Flushing, Cornwall

Infobox UK place
official_name= Flushing
country= England
region= South West England
population= ~800
os_grid_reference= SW811340
latitude= 50.1664
longitude= -5.0664
shire_county= Cornwall
cornish_name= Nankersey

Flushing "(Cornish: Nankersey)" is a coastal village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, near Penryn and facing Falmouth across an arm of Carrick Roads.

Large parts of Flushing were originally owned by the Trefusis family, hence the name of Trefusis Beach.

Originally named Nankersey - meaning valley of the reed swamp, the village was given its name by Dutch engineers from Flushing in the Netherlands who built the three main quays in the village. The grand houses on St Peter's Hill were owned by shipping captains in the [eighteenth century] .

Population of approx. 800 - significant tourism due to its location within Falmouth Harbour.

There is a long-running rivalry with neighbouring Mylor Bridge. The village has a school, two churches (St Peter's Anglican Church and Flushing Methodist Chapel), two pubs (the Seven Stars and the Royal Standard and a predominantly seafood restaurant (The Sticky Prawn). The village also currently has a Post Office and a convenience store, although both will close in the near future. Its picturesque beaches, especially Kiln beach in the Trefusis area, are often very busy in the summer months, leading to extreme congestion in the narrow streets, although some beaches, such as Jericho, are only accessible from the houses directly above the beach and by boat.

Most of the village's population live in the village centre itself, although there is a housing estate at Orchard Vale, and some houses near Tregew Farm. There is also limited housing along Trefusis Road.

Occasionally Trefusis Road and Coventry Road are flooded at high tide, although it is rarely severe. However, some significant damage has been done to properties near the Fish Cross slipway when extreme high tides are combined with inclement weather, most recently during October 2004.

The Flushing Ferry links the village to the nearby town of Falmouth and an irregular bus service goes to Truro.

Flushing Regatta Week is held annually during late July or early August, and features water-based activities such as rowing, swimming and sailing races, a mini-marathon through Mylor and Flushing, an open-air church service, a pub quiz, crab catching, and a carnival on Saturday night, and has achieved marked popularity locally.

James Silk Buckingham, author, politician and social reformer was born here, as was the actress Morwenna Banks.

Henry VIII intended to build a castle on Trefusis Point, to accompany those built at Pendennis and St Mawes, but due to the expensive wars was unable to finance it.


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