Coordinates: 50°20′01″N 4°12′04″W / 50.3336°N 4.2012°W / 50.3336; -4.2012
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Kingsand is located in Cornwall
Location within Cornwall
OS grid referenceSX435505
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPL10
Dialling code01752
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
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50°20′01″N 4°12′04″W / 50.3336°N 4.2012°W / 50.3336; -4.2012
Devon Corn Cottage

Kingsand (Cornish: Porthruw) and Cawsand are twin villages in southeast Cornwall, United Kingdom.[1] The villages are situated on the Rame Peninsula and are in the parish of Maker-with-Rame.

Until boundary changes in 1844, Kingsand was in Devon; however, Cawsand has always been in Cornwall. On the old county boundary between the two villages, the house Devon Corn still displays the boundary marker.[2]


The villages are known for their smuggling and fishing past. Although the known smuggling tunnels have been sealed up[citation needed], there are still old fish cellars and boat stores along the coast.

One notable former resident was John Pollard RN, a midshipman (later a Commander) who served in the Navy under Horatio Nelson. He is credited with being ‘Nelson's avenger’, since it was he who shot the French sailor who killed the Admiral.[3]

Another notable resident includes Tabitha Ransome (daughter of renowned writer Arthur Ransome).[citation needed]


Kingsand lies on the shores of Cawsand Bay, with the South West Coast Path running through the village.[1] The village coast, as well as the coast 1 km to the east, forms the Kingsand to Sandway Point SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), which shows examples of extensive Early Permian volcanicity and rhyolite.[4][5][6]


Kingsand is connected via the Rame bus link to Plymouth. The Rame bus link runs between Cremyll and goes to Plymouth via Torpoint. During the summer, the Cawsand Ferry runs a passenger service between Cawsand Beach and the Mayflower Steps in Plymouth for visitors to the Barbican. Walkers can reach the village through Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.

Local landmarks[edit]

The Clock Tower and Institute[edit]

Kingsand-Cawsand village.

A key feature of the village is the clock tower and Institute along the seafront. It was erected in 1911 to commemorate the coronation of King George V.[7][8] The institute is used as a community hall. It contains a large cross-stitch tapestry picture of the two villages which was made by residents to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.[citation needed] The building sustained substantial storm damage in February 2014 and has since been restored.[9][10]


The former St Paul's Church was opened in 1882 as a chapel of ease to the Church of St Mary and St Julian. It is now the Maker-with-Rame Community Hall.


Kingsand Beach is a mixture of sand and shingle, which is located along The Cleave.[11] Girt Beach is mainly shingle, but with some sand and can be found along Market Street.[12] Sandways lies a short walk out of the village, across the rocks towards Fort Picklecombe.[13]

The water quality has improved over recent years thanks to extensive sewerage works, and so all beaches are safe for swimming.[14]

Culture and community[edit]

The Black Prince Flower Boat Procession. The procession is seen here gathering outside the Rising Sun pub in Kingsand.

The Black Prince Procession is a Mayday custom in the villages of Kingsand, Cawsand and Millbrook. The procession, where a flower-adorned boat is carried on the shoulders, begins in Millbrook and carries on through Kingsand and Cawsand to banish the harsh conditions of winter and welcome warmer summer weather and a fruitful land and sea harvest. Additional activities include the decoration of buildings, Morris dance and maypole dance, a fete and a town crier competition.[15] Black Prince refers to Edward the Black Prince (1330-1376), the first Duke of Cornwall.

The Rame Peninsula Male Voice Choir was founded in Kingsand in 1976 and was awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2018.[16][17]

In popular culture[edit]

Parts of the film Mr. Turner were filmed in Kingsand, portraying Margate.[18]


  1. ^ a b Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
  2. ^ "Cawsand and Kingsand: Online guide to Cawsand and Kingsand - Rame Peninsula East Cornwall". Cornwall Online. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  3. ^ John Pollard, Nelson's Avenger, ND 8 (2005): 615-620
  4. ^ "Kingsand to Sandway Point" (PDF). Natural England. 1994. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  5. ^ Becquart, Charlotte (14 January 2021). "Ancient volcanic ash found on Cornwall beach". CornwallLive. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  6. ^ Charlotte, Becquart (14 January 2021). "Cornwall's volcanoes that were active hundreds of millions of years ago". Cornwall Live. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  7. ^ Exploring South East Cornwall,Lightfoot. P, 2012, page 24
  8. ^ Historic England (1987), THE INSTITUTE, 1329116, in National Heritage List for England
  9. ^ "KINGSAND CLOCK TOWER, CORNWALL". John Grimes Partnership. 2022.
  10. ^ Historic England, Environmental impacts on heritage assets: Kingsand Institute, Rame, Cornwall, retrieved 2022
  11. ^ "Kingsand Beach". Visit Plymouth. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  12. ^ "Kingsand". Cornwall Guide. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  13. ^ Becquart, Charlotte (31 January 2021). "Cornwall volcanoes that were active hundreds of millions of years ago". CornwallLive. Retrieved 23 November 2022.
  14. ^ Cawsand, Cornwall, Marine Conservation Society
  15. ^ Hamill557. "May Day Black Prince Flower Boat Festival". Visit Rame. Retrieved 3 March 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  16. ^ Mansell, Tony (28 July 2022). "RAME PENINSULA MALE VOICE CHOIR". Cornish National Music Archive.
  17. ^ The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2018 Awardees, retrieved 2022
  18. ^ "Mr Turner: Filming and Production". IMDb. Retrieved 3 March 2020.

External links[edit]

Media related to Kingsand at Wikimedia Commons