Blisland in North Cornwall

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Blisland in North Cornwall

Altarnun
Blisland
Bodmin
Booby's Bay
Boscastle
Bossiney
Bude
Camelford
Coads Green
Crackington Haven
Constantine Bay
Davidstow
Daymer Bay
Delabole
Egloskerry
Five Lanes
Harlyn Bay
Kilkhampton
Lanivet
Launceston
Lewannick
Lundy Bay
Marhamchurch
Morwenstow
Nanstallon
North Hill
Padstow
Petherwin Gate
Polzeath
Port Isaac
Porthcothan Bay
Port Quin
Poughill
Poundstock
Rock
Shop (Bude)
South Petherwin
St Breward
St Endellion
St Issey
St Juliot
St Kew
St Kew Highway
St Mabyn
St Merryn/Shop
Stoke Climsland
Stratton
St Teath
St Tudy
Tintagel
Trebarwith Strand
Trebetherick
Tredizzick
Tregadillet
Tregardock
Treknow
Trevone
Treyarnon
Venterdon
Wadebridge
Warbstow Cross
Week St Mary
Whitstone
Widemouth Bay

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
YACINTHUS
MARTYR

(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.

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