St Piran's Day Cornish Facts

St Piran's Day Cornish Facts

Cornwall has an illustrious and fascinating history that you probably weren't taught at school! Read on to find out the facts...

The Facts

Tin was once more valuable than gold and Cornwall was one of the richest kingdoms in the world.

Cornwall was once an independent nation. No record exists of any formal annexation of Cornwall to England.

The population of Cornwall is now 532,300

Cornwall is visited by an average of 5 million tourists a year

The residents of Cornwall pay the highest water rates in Britain

The first powered flight was made by a Cornishman, Dick Pearce

The first powered road trip was made by a Cornishman, Richard Trevithnick

Cornwall has the highest density of second homes in the UK

The average house price in Cornwall is £219k

Average income in Cornwall is around £20k pa, 25% below the national average

During the 1800s 500,000 gallons of brandy were smuggled out of Cornwall every year. That’s 1.370 gallons every day.

Cornwall pays £300million more tax into the national coffers than it receives back in services

Tourism is worth £1.6billion a year to the Cornish economy

The value of the entire fish catching and processing sector in Cornwall is £99,000,000 and provides employment for over 5,000 people

Under the Common Fisheries Policy, French fisherman can take nine times more cod from the North Cornwall coast than the Cornish fleet

There are Cornish hedges that are estimated to date back to 5,000 BC, 1,500 years before the invention of the wheel

In Portscatho 85% of properties are unoccupied most of the year

Daphne de Maurier was a member of Mebyon Kernow,  the Cornish Political Party

The British Postal Service, the first of its kind in the world, was conceived by a man from St Blazey

The first transatlantic radio message was sent from Poldhu Cove in Cornwall by Marconi.

In 1798 Richard Murdoch of Redruth invented the use of gas for domestic purposes – his house was the first to be lit by gaslight.


From Blast! (2010)