Christmas is a time for giving, so I’m giving a big shout out to my neighbours on Falmouth’s Old High Street!
FALMOUTH – A TOWN FULL OF INDEPENDENCE
Did you know that the vast majority of Falmouth businesses are independent? The town is full of entrepreneurial spirit and this is exemplified in the variety found on the Old High Street. Every business is locally owned and run, and we all work together to make sure residents and visitors alike get a great experience when they venture up our rather steep street – but trust us, it’s worth it!
Many of the buildings are Grade II listed – including Inspire Makers. The original street, developed in the 17th century was called, ‘Ludgate Hill’. At the top, the congregational chapel still stands but has passed through several guises and the building is now home to an art and antiques shop. Built as a chapel in 1705 the building was then bought by the Killigrews and became the Town Hall around 1725. It was also used as a courthouse and in 1884 was the scene of a trial that saw two sailors tried, and acquitted, for eating a cabin boy when their ship sank and they were cast adrift.
Opposite Inspire Makers is Barracks Ope with a glorious view down to the Fal river. This is a historical archway built in the 17th century leading down the harbour, once the entrance to the Royal Marine barracks.
The mid section of the high street was destroyed in 1862 by one of the largest fires recorded in Cornwall, resulting in 400 people being made homeless. Today’s road is actually 10 feet wider than it was prior to rebuilding after the blaze.
EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY
There’s a great selection of food and drink emporiums on the High Street and you can easily feed yourself in style for a couple of days without leaving the street.
For breakfast or a light lunch try Stones Bakery where I can personally recommend the cheese toastie! Wash it down with a coffee from Beacon. Follow up with dinner at Restaurant Four, Restaurant Mine, Thai Orchid or Star & Garter which has fabulous water view tables. And finish with cocktails at Chintz Symposium, and their sister venue Underland (literally underneath!)
Travel to the top of the road and you will also see The Boathouse – not strictly part of the High Street but they do have some of the most spectacular views of the river and across to Flushing.
HOME OF THE ARTISAN
The self styled “Artisan Quarter” of Falmouth, we are home to a number of creative arts businesses. There’s Inspire Makers, of course, then a few doors down you will find Mirri Damer, an exceptional jeweller who crafts the most amazing pieces of from gold and precious stones. We have contemporary art gallery Cor Gallery, and Cor Next Door which specifically showcases a range of large, statement pieces.
Jezebel houses a jeweller/piercer and tattoo artist, plus a selection of work by local artists. Stitches & Cream are purveyors of the finest independent haberdashery, fabrics and wools and also offer workshops. Star Glazers pottery painting cafe has something for all ages whether that be a few hours painting with the kids, or spending an evening with friends at a “gin and paint” session.
Whether you are looking to dress yourself, your home or your garden you will find everything you need on the High Street.
Parade stocks a seasonal range of fashion trends and Oaken is a sustainable clothing and accessories store specialising in organic fabrics and small suppliers. Next door in the Old Brewery Yard, Ondine Ash designs and makes cushions, blankets and baskets herself, curates a range of handmade homewares and also sells beautiful plants.
Cloudberry Living is a home interiors shop specialising in modern Scandinavian design and Grey Lurcher is an eclectic mix of gift brands and upcycling paints such as Annie Sloan and Cornish Mineral Paint. And if you need curtains and blinds, head to Cornish Curtains for a made-to-measure service.
THE OLD AND THE NEW
Round off your visit to the High Street browsing our fabulous set of antique, book and record shops.
The Old Town Hall Gallery is a quirky mix of antiques, and art by the owner. Ludgate House Antiques has a fast turning selection of 18th to 20th Century finds and decorative items and are the organisers of Enys House annual antiques fair. High Street Bazaar offers an handpicked selection of vintage and antique pieces chosen for their eccentricity, aesthetics and history.
Greenbank Books is a treasure trove of second hand and rare books, specialising in Maritime, Aviation, Art & Design, Motoring and Railways. Jam Records has two floors of new and preloved vinyl, plus books and journals, coffee and sofas!
SO…PLEASE DO PAY A VISIT TO FALMOUTH OLD HIGH STREET
Most shops are open Tuesday to Saturday but check websites for individual opening times. Shop local, support independent business!
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