames flood plains. The Celtic Dobunni tribe established hill forts where they farmed, bartered their crafts and founded coinage before the Romans arrived.  They were not a warlike tribe like their neighbours the Silurians (Welsh), and eased into a compatible relationship with the conquering Romans to build Corinium Dobunnorum (Cirencester) into the second largest Roman settlement in Britain with a populace of 12,000 inhabitants. 

The Saxon farmer laid the foundations of prosperity for the medieval wool merchants, and it was these merchants who built the great ‘Wool’ churches and the great manor houses. 

Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries in the C16 saw the destruction of the Abbeys at Cirencester, Winchcombe, Hailes and Malmesbury. The first, and last battles of the English Civil War, 1641-1651, saw skirmishes at Edgehill, Lansdowne (Bath) and Stow-On-The Wold. 

In the more peaceful C18, Bath and Cheltenham epitomised the elegance, hedonism and splendour of the Georgian era. 

The landscape is rich in imagery: dry-stone walls divide the vast, sweeping sheep pastures and lazy, winding, trout streams meander through the rich pastureland.  And, scattered across this landscape you will come across quaint hamlets undisturbed by coach, sightseer or time itself. All this makes for an idyllic scene rarely bettered in England. 

Remember, there is so much more fun to be had in the Cotswolds by having this book beside you.