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Coordinates: 50°10′16″N 5°30′28″W / 50.1712°N 5.5079°W / 50.1712; -5.5079

Pasture land near Nancledra

Nancledra is a village in west Cornwall, England, UK. It is three miles (5 km) south of St Ives and four miles (6.5 km) north-northeast of Penzance.[1] Nancledra is a small village with a population of around 150.[citation needed] The village is in Towednack civil parish in the former mining area of Penwith peninsula.

A pub, The Engine, is situated at Cripplesease just outside the village, but Nancledra has no village shop or Post Office.[2] Nancledra School is situated one mile north of the village on the lane to Towednack at grid reference SW 492 367.[1][3]

The name of the village probably means valley of Clodri or valley of Cludri.[4]

Robert Morton Nance, one of the chief revivers of the Cornish language, lived in Nancledra.

Arthur Caddick (the poet) lived above Nancledra at Windswept Cottage with his wife Peggy from 1945 until 1981.A prominent figure in West Penwith's post-war explosion of painters and poets. In 1949 he was awarded the first prize by Lord Gunsay at the Inter-Celtic Festival held in St Ives and with 'Lyrics From Nancledra' began publishing his many collections of poetry. He was an early contributor to Denys Val Baker's literacy magazine 'The Cornish Review'. He died in 1987 in Gloucestershire and is buried at Ludgvan church.


  1. ^ a b Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  2. ^ The Engine Inn Engine Inn website
  3. ^ Nancledra School Nancledra School website
  4. ^ Padel, O.J. (1988) A Popular Dictionary of Cornish Place-names. Penzance: Alison Hodge. ISBN 0-906720-15-X

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