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Submarine Telegraph Cable Pyramid, Cornwall


  • Located in Porthcurno, Cornwall, South West England, England
  • This small, white pyramid marks the spot where a submarine telegraph cable connected England to America via France. It's located on dramatic granite cliffs above Pedn Vounder Beach and Green Bay by Porthcurno village on The Land's End Peninsula (The Penwith Peninsula)
  • To visit, start from the large car park at Porthcurno. Follow the path to the beach and you'll see a track to the left which winds up to the top of the cliffs. We've positioned the Submarine Telegraph Cable Pyramid on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its exact location
  • The metal plaque reads: 'The National Trust. On this spot stood the wooden hut housing the end of the submarine telegraph cable laid from Brest in 1880, by C.S.Faraday, for La Compagnie Francaise du Telegraphe de Paris a New York. The cable linked England with the American continent *via* the company's transatlantic cable from Brest, laid in the previous year. In 1919 the cable end was moved to the Eastern Telegraph Company's hut lower down the cliff near Porthcurno, where it remained in operation until 1962. The Eastern Telegraph Company formed in 1870, played a key part in communications with India. It operated the cable laid by Brunel's steamship The Great Eastern from Bombay to Suez, and thence *via* Malta to join with the Falmouth, Gibraltar and Malta Telegraph Company's cable to Porthcurno. This plaque was given by Jo Guy, and her brother and sister.'
  • Visit Porthcurno Telegraph Museum in Porthcurno village. We'd also recommend a trip to the Poldhu Wireless Station (Marconi Monument) by Mullion
  • By James Penman

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