|Mousehole is a village
and a half miles from Penzance. The manor estate called the
Manor Of Alverton used to control Mousehole years ago . In
times gone by the village was commercially sucessful and used
to hold fairs and markets years ago.
In 1595 the Spanish attacked Mousehole led by Carlos de
Amesquita but a pub called the "keigwin
Arms" survived. The history of small scale attacks by foreigners in the
sixteenth century are not very well known by English people and seem
to have been eclipsed in the history books by events such as the
Mousehole has a number of festivals and activities.
It is thought that Dolly Pentreath may
have come from the Parish of Paul and she is
recorded as having been a speaker of Cornish and died in the late
eighteenth century. In 1777 a fisherman from
Mousehole wrote a letter in which he said he knew of five people in
Mousehole who could speak Cornish. It is not surprising that Cornish
should have survived for so long in this part of Cornwall.
thye Cornish language has been referred to here it is worth
mentioning that the Cornish name for Mousehole is Porthynys.
speakers of Cornish have had to guess in many cases
words were pronounced because there were no natural speaking Cornish
speakers to refer to .