Fogou Friday 24 Feb 2012

Today, Kenwyn went on a trip to an ancient Fogou on farmland near Trewardreva. Beginning at the school gates the children used maps to help them follow the route past the old mine stack, through the woods, over the old quarry and along the road before arriving at their age-old destination. Led by the curator of Constantine’s Heritage Collection, Tracey Clowes, the children walked and listened to how the village had once been alive with the sound of steam operated machinery helping to mine and produce high grade granite that was used for building projects throughout the country (including London Bridge). The children then found themselves hurtling even further back in time as they came across the Fogou, a semi-submerged storage chamber believed to be around 2000 years old.

Here’s what Evie and Polly had to say:

E: “I loved the old watermill area that we saw before the fogou and I also liked the artefacts that we saw before the trip that the Tracey brought in to show us. The fogou was quite interesting but really muddy. It reminded me of a fairy’s house and I could imagine what it might be like to have hidden in there in the cold, damp space”.

P: “My favourite artefact at the beginning was the old bit of pot which was the oldest piece there. I thought the bit about the bridge in the forest being made of granite for the carts to travel on was really cool because now it is made of wood. It was fun counting our steps on the walk but it was really difficult to count without going too fast. The fogou was long, dark, gloomy and wet. I wouldn’t like to live there”.

Huge thanks to Tracey Clowes for being our tour guide extraordinaire and telling us so many fascinating and interesting things about the local area and to John and Bridget Olds at Bosahan Farm for letting 24 school children temporarily trample all over one of their fields :-)