St Ives Street Sign Mug - Virgin Street, St Ives Cornwall

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Sip your morning cuppa and imagine you are sitting in a little Downalong cottage in Virgin Street starting your holiday in St Ives!

Our chunky white ceramic mug has the image of the Virgin Street road sign, taken from the sign on the side of the St Ives Bakery. I think it must have been there for a while as it does look a little sea-worn. We think it has true St Ives character!

Virgin Street to me always sounds a little risque! I can't think of a cheekier mug to drink your morning break cuppa from. And of course it is utterly reminiscent of St Ives and Cornwall!

Where Is Virgin Street?

Virgin Street is the little street running left uphill at the fork of The Digey and Fore Street. It is cobbled and charming and car free! It is part of the Downalong area of St Ives and is full of quaint little fishing cottages, quirky signs and mermaids!

In the olden days Virgin Street would have been populated by the fishing community. Much of the processing of the fish took place here in cellars and courtyards that were part of the houses. The fish work took place on the ground floor, cellars and courtyards. People lived upstairs which is why you see lots of external steps leading to the second floor. This segregated the fish from the humans!

Why Is It Called Virgin Street?

Virgin Street is possibly named after St Ia The Virgin - of whom St Ives is named after. She was an Irish virgin Martyred at Hayle in the middle part of the 5th century.

Or it could have been called Virgin Street as in New Street.

Our Virgin Street St Ives Street Sign mug comes in a lovely presentation gift box - it would make a wonderful present - or a cheeky little gift for yourself!