“The cold walls of Jamaica Inn smelt of guilt and deceit. Its dark secrets made the very name a byword for terror among honest Cornish folk”
I thought I’d post a few pictures from my trip to the incredible Jamaica Inn. From everything to Joss’s Bar, the Du Maurier Museum and a look at the beautiful view surrounding the infamous Inn. This was quite a special visit for me because Jamaica Inn was the very first Du Maurier book I read. It was years ago now but it left a huge impression on me! As have her other books but this one is quite special!
I first came across Du Maurier on a trip to Truro. I found an old, well-thumbed copy of Jamaica Inn in a second-hand bookshop. And with the first paragraph I read (the quote above) I was hooked. Those two sentences have stuck in my mind since! Suffice to say, Du Maurier is one of my favourite authors!
Here are some pictures of Jamaica from the outside! It’s so beautiful! If you wipe away the sheen of the past few years, it’s easy to visualise what it would have looked like ‘backalong’ (‘in former times’ — Cornish dialect)!
This had to be the pinnacle of my excitement: stepping through the doors of Jamaica Inn! Couldn’t stop smiling the whole time! (:
This might sound a little cliché but it really did feel as if Joss, Mary and Jem were there! The atmosphere-soaked walls were enough to take your breath away! They did mine! It might not look like it from the pictures, but whether you be a Du Maurier fan or not, I thoroughly recommend visiting Jamaica Inn and seeing for yourself! It’s an unforgettable experience! You can really feel the history!
Below is one of the many pieces of artwork adorning the walls of Jamaica Inn. This one depicts one of the scenes from the book!
This is Joss’s Bar. If you look just above Davey’s head you can see the yellow writing on the beam! You can go behind the bar and stand with the two characters for a photo!
This was one of the many scenes in the book that had my blood-pumping! Joss Merlyn’s death!
This is the original bar! Behind is the Vicar of Altarnun and Maray Yellan! (Creepy looking fellow – the theming here was fabulous!)
Admittedly, I had a moment of being completely starstruck when I set eyes on this!
Daphne Du Maurier’s very own typewriter and desk! Incredible! You can imagine her sitting there, typing out her masterpieces! Such an inspirational lady!
“Jamaica Inn is well known as the setting for Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name, published in 1936. The young author was inspired to write her novel in 1930 after she and a friend became lost in fog whilst out riding on the moors, and were lead back by their horses to safety at the Inn. During the time spent recovering from her ordeal, the local rector is said to have entertained her with ghost stories and tales of smuggling!”
“In memory of her, a room was created here at Jamaica Inn which is full of memorabilia, including her Sheraton writing desk on top of which is a packet of the du Maurier cigarettes named after her father. There’s also a dish of Glacier Mints – Dame Daphne’s favourite sweets.”
Some pictures of Dame Daphne!
The copy of Jamaica Inn in the bottom left-hand corner is the same as mine!!
The t-shirt in the photo below is the exact same shirt worn by Daphne Du Maurier in the picture!
Some smuggling artifacts… This turtle shell graced the wall of a trading ship. Contraband was be concealed inside the shell.
“The Smugglers Museum houses one of the finest collections of smuggling artefacts in the country. Featuring ‘The History of Jamaica Inn’, an educational and historical film show, the Museum brings alive many of the myths and legends associated with Jamaica Inn and Cornwall, including tales of wreckers and smugglers over the past 300 years.”
The view around the Inn! You can just imagine Mary wandering the moors !
Here is a picture of the small cinema at Jamaica. The short film gave a brilliant insight into Du Maurier, smuggling and of course the ghosts that haunt the rooms of Jamaica Inn! It’s only too easy to imagine things going bump in the night there!
“On a moonlit night, when all is still, the sound of horses’ hooves and the metal rims of wheels turning on the rough cobbles can be heard in the courtyard. Yet there is nothing to be seen! Who can explain the uneasy footsteps heard pacing the corridors in the dead of night? Who is the strange man in a tricorne hat and cloak who appears and then walks through solid doors?”
There are some clips of the cinema film on my Twitter and Facebook timeline if you’d like to see a little of it!
I couldn’t visit Jamaica Inn without stopping at Atlarnun, the home to the immensely creepy vicar Davey!
That’s it! Hope you have enjoyed looking at the pics!
If you are coming down to Cornwall for your holidays and considering stopping at Jamaica, I thoroughly recommend it! It is an amazing place!
Here is the link to Daphne Du Maurier’s website if you’d like to know a little more about her and her books!
Here is the link if you’d like to buy the novel, Jamaica Inn!
And here is a link for an amazing blog tour from Katherine aka BiblioManiac, in which several brilliant authors talk about their love for Du Maurier! The blog tour kicks off with Anna Mazzola, author of the Unseeing. This is a completely wonderful blog tour celebrating a literary genius! I’ve been enjoying it so much!
If you’d like to follow Katherine on Twitter this is the link! Her reviews are brilliant!
Here is a link to the Jamaica Inn Website for more information, pictures and visiting times.
Thanks for taking a look. Hope you’ve enjoyed looking at the pictures. Would love to hear your thoughts! xxx
I’m planning a trip to Fowey – where Daphne lived – so I’ll add some more pics and info to this post!!!
(The quotes in blue are taken from the Jamaica Inn website)