Phillack

Phillack Church near Hayle
Phillack Church near Hayle

A small village amidst the dunes which stretch from the town of Hayle, besides being a Sites of Special Scientific Importance, Phillack has two buildings of note. One is the church, which in the past served the whole area and despite seeming perfectly standard in fact boasts several signs of early Christianity and Celtic influence. It is suggested that the origins of Phillack can be traced back to one of the many Irish saints to make land on the north Cornish coast, Saint Felek. He is said to have founded Phillack church in the 6th Century.

The other is the gruesomely named but charmingly low-beamed pub, the Bucket of Blood. Legend has it that, in times of smuggling, a murdered customs officer was discovered at the bottom of the inn’s well.