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St George’s Island Looe Cornwall

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St George’s Island Looe Cornwall

An exploration of St George’s Island Looe Cornwall. The island lies just off the coast at Looe in South East Cornwall.

The film includes footage of traveling to the Island (August 2008), the archaeology site of the old Lammana Chapel and a possible neolithic settlement (to be seen on Channel 4 in Feb, 2009, as part of the Time Team series). The chapel ruins and various skeletons can be seen.

The film also includes lots of unusual views, wildlife and a secret peek into the Island House…and the treasures that hide within. Filmed by Jonathan Boakes and Matt Clark 2008.

Miss Atkins and her sister Evelyn bought the 22 acre island which lies one mile off the Cornish coast at Looe in 1965. The island has an exceptionally mild climate and in calm summer weather is an idyllic paradise, but in winter it can be lashed by wild storms and cut-off from the mainland for days or even weeks.

Evelyn Atkins, who died in 1997 aged 87, wrote two books about their life on Looe Island (its proper name is St.George’s island) which are fascinating and inspiring accounts of island life, its woes and rewards – We bought an Island (1976) and its sequel Tales from our Cornish Island (1986 Harrap). The island was left to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust which will preserve it as a nature reserve.