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The Cornish Guide - Cornwall / Kernow

The Cornish Guide - Cornwall / Kernow

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Cornish Folklore & Superstitions

As you could imagine, a county as rich in character as Cornwall, it has a number of interesting (and just plain odd!) superstitions, stories and associated folklore. Here will we go through just a few which will hopefully give you an insight into the Cornwall of old. Click here for some short smuggling stories.

"...Cat sneezing is a sign of rain..."

 

"...A sunshine shower will not last an hour..."

 

"...Rain will follow if the woodpecker calls..."

Weather

"...If you wash your clothes on Innocents' Day, you wash one of the family away..."

 

"...You will marry the man with whom you walk over Newlyn Bridge..."

Superstitions

"...If egg shells are not broken witches will go to sea in them..."

 

"...Red haired people can never make good butter..."

 

"...Black spiders dried and powdered will cure heartburn..."

Weird

"...As rusty as an anchor..."

 

"...Nuff's nuff, too much is a feast..."

 

"...Grizzlin' like a badger gwain too fast..."

 

"...Wear pink to make the boy's wink..."

 

"...Three on one horse like going to Morvah Fair..."

 

"...Lost your appetite and found a donkeys..."

 

"...Like Tregony Band, three scats behind..."

 

"...You don't need that no more than a toad needs side-pockets..."

 

"...A pasty as long as Jan Bedella's fiddle..."

Sayings

"...A babies nails must be bitten for the first year and not cut or the child will grow up to be a thief..."

 

"...At baptism boys should be christened before girls to prevent them from becoming too 'womanish'..."

 

"...Windows of new home owning newly-weds were sometimes whitewashed and chimneys blocked. In parts of Cornwall a shillalley band (group of young folk with pots & pans) serenaded the young pair when they arrived and often invaded the house..."

 

"...To preserve the house from fire take branches of seaweed, fasten in wooden frames and stand on the mantelpiece..."

Folklore