Friday, January 13
Keeping The Devil Away At Veryan Cornwall
After weeks of overcast grey skies there was sunshine today so we went in search of something interesting. Well, at least for my wife and I!
We set off, with no destination in mind, and found ourselves heading for the small village of Veryan in Cornwall. A lovely little spot, especially as there were amazing blue winter skies.
On entering the village the first thing of note are the round houses or cottages - there are five in total. These thatched cottages were built in about 1810 by the local vicar, a Parson Trist, for the use of local labourers. He also thought that they would be a decorative feature for the village. Records show they cost £42 (about $60) to build - inflation has a lot to answer for!
They are a strange design, being round, but there is said to be a reason for this - to keep the devil away! Both from the cottages and from the village itself. Maybe not away, as such, but there are no corners in the cottages where he can hide. For extra protection a cross was placed on the top of each thatched roof.
The round houses of Veryan are now privately owned. The one in the photo at the top of the post, known as the Right Round House, does bed & breakfast for visitors to the area.
The next photo is a view of the back of two of the roundhouses.
There are other thatched houses in the village, the one below at Veryan Green.
After Veryan we drove into the countryside ...
... and then to the small fishing village of Portloe to eat our packed lunch while overlooking the sea.
All in all a very pleasant day - and not a sight of the devil anywhere!
Further Cornwall Posts:
The Mystery Of The Cornish Roche Rock And Hermitage
The Cornish Mystery Of Trevethy Quoit Stones
The Spirit Knockers Of Cornish Tin Mines
Photos: © Mike Perry 2012