Ancient and modern memorials along a Cornish coast path


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Just to the west of Plymouth in the far east of the county of Cornwall lies the coastal footpath linking Penlee Point and Rame Head. This is an almost timeless ancient spot with many reminders of times past and some more modern memorials to those who have passed this way.
One famous ship to have passed this coast on leaving Plymouth would have been the Mayflower and her two companions, the chapel on Rame Head would have been old even then as would Rame Church. Were the monks manning their fire beacon on that day as the Pilgrim Fathers had one of their last views of England.


view from Penlee Point looking back to Plymouth, the white building is the abandoned signal station


Queen Adelaide's Grotto built above Penlee Point in 1827


the view west towards Rame Head from Queen Adelaide's Grotto


a poignant modern memory plaque on a bench above Penlee Point to an all too short life


Rame church, first consecrated in 1259, a very remote location with no electricity supply such that winter services are candle lit and the organ is still hand pumped


the lych gate to Rame church


one of many memorials in the church yard to loss of life at sea, all bearing the anchor and rope


A view from mid way along the path between Penlee Point and Rame Head


the ancient chapel where monks used to light a fire beacon to guide ships into Plymouth

all shots except the plague on Panasonic GF1 with Voigtlander 15mm, f/4.5 lens

ps There are some obvious artifacts in several of these shots, a pattern in the top right hand corner which varies from shot to shot. These are not evident in the raw file or in other jpegs or tiffs derived from the original raw, they have only appeared in the downsized pictures posted on this site, so they are either due to the downsizing or the sharpening that was applied. To anyone judging the voigtlander 15mm lens I can only say that I have not seen this effect before nor do I believe it is due to the lens.