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Cornwall, England
Creative Commons AttributionCornwall - Credit: Robert Moore


Cornwall is the southernmost county in England, covering a geographical area of approximately 1,370 square miles. It is bordered to the north and west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the English Channel, and to the east by the county of Devon.




The Lizard Peninsula
Creative Commons AttributionThe Lizard Peninsula - Credit: Jason Rogers

An important landmark in southern Cornwall is the Lizard Peninsula, which measures approximately 14 square miles. This rocky coastline is particularly hazardous, and is known as the 'Graveyard of Ships'. The Lizard has a long association with smuggling and piracy, a history that lives on in the names of its caves and coves, such as 'Dollar Cove'. Legend and folklore abound, with many stories of buried treasure still told. Such legends inspired Daphne du Maurier's 'Jamaica Inn'



Porthcurno, Cornwall
Creative Commons AttributionPorthcurno, Cornwall - Credit: Alex Gooi


Part of the novel is set in Devon, the neighbouring county to Cornwall. Both counties are popular holiday destinations for English tourists due to their idyllic countryside and mild climate. In Victorian times, with the coming of the railway, seaside holidays became fashionable for families who yearned to escape the cities. Cornwall and Devon, with their beaches, coves, inlets and countryside, offered the perfect package.