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Just off the A39 Bude road a few miles from the coast is the unspoilt small village of Jacobstow. Its name derives from the Latin for St James, also the patron saint of the church here. It has an interesting Norman font, carved from local Tintagel greenstone, and stands in the wooded centre of the village in a dip created by two streams. Between the church and the churchyard is a curious slate gravestone bearing three carved piglets.
The Wainhouse Inn, the nearest pub, lies a mile down the road at Wainhouse Corner.

Nearby, the grassy remains of a mediaeval moated manor house, Penhallam, are now an English Heritage site. Management by this organisation caused upset in 1999 when Cornish activists removed signs from this and other sites because they consider the places to be Cornish heritage and not English. Penhallam is free to visit and surrounded by attractive woodland.

The old farmstead of Treworgie Barton, meaning the 'homestead above the stream' in Cornish, near Jacobstow is a place riddled with history and nowadays offers very good quality holiday cottages set in its beautiful farm and woodland.