Cornish Language

Nansledan reflects the culture and heritage of Cornwall not just through its architecture, but also through its place names.

Nansledan itself is Cornish for ‘broad valley’ and thanks to the help of the former Cornish Language Partnership, every street, lane, square and quarter in Nansledan has a Cornish name.

The Prince of Wales, who also holds the title Duke of Cornwall, came up with the idea of using names from the Arthurian legends as recorded in Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur, which was first published in 1485.

Nansledan is just 30 miles from Tintagel, where according to Geoffrey of Monmouth’s 12th century History of the Kings of Britain, King Arthur was conceived.

The Arthurian names have been supplemented by local field and place names suggested by local people or drawn from archive records. In all hundreds of possible options have been translated into Cornish, helping the Duchy to define places correctly and logically.

Names include Stret Trystan (Tristan Street), Stret Merdhin (Merlin Street) and Kay Arlodhes an Logh (Lady of Lake Quay). The main approach road to Nansledan from the south is called Stret Gwynnuwer, meaning ‘white, fair or holy’ and inspired by Guinevere, the name of King Arthur’s wife.

The street signs in Nansledan are carved into Delabole slate, mined just four miles from Tintagel Castle.

Mark Trevethan, Cornish Language Lead at Cornwall Council, aided by a team of volunteers at Cornish language organisation, Akademi Kernewek, has recorded sound files so that residents and visitors to Nansledan can learn to correctly pronounce the Cornish names of the streets that make up the development.

Mark said: “Nansledan is a great opportunity to make the Cornish language part of the character of the development. Cornish language is evident in place names across Cornwall, and it is so great to see this carried on into new developments.”

Click the links below to hear the Cornish pronunciation of some of Nansledan’s street names.

Bownder Tennyson KW MT

Chapekernhwili KW MT

Garth Besydhyans KW MT

Halfenton KW MT

Hendra KW MT

Kosti Veur KW MT

Kosti Vian KW MT

Nansledan KW MT

Riel KW MT

Skol Nansledan KW MT

Stret Euther Penndragon KW MT

Stret Goryan KW MT

Stret Kosti Veur Woles KW MT

Stret Myghtern Arthur KW MT

Trevenson KW MT

Trewolek KW MT

Click here for a copy of the masterplan showing all the Cornish place names