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The Jamaica Inn was originally built as a pub high up on the Bodmin Moor, and was used as a coaching house for changing horses during stagecoach runs over the southern moors.
It now also serves as an inn, often lodging travelers from all over the country.
From her first glimpse on that raw November eve, she could sense the inn's dark power.
But never did Mary The coachman tried to warn her away from the ruined, forbidding place on the rainswept Cornish coast.
The coachman tried to warn her away from the ruined, forbidding place on the rainswept Cornish coast.
But young Mary Yellan chose instead to honor her mother's dying request that she join her frightened Aunt Patience and huge, hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn at Jamaica Inn.
After Mary realises that Joss is the leader of a band of wreckers and even overhears Joss ordering the murder of one of their members, she is unsure whether to trust Jem or not.
While she stayed, she was told stories by the locals of smugglers, pirates, and ghostly highwaymen.
The novel was later adapted three times for the screen; the first being a film by Alfred Hitchcock in 1939, the second a 1983 television series going by the same name as the novel, and the third was another film adaption made in 2014 and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe.
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This is without doubt Cornwall’s most famous smuggler’s inn and museum.