22 March, 2012

Having A Pint With Jesus In Looe Cornwall

Looe river Cornwall showing bridge

I thought I'd carry on from Monday's post Did Jesus Visit St George's Island Looe Cornwall and show a few photos of the small coastal town of Looe in Cornwall.

There is archeological evidence that the area has been populated since at least 1000 BC. Looe itself probably dates back to the 1100s.

The town is old with quaint narrow streets. It was once a port used for the exporting of local tin, arsenic and granite. This ties in with the idea that Jesus' uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, visited Looe and Cornwall, as mentioned in a previous post, and may have brought Jesus with him.

There are two halves of Looe separated by the River Looe shown in the photo at the top of this post. The first proper bridge was made of wood and is believed to have been erected in 1411. The present stone bridge, with it's seven arches, was opened in 1853.

Looe is primarily now a tourist attraction.  Just don't park your car for too long or you may well find seagulls have taken up residence!

Looe River Cornwall and seagulls

The town has lots of appeal, though gets crowded once summer and the tourists swarm everywhere. Not too many people about in March though.

As we were walking towards the town I was talking to my wife about early memories of London. I was telling her about how I used to go to a special cafe for rum babas and coffee and how I hadn't seen rum babas in shops for years. And then, in a small baker's window I saw ...

rumbaba

Needless to say I had to indulge! Not quite as good as I remember, but that's often the thing with memories. Here's a few pics of the Looe town with it's narrow streets.

Looe Cornwall

Looe town Cornwall

Looe restaurant Cornwall

And the main street leads to a small sandy beach, which looks much better in the summer.

Beach at Looe Cornwall

There's a pleasant train ride, about nine miles, that can be taken on the Looe Valley Line. The photo below shows the end of the ride in Looe, with the train in the background. It's about five minutes walk from the town. Some people use the train as a Real Ale Trail stopping off at various pubs to taste the local beers. Well, there's worse ways to spend a day. Unfortunately there's no tales of Jesus stopping off for a pint when he visited Looe though! But after a few pints I guess you can imagine that most things are possible.

Looe Valley Cornwall train

More Cornwall Posts:
The Holy Well Of St Sampson At Golant In Cornwall
The Magic Of Fowey Cornwall
In Search Of Celtic Crosses At St.Winnow In Cornwall

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4 comments:

  1. Love these posts. The photos really give a sense of the place, Mike. And a synchro involving food. Very cool.

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  2. I'm glad you got your rum babas. I also love going to touristy places during the off season. That sandy beach looks perfect to me whereas in the summer it would be too crowded for my pleasure.

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  3. Love it, the post that is, but I've never had a rum baba. They look quite sensuous ;)

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  4. Hello Mike, great post about Looe and looks like you enjoyed your visit. I think those Rum Babas are from the baker shop and café opposite the Harbour car park. Most of the bakers in town make huge cakes although I've never really noticed what they were called. I'm not sure if Jesus did call in at Looe Island or not but locals have often put forward the idea that he did and wanted to erect a huge cross on the top as an attraction for pilgrims! Heaven help us if they get their way. If you or your readers ever want to know more about Looe then please head on over to www.ilovelooe.co.uk which is a site I run about the town. Thanks for the post though and hope to see you again some day.

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