St Samson is recorded as having slain an evil serpent through the power of God. It lived in a dark cave on the banks of the River Fowey at Golant in Cornwall and terrorised local inhabitants. The cave still exists and apparently Samson also lived there for a while as a hermit (as well as having a prayer oratory and well on top of the hill above the village). It is situated directly opposite  Penpol Creek and has a beautiful outlook. St Cyric's prayer oratory is situated off Penpol Creek, so the two hermits would have been near each other. It's not actually known whether they lived at the same time but often monks did locate near each other so they could share fellowship and confession. The two sites are just a very short boat trip apart.

St Sampson's Church, Golant, Cornwall - view down the River Fowey from inside the church St Sampson's Church, Golant, Cornwall - side chapel St Sampson's Church, Golant, Cornwall - the view down to the River Fowey St Sampson's Church, Golant, Cornwall in the sunshine St Sampson's Church, Golant, Cornwall - the porch entrance St Sampson's holy well sign, Golant, Cornwall St Sampson's holy well, Golant, Cornwall St Winnow, River Fowey, Cornwall Southill Church, Cornwall

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