St Piran's Day has come and gone... Here are some facts about Cornwall you may not know

St Piran's Day has come and gone... Here are some facts about Cornwall you may not know

St Piran's Day has come and gone... Here are some facts about Cornwall you may not know

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To celebrate the passing of another St Piran's Day here is some history you were probably not taught in school. Can you add any, let us know via Twitter @thepacket or add a comment at the bottom of the article.

  • Tin was once more valuable than gold and Cornwall was one of the richest kingdoms in the world.
  • Cornwall was once an independent nation. No record exists of any formal annexation of Cornwall to England.
  • The population of Cornwall is now over 550,000
  • Cornwall is visited by an average of 5 million tourists a year
  • The residents of Cornwall pay the highest water rates in Britain (but have the best beaches)
  • The first powered flight was made by a Cornishman, Dick Pearce
  • The first powered road trip was made by a Cornishman, Richard Trevithnick
  • Cornwall has the highest density of second homes in the UK
  • The average house price in Cornwall is £219k
  • Average income in Cornwall is around £20k pa, 25% below the national average
  • During the 1800s 500,000 gallons of brandy were smuggled out of Cornwall every year. That’s 1.370 gallons every day.
  • Cornwall pays £300million more tax into the national coffers than it receives back in services
  • Tourism is worth £1.6billion a year to the Cornish economy
  • The value of the entire fish catching and processing sector in Cornwall is £99,000,000 and provides employment for over 5,000 people
  • Under the Common Fisheries Policy, French fisherman can take nine times more cod from the North Cornwall coast than the Cornish fleet
  • There are Cornish hedges that are estimated to date back to 5,000 BC, 1,500 years before the invention of the wheel
  • In Portscatho 85% of properties are unoccupied most of the year
  • Daphne de Maurier was a member of Mebyon Kernow, the Cornish Political Party
  • The British Postal Service, the first of its kind in the world, was conceived by a man from St Blazey
  • The first transatlantic radio message was sent from Poldhu Cove in Cornwall by Marconi.
  • In 1798 Richard Murdoch of Redruth invented the use of gas for domestic purposes – his house was the first to be lit by gaslight.

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