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St Anthony in Roseland was named by Anne Boleyn

Posted in British Countryside, Historical articles, History, Interesting Words, Language, Royalty on Friday, 30 December 2011

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This edited article about place-names originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 887 published on 20 January 1979.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, picture, image, illustration

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn hunting by James E McConnell

Do you live at St Anthony in Roseland?

This beautiful name belongs to a tiny village by the sea, near Falmouth, Cornwall.

There is a two-part story telling how the village got its unusual name. The “St Anthony” part was due to a tremendous storm that battered the coast hundreds of years ago. Apparently, the owner of a cargo vessel that was in danger of sinking prayed to St Anthony and promised to build him a church if he was delivered from a watery grave.

The merchant’s prayers were answered and he built a church to St Anthony on the peninsula where the ship landed safely.

The “Roseland” of the village’s name is said to have been given to the area by Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. On their honeymoon in this remote part of Cornwall, Anne asked the name of the beautiful place where they were staying. Henry did not know; nor did his courtiers. So Anne looked around, picked a rose off a nearby bush and said – “‘Tis Roseland!”

Gradually, the little village that grew up around the church of St Anthony became known as St Anthony in Roseland.

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