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Roche Rock and Chapel / Hermitage

By nikshot
Roche Rock (Cornish: An Garrek) stands out as a rocky outcrop some 20 metres (66 ft) high on the northern flank of the St Austell granite with an approximate area of 600 metres (2,000 ft) x 300 metres (980 ft).)[2] The rock is of interest to geologists as it is a fine example of quartz shorl; a fully tourmalinised granite, with black tourmaline crystals. The Rock itself lies approximately 500 metres (1,600 ft) north of the northern margin of the St Austell granite, which is the smallest of the five main apophyses of the Hercynian batholith of Southwest England. The presence of numerous pegmatites occurring as sheets and containing abundant miarolitic cavities carrying quartz, tourmaline, zinnwaldite, topaz. and a wide range of other phases, is why it is considered to have been close to the roof of the intrusion[3] The site is considered to be of prime importance for future research and notification by English Nature as a geological SSSI occurred in 1991.[4]
On top of Roche Rock, is a ruined chapel (dedicated to St Michael) perched dramatically at the top. Roche Rock has many folk-lore tales associated with it, the two most famous being the legend of Jan Tregeagle, a seventeenth century magistrate, who after death found refuge in the chapel and the other being part of the Tristan and Iseult tale.

Tags: Cornwall Architecture Roche rock Landscape and travel

Voters: digital_boi, franken, ikett and 26 more


12 Jan 2014 11:19AM
interesting write up

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franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 11:26AM
Interesting image and write up to go with it.

12 Jan 2014 1:27PM
Fascinating place. I enjoy hearing the history of these places.

saltireblue Plus
9 10.2k 50 Norway
12 Jan 2014 3:52PM
The ruins are well disguised , being built of the same stone.
Very interesting notes, N.

JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 4:42PM
A terrific POV and interesting info.
mikbee 12 3 8 Scotland
12 Jan 2014 5:09PM
A splendid shot Nick.
And I found your narrative very interesting indeed.
I can now go to my bed tonight safe in the knowledge that it is
one of the five main Apophyses of the Hecynian Batholith of SW England
and part of the Tristan tale !!
I cannot recall Alasdair Sims relating this to his St Trinians schoolgirls however !!
tomcat 14 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 6:25PM
A very interesting image Nick, but the write-up is so informative

Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 6:33PM
Lovely shot Nick
But must have taken an age to type info
Worth it for us though
HELANA 10 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 9:31PM
Very nice and interested landscape Nick, good information.
annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Germany
12 Jan 2014 10:18PM
a great writeup for this splendid image, looks like a fascninating place.
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2014 9:36AM
Such a beautiful spot - and once again it shows, how beautiful artificial buildings can fit into nature - if you only use the local material.
Oh yes, I'd love to visit Cornwall someday.
CaroleS Plus
9 441 3 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2014 9:44AM
A super shot Nick and the dot of red that was a climber just shows the scale! Challenging light, well controlled!
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
13 Jan 2014 11:06AM
Beautiful light, colour and detail! What a picturesque shot. Interesting write-up too. I've just learnt some new words. Always good Smile


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