It’s said that in 1773 John Wesley preached to 32,000 people at Gwennap Pit. This would have been nearly a quarter of the whole population of Cornwall at that time.
Sir Henry Bodrugan was just 15 when his father died and too young to look after the family’s lands. King Henry VI claimed them until Sir Henry was old enough to look after them, using the money from the lands to build Eton College, near London.
Many beaches were affected when the oil tanker Torrey Canyon was wrecked in 1967, but only 15% of the oil that leaked out came ashore in Cornwall. Much more was washed over to Brittany.
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.