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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:31 pm    Post subject: Cornish heritage sites under English heritage care Reply with quote


In 1999 the Cornish Stannary Parliament wrote to English Heritage asking them to remove all signs bearing the name "English Heritage" from Cornish sites by July 1999 as they regard the ancient sites as Cornish heritage, not English. Over eleven months members of the Cornish Stannary removed 18 signs and a letter was sent to English Heritage saying

"The signs have been confiscated and held as evidence of English cultural aggression in Cornwall. Such racially motivated signs are deeply offensive and cause distress to many Cornish people".

Although having to pay compensation for the signs, the case was regarded as a huge success by the Cornish Stannary Parliament as since this action English Heritage signs no longer include the words "English Heritage" on any of their signs in Cornwall.

Also the court case in January 2001 recorded a not guilty verdict and other facts that came to light were that the signs taken from Tintagel Castle where claimed by the prosecution as the property of the Duchy of Cornwall /(Prince Charles) by Charter of 1337.

The Duchy of Cornwall refuses to reveal the circumstances under which it transferred these properties to English Heritage and it has been suggested that this is one of the reasons why the case was cancelled when the Crown Prosecution Service presented the court with a Public Interest Immunity Certificate.

English Heritage sites in Cornwall

Several of the smaller, less profitable sites are now managed and cared for by Cornwall Heritage Trust for English Heritage

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From John Angarrack’s 'Our Future is History':
Chapter 11 - Lies, Damn Lies and English Heritage.

(An insight into the activities of a cultural Department of State)

Cornwall's heritage is Celtic and yet 'English Heritage' promotes our unique culture as 'English'! Use of the term English Heritage implies that the built and intellectual property thus described is the heritage of the English.

The site at Tintagel was a Cornish monastery, administrative centre and trading station before England ever existed. The existing built remnants are a Norman, not English, construction. The castles at Restormal and Launceston were also constructed by French speaking Normans; this time to facilitate the repression of Cornish speaking Celts.

Doniert’s Monument on Bodmin Moor commemorates a Cornish King who actually waged war against the Saxon ‘English’; while Chysauster ancient village was constructed, occupied and abandoned by the Cornish before the English had ever set foot in Cornwall. These types of monument cannot, in all fairness, be accurately described as ‘English’ heritage.


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 For many Cornish people and Cornwall, the Duchy, as shown by the Officers of the Duchy of Cornwall in 1855 in its dispute with the Crown over the ownership of the Cornish Foreshore, has quite a different significance, based on the original Acts and Charters of its creation. Cornwall itself in this framework is described, de jure, as a Duchy (as opposed to an ordinary county), and the Duchy estates are distinguished from the Duchy itself, having themselves been annexed and united to "the aforesaid Duchy". The Duke of Cornwall may even be described as Cornwall's head of state.  

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