In a comment to my post on Porthleven Sidney Wood says that I stirred memories of a walk he had in that area. This is a talent I didn’t know I had, but I am glad that he enjoyed my post. You can see part of the coast path in the picture with his destination, Porthleven, in the distance on the extreme riɡht.
His walk started at Prah Sands. This is an alternative, and I think older, spelling of Praa Sands. The pronunciation of the name is a trap for non-locals. It is preɪ not prɑː. In 1331 the name was recorded as Polwragh, which means “witch cove”.
Also in the picture is one of the mine engine-houses that Sidney talks of. One of the mines is called Wheal Prosper, but that turned out to be a misnomer. It started production in 1860 and closed in 1866.
Inland from this part of the coast there are a couple of places whose names have caught out many an upcountry person. The first is Germoe. It’s ˈɡɜːməʊ not ˈdʒɜːməʊ. The second is Breage — briːɡ or breɪɡ not briːdʒ or breɪdʒ. Both of these places are named after what an article on Cornwall in last weekend’s newspaper called “dubious Celtic saints.”
My thanks to Mrs M, who took the picture.