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A Newlyn Retrospect

Where is 

Church Lane?


church path map.jpg (497308 bytes)What we now know as Gwavas lane was until the end of the 19th century  known as Church Lane. This was because Paul Church was the Parish Church for Newlyn Town until1866 when St Peters Church was built. For hundreds of years baptisms, marriages and funerals  took place at Paul with the walk up the hill that this entailed.  

Click on the 1881 map and you will see  Park-an-Grouse  This joined  the Bowjey  (Cow House), a piece of common land used by the fishermen for drying nets.  Park-an-Grouse stands for Field of the Cross in Cornish. As a Cross was used to mark a resting places along the road to the Church.  A footpath ran on the Mousehole side of the field and worked its way up the hill to join what we now know as Gwavas Lane.

The cross has been missing from the field for a long time but it was reported in the 1940's that the base was in the garden of a house at the top of the field and I can certainly remember it being there as a child. I wonder if anyone knows its whereabouts today?

Sandra M Vingoe.

Newlyn Notes

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