Come-to-Good

I’m spending the week down in Cornwall and today I visited the village of Come-to-Good near Truro. Pictured is the wonderful Quaker Meeting House in the village. It was built in 1710 and is made of cob (a mixture of clay, straw, sand, earth and water) with a thatched roof.

George Fox came to Cornwall in 1656 and there seems to have been a Meeting House in the area of Come-to-Good soon afterwards, based in a house in Feock. By the end of the seventeenth century it had moved to a dilapidated building in Come-to-Good until the current Meeting House was then built.

The village’s name seems to have been the subject of some debate. One theory is that it derives from Cwm-ty-coit meaning ‘the coombe by the dwelling in the wood’. Another is that the name does not appear before the late seventeenth century and may well be a reference, ironic or otherwise, to the Meeting House.

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