Talskiddy village map unveiled - but treacle mine location remains a mystery
VILLAGERS in Talskiddy have unveiled a new map to help delivery drivers find their way around – although it does not include directions to the top secret treacle mine.
The Talksiddy Jubilee Map was revealed at an official ceremony on Sunday by Paul Wills, mayor of nearby St Columb, and local Cornwall councillor Pat Harvey.
Debbie Lambert, secretary of Talskiddy Harbour Committee, said: “This was a project set up by some of the Talskiddy residents in response to often being stopped by delivery drivers, asking for specific houses, as the majority of the houses in the village have the same post code!”
Cash to pay for the map was secured through the Jubilee Fund, via Cornwall Council. It was painted by artist Keith Lipscombe with help from Terry Evans and Jennifer Lilley.
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The village hit the headlines last year when pranksters erected signs to the ‘Talskiddy Treacle Mine’ as a protest against the Duchy of Cornwall, which had lodged papers with the Land Registry to claim mineral rights under residents’ homes.
Prince Charles’s estate had to officially register ancient rights if it wished to keep them beyond October this year.
At the time, Luke Bazeley, 27, managing director of Talskiddy Treacle Mine Corp, said natural resources beneath the village should belong to the people.
He quipped: “Although it’s said that nothing will come of this, I think that as the current climate is cold as far as Talskiddy Treacle’s market value is currently concerned, this has worried some local employees.
“The recent recession hasn’t helped and with the demise of the once thriving Talskiddy harbour which is now used solely to export treacle globally, locals are fed-up and frustrated.”