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Cornish: Nansmornow
Lamorna Cove
Lamorna is located in Cornwall
 Lamorna shown within Cornwall
OS grid reference SW449234
Civil parish St Buryan
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Penzance
Postcode district TR19
Dialling code 01736
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament St Ives
List of places

Coordinates: 50°03′47″N 5°33′52″W / 50.06295°N 5.56440°W / 50.06295; -5.56440

Lamorna (Cornish: Nansmornow) is a fishing village and cove in west Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated on the Penwith peninsula approximately four miles (6 km) south of Penzance.[1] The village and valley lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park.

Newlyn School of Art and the Lamorna Colony[edit]

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Lamorna became popular with artists of the Newlyn School. It is particularly associated with the artist S. J. "Lamorna" Birch who lived there from 1908. The colony included Birch, Alfred Munnings, Laura Knight and Harold Knight. This period is dramatised in the 1998 novel Summer in February by Jonathan Smith and adapted for the 2013 movie directed by Christopher Menaul. Lamorna was also the home of the jeweller Ella Naper and her husband, the painter Charles, who built Trewoofe house there.[2] The Lamorna Arts Festival was launched in 2009 to celebrate the original Lamorna Colony and today's Lamorna art community.

Lamorna in culture[edit]

Main article: Lamorna (folk song)

Lamorna has been immortalised in the song "Way Down to Lamorna", about a wayward husband receiving his comeuppance from his wife. The song is beloved of many Cornish singers.[3]

The author Derek Tangye lived near Lamorna where he wrote his famous books "The Minack Chronicles", and mentions it often in the books. There is still a piece of land called "Oliver Land" which is only accessible from Lamorna that he left after his death as a wildlife sanctuary.

Lamorna Cove was the title of a poem by W. H. Davies published in 1929.

The name of Lamorna's pub, The Wink, alludes to smuggling, "the wink" being a signal that contraband could be obtained. The pub is the subject of a novel by Martha Grimes, entitled The Lamorna Wink. The interior contains an important collection of maritime artefacts, including the nameplate of the battleship Warspite.

The Lamorna Pottery was founded in 1947 by Christopher James Ludlow (known as Jimmy) and Derek Wilshaw.[4]

Lamorna was the village used in the novel The Memory Garden by Rachel Hore.

Lamorna was the location used for the shooting of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 thriller Straw Dogs. As was St.Buryan

Lamorna stone[edit]

Granite taken from Lamorna cove has been widely used in construction, most notably in the Thames Embankment. Stone from the cove was also used to construct the nearby church of St Buryan, whose 92 foot granite tower is an imposing local landmark often used as a line of sight by fishermen coming into port.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End. ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7.
  2. ^ "Charles William Skipwith NAPER". cornwell artists index. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Cornish Folk Songs
  4. ^ Tait, Derek (2012). Cornwall Through Time. Stroud: Amberley Publishing. 

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