During the Civil War, Sir Bevil Grenville had a personal bodyguard named Anthony Payne. Two metres tall, Anthony was nicknamed ‘the Cornish Giant’.
The 1595 Spanish raid on west Cornwall was predicted by the old saying “They shall land on the Rock of Merlin, Who shall burn Paul, Penzance and Newlyn.”
Helen Glover was the first British rower to hold the Olympic, World and European Championship titles at the same time.
The Cornish landscape has changed dramatically from centuries past to the present day. By looking at maps through history we can track Cornwall’s progress.