igneous rock

Forgotten Stones and Lost Fragments

It’s a bright winter’s day on the south coast of Cornwall. Sunlight dazzles on windows and windscreens. ┬áThe coast path rises through a straggle of trees; behind them I can see the St Austell river forming a wide loop across the beach before it reaches the mirror-like sea. I’m here to find the source of one of Cornwall’s best carving stones, the fine-grained, straw-coloured igneous rock that takes its name from the village far below: Pentewan. (more…)