historic county of England; Celtic nation
Cornwall is a county in south west England. It is the westernmost part of the South West Peninsula and has a population of just over 550,000.
- Cornwall is one of the most beautiful places, with great people - there's not a great downside to it.
- Tori Amos, Cited by
- Cornwall, peopled mainly by Celts, but with an infusion of English blood, stands and always has stood apart from the rest of England, much, but in a less degree, as has Wales.
- Sabine Baring-Gould, Preface, Cornish Characters and Strange Events
- An awful lot of people have childhood memories of holidays in Cornwall, and the holidays are old-fashioned and hugely successful. You stick a child and a dog on one of the beaches, and they just light up; they just love it.
- Martin Clunes, Cited by 5 Minute History
- And have they fixed the where and when?
And shall Trelawney die?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish men
Shall know the reason why!
- I have gained very great inspiration from the Cornish land- and seascape, the horizontal line of the sea and the quality of light and colour which reminds me of the Mediterranean light and colour which so excites one’s sense of form; and first and last there is the human figure which in the country becomes a free and moving part of a greater whole. This relationship between figure and landscape is vitally important to me. I cannot feel it in a city.
- Barbara Hepworth from: 'The Studio 132:643', 1946; as cited in Voicing our visions, - Writings by women artists, ed. by Mara R. Witzling, Universe New York 1991, p. 280
- England is ...divided into 3 great Provinces, or Countries ...every of them speaking a several and different language, as English, Welsh and Cornish.
- Arthur Hopton, 1616, quoted in The Cornish: A Neglected Nation?
- Historically, there was no road heading east out of Cornwall, but they had all these sea routes to the rest of the world, trading, alliances. I see Cornwall as an outward-looking place.
- Mark Jenkin, 2019, quoted in Rocking the boat: how Cornish class war inspired a masterpiece, Laura Snapes, The Guardian (23 August 2019)
- Why should Cornishmen learn Cornish? There is no money in it, it serves no practical purpose, and the literature is scanty and of no great originality or value. The question is a fair one, the answer is simple. Because they are Cornish.
- There has never been a time when there has been no person in Cornwall without a knowledge of the Cornish language.
- Henry Jenner, A Handbook of the Cornish Language.
- As political diseases are naturally contagious, let it be supposed, for a moment, that Cornwall, seized with the Philadelphian phrensy, may resolve to separate itself from the general system of the English constitution, and judge of its own rights in its own parliament. A congress might then meet at Truro, and address the other counties in a style not unlike the language of the American patriots. ... We are the acknowledged descendants of the earliest inhabitants of Britain, of men, who, before the time of history, took possession of the island desolate and waste, and, therefore, open to the first occupants. Of this descent, our language is a sufficient proof, which, not quite a century ago, was different from yours.
- There is no reason why there should not be an Assembly, serving the historic nation/region of Cornwall.
- Mebyon Kernow in their memorandum on the Draft Regional Assemblies Bill, p111 of the Draft Bill's written evidence.
- One generation has set Cornish on its feet. It is now for another to make it walk.
- Robert Morton Nance, Quoted in AN INDEPENDENT ACADEMIC STUDY ON CORNISH by EKOS Limited (April 2000) p.9.
- Cornwall has the strongest regional identity in the UK.
- John Prescott while on a visit to Cornwall, quoted in Mebyon Kernow's memorandum on the Draft Regional Assemblies Bill, p110 of the Draft Bill's written evidence.
- We have Celtic cousins in Brittany, Galicia and Cornwall. Our is a heritage shared in a love of music and song, of poetry - and a special affinity with the sea and with nature.
- Alex Salmond, Playfair Lecture on 40th Anniversary of Europa Institute, Playfair Library, Edinburgh University (transcript)
- the whole Countrie of Britain ...is divided into iiii partes; whereof the one is inhabited of Englishmen, the other of Scottes, the third of Wallshemen, [and] the fowerthe of Cornishe people, which all differ emonge them selves, either in tongue, ...in manners, or ells in lawes and ordinaunces.
- Polydore Vergil, Angelica Historia (1535), quoted in The Cornish: A Neglected Nation?