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GWENNAP has had a great past, but has little for us to see except its old mines and the grassy amphitheatre which may possibly be a sunken floor of a filled-up mine. It is said that the mines of Gwennap yielded ten million pounds worth of copper and tin last century; it must be everywhere about the world.

The great amphitheatre has remarkable acoustic properties. It is Cornwall's Albert Hall, over 300 yards round with grassy tiers of seats which were crammed with thousands of people to hear John Wesley preach when he was over 80. Here his followers gather every Whitsuntide, and here two stone pillars are known as Wesley's pulpit. The famous missionary Henry Martyn was the son of a miner here, but was born at Truro where we come upon him again. It was this Gwennap miner's boy who was described by a famous man as the one heroic name adorning the annals of the English Church from the days of Queen Elizabeth to ours.

The 15th-century church is in a lovely wooded spot a mile away, its little tower standing apart with a pyramid roof. It is a dark place with windows of Christ before Pilate and in the Temple, and with a brass portrait of a vicar for 43 years last century, Saltren Rogers.

Arthur Mee's King's England, Cornwall (1937). An original copyright transcription by CuriousFox, edited for identification purposes.



 
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