While many a housewife as far apart as Australia and the USA carries on the tradition of pasty making in response to their Cornish heritage, would you believe that the exotic capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is home to a number of thriving pasty shops? The pasty connection comes from the handful of Cornish miners who emigrated to the former British colony to improve the efficiency and profitability of graphite mines there when the price of that commodity soared in the late 19th century



In the last published national census, carried out in 2001, nearly 7% of the population in Cornwall described their ethnicity as Cornish. About 34,000 people in the country and 3,500 from elsewhere in the UK ticked the box which, for the first time in the census’s history, allowed the Cornish to indicate their distinct ethnic heritage. This however would be the last opportunity; in the 2011 census, the good citizens of Cornwall who did not wish to be classed as ‘British’ only had the option of ‘English’ or ‘Welsh’.



In the National Census of 2001 about 16%, over 80,000 people in Cornwall, declared themselves to have "No Religion" and in a survey carried out in 2004, nearly 4000 students in years 9 and 10 were asked when they most felt close to some higher being. The largest percentage (25%) replied it was when they looked up at the stars on a clear night that they had a spiritual moment, closely followed by watching a beautiful sunset.



In a survey carried out by Cornwall County Council relating to the county’s areas of outstanding natural beauty, AONBs to you; most participants (63.1%) said their favourite things about Cornwall were the ‘small rocky coves and rugged cliffs', closely followed by 'exposed, wild moor land with heather and rough grass' (selected by 58.1% of respondents) The least favourite, attracting only 3% of interest, were the county’s humble bridges and viaducts.



The average spend per day by each visitor to Cornwall is £40. The highest spend is on accommodation (£14.20) followed by eating and drinking (£12.10), shopping (£8.60) and travel and transport (£3.20) obviously preferring to amuse themselves, visitors only spend a measly £1 on entertainment. In 1994 3,400,000 people visited Cornwall, in 2005 that had jumped to 4,400,000. Do the math.


Back in 1858, during the Cornish Foreshore Case, a legal wrangle involving mineral rights, officers of the county successfully argued that Cornwall was a Duchy and had the status of a county palatine based on Cornwall’s status within England at the time of the Conquest and the rights of the Earls of Cornwall, all of which means the Duke of Cornwall is the head of state in the county, not Queen Elizabeth.



Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, born in Padstow, maybe one of Cornwall’s most unsung heroes but it was he who came up with the idea of giving each lighthouse a different flashing system, so sailors were able to distinguish one lighthouse from another. Between 1854 and 1863 he was in charge of lighting the Houses of Parliament using his combination of hydrogen and oxygen with the addition of lime…giving limelight.





Length of Cornwall’s cycle path - 180 miles

Length of Cornwall’s public footpaths - 2,203 miles

Average number of cars that use the Launceston bypass daily - 20,842

Average number of cars that use the road to Zennor daily-676

Day on which most traffic accidents happen in Cornwall – Friday

Month when least traffic accidents happen in Cornwall – December

Total number of fatal accidents in Cornwall in 2005 - 45

Total number of fatal accidents in Cornwall in 1976 – 48

Age at which you are most likely to be a casualty on Cornish roads-17

Amount of cash Cornwall County Council gives to parishes to build 1 bus shelter-£3,000