St Columb Major

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A hurling ball

St Columb Major is a small town in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Often referred to locally as St Columb, it is about seven miles (11 km) southwest of Wadebridge and six miles (10 km) east of Newquay. [1] The full name distinguishes it from the village and parish of St Columb Minor on the coast.

Twice a year the town plays host to the game of "hurling", a medieval game once common in Cornwall but now only played in St Columb and two other towns. It is played on Shrove Tuesday and then again on the Saturday eleven days later. The game involves two teams of several hundred people (the 'townsmen' and the 'countrymen') who attempt to carry a silver ball made of apple wood to goals set two miles (3 km) apart, making the parish the largest pitch for a ball game anywhere in the world.[source?]

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  1. Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5