Lanteglos by Fowey is a coastal parish in South East Cornwall. Situated on the east side of the River Fowey, it is bounded on the east by Lansallos parish, and to the north by Penpol Creek which forms the boundary with the parish of St Veep. The main settlement in this parish is the village of Polruan, which is linked to Fowey by passenger ferry. Up river is the smaller village of Bodinnick which is linked by car and passenger ferry to Fowey. The hamlet of Lanteglos Highway sits astride the main road that cuts through the parish. The parish church is situated inland in a valley which is the origin of the name. The parish is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the National Trust is a major landowner in the area, and contains stunning countryside with coastal and river views. Ancient settlements include Lombard, Mixtow, Pont, Trethake, Trevarder, Lanlawren and Carneggan. The countryside is rich and varied with small streams, valleys and fields. The beautiful and scenic Pont Pill is home to kingfishers. The coast encompasses two main bays, Lantic Bay and Lantivet Bay divided by Pencarrow Head.
According to Charles Henderson, a noted pre war Cornish historian, the east side of the River Fowey was the earliest settlement which makes Polruan older than Fowey. For centuries Polruan, with its sheltered mooring, has been home to mariners and shipbuilders. Polruan owned ships were at the siege of Calais in 1343. Bodinnick’s importance comes from its situation on the ancient southern route through Cornwall and the rights to the ferry. Mixtow Pill was possibly once the base for the notorious pirates Mark and Michael Mixtow in the 15th century. Polruan and Bodinnick were active sites for shipbuilding in the 19th century, launching many fine ships that traded in the Mediterranean and across the Atlantic.
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