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Coordinates: 50°21′54″N 4°18′00″W / 50.365°N 4.300°W / 50.365; -4.300Coordinates: 50°21′54″N 4°18′00″W / 50.365°N 4.300°W / 50.365; -4.300
Civil parishSheviock
PL11 3PL11

Crafthole is a village in the parish of Sheviock, in southeast Cornwall, England, UK.[1][2] The village has a rural pub (Finnygook Inn), Post Office, shop, Methodist chapel, village hall and Whitsand Bay Golf Course nearby in the village of Portwrinkle.[3] Crafthole in the late 19th century, was notorious for smuggling Rum which was very valuable back then. The pirates used the harbour of Portwrinkle to dock the boats, which then the rum was offloaded and taken up the steep hill connecting the two villages to Crafthole. One of the prime places the rum was stored was in the room below the Methodist chapel which was built in 1867.[citation needed]

A stone cross stands by the side of the road. It was first recorded in 1858 as a cross without a base. By 1896 it was standing on a base; in the 1950s it was removed to the side of the road from its previous site in the middle. Crafthole was granted a weekly market in 1315; it has been suggested that this cross was the market cross.[4]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston' (Map). Ordnance Survey. ISBN 978-0-319-23287-3.
  2. ^ Crafthole; Explore Britain
  3. ^ Guide to South Cornwall; 14th ed. London: Ward, Lock & Co., [c. 1955]; p. 140
  4. ^ Langdon, A. G. (2005) Stone Crosses in East Cornwall; 2nd ed. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies; p. 63