Boscastle

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Boscastle Harbour

Boscastle is a village and fishing port on the north coast of Cornwall, United Kingdom, and 14 miles (23 km) south of Bude and 5 miles (8 km) north-east of Tintagel.[1]

The name of the village derives from Bottreaux Castle, a 12th century fortress, of which little survives. There is no church in Boscastle but there are churches at Forrabury and Minster. Boscastle harbour is a natural inlet protected by two stone harbour walls built in 1584 by Sir Richard Grenville. The oldest part of Boscastle surrounds the harbour; more modern residential building extends up the valleys of the Rivers Valency and Jordan.

A flash flood on 16 August 2004, caused extensive damage to the village. Residents were trapped in houses and elsewhere as the roads turned into rivers.[2][3] In the largest peacetime rescue operation ever launched in the UK a total of 91 people were rescued and there were no deaths.

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  1. Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 190 Bude & Clovelly ISBN 9780319231456
  2. BBC news: Dozens rescued from flash floods Retrieved on 25 August 2008
  3. Met office