Blisland in North Cornwall
Blisland is another picture postcard village that
lies on the western edge of Bodmin Moor. The village green is surrounded by
Victorian and Georgian houses as well as delightful cottages, the village
shop, the public house "The Blisland Inn", and another 15th
Century church,. this time that of St Protus and St Hyacinth. St Protus and St Hyacinth
where brothers who were murdered for there beliefs in the 3rd century. St Protus was beheaded
and St Hyacinth was burned alive. The brothers origins are in Italy,
where St Proteus' head can be found in the church of the four crowned
saints and his body lies in the church of St John of the Florentines, a
church that is dedicated to St John the Baptist. The tomb of St Hyacinth
can be found in a crypt in the catacombs of St. Hermes. The crypt was a
small square niche in which lay the ashes and pieces of burned bone
wrapped in the remains of costly stuffs. The niche was closed by a marble
slab similar to that used to close a loculus, and bears the
original inscription that confirmed the date in the old Martyrology:
D P III IDUS SEPTEBR
(Buried on 11 September Hyacinthus Martyr). In 1752 the annual commemoration was moved to 22nd of September
Pope Damasus wrote an epitaph in honour of the two martyrs, part of which still exists today. In the epitaph Damasus calls Protus and Hyacinth brothers. When Leo IV (847-55) translated the bones of a large number of Roman martyrs to the churches of Rome, the relics of these two saints were to be translated but, because of the devastation of the burial chamber, only the grave of St. Protus was found. His bones were transferred to San Salvatore on the Palatine. In 1849 the remains of St. Hyacinth were placed in the chapel of the Propaganda. Later the tombs of the two saints and a stairway that was built at the end of the fourth century were discovered and restored. The brothers were first mentioned in English literature in the patent rolls of Henry VI in 1436. How the saintly brothers came to be associated with Blisland is still a mystery.
The parish church of Blisland was dedicated to St Protus (or Protatius, Prothus, St Proto) but is known locally as St Pratt and St Hyacinth. The church is of Norman and medieval origin and contains an excellent example of a Rood Screen. The parish itself is named after an unknown individual and the word 'tun' which means land. Blisland is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Glustone. It is a very undulating and hilly area with many isolated farms and small unfenced moorland roads. It is primarily farmland, and cattle, sheep and ponies are grazed on the moorland. In 1934, the parish of Temple was incorporated into Blisland parish. Blisland parish contains a Neolithic stone circle called the Striple Stone and two stone bridges, Delphi and Bradford, both sit astride the De Lank river which is a tributary of the River Camel and runs down from Brown Willy. The importance of the wildlife, flora and fauna in this area has led to it becoming designated as a "special area of conservation" by English Nature.
Blisland Inspires the title of Katrina Leskanich's second solo album.
'Blisland' - the title of Katrina's 2014 album inspired by the genre of music from her formative years - I wanted to record an album that reflected my love of all the genres of music I grew up listening to, from Peter Frampton Live to Neil Young's Harvest. I fell in love with the South West of England, the beautiful beaches reminded me of California and a little village called Blisland not only had a fantastic little pub but also gave me the perfect name for my new album.'
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