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Newmill and Tredinnick signpostKernewek yn Pennwydh

Cornish in Penwith

The Cornish language, or Kernewek, is found throughout the Penwith landscape - from place names to field names, its use helps record the heritage of this unique place. 

Our Taking Names project aimed to record where Cornish is still used in the Penwith landscape, and to share this with others. These web pages share a range of material relating to Cornish in Penwith, including our interactive map, recordings of local tales in Penwith, suggested links for further learning, and material on Penwith's folklore. 

Loveday and Tony of Kowethas an Yeth Kernewek were our Para Kernewek (Cornish team), helping to record Cornish usage in Penwith, and to share knowledge of this through events. 

Interactive Cornish Map imageMappa Kernewek kesvewek

Interactive Cornish Map

Our interactive map highlights uses of Cornish in the Penwith landscape - from place names and field names, to Cornish names for local wildlife and tales. Click the button below to view our map.

Click here to view our interactive Cornish Map 

NB The map's functionality works best on a larger screen. Clicking on the pins will bring up information on each point. On a smaller screen, click the arrows in the pop up box to view the full text and any images associated with each point. Use the plus and minus signs in the top left hand corner to zoom in and out on the map - zooming in will make it easier to click on points that are close together.

This map was created with reference to Craig Weatherhill's Place Names of the Land's End Peninsula published by Penwith Press.

Hwarvosow Kernewek

Cornish events

Cornish based events were a key output of the project. You can still get involved in the following events: 

Koffi ha Kows – Coffee and chat sessions 

Blas a gernewek – Cornish language taster sessions 

If you're interested in any training sessions for businesses and organisations then please contact Tony on or visit Klass An Hay