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Boswednack Cliff
Boswednack is located in Cornwall
Location within Cornwall
OS grid referenceSW4437
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPenzance
Postcode districtTR20
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°11′05″N 5°35′02″W / 50.18470°N 5.58397°W / 50.18470; -5.58397

Boswednack is a hamlet in the parish of Zennor near the north coast of the Penwith peninsula in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.[1] It is located along the B3306 road southwest of Zennor.

Boswednack was home to a small community of Cornish speakers during the 19th century. These included John Davey Jnr.,[2] 1812-1891, and his father, as well as Anne Berryman (1766-1854), and John Mann (1834-1914). John Mann recalled in an interview that, when a child, he and several other children always conversed in Cornish while at play together.[3][4] It is from John Davey that we know the Cranken Rhyme, probably the last recorded piece of traditional Late Cornish verse.

The hamlet contains Boswednack Manor and Treen Manor which in 1814 were both owned by William Arundell Harris.[5] Treen Manor, in the nearby hamlet of Treen is now a pub and Boswednack Manor is now run as a bed & breakfast, with a "slight Bohemian-style".[6][7]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  2. ^ Murdoch, Brian (1993). Cornish Literature. D. S. Brewer. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-85991-364-5. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  3. ^ Rod Lyon, Cornish – The Struggle for Survival, 2001
  4. ^ "Legend of Dolly Pentreath outlived her native tongue | The Cornishman". 2011-08-04. Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2015-05-13.
  5. ^ Lysons, Daniel (1814). Magna Britannia: Cornwall. T. Cadell and W. Davies. p. 329. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  6. ^ BBC wildlife. BBC Publications. 1990. p. 279. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  7. ^ Gundrey, Elizabeth; Gundrey, Walter (1 January 1998). Staying Off the Beaten Track, '98. Random House. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-09-979641-1. Retrieved 20 April 2012.