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“Saltash Celtic cross marks Cornwall boundary

A 20m-high Celtic cross has been erected as a landmark on the Cornwall's boundary with England.

One of the world's oldest boundaries, it was set in 936 AD when Athelstan's settlement fixes the east bank of the Tamar as the boundary between Anglo-Saxon Wessex and Celtic Cornwall.”

By AnBalores Posted: February 22, 2014


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  • IainS  |  February 22 2014, 5:27PM

    Have been to visit it. A grand mark of our boundary with England.

  • IainS  |  February 22 2014, 5:32PM

    Have been to visit it. A grand mark of our boundary with England.

  • rickoon  |  February 22 2014, 6:16PM

    It is a wonder there has not been a yearly pilgrimage organised by now to such a place.

  • IainS  |  February 22 2014, 6:31PM

    A ceremony is set to be held there to mark Cornwall National Celtic Saint Piran.

  • Big_Ger  |  February 22 2014, 8:28PM

    Liam Bradley, chairman of the Saltash Waterfront Residents Association, called the cross, near the famous Brunel railway bridge, a "modern feat of engineering to be proud of". He said: "The cross was an afterthought, the original plan was to develop the Elwell woods which have been unused since 1961 and had become a wilderness. "We hope it will become an iconic landmark, our version of the Angel of the North, so people don't just pass by Saltash, but go in. "We are expecting another 50,000 people in the town every year. Keeping shops open is worth its weight in gold." I agree, a great tourist draw for the town.

  • Slimslad  |  February 22 2014, 8:47PM

    One of the world's oldest boundaries, http://tinyurl.com/ylk7c28 Really?

  • hereandthere  |  February 22 2014, 10:45PM

    AnBalores and IainS both continue to make themselves look foolish and deluded.

  • AnBalores  |  February 23 2014, 1:54PM

    hereandthere continues to make himself appear a foolish racist and bigot.

  • break  |  February 23 2014, 4:44PM

    How about a figure of St.Piran on the cross,being crucified? That'd be a good image of just what Cornwall has had to put up with from Westminister,with the way they treat us Cornish. Let the rest of Britain know how they treat us.

  • rickoon  |  February 23 2014, 6:30PM

    "How about a figure of St.Piran on the cross,being crucified?" Now who is going to do it? Anyone but me he says, skulking away out of sight LOL

  • IainS  |  February 23 2014, 7:14PM

    Well said break and I speak as an English incomer who has seen the truth about the way Cornwall and the Cornish have been treated by Westminster.

  • hereandthere  |  February 23 2014, 8:57PM

    Racist and a bigot.....how ironic.

  • Anyone  |  February 24 2014, 8:13PM

    hereanthere has no qualifications AnBalores he is a troll, the more you pander to him the more he will continue with his trollish meanderings. Just ignore him.

  • Taxman100  |  February 25 2014, 10:03AM

    IainS. As a Cornishman I can't say I have noticed that 'we the Cornish', have been badly treated by Westminster. rickoon. How can you be found guilty of crucifying someone who has never existed? On second thoughts it may be possible with our current brand of policing!

  • hereandthere  |  February 25 2014, 11:09PM

    From 'The Celts. Origins, myths & inventions' by Professor John Collis. 'With Sidonius Appollinaris in the fifth century AD the Celts, at least as a contemporary group, disappear from the literature; Isidore of Seville (AD 560-636) already seems to be talking of the Celtiberians in the past tense, and other authors such as Steph**** of Byzantium (c.AD 480-500) in his compendium of peoples even more obviously so. But where the inhabitants of Gaul are discussed the term Galli is the favoured expression to refer initially to the indigenous subjects of the newly established Germanic kingdoms, and later as the expression for the French in general used by authors writing in Latin. Sometimes hybrid names such as Celtigalli appear, but where authors wish to be more explicit they refer to the individual tribes named by Caesar (Latham 1965, 1981). Thus Bede refers to the Gauls, or to the Belgic Gauls, but also to the Morini or the towns where individuals come from (e.g. Germ**** of Auxerre); much later we find Geoffrey of Monmouth mentioning the Allobroges. As previously mentioned, no extant authors speak of Celts in Britain. The closest we have is Hipparchus, quoted in Strabo: 'But this phenomenon (the height of the sun at the winter solstice) is more marked among the people who are six thousand three hundred stadia distant from Massalia (People who live two thousand five hundred stadia north of Keltike whom Hipparchus assumes are still Celts, but I think they are Britons). Strabo 2. 1. 18. Strabo himself certainly distinguished Britons from Celts. For the origin of the inhabitants of Britain, Caesar states: The inland part of Britain is occupied by people who claim that, according to their own tradition, they are indigenous to the island, but the coastal part by peoples who had crossed from Belgium with the aim of capturing booty and waging war. Almost all of them bear the name of the states from which they originated. At the conclusion of the war they remained there and began to cultivate the fields. De bello gallico 5.12.' See, just a little bit of looking beyond nationalist sources and you can find something new to learn.

  • IainS  |  February 25 2014, 11:35PM

    More outdated nonsense hereand nowhere. St Piran existed Taximan. Your Georgie saint did not, thankfully. Go and learn a bit of real history and take your blinkers off. The St Piran Trust has undertaken research which has led them to the conclusion that Saint Piran was indeed Saint Ciarán of Saighir or perhaps a disciple, as indicated by Dr James Brennan of Kilkenny and Dr T. F. G. Dexter, whose thesis is held in the Royal Cornwall Museum. You are getting as bad as the failed Labour boy and even Big ger. Climbed Everest recently? Maybe descended into the Marianas Trench? Flown to the moon? Taiman, you are fast becoming a another clown in the Big ger circus.

  • Taxman100  |  February 26 2014, 9:09AM

    IainS. You talk of real history, then face up to some unpalatable facts. You confuse Thesis and Theory with fact when they are quite different. Theory and Thesis result in personal conclusions, with which others of equal standing may strongly disagree. St. Piran, like St. George, may or may not have existed. We may claim St. Piran existed and claim it may have been him, or it may have been him, but the fact remains we do not know, and probably never will know. At the end of the day it is what one comes to believe, and that does not make it fact!

  • AnBalores  |  February 26 2014, 10:38AM

    Piran existed Taxman. Get over it. Now, your English St George. Produce evidence that he slayed a dragon. Grow up.

  • Taxman100  |  February 26 2014, 11:54AM

    There is no evidence St. Piran existed. Although some claim he may possibly, remotely, have been one of about seven Irish Saints. It is a bit like the Scarlet Pimpernel. They seek him here, they seek him there, but they can't find him anywhere! The problem with the St. Piran myth is they allocated him a name, and then searched for a body to fit the requirement- without success! Of course St. George did not slay the Dragon. Like St. Piran the tale is a myth, and any sensible individual would agree. I like reading about myths and legends - King Arthur & the round table, Merlin, Robin Hood (claimed by at least two County's), the Hobbit, Witches, Elves, Goblins, Cornish Piskies and one must not forget the newly developed ones relating to the European Union. Lighten up a little. Life is so much more enjoyable that way!

  • Taxman100  |  February 26 2014, 12:14PM

    From Cornish folklore and myth: Jack o' the lantern! Joan the wad, Who tickled the maid and made her mad Light me home, the weather's bad.

  • westwelsh  |  February 26 2014, 8:43PM

    Piran was real and a proud Cornishman.

  • hereandthere  |  February 27 2014, 10:09AM

    IainS, what a childish response he gives. I hope he keeps posting, just to show neutrals what him and his ilk are about. Now watch him come back with yet another childish response.

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