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Historical interest: Newquay

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Newquay looks back on 1600 years of history and a dramatic change of identity from fortified cliff settlement, through tiny port to premier resort. During the Iron Age the inhabitants smelted ore here for weapons and tools, while during the Industrial Age Newquay became an important centre for the trade in tin and china clay. But since then Newquay has found its hidden gold: the chain of 11 beaches that have transformed Newquay into a popular resort in less than a century.

In 1439 Bishop Lacey of Exeter allowed the burghers of what was then called Towan Blistra to build a New Quay. It was the beginning of the Town's second life as a fishing port culminating in the arrival of the great pilchard shoals in the 18th century. When the pilchards left, the Industrial Revolution came, turning Newquay from a fishing community to a commodity port loading tin, lead and china clay.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, low wages from fishing and agriculture were supplemented by smuggling and, more sinisterly, the wrecking of ships. Crantock hid many a cargo of silks, spices, and brandy from the Revenue Men, and wreckers used to swarm from the villages of St Columb and St Mawgan at news of a ship in difficulties near the jaws of rock called the Bedruthan Steps.

Cornwall has its own language with a 2,000 year tradition and close ties with the Welsh and Bretons. As late as the 18th century peasants resentful of English ways and taxes would say My ny vynnaf cows sawsnek (I will not speak English), but now the language is heard only in bardic revivals of verse or plays in Plen an Gwary-open-air theatres.

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Watergate Bay Hotel

Headland Hotel

Victoria Hotel

Hotel Bristol

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