Cornwall

  • cornwall
    kernow  (cornish)
    ceremonial county
    st petroc's flag of devon
    flag
    motto:
    onen hag oll  (cornish)
    one and all
    cornwall within england
    coordinates: 50°24′n 4°54′w / 50°24′n 4°54′w / 50.400; -4.900england
    regionsouth west england
    establishedancient
    ceremonial county
    lord lieutenantcolonel edward bolitho obe
    high sheriffjohn willis (2019–2020) [1]
    area3,562 km2 (1,375 sq mi)
     • ranked12th of 48
    population (mid-2018 est.)568,210
     • ranked40th of 48
    density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
    ethnicity95.7% white british, 4.3% other[2]
    unitary authority
    councilcornwall council
    executiveliberal democrat / independent
    admin hqnew county hall, truro
    area3,546 km2 (1,369 sq mi)
     • ranked2nd of 326
    population565,968
     • ranked4th of 326
    density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
    iso 3166-2gb-con
    ons code00he
    gss codee06000052
    www.cornwall.gov.uk edit this at wikidata
    districts
    1. cornwall (unitary)
    2. isles of scilly (sui generis unitary)
    members of parliament
    policedevon and cornwall police
    time zonegreenwich mean time (utc)
     • summer (dst)british summer time (utc+1)

    cornwall (əl/;[3] cornish: kernow [ˈkɛrnɔʊ]) is a ceremonial county in south west england, bordered to the north and west by the celtic sea,[4] to the south by the english channel, and to the east by devon, the river tamar forming the border between them. cornwall is the westernmost part of the south west peninsula of the island of great britain. the southwesternmost point is land's end and the southernmost lizard point. cornwall has a population of 568,210 and an area of 3,563 km2 (1,376 sq mi).[5][6][7][8] the county has been administered since 2009 by the unitary authority, cornwall council. the ceremonial county of cornwall also includes the isles of scilly, which are administered separately. the administrative centre of cornwall is truro, its only city.

    cornwall is the homeland of the cornish people and the cultural and ethnic origin of the cornish diaspora. it retains a distinct cultural identity that reflects its history, and is recognised as one of the celtic nations. it was formerly a brythonic kingdom and subsequently a royal duchy. the cornish nationalist movement contests the present constitutional status of cornwall and seeks greater autonomy within the united kingdom in the form of a devolved legislative cornish assembly with powers similar to those in wales and scotland.[9][10] in 2014, cornish people were granted minority status under the european framework convention for the protection of national minorities,[11] giving them recognition as a distinct ethnic group.[12][13]

    few roman remains have been found in cornwall, and there is little evidence that the romans settled or had much military presence there.[14] after the collapse of the roman empire, cornwall (along with devon, parts of dorset and somerset, and the scilly isles) was a part of the brittonic kingdom of dumnonia, ruled by chieftains of the cornovii who may have included figures regarded as semi-historical or legendary, such as king mark of cornwall and king arthur, evidenced by folklore traditions derived from the historia regum britanniae. the cornovii division of the dumnonii tribe were separated from their fellow brythons of wales after the battle of deorham in 577 ad, and often came into conflict with the expanding english kingdom of wessex. the regions of dumnonia outside of cornwall (and dartmoor) had been annexed by the english by 838 ad.[15] king athelstan in 936 ad set the boundary between the english and cornish at the high water mark of the eastern bank of the river tamar.[16] from the early middle ages, language and culture were shared by brythons trading across both sides of the channel, resulting in the corresponding high medieval breton kingdoms of domnonée and cornouaille and the celtic christianity common to both areas.

    tin mining was important in the cornish economy from the high middle ages, and expanded greatly in the 19th century when rich copper mines were also in production. in the mid-19th century, tin and copper mines entered a period of decline and china clay extraction became more important. mining had virtually ended by the 1990s. fishing and agriculture were the other important sectors of the economy, but railways led to a growth of tourism in the 20th century after the decline of the mining and fishing industries.[17]

    cornwall is noted for its geology and coastal scenery. a large part of the cornubian batholith is within cornwall. the north coast has many cliffs where exposed geological formations are studied. the area is noted for its wild moorland landscapes, its long and varied coastline, its attractive villages, its many place-names derived from the cornish language, and its very mild climate. extensive stretches of cornwall's coastline, and bodmin moor, are protected as an area of outstanding natural beauty.[18]

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Cornwall
Kernow  (Cornish)
Ceremonial County
St Petroc's flag of Devon
Flag
Motto:
Onen hag oll  (Cornish)
One and all
Cornwall within England
Coordinates: 50°24′N 4°54′W / 50°24′N 4°54′W / 50.400; -4.900England
RegionSouth West England
EstablishedAncient
Ceremonial county
Lord LieutenantColonel Edward Bolitho OBE
High SheriffJohn Willis (2019–2020) [1]
Area3,562 km2 (1,375 sq mi)
 • Ranked12th of 48
Population (mid-2018 est.)568,210
 • Ranked40th of 48
Density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Ethnicity95.7% White British, 4.3% Other[2]
Unitary authority
CouncilCornwall Council
ExecutiveLiberal Democrat / Independent
Admin HQNew County Hall, Truro
Area3,546 km2 (1,369 sq mi)
 • Ranked2nd of 326
Population565,968
 • Ranked4th of 326
Density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2GB-CON
ONS code00HE
GSS codeE06000052
www.cornwall.gov.uk Edit this at Wikidata
Districts
  1. Cornwall (unitary)
  2. Isles of Scilly (sui generis unitary)
Members of Parliament
PoliceDevon and Cornwall Police
Time zoneGreenwich Mean Time (UTC)
 • Summer (DST)British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Cornwall (əl/;[3] Cornish: Kernow [ˈkɛrnɔʊ]) is a ceremonial county in South West England, bordered to the north and west by the Celtic Sea,[4] to the south by the English Channel, and to the east by Devon, the River Tamar forming the border between them. Cornwall is the westernmost part of the South West Peninsula of the island of Great Britain. The southwesternmost point is Land's End and the southernmost Lizard Point. Cornwall has a population of 568,210 and an area of 3,563 km2 (1,376 sq mi).[5][6][7][8] The county has been administered since 2009 by the unitary authority, Cornwall Council. The ceremonial county of Cornwall also includes the Isles of Scilly, which are administered separately. The administrative centre of Cornwall is Truro, its only city.

Cornwall is the homeland of the Cornish people and the cultural and ethnic origin of the Cornish diaspora. It retains a distinct cultural identity that reflects its history, and is recognised as one of the Celtic nations. It was formerly a Brythonic kingdom and subsequently a royal duchy. The Cornish nationalist movement contests the present constitutional status of Cornwall and seeks greater autonomy within the United Kingdom in the form of a devolved legislative Cornish Assembly with powers similar to those in Wales and Scotland.[9][10] In 2014, Cornish people were granted minority status under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities,[11] giving them recognition as a distinct ethnic group.[12][13]

Few Roman remains have been found in Cornwall, and there is little evidence that the Romans settled or had much military presence there.[14] After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Cornwall (along with Devon, parts of Dorset and Somerset, and the Scilly Isles) was a part of the Brittonic kingdom of Dumnonia, ruled by chieftains of the Cornovii who may have included figures regarded as semi-historical or legendary, such as King Mark of Cornwall and King Arthur, evidenced by folklore traditions derived from the Historia Regum Britanniae. The Cornovii division of the Dumnonii tribe were separated from their fellow Brythons of Wales after the Battle of Deorham in 577 AD, and often came into conflict with the expanding English kingdom of Wessex. The regions of Dumnonia outside of Cornwall (and Dartmoor) had been annexed by the English by 838 AD.[15] King Athelstan in 936 AD set the boundary between the English and Cornish at the high water mark of the eastern bank of the River Tamar.[16] From the Early Middle Ages, language and culture were shared by Brythons trading across both sides of the Channel, resulting in the corresponding high medieval Breton kingdoms of Domnonée and Cornouaille and the Celtic Christianity common to both areas.

Tin mining was important in the Cornish economy from the High Middle Ages, and expanded greatly in the 19th century when rich copper mines were also in production. In the mid-19th century, tin and copper mines entered a period of decline and china clay extraction became more important. Mining had virtually ended by the 1990s. Fishing and agriculture were the other important sectors of the economy, but railways led to a growth of tourism in the 20th century after the decline of the mining and fishing industries.[17]

Cornwall is noted for its geology and coastal scenery. A large part of the Cornubian batholith is within Cornwall. The north coast has many cliffs where exposed geological formations are studied. The area is noted for its wild moorland landscapes, its long and varied coastline, its attractive villages, its many place-names derived from the Cornish language, and its very mild climate. Extensive stretches of Cornwall's coastline, and Bodmin Moor, are protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[18]