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Golant is a village in south Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is on the west bank of the River Fowey and in the civil parish of St Sampson.Golant is about two miles (3 km) north of Fowey and seven miles (11 km) east of St Austell.Golant church is dedicated to St Sampson of Dol. The poet John Betjeman remarked that its pews were "extremely uncomfortable, recall the fidgets of Gus and Flora in Ravenshoe". The church was mentioned in the book England’s Thousand Best Churches by Simon Jenkins.The village is on the Saints' Way long-distance footpath. The Fishermans Arms pub overlooks the river. Annie Vernon, the Olympic rower, was a member of Castle Dore Rowing Club in Golant.HistoryA once well-used ford crossed the river near Golant. During the English Civil War in 1644 a 10,000-strong parliamentary army fought Royalist forces in area. King Charles was in the area during the campaign. The Earl of Essex and other prominent parliamentarians escaped by boat to Plymouth. many 17th century cannonballs and musket balls have been found in the area.
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