Treen is a hamlet in far west Cornwall, not far from Porthcurno Beach. (A hamlet is smaller than a village and distinctly without a church. There is almost always a pub though!)
The first records of the name is Tredyn (1304) and Trethyn (1314) which means farm + fort. The hamlet consists of rugged homes and buildings that can easily face down the squalls that sweep savagely across the cliff tops. Everywhere and everything is made of granite. Below is a description of the village by Francis Kilvert, who was an English clergyman whose diaries reflected rural life in the 1870s.
.. and we came to a strange bare wild village where everything was made of granite – cottages, walls, roofs, pigs "crows" (sties), sheds, outbuildings, nothing but granite, enormous slabs of granite set up on end and roofed with other slabs."