Credit: Paul Henjum
Photo in public domain.
I think it’s about time for another foray into Cornish place-names.
We’ll start with the element POL. This according to Padel means: pit, pool, stream, cove or creek. Quite a choice. He remarks drily: “It is often difficult to decide which of the various meanings is present in a particular place-name.”
There are quite a few POL names in these parts. Less than a mile away from here there is a dwelling called Pol Teggan (“beautiful POL”, I think) and about the same distance away is a vineyard called Polgoon (“POL on the moor”). A little further afield there is Polpry (usually glossed as “clay pit”) which has the rather unexpected pronunciation pɒlˈpraɪ. And much further away in north Cornwall there is my favourite, Polyphant (“toad pool”).
Perhaps the best-known POL name is Polperro, which is a very picturesque tourist destination. But more on this name in a later post.
Polperro. Credit: Mick Knapton. Used under this licence.