Five facts you might not have known about Cornwall
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
The World Pasty Championships took place at the Eden Project on the 28th February, and was broken up into many categories. The Open Savoury Amateur category was won by a Chilean who does not speak English.
The sport of Cornish wrestling is said to date back to the 12th century, when a warrior named Corineus was supposed to have fought the giant Gogmagog on top of a cliff. In more modern times, The Cornish Wrestling Association still feature at the annual Royal Cornwall Agricultural Show, where demonstrations of the moves are performed for onlookers.
National Minority Group
In 2014, the Cornish were recognised as a national minority group for the first time after a 15 year campaign. Special measures such as fuel duty reductions are to be granted in recognition of Cornwall's cultural heritage and geographical location.
In the early parts of the 20th century, half of the world's tin came from mines scattered around Cornwall, including those near our hotels in Fowey. Popular legend even has it that Jesus visited Fowey as a child with Joseph of Arimathea, who as a merchant, had a vested interest in the tin mines.
The last native speaker of the Cornish language was thought to have died in 1777. Thanks to efforts to revive the language, over 500 people can now speak the language. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) have now accepted that it is no longer an extinct language.