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Pentillie 'wartime' babies reunite in Cornwall

The owners of a castle in south east Cornwall have organised a 'Pentillie babies' reunion for everyone that was born in the building when it was used as a maternity hospital in the 1940s.

Today, many of these wartime babies will reunite at the event. Although the wartime babies have Pentillie Castle on their birth certificate, none have been back since. 150 people are expected to attend the special occasion.

300-year-old legend solved

Mausoleum at Pentillie Castle
Sir James Tillie's remains uncovered at Pentillie Castle Credit: ITV West Country

Archaeologists in Cornwall have found the human remains of Sir James Tillie after 300 years.

His remains were found on a chair at Pentillie Castle. It's understood he believed he would come back to life, so asked in his will that he be placed in a chair in the building rather than buried.

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Sir James Tillie reburied with a time capsule, say owners

The likely remains of Pentillie Castle owner Sir James Tillie have been unearthed in the castle mausoluem, 300 years after his death. No one knew he was buried there.

We don't believe there is any need to examine Jimmy's bones, and check his DNA. He's fine where he is, and there is no need to to rummage about in his bones just for the sake of it. We have popped a little time capsule - well, natty tupperware with the History of Pentillie book and a little note explaining what we got up to - for when someone next has to restore the mausoleum and wonders what this funny vault is underneath. Apart from that, R.I.P Sir James. We hope you enjoy the new and improved view!

– Sammy Coryton, Pentillie Castle co-owner

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