English identity in Cornwall

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Cornwall has been administered as part of England since, arguably, the 9th century, although retaining considerable autonomy at least down to the formation of the Duchy of Cornwall in 1337. As England’s first (and last?) colony, it is therefore not exactly surprising to find that many Cornish people have yet to rid themselves of an English identity.

But the geography of the English identity in Cornwall is to some extent a mirror image of Cornishness; the most English parts are the least Cornish parts. In general terms east Cornwall is more explicitly English, with Saltash and Torpoint containing the highest proportions of people expressing an English national identity. Penzance and West Penwith, the Carnmenellis area, the southern parts of Camborne-Redruth and, more surprisingly, Truro and Falmouth and their surrounding rural hinterlands display relatively low levels of English national identity. But even in the least ‘English’ wards, which are Falmouth Arwenack and Truro Boscawen, the proportion declaring an ‘English only’ identity is over 50% (just).

But what about British identity?