Trethevy

St Piran's Well in Trethevy
St Piran's Well in Trethevy

Trethevy is at the top of the hill, about 10 mins walk along the main road towards Boscastle from Rocky Valley. The path signposted to the waterfall passes the mediaeval St Piran's Chapel and old well on its way to St Nectan's Glen.

Roman occupation of Trethevy is suggested by an inscribed granite pillar, now situated on the roadside by St. Piran's, a former monastery and now a private residence. The inscription on the stone reads C DOMI N GALLO ET VOLUS – ‘For the Emperor Caesars our lords Gallus and Volusian.’ (Trebonianus Gallus and Antoninianus Volusianus reigned from 251-253 AD). The pillar lends weight to the importance of the nearby trading post of Tintagel Island where merchants from as far away as the Mediterranean came to trade with the Cornish for their tin.

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