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Kingsand-Cawsand village.
Kingsand-Cawsand village.

Kingsand and Cawsand are twin villages on the Rame Peninsula located in South East Cornwall, United Kingdom, across the sound from Plymouth. The dividing line betweent the 2 villages used to be the boundary between Devon and Cornwall and there is still a house called Devon Corn which has the marker on the front of the house. The villages are popular with tourists, but so far retain their traditional character - however the population has declined over recent years due to the increased popularity of holiday homes. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 755 KB) Summary View of Cawsand village, Cornwall, UK. Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 755 KB) Summary View of Cawsand village, Cornwall, UK. Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Cawsand is a small village in Cornwall overlooking Plymouth Sound. ... The Rame Peninsula (pronounced ) is a peninsula in south-east Cornwall, in the United Kingdom. ... South East Cornwall is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... Plymouth is a city in the South West of England, or alternatively the Westcountry, and is situated within the traditional county of Devon. ... Devon is a large county in South West England, bordering on Cornwall to the west, Dorset and Somerset to the east. ... Cornwall (Cornish: Kernow) is a county in South West England. ...


Local Services

There are a few shops and many pubs in the villages. Kingsand is home to the Village Store for buying groceries. There is also the Top Drawer Gallery where you can buy gifts and souvenirs and a Post Office. The villages contain no fewer than 5 pubs that serve both drinks and food. There is also The Cleave Tea Rooms which is located along Market Street, overlooking the sea. In peak season it also opens some evenings as The Cleave Restaurant. Accommodation for visitors is usually takes the form of renting one of the cottages or staying in a B&B. The Halfway House Inn also offers accommodation and there is the Cawsand Bay Hotel along The Bound. Accommodation is a theological principle linked to divine revelation within the Christian church. ...

As far as transport is concerned there is a bus route through the villages going to Plymouth via Torpoint. In Summer, the Weston Maid passenger ferry runs between Cawsand Beach and the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth for those who fancy a daytrip to the Barbican. Location within the British Isles Torpoint (Cornish: Penntorr) is a town in the far South East of Cornwall, England, separated from the City of Plymouth by a stretch of water referred to as the Hamoaze, which itself is the mouth of the River Tamar. ... The Mayflower Steps is the site at Plymouth, England, where the Pilgrim Fathers departed from, aboard the Mayflower, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to colonise North America. ... The Barbican is Plymouths old harbour area and one of the few parts of the original city to escape the bombs of the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. ...


The villages are well known for their smuggling and fishing past. Although the known smuggling tunnels have been sealed up, there are still old fish cellars and boat stores to be seen along the coast. A skirmish with smugglers from Finland at the Russian border, 1853, by Vasily Hudiakov. ... Fishing is the activity of hunting for fish. ...

One famous former resident was John Pollard RN. He was a midshipman (later a Commander) in the Navy who served under Nelson and is the man credited with being "Nelson's avenger", since it was he who shot the French sailor who killed the Admiral. Nelson himself has also been said to have visited the village and dined at The Ship Inn (now closed). Lord Nelson Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, Duke of Bronte, KB, RN (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a British admiral famous for his participation in the Napoleonic Wars, most notably in the Battle of Trafalgar, where he lost his life. ...

Local Landmarks

Perhaps the most recognisable feature of the villages is the Clocktower along the seafront of Kingsand. It was erected to commemorate the coronation of King George V and the building it is attached to (locally referred to as the Institute) is used as a community hall. The Institute also contains a large crossstitch tapestry picture of the 2 villages which was made by residents to commemorate the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert) (3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was the first British monarch belonging to the House of Windsor (formerly known as the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha). ... Queen Elizabeth II makes an official appearance at the CBC Headquarters as part of her Jubilee goodwill tour, October 2002. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor) (born 21 April 1926) is Queen of 16 independent nations known as the Commonwealth Realms. ...

Within the parish of Maker and Rame, there are 3 churches. Rame Church which is over at Rame head, St Andrews Church in Cawsand, and Maker Church (which is located along the road towards Cremyll). Maker is the largest of the three and is a highly visible position so it can be seen from Torpoint and Plymouth.

The Beaches

There are 3 main beaches in the villages, which are separated by areas of rocks with interesting rockpools. Kingsand Beach is a mixture of sand and shingle which is located along The Cleave. Girt Beach is mainly shingle, but with some sand and can be found along Market Street. Cawsand Beach is mainly sand and is found along The Bound.

The water quality has vastly improved over recent years thanks to extensive sewerage works and so all beaches are safe for swimming.

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