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  • Location: Camborne
  • Location: Camborne

Carn Brea was a Neolithic Fortified Complex of the Third Millennium BC. Quite a bit of evidence still remains. Apart from that there is a medieval castle that really survives as a Victorian folly. There is also on the highest point a 90 foot high (30m) celtic cross, erected by public subscription in 1836. It is dedicated to Francis Basset and inscribed 'The County of Cornwall to the memory of Francis Lord de Dunstanville and Basset A.D. 1836.

 

The Bassets were the main mineral lords of the area and accrued a fortune from mining. They had one of the finest houses in Cornwall just outside Camborne until the last Basset blew the lot gambling. The house became a TB sanitorium and my mother was patient there in the 50s.

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