MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Location: file:///C:/CC8AC8CB/rocherock.htm Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Type: text/html; charset="us-ascii" The small village of Roche is to be found just half a mile from the main A30 trunk road on the edge of 'china clay country' and surrounded by moorland

The small village= of  Roche is to be found just h= alf a mile from the main A30 trunk road on the edge of  'china clay country' and surrounde= d by moorland.  The ruined hermitage built into the side of this prominent rocky outcrop was originally an early 15th.century chapel dedicated to St. Michael. It is known that the disused chapel was then occupied by a solitary leper who made the rock his home in order to avoid infecting others with his condition - cared for by his daugh= ter Gundred who brought him water from a nearby hollow st= one said to ebb and flow with the tide. [ The redisc= overy of a natural spring emerging from a nearby solid rock would seem to support this story. ] The rock itself is composed entirely of quartz and black tourmaline and stands on the Michael line - a measurable  'energy line'  linking a number of ancient elevat= ed sites dedicated to St. Michael including  St. Michael's Mount at Marazion and Glastonbury Tor in Somerset.        =             &nb= sp;