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Coordinates: 50°03′47″N 5°33′52″W / 50.06295°N 5.56440°W / 50.06295; -5.56440

Lamorna (Cornish: Nansmornow) is a fishing village and cove in west Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is situated on the Penwith peninsula approximately four miles (6km) south of Penzance[1].


Newlyn School of Art and the Lamorna Colony

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Lamorna became popular with artists of the Newlyn School. It is particularly associated with the artist S. J. "Lamorna" Birch who lived there. The colony included Birch, Alfred Munnings, Laura Knight and Harold Knight. This period is dramatised in the novel Summer in February by Jonathan Smith. Lamorna was also the home of the jeweller Ella Naper and her husband, the painter Charles, who built Trewoofe house there[citation needed].

Lamorna in culture

Lamorna has been immortalised in the song Way Down to Lamorna, about a wayward husband receiving his comeuppance from his wife. The song, beloved of many Cornish singers[2].

Lamorna Cove was the title of a poem by W. H. Davies published in 1929.

The name of Lamorna's pub, The Wink, alludes to smuggling, 'the wink' being a signal that contraband could be obtained. The pub is the subject of a novel by Martha Grimes, entitled The Lamorna Wink.

The Lamorna Pottery was founded in 1947 by Christopher James Ludlow (known as Jimmy) and Derek Wilshaw[citation needed].

The Lamorna Arts Festival was launched in 2009 to celebrate the original Lamorna Colony and today's Lamorna art community.

Lamorna was the village used in the novel The Memory Garden by Rachel Hore.

Lamorna stone

Granite taken from Lamorna cove has been widely used in construction, most notably in the Thames Embankment. Stone from the cove was also used to construct the nearby church of St Buryan, whose 92 foot granite tower is an imposing local landmark often used as a line of sight by fishermen coming into port.[citation needed]

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