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Tre, Pol & Pen - What's In A Name?

Tre, Pol & Pen - What's In A Name?

When we were setting up our farm shop, we wanted to come up with a name that represented our Cornish heritage but also was true to the site upon which our farm shop and cafe was built.

A number of long a slightly tempestuous discussions ensued with different names being put forward. 

It was when trawling over the old maps of Cornwall on wall at home that we realised how many towns and villages around the local area and across Cornwall, start with the prefixes Tre, Pol or Pen.

A spot of Googling followed and we discovered that the rhyme "By Tre, Pol and Pen shall ye know Cornishmen," dates back to at least 1602 when it was first recorded by Richard Carew in his Survey of Cornwall in 1602.

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In Cornish Tre means a homestead and there seemed to be plenty of those dotted in the fields around the farm shop site from Trekenner, Treburley & Trebullet,  

Pol - pond, lake or well - Tre, Pol & Pen

Pol means a pond lake or well.  We have natural springs and a number of ancient wells on the farm which all feed the ponds and lakes we dug when building the site to support wildlife across the site.

Pen - Hill or headland at Tre, Pol & Pen

Finally, Pen is the Cornish for hill or headland.  With the farm shop sitting on the brow of a hill on land locally known as Penscombe.

So after much discussion it seems the name was written in the place names and geology that surrounded us. 

Some things are simple when you take the time to look.

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