Portreath - Monkey House and Gull Rock

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Two of Portreath's most recognisable features; the 'Monkey Hut' on the pier and Gull Rock.

The Monkey House dates back to the days when Portreath was a busy port, shipping copper out and coal in. Whilst the harbour was important the entrance was still treacherous. The Monkey House (although not known as that in those days) was used for shelter by the harbour pilots who would wave flags or lanterns to guide ships into harbour, or warn away if conditions were too dangerous.

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