Goldsithney is a village in west Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is situated on the A394 road at OS grid ref SW546306 approximately four miles (6km) east of Penzance and one mile (1.6km) east of Marazion.
The centre of Goldsithney is a conservation area and has two pubs (the Trevelyan Arms and the Crown Inn), a shop, a gallery and a post office. The village holds a Charter fair in August each year.
According to Popular Romances of the West of England by Robert Hunt:
On the 5th of August, St James's day (old style), a fayre is held here, which was originally held in the Church-town of Sithney near Helston. In olden time, the good St Perran the Little gave to the wrestlers in his parish a glove as the prize, and the winner of the glove was permitted to collect the market toll on the day of the feast, and to appropriate the money to his own use.
The winner of the glove lived in the Church-town of Sithney, and for long long years the right of holding the fair remained undisputed. At length the miners of Goldsithney resolved to contest the prize, and they won it, since which time the fair has been held in that village, they paying to the poor of the parish of Sithney one shilling as compensation.
- ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 9780319231487
- ^ [http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/Default.aspx?page=17384 Cornwall Council website; list of Conservation Areas. Retrieved April 2010
- ^ [http://www.goldsithneycharterfair.org/folklore.htm Goldsithney Charter Fair website. Retrieved April 2010
- ^ Robert Hunt, Popular Romances of the West of England (1903); Republished in paperback by Forgotten Books, 2008; ISBN 1605064602
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