Have you ever been caught having extra-marital sex? Ever been a community leader, or public figure, and gone against your community’s wishes? Ever withheld pay from your employees? Ever been a ‘blackleg’? Ever brought shame on your kin, and/or your neighbourhood? If, in 1800s Cornwall, you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of the above…Continue Reading “Effigy Burning in Nineteenth Century Cornwall”

This account by Les Donnithorne, a Mitchell man, was discovered after his death. It is the recollections of someone whose only motivation was to record the history of his village. His son, also Les, was determined that his father’s story should be made public and joined with Cornish historian, Tony Mansell, to publish it here,…Continue Reading “Mitchell – As I Recall It”

Susan Coney (née Phillips) is a prolific researcher and recorder of local history, especially about Truro. Here, she shares with us part three of her memories of growing up during the 1940s to the 1960s, recalled and recorded during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown.   Now, where was I?   Most of the village children went…Continue Reading “My Memories of Growing up near Truro – Part 3: Shortlanesend Chapel”

A cup of tea at five in The Ale House

Another poem written and spoken by Bert Biscoe: one where every word should be savoured to appreciate the full thrust and vigour of his message.     A cup of tea at five in The Ale House   Old comrades speak quietly In shady corners of anonymous bars – They talk of waiting, biding, Sitting…Continue Reading “A cup of tea at five in The Ale House”

Susan Coney (née Phillips) is a prolific researcher and recorder of local history, especially about Truro. Here, she shares with us part two of her memories of growing up during the 1940s to the 1960s, recalled and recorded during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown.   The time has come the walrus said … to write part…Continue Reading “My Memories of Growing up near Truro – Part 2: Shortlanesend”

David Oates, himself a superb deliverer of Cornish dialect stories, brings us an article about Herbert Lean who he describes as the master storyteller. To back up this claim he includes an audio recording of Herbert telling the tale of the Penponds Outing.   Penponds Outing – Herbert Lean   The dialect stories of Herbert…Continue Reading “Herbert Lean”