The Splendor of England’s West Country

April 17, 2013

This summer, Barry Greenlaw will take us on an enchanting journey to the rocky shores and windswept moors of England’s West Country and Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey.  The ancient cultures that flourished in Devon and Cornwall have left their unique mark on this rugged land. Here are some interesting facts about this fascinating and dramatic region of maritime England.  Did you know…

  • “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, one of the best known of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes mysteries, was set on the mysterious moors of Devon.
  • The ruins of Tintagel Castle in Cornwall have long been associated with the mythical King Arthur and home of the legendary Knights of the Round Table.
  • In 1620 the Pilgrims set sail for the new world from Plymouth, establishing Plymouth Colony – the second English colony in what is now the United States of America.

The southern coasts of Devon and Cornwall were frequented by pirates due to the many hidden coves and inlets.  Gilbert and Sullivan’s well-known operetta, The Pirates of Penzance (1880), is set along the Cornish coast.

  • The Jersey and Guernsey breeds of dairy cows, originally bred in the Channel Islands, produce the famous “gold top milk” which has a high butterfat content.
  • The Channel Islands are the only part of Britain occupied by the Germans in World War II.

This afternoon class (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) starts on July 8th, 2013 and continues for four fabulous weeks exploring England’s West Country and Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey.