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Porthcurno, Cornwall, England         OS Map Grid Ref: SW384224
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Isolated at the western extremity of Cornwall and England, Porthcurno in its steep valley ending in a beautiful little bay was very isolated and little-known to those other than seafarers and the few local inhabitants until the advent of modern transport.

The Minack Open Air Theatre was built into the cliffs by Rowena Cade in 1932 with the sea as a to the stage.

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Porthcurno Telegraph Museum

Porthcurno was the site of the landfall of the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable in 1970. During World War II, the communications centre here was moved into bomb-proof underground tunnels. The former installation is now the Porthcurno Telegraph Museum with exhibitions on communications from Victorian times to the present day.
Porthcurno Telegraph Museum,
Eastern House, Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JX
tel:   01736 810966 / 810478
web-site:   www.porthcurno.org.uk


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The origins of the name "Porthcurno" lie in the ancient Cornish Language and probably means "the Bay of Rocks". The alternative spelling of "Porthcurnow" has also been used which woulld make its origin "Cornwall Bay".

Porthcurno was the home of the Celtic St Selevan whose memory is perpetuated locally in St Levan's well, with its flight of stone steps at St Levan, St Levan's cross and the 13th century parish church of St Levan located a short distance to the west.

Porthcurno was the landfall site of the first telegraph cable laid across the Atlantic.

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Surprisingly perhaps, considering the isolated location of Porthcurno, there is only one local legend about "The Ghost Ship" which is recounted in "Highways and Byeways in Devon and Cornwall" by Arthur H Norway (1904) thus;-

"Out of the mist she always came, a black square-rigged vessel, sailing right up the beach, taking the sand without a shock or quiver and pursuing her course as speedily over dry land as on the sea, till she vanished in a smoke wreath higher up the valley."

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1864Deanry of St Buryan in Cornwall, consisting of the parishes St Buryan, St Levan and Sennen, brocken up
1870Laying of the first trans-Atlantic telegraph cable. It came ashore at Porthcurno in Cornwall
1932Miss Rowena Cade and her gardener start carving out an amphitheatre on the cliffs at Porthcurno, Cornwall
It later became the Minack Theatre

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