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Foye precedes FOWEY, a river in Cornwall
Posted by: Merkel Date: February 16, 2001 at 17:49:10
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More about the House of Foye (Fowey)

This medieval house, reputedly the oldest in Fowey town, was built c.1430 - the year before Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, before the Wars of the Roses and 60 years before Christopher Columbus discovered America.

When Queen Elizabeth reigned in glory during the swashbuckling days of Drake, this house was already 100 years old !

The river Fowey, from which the town takes its name, flows down from Bodmin .Moor. As it nears Fowey, it is said to "fold about the land its embracing arms and provide astonishing variety to yachtsmen, fishermen and walkers". Certainly, the river's many creeks make divisions through the land and give a unique atmosphere through the community of villages and towns in the Fowey valley.

The waterfront of Fowey has houses, antique shops, restaurants and .pubs squeezed between the chandlers, yacht clubs and harbour offices. Walk through the narrow streets as they make their way between the buildings and you'll have glimpses back through the history of FOYE, THE NAME BY WHICH FOWEY was first known. Fowey is no stranger to fame. Many of England's most famous sea captains, .Drake and .Raleigh, have sailed from Fowey. 1846 saw the visit of Queen Victoria to Fowey, when she came ashore at what is now known as Albert Quay. More recently two residents of Fowey; .Sir_Arthur Quiller-Couch and .Daphne .du .Maurier have made Fowey a centre of literary interest. The du Maurier Arts Festival, held each year during May, celebrates Fowey's literary heritage.

Fowey valley is full of fascination for many. Places such as; Restormel Castle, Golant, Polruan, Pont, Mixtow, Bodinnick, Lostwithiel, all waiting to be gently explored on foot, or approached from the river. Activities on and around the river are numerous; canoeing, sailing, bird watching, walking, and even just lazing! Come and explore Fowey, uncover its history while you enjoy its attractions of today; wander the streets, enjoy a light lunch, clotted cream tea or evening meal, browse in the quaint shops, soak up the unique atmosphere of the port of Fowey.


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