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Porthallow

TR12 6PL.



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Porthallow

From the Cornish meaning 'port at the end of the moor', Porthallow's history has always been inextricably linked with the sea. A former thriving Pilchard port, small fishing boats are still hauled onto the beach to this day. A number of buildings in the village also exhibit tell tale signs of the industry, if a little less obvious to the casual observer - The Association's Institute building is sighted over a former pilchard cellar!

Another aspect of the village's history is its link with a local country estate. Many of the houses and indeed the beach itself were once owned by the Trelowarren Estate. In fact the beach was purchased by the village in the 1970's.

Within living memory, much of village life was much more self-contained than it is now. Shops, religion and education were all available within the village. School swimming classes were conducted in the sea!
The former chapel and school are both now private residences, but are still unmistakeable to spot as you walk around the village.

PORTHALLOW TODAY

Whilst many of Porthallow's fishing fleet may have now been replaced by leisure craft, a number of registered boats still operate from the beach on a part-time basis. As with much of Cornwall, the tourism industry has grown in importance with the decline in traditional employment. However, Porthallow seems to strike a happy balance between the demands of the visitor and a thriving local community. If a quiet, relaxing time is what you are looking for, then Porthallow may be the place for you.

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