Bolventor

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Coordinates: 50°33′44″N 4°33′58″W / 50.5621°N 4.5662°W / 50.5621; -4.5662

Bolventor
Cornish: Bedhasbold
Jamaica Inn2.jpg
Jamaica Inn from the old A30
Bolventor is located in Cornwall
Bolventor
Bolventor
 Bolventor shown within Cornwall
OS grid reference SX184767
Civil parish Altarnun
Shire county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LAUNCESTON
Postcode district PL15
Dialling code 01566
Police Devon and Cornwall
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Ambulance South Western
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Bolventor (Cornish: Bedhasbold) is a hamlet on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is situated in Altarnun civil parish between Launceston and Bodmin.[1]

Bolventor is the location of the famous Jamaica Inn coaching inn. It is bypassed by a dual carriageway section of the A30 trunk road; before the bypass was built the village straddled the A30 road.

Daphne du Maurier, a former resident, chose Bolventor as the setting for her novel about Cornish smugglers titled Jamaica Inn. The inn that inspired the novel, Jamaica Inn, has stood beside the main road through the village since 1547. It is now a tourist attraction in its own right and dominates the village.

The small church (dedicated to the Holy Trinity) that lies to the east of the village closed some years ago. A mile from Bolventor there was a chapel of St Luke (from the 13th to the early 16th century): the font is now at the church of Tideford.[2] Bolventor parish was established in 1846 (before that date the village was in St Neot parish) but has now been merged with Altarnun.

The village has been said to take its name from the "Bold Venture" that it must have appeared to build a farm in this moorland, but this is probably folk etymology, as "Bol-" is a common prefix in Cornish placenames. It is much more likely that the name derives from the 'Bold Adventure' tin-working area which was in operation near Jamaica Inn during the 1840s-1850s [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
  2. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 62
  3. ^ R.D. Penhallurick Tin in Antiquity (2008) Maney; p. 207
Holy Trinity Church, Bolventor