The Blue Anchor Inn, Helston, A fifteenth century Cornish pub, probably the oldest one in Cornwall. When it was built almost all the locals would have only spoken the Cornish language. At the end of the 15th Century the impoverished people of Cornwall marched to London in protest at yet more rising taxes, imposed on them by the English King (Cornwall was still recognised as a separate Country to England at that time) to fight his war against Scotland, whom many Cornish people would have seen as a fellow Celtic country. The march to London and the slaughter of thousands of Cornish men at Blackheath is commemorated each year in the nearby village of St Keverne where the local Blacksmith and Cornish hero Michael Joseph An Gof (the Smith) started the march.
500 years later the village of St Keverne organised a walk to London following the same route as their brave ancestors. It is quite feasible to think that Cornwall's national hero may have had a pint or two in the pub pictured above. Back then, the population of Helston was approx 300 yet there were 30 breweries in the town at the time! Spingo ale is still brewed to this day at the Blue Anchor Inn and is a very tasty brew that takes you back in time the more drink it.