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Jamaica Inn2.jpg
Jamaica Inn from the old A30
Bolventor is located in Cornwall
Location within Cornwall
OS grid referenceSX184767
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPL15
Dialling code01566
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
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50°33′44″N 4°33′58″W / 50.5621°N 4.5662°W / 50.5621; -4.5662Coordinates: 50°33′44″N 4°33′58″W / 50.5621°N 4.5662°W / 50.5621; -4.5662

Bolventor (Cornish: Bedhasbold) is a hamlet on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated in Altarnun civil parish between Launceston and Bodmin.[1]


The hamlet has been said to take its name from the "Bold Venture" that it must have appeared to build a farm in this moorland, but this is probably folk etymology, as "Bol-" is a common prefix in Cornish placenames, it is much more likely that the name derives from the 'Bold Adventure' tin-working area which was in operation near Jamaica Inn during the 1840s-1850s [2]

Jamaica Inn[edit]

Bolventor is the location of the famous Jamaica Inn coaching inn, it is bypassed by a dual carriageway section of the A30 trunk road; before the bypass was built the hamlet straddled the A30 road.

Daphne du Maurier, a former resident, chose Bolventor as the setting for her novel about Cornish smugglers titled Jamaica Inn; the inn that inspired the novel, Jamaica Inn, has stood beside the main road through the village since 1547. It is now a tourist attraction in its own right and dominates the hamlet.


Holy Trinity Church, Bolventor

The former Holy Trinity Church that lies to the east of the hamlet closed some years ago. A mile from Bolventor there was a chapel of St Luke (from the 13th to the early 16th century): the font is now at the church of Tideford.[3] Bolventor parish was established in 1846 (before that date the village was in St Neot parish; the new parish was made up of parts of St Neot, Altarnun and Cardinham parishes[4]) but has now been merged with Altarnun.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
  2. ^ R. D. Penhallurick Tin in Antiquity (2008) Maney; p. 207
  3. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 62
  4. ^ Beacham, Peter & Pevsner, Nikolaus (2014). Cornwall. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-12668-6; p. 117