The Crumplehorn Inn and Mill: Steeped in History

There’s some debate over the origin of the name ‘Crumplehorn’, but we rather like the idea that it originated from the curly-horned sheep or cows that once grazed on the surrounding hillsides.

The Crumplehorn Inn and Mill can trace its routes right back to its role as a counting house during Elizabethan times when privateering was a legal occupation. Back then, it was known as the Killigarth Mill and Crumplehorn Farm, situated in the hamlet of Crumplehorn – an area whose origins are recorded in the Domesday Book.

Commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, the Domesday Book has survived over 900 years of English history and currently resides in a specially-designed chest at London’s Public Record Office in Kew. Within its pages you’ll find reference to a mill and one ferling of land, witnessed by a chap named Richard de Kygad (the earliest rendition of the name ‘Killigarth’).

The mill was later noted in a survey of Cornwall, published in 1602 by Richard Carew of Anthony, who wrote: “It yeeldeth a large viewe of the South coast, and was itselfe, in Sir Williams time, much visited, through his frank invitings”. A similar note of the property was made early in the 17th century by John Norden; “Killigath, a howse sometimes Sir William Beiulls, now his late Ladyes. …It is a very pleasant seate nere the sea side.”

Crumplehorn, it seems, went through a variation of spellings before arriving at the one proudly attached to our inn today. As noted by O.J. Padel, a place names expert: “There is a poor supply of early spellings for this name. The only ones that I know of were found by Charles Henderson, who cited the two spellings Temylhorne 1565 and Termblehorn 1594, from deeds. After that, there is Cremblehorn 1706, and the modern form first appears as Crumple Horn 1813 (OS. 1″ Map).”

The Crumplehorn Inn and Mill has a staggeringly-long history and we’ve made sure the essence of the building, its previous incarnations and the countless personalities that have touched it during its lifetime remains intact. Whether you choose to stay with us, indulge in our fantastic menu or simply have a cozy drink by the fireplace, you’ll be adding your own influence to this timeless, welcoming and much-loved building.