‘Peaceful’ village invaded by Spain named one of the best – ‘loveliest in England’

Huge waves in Mousehole, Cornwall and fallen tree crushes car in Penzance

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Cornwall is a popular holiday destination but holidaymakers may not be aware of part of its incredible history. In 1595, Cornwall was invaded by Spain, whose soldiers burned down houses and attacked people.

Mousehole, on the edge of Mount’s Bay and West of Penzance, was burnt down by Spanish soldiers.

There is only one house from the Tudor period left in the village.

The old mansion house of Jenkin Keigwin, who was killed in the invasion, is still standing.

Mousehole is a picturesque village described by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas as “the loveliest village in England’.

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Mousehole’s harbour’s south quay dates back to 1390 and could possibly be the oldest pier in Cornwall.

Visitors to Mousehole can wander the narrow lane, spend time by the harbour or even go to the beach.

Mousehole has a small sandy beach in its harbour, and the patch is popular with families with small children.

On Tripadvisor, Kevmogg said: “What a lovely location.

“Quiet and peaceful, great spot to sit and watch the tide come in.

“Lots to discover walking through the streets, a testing coast path walk to Lamorna and back. Couple of pubs and several cafe restaurants. Well worth a visit.”

The pretty village is perfectly located for walks exploring the wider area, and the coastal path to Lamorna Cove is quite popular with holidaymakers.

Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital has been caring for injured and sick birds since 1928 and can usually be visited.

It’s however currently closed to visitors due to the pandemic, but the hospital still receives sick and injured birds.

In front of Mousehole, the small island of St. Clement’s Isle is popular with wild swimmers.

Winter is a fantastic time to visit Mousehole with the Christmas lights being switched on in mid-December.

The lights have become a popular attraction, with the harbour illuminated, as well as the quayside and cottages of the village.

In fact, the lights are so popular it is possible to get a helicopter ride from Penzance to see them.

On December 23 every year, Tom Bawcock’s Eve is celebrated to commemorate the legendary villager who is said to have lifted a famine by going fishing in a severe storm.

The village’s event takes the form of a lantern procession, with a song about Tom’s actions being sung.

Villagers then head to the Ship Inn for a slice of the infamous Stargazy pie.

The pie is made of mixed fish, egg and potato and has protruding fish heads coming out of the pastry.

Britons looking for more appetising food should head to the Old Coastguard, a restaurant listed in The Good Food Guide, the Michelin Guide and named the 2013 County Dining Pub of the Year.

On Tripadvisor, Ros C said: “This was our first mini break since before the first lockdown and expectations were high – and it more than exceeded all expectations. The location, garden and sea views were idyllic – we will be back!”

Jules Anne Roberts wrote: “My husband and I had the most amazing supper here, the meal was in fact one of the best we have ever had. As for the view, that was spectacular, a wide sweeping sea view.”

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