St Columb Major
St Columb Major
is a civil parish and town in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.
Often referred to locally as St Columb, it is situated approximately
seven miles (11 km) southwest of Wadebridge and six miles (10 km)
east of Newquay. The designation Major distinguishes it from the
smaller settlement and parish of St Columb Minor on the coast.
Twice a year the town plays host to "hurling", a medieval game once
common throughout Cornwall but now only played in St Columb and St
Ives. It is played on Shrove Tuesday and then again on the Saturday
eleven days later. The game involves two teams of several hundred
people (the 'townsmen' and the 'countrymen') who endeavour to carry
a silver ball made of apple wood to goals set two miles (3 km)
apart, making the parish, around 25 square miles in area, the de
facto largest sports ground in the world.
St Columb occupies a plateau at about 300 ft (90 m) elevation. The
north part of the town (known as 'Bridge') descends into the Vale of
Lanherne, having a minimum elevation of approximately 165 ft (50 m).
It was originally a linear settlement built on the main road running
north-east to south-west, but modern estates have since been built,
extending the town to the south and east. In the older part of the
settlement there is much high-density housing with relatively narrow
streets, and a number of retail outlets and public houses; the more
modern estates have housing which is generally lower in density. To
the south there is an industrial estate.
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