06 April 2011

E is for

This is one of my favourite words... but you will see why.

E is for Eglos which is Cornish for Church, and the Welsh equivalent is eglwys

There is a village called Lanteglos (actually there are two of them one at Fowey the other at Camelford) and it is the latter that this entry comes from :

Lanteglos church stands in a small valley south west of Camelford. Today there is no sizeable settlement surrounding the church and its relative isolation may indicate an earlier mediƦval monastery site superseded by the Domesday Manor of Helstone whose former deer park lies to the south of the church.

This possibility is also supported by the earliest recording of the name as “Lantegles” in 1272. The name is Cornish and contains the elements nans “valley” and eglos “church”. The church also sits within 130 acres of glebe land which historically would have provided the church with income from the rent and tenure of its land. There is a holy well nearby along the Camelford road to the north east.


The equivalent Welsh version of Church in the valley is Cwm-yr-Eglwys which is a small village in Pembrokeshire. The old church has been virtually destroyed by the sea, but a small part of the wall remains and occasionally in stormy weather is further attacked by the sea.

9 comments:

Jennyta said...

That's one of the words that's closely linked to the French 'eglise'too.

Sage said...

@Jennyta, you will laugh when you see F's entry tomorrow lol xx

Eliza said...

I'm enjoying these posts and learning lots too :-)

Angela Felsted said...

What remains of the church is beautiful.

e.a.s. demers said...

Wonderful post and wonderful pictures!

Giggle, Laugh, Cry said...

Just stopped by from the A-Z Challenge!
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Juliet Boyd said...

I'm in Somerset, not so far away, and I have family in Cornwall. I love Cornwall.

baygirl32 said...

what an intresting word. I've never heard it before

Happy E Day
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D U Okonkwo said...

Eglos, cool - I'll have to remember that one. You know the saying - you learn new things every day.'