The South-West of England: ‘Ships, Celts and the Wednesday Walk-in

  • Alastair Hetherington


England’s south-westerly peninsula stretches some 150 miles into the Atlantic. In the far west, Cornwall has a Celtic tradition and remnants of the Celtic language, with some of the oldest Christian settlements in the British Isles. Devon is bigger, more wealthy, based largely on farming and with the cathedral city of Exeter as its capital. But by far the biggest city of the region is Plymouth, with Europe’s largest naval dockyard and a nautical history that does back many hundreds of years. Edward I once gathered 325 seagoing ships there, and it was from Plymouth in 1588 that Drake set out to defeat the Spanish Armada. Much of the city centre was destroyed by bombing in 1941, but some of the old buildings and the splendour of the seaward view from Plymouth Hoe remain.


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