St Ives Heritage

St Ives is rich in history and folklore. Known for being an area of myth and legend which form a major part of the unique experience that is St Ives today.

Ia of Cornwall

St Ives is named after the Patron Saint “Ia” who is believed to have been an Irish princess who is said to have sailed to Cornwall across the Irish sea on a leaf.

She became a Cornish evangelist and a Martyr of the 5th Century. However the local ruler King Tewdar did not like her outspoken ways and so he had La murdered.

Her holy well the Venton Eia still flows to this day and local people often lay flowers there in tribute to her and as a symbol of love.

Venton Eia

The Stone Age

People have been living in the area that is now St Ives since at least the Stone Age. There is also the highest concentration of Stone and Bronze Age sites in Western Europe there, with many fascinating discoveries happening over the years.

Zennor Quoit is one of the most famous of such sites and is a ruined megalithic burial chamber just a short drive out of the town.

Zennor Quoit

Port & Fishing Village

Before becoming a popular tourist town, St Ives was mainly known as a port and fishing village.

During the invasion of the Spanish Armada, two Spanish boats were swept into port during a storm, only to be captured by Sir Walter Raleigh himself and his warship, Warpsite, that was also seeking shelter in the bay.

Sir Walter Raleigh

Cheeld’s Fuggan

Many superstitions were trusted in by locals even as late as the 1930s. One of the longest lasting was to encourage luck upon a newly baptised baby.

Either Kimbly or Cheeld’s Fuggan (types of baked goods) were taken out by relatives and given to the first person of the opposite gender to the baby that they met on the way back from the church.

Cornish Saffron Cakes

The Giant Blunderbore

St Ives is home to many myths and legends too. Fishermen believed it was severe bad luck to whistle at night and would only count how many fish they had caught using an old chant in the Cornish language in case they encouraged mischievous spirits or bad luck.

There are also many stories of a giant called Blunderbore who wrought havoc on travellers to the town along with his brother Rebecks.

Blunderbore, Rebecks & Jack

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