Minions, Cornwall

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Cornish: Menyon
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Minions is located in Cornwall
 Minions shown within Cornwall
OS grid reference SX2671
Civil parish Linkinhorne
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LISKEARD
Postcode district PL14
Dialling code 01579
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South East Cornwall
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Coordinates: 50°30′50″N 4°27′14″W / 50.514°N 4.454°W / 50.514; -4.454

Minions (Cornish: Menyon) is a village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated on the eastern flank of Bodmin Moor northwest of Caradon Hill approximately four miles (6 km) north of Liskeard.[1] Minions is first recorded in 1613 and its meaning is unknown.[2]

A stone circle known as the Hurlers is located on the west side of the village. Several other tumuli are also in the area, including Rillaton round barrow, where a Bronze Age gold beaker was discovered. The Cheesewring, a distinctive rock formation, is a mile northwest.


Minions is in the former Caradon administrative district and in the parish of Linkinhorne. At 300 metres (980 ft) it is said to be the highest village in Cornwall.[citation needed]

The village is dominated by Caradon Hill, standing at 371 metres (1,217 ft) high, on which there is a TV transmission mast on the summit. As a result, there is a road leading up to the summit from Minions.[1] On the western flank of the hill, a quarry recently started up again, cutting granite boulders.[citation needed]

As well as this working quarry, there is many other disused quarries and mine buildings in the area due to the village's mining heritage.[3] Unlike in the west of Cornwall, there is no plans to reopen the tin and copper mines in the area.


The climate of Minions is Oceanic but, like the rest of Bodmin Moor, due to its higher altitude, it is often cooler, windier and wetter. However, there is a good balance of fair days too, which can get warm in the summer. In winter frosts are common and even though it snows most years, it is never prolonged or severe.





Rainy days:173

Snowfalls:2-4 [4]

Community facilities[edit]

The village has two main car parks, located on the western and eastern edges on the village.[1] There are two tearooms, a pub with B&B, and a general store which also holds a post office, one of the tearooms and a B&B. A museum dedicated to the mining history of the local area is located to the north of the village in a disused engine house.



  1. ^ a b c Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
  2. ^ Weatherhill, Craig (2009) A Concise Dictionary of Cornish Place-names. Westport, Mayo: Evertype; p. 49
  3. ^ "Crow’s Nest" (PDF). Natural England. 1999. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Annual average temperature for the United Kingdom". Met Office. 2000. Retrieved 9 January 2012.