Cornwall – Kernow

The flag of St Piran, Cornwall's patron saint
The flag of St Piran, Cornwall’s patron saint
Map of Cornwall, south west corner of the UK
Map of Cornwall, south west corner of the UK

Cornwall is the most south westerly county in the United Kingdom. It has only one land border, with the county of Devon,to the east. The border is formed, for almost all its length by the River Tamar. The rest of the county is surrounded by sea, forming a peninsula.

The county is actually a Duchy (a duke’s territory) and the Duke of Cornwall is the Monarch’s eldest son, currently His Royal Highness Prince Charles.

The county crest of Cornwall
The county crest of Cornwall

Until the eighteenth century the ancient Celtic language of Cornish was spoken here, it is currently enjoying a revival in some quarters and the ancient county name of “Kernow” can be seen at the roadside when crossing the “border” from England.

The landscape is varied with large outcrops of granite rock and granite hills, such as Bodmin Moor in the east. The administrative capital and county town is the City of Truro, lying to the west of the centre of the county.

The main industry nowadays is probably the tourist industry with many visitors coming to the area between Easter and late Autumn.

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