Imagine if you will, a wisened old Cornish man. This man has soft, white flowing hair and a long white beard. No he is not a hipster, he had his beard before it was cool. He is a knowledgeable prophet-like character. He is mysterious, wise and it wouldn’t surprise us if he partook in druid rituals.
Now imagine this man reading you this blog whilst sat crossed legged on a cliff top. The wind blowing through his whiskers as his husky Cornish voice relays the following mysteries to you….
1. The old stocks used to detain criminals are still in the Crantock Parish Church Yard.
The stocks have the following mystery inscribed upon them:
‘The last man in Crantock stocks (circa 1817) was William Tinney of West Pentire, a smuggler’s son and a vagabond. He robbed, with violence, a widow woman of Cubert Parish, and was placed, to abide justice, in Crantock stocks, then standing in the church tower. By negligence or design he was insufficiently secured, and shortly afterwards appeared on the top of the tower. He had cut the rope from the tenor bell and by this he lowered himself to the nave roof. Climbing to the eastern gable of the choir and sliding down it, he dropped to the churchyard grass and in the sympathetic view of certain village worthies bolted, got off to sea and was never brought to justice or seen in the neighbourhood again.’ http://newquaytown.com/crantock-village-stocks-pillory
2. There is a lost village believed to be buried under the sand dunes following a sand storm.
There are also artefacts from bronze age settlements – some of which have been discovered in this area and along the River Gannel. Crantock(Langurroc) is said to have been founded by St Carantoc in the 6th St Carantoc also appears in the Legends of King Arthur and engages in a battle with a dragon… so who knows what other secrets lie beneath the sand? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crantock#History_and_antiquities
3. The village of Crantock was once known as Langurroc which means “dwelling of the monks.”
There was a monastery in the village centre and the building is still there today (on Langurroc Road surprisingly). You can even book to stay in there. It’s now called the Malt House and it’s perfectly located to enjoy Crantock beach and The Bowgie Inn. http://www.classic.co.uk/holiday-cottage/desc-1320.html
4. There is a legendary bird called the Gannel Crake which haunts Penpol Creek.
It is believed to be the cry of a troubled spirit. It has been heard throughout history and no other explanation has been given for this sound, described by a writer in the 19th Century as ‘a thousand voices pent up in misery, with one long wail dying away in the distance.’
(quote source: http://newquayguide.co.uk/gannel-estuary/)
We hope these mysterious facts have sent a few chills up your spine! Next time you are in the area, why don’t you investigate these mysteries for yourself and let us know what you find out.