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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Cornwall Trip: Last Stop Launceston

"Mary, Mary Magdalene
Lying on the wall
I throw a pebble on your back
Will it lie or fall?"

Charles Causley (from Mary, Mary Magdalene)*

"...once I was too young
And still am too unsure
To cast a meaning from 
The town's hard metaphor".

Five nights in Cornwall: Boscastle, Tintagel, St. Endellion, St.Juliot, Port Isaac, Bodmin, St. Austell, Pentewan, Mevagissey, Polkerris, Menabilly, Fowey, Porthpean, Launceston.

St Mary Magdalene, Launceston - John Betjeman wrote that "St Mary Magdalene's church becomes a medieval triumph of Cornwall".

"Remember all the effort when you look at the hard surface of granite. Remember how hard it is to make the slightest impression. And after you've been watching that, look at the miracle of Cornish carving. The outside walls of St Mary Magdalene's church, Launceston, carved out of moorland granite in 1511, and finished in 1524." John Betjeman, One Man's Country, BBC TV, 1964

*Charles Causley's Launceston

Jamaica Inn, Hitchcock 1939

Jamaica Inn, TV Series, Episode 1

Episode 2


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