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MOUSEHOLE

Mousehole   is a village approximately  two 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 Spanish Amada.
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.
As  thye Cornish language has been referred to here it is worth mentioning that the Cornish name for Mousehole is Porthynys.
Modern speakers of Cornish have had to guess in many cases  how  words were pronounced because there were no natural speaking Cornish speakers to refer to .



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