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Black Head
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Map showing the location of Black Head
Map showing the location of Black Head
Location in Cornwall
Location St Austell Bay, Cornwall
OS grid SX 039 480
Coordinates 50°17′57″N 4°45′16″W / 50.29917°N 4.75444°W / 50.29917; -4.75444
Operator National Trust
Designation Scheduled monument

Black Head is a headland at the western end of St Austell Bay, in Cornwall, England. It is owned by the National Trust.


It is the site of an Iron Age promontory fort. There are two parallel ramparts, up to 5.2 metres (17 ft) high, with ditches of depth 2.1 metres (6 ft 11 in); slight remains are visible of a further rampart beyond. The fort is a scheduled monument. There are also the remains of a rifle range, built in the 1880s and modified in later years.

A memorial stone for the Cornish writer A. L. Rowse is situated on Black Head. In retirement he lived in the nearby hamlet of Trenarren. The stone includes the inscription "This was the land of my content".

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