What’s in a name?

St Christopher carrying the Christ child, depicted by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1516 in Germany
St Christopher depicted by Lucas Cranach the Elder in 1516

St Christopher’s Cottage has carried its name for many years – but not for ever. It was originally called Penleigh, matching Fernleigh next door. We considered reinstating the name but there is already a Penleigh and a Penlea in the village and we thought it would be confusing.

The more we thought about it, the more we wanted to keep St Christopher’s. After all, he is the patron saint of travellers – and further research revealed he also has a brief to look after surfers and sailors, and to protect from storms and floods. Highly appropriate for Boscastle!

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