Cornwall sans sun

Polzeath, Cornwall It had to happen. The glorious weather that we reveled in yesterday has disappeared and some characteristic Cornwall rain and chill greeted us today.

We are enjoying time with our friends and only undertook one expedition – a very short one – before having a lazy time indoors.

We went to to visit St. Enodoc’s church nearby, made famous by the poet laureate John Betjeman, who is buried in the church yard. St. Enodoc is quite some way from the road and to get to it you have to cross the fairways of the St. Enodoc Golf Club and through some wooded lanes which were quite muddy today. Evidently the rainy day of John Betjeman’s funeral created quite a struggle for those coming to pay their respects.

In the 19th century it is reported that the church was almost completely swallowed by the sands of the nearby bay. Apparently the only way into the church then was through the roof.

The oldest parts of the church date from around the 12th century, but the bulk of the church was built in 1430. The round-topped tower arch and the tower’s deeply-splayed window are Norman, as is the font.

It was quite a charming surprise to find in the middle of a golf course.

Tomorrow we return to London, going directly to Heathrow, where we will spend the night. First thing Wednesday morning we are off to Poland, where more adventures will surely await.

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