Cornwall Life hears what the locals say about Lostwithiel
PUBLISHED: 12:09 25 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:48 20 February 2013
Lostwithiel, the former stannary town and ancient capital of Cornwall is as historic as it is picturesque, with a great sense of community and openness,<br/><br/>writes Ian Wilkinson
Lostwithiel, the former stannary town and ancient capital of Cornwall is as historic as it is picturesque, with a great sense of community and openness, writes Ian Wilkinson
Liz has lived in the tiny hamlet of St Winnow, just outside Lostwithiel, for the past 11 years. She works as an administrator for the Duchy of Cornwall Nurseries, a reputable nursery and garden centre.
Has Lostwithiel changed much in the last ten years?
It has and it hasnt. The town is much busier now than it was. Partly because of the number of visitors to the town itself and partly because of the Eden Project that attracts thousand of visitors to the area. Of course more people have come to live in Lostwithiel and the number of small businesses has grown. And, at long last, weve got a cash machine!
Where would you recommend for Sunday lunch?
Undoubtedly, the Globe Inn. Its right in the middle of the town and the food has always been good ever since we moved here. Its very friendly, very atmospheric and for a traditional roast on a Sunday its hard to beat.
What are your four favourite shops in the town?
Firstly, Paraphernalia. Its a wonderful shop for that special or unusual gift. Secondly, it has to be the Co-op. It keeps people in the town, just about everyone uses it and its great for a chat! I love Anns Gallery in Fore Street for its wonderful cards. Theres also a new deli opened on Fore Street its called Bellamama and its great.
Revd Phillip Conway
Phillip Conway is an Anglican priest who lives in the rectory in Lostwithiel with his wife Marianne and two young children. Originally from Yorkshire, he married a Cornish girl, which brought him to this part of the world first as Vicar of Menheniot and Quethiock, and since 2008 hes been vicar of Lostwithiel and five surrounding parishes.
As a relative outsider, how hard was it for you to fit in to what seems to be a very close-knit community?
Lostwithiel is a town thats very proud of its history and there is a very strong link between the community and the church. Yes, it was daunting as a new boy but people made us feel very welcome right from the outset. Ive gradually got to know more and more people and it really is a wonderful place to live and to work.
Everyone tells me about the fine community spirit in the town. Is it really that good?
Oh yes! Its what I would call a helping town. People talk to one another and look out for one another. It has a proud history rooted in tradition, but new traditions are being formed all the time and you can see by the number of cultural and entertainment activities that there is a vibrancy and life that fosters a strong sense of belonging.
What are the local schools like?
Im a school governor so I need to be a little careful of what I say! Seriously though, the education standards here are very high. My daughter attends St Winnow Primary School and shes very happy there.
What is your favourite walk?
There are two brilliant local walks. One is up through the woods to Restormel Castle, the other is to St Winnow along a route that is marked impracticable for cars! Take your camera because the view of St Winnow church has to be on the short list of the ten most picturesque churches in Britain!
Adrian is the owner of Dj-Vu, an antiques shop specialising in country rustic and painted furniture, antiques, paintings and old books. Adrian moved to Lostwithiel in 2000 and Dj-Vu opened the following year.
Where would you meet friends for a drink?
Lostwithiel isnt short of pubs! The Globe is excellent and has been for many years. They have a lot of live music in the evenings, and so does the Kings Arms at the top of Fore Street. They have a folk jam on Saturday nights where people just turn up with their instruments and its a really great atmosphere.
Why is Lostwithiel known as the antiques capital of Cornwall?
Its supposedly been so for the past 40 years and some say its because of Jefferys auction rooms in the town auctioneers always attract antiques shops. But the auction rooms havent been there quite that long and I think it just grew from the couple of original shops that specialised mainly in clocks to the present day. We now have around eight shops selling all sorts of different antiques.
What is a must see for visitors?
Just to stand on the medieval bridge and watch the water flowing by theres always birdlife to see, the odd boat or canoes and just below the bridge theres a lovely picnic area. A must do is the Lostfest a wonderful street festival of arts, antiques, food and street entertainment. Its on the 16 May and not to be missed!
Pat moved to Lostwithiel from St Austell in 1958. She is Head Steward of the Community Centre.
What events are going on in Lostwithiel?
In the Community Centre theres a farmers market selling local produce on alternate Fridays, and every other Friday theres an antiques market. On Sundays theres always something going on either a car boot sale, a flea market or a collectables sale. In May is the towns festival the Lostfest.
What are the towns best points?
All of Lostwithiel is lovely particularly the people! But I really like the walk beside the river to Coulson Park. Its very beautiful.
Where can families go for a great day out?
In Lostwithiel itself theres Restormel Castle, which is great for families. Theres the Golf and Country Club, which has tennis courts, a gym and a pool, as well as the golf course. And for children theres a really wonderful wildlife park Porwell Farm, on the road to Looe.
Sue, who has been living in Lostwithiel since 2001, is the owner of the Bellamama delicatessen on Fore Street, which she opened in 2009, and which specialises in local produce, charcuterie, olives and cheese.
Who are your favourite local food and drink producers?
Cornish Orchards for their wonderful cider, Roskillys for their ice cream and chutneys, and 13-year-old Grace Howe, our doctors daughter, who makes the finest carrot cake in the county even before she goes to school in the morning!
Where would you recommend for a really nice evening meal?
Without a doubt, Trewithen restaurant on Fore Street. It serves consistently delicious food and is fine dining at an affordable price.
What makes the town special for you?
Theres such a diverse range of people, from retired folk to young families to single people, and it all blends so well. Its a real working town. People go to work and come home; they earn a living, they get on with life and make Lostwithiel a lovely place to live.