Travellers park up in Newquay on historic beauty spot along the Cornish coast

Travellers have descended upon a beauty spot in Newquay, with more caravans having arrived on the site last night.

It has been confirmed by a local business that the first of the travellers arrived a couple of days ago at Barrowfields which is an area of historic cliff side fields.

Last night, July 17, more caravans were spotted parking on the fields at a spot further down towards Lusty Glaze Road.

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The Barrowfields in Newquay

CornwallLive understands it is a group who were recently in Perranporth, but it has not been confirmed.

On Thursday evening, July 15, Perranporth Rugby Club had to close its car park after travellers arrived on the site. It said four vehicles and caravans had arrived at the car park at Ponsmere Valley.

However, residents the reported up to 15 further vehicles had joined the group at Ponsmere Valley – while another group of travellers parked up on a children’s park and football pitch at Bolenna Fields. They are believed to have arrived on Friday, July 16.

At the latter, residents said travellers became ‘aggressive and threatening’ when locals attempted to talk to them.

Travellers have arrived at Bolenna Fields
Travellers at Bolenna Fields

It is believed Perranzabuloe Parish Council had issued the group at the park with a notice of eviction, as it owns the land. It is understood that the rugby club is taking similar action.

According to a post on the Perranzabuloe Community Facebook page, the travellers on the rugby pitch have “moved on”, although this had been confirmed.

It is now thoughts the travellers be the ones who have arrived at Barrowfields. The open space is named after the Barrows or Tumuli that have been discovered there.

Fifteen Barrows have been identified there, but sadly few remain.

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Before anyone understood their historic importance, a local farmer, named Cardell, removed much of the stone from most of the barrows for nothing more sinister than to shore up the walls surrounding his fields.

One of the barrows was excavated, and deep at the centre were found charred cooking pots and a coarse pottery burial urn containing the mortal remains of a Bronze Age Chieftain, who lived there some 3,500 years ago.

The Barrowfields area in Newquay

Some say it is a haunted place. In the dead of night when the moon is new and the lowering mist rolls off the sea, it is said the ominous sound of galloping horses can be heard overhead.

It was believed that sacred sites such as this were used not only for the honouring of their dead, but also places for gathering and celebration.

In the 1920s the Barrowfields was purchased by the town council who preserved it as a recreational area.

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