Tater-Du Lighthouse

  Mike McGinnes brings us the story of a unique Cornish edifice and of his involvement in its construction – the Tater-Du Lighthouse.   (Photo: Tom Corser www.tomcorser.com. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode).   The most recently erected lighthouse in Cornwall was built during 1965, on the site of a rocky…Continue Reading “Tater-Du Lighthouse”

My First Real Job – and I was just a girl!

Knees Department Store, King Street, Truro   Susan Coney brings us her experience of being a young Cornish Maid in a man’s world.   I took my ‘O’ Level GCE’s in the summer term of 1964. During the summer holidays, I worked in Knees toy department. Whilst I was there, the girl who was the…Continue Reading “My First Real Job – and I was just a girl!”

Padstow Volunteer Artillery

Padstow Volunteer Band 1908 Back row: Percy Courtenay, Albert Hill, Tommy Tresidder, Jim Parsons. Second row: Albert Courtenay, Tom Williams, Tom Trenouth. Front row: Edgar Tonkin, Ewart Worsley (sitting) Alfred Buckingham, William Courtenay (sitting) S Veal.   The Volunteer forces of the mid to late 1800s were an important part of the defence of this…Continue Reading “Padstow Volunteer Artillery”

A trainline was proposed through St Agnes to the cliff above the harbour. What was its purpose and route? St Agnes historian, Clive Benney, shares his thoughts on the imaginative project.   Many will have heard of the Chacewater to Newquay Railway that passed through St Agnes Parish between 1903 and 1963 but how many…Continue Reading “The St Agnes Railway That Never Arrived”


The second Bethesda Chapel in River Street, Truro   For many years Bethesda Chapel occupied a prominent position in Truro. Two buildings in River Street carried the name, the first before the street was created, when the River Kenwyn ran past its “front door”.  This is the story of those chapels but their history would…Continue Reading “Bethesda”

The peaceful and pleasant scene of Readymoney Beach, Fowey, portrayed here is in complete contrast to the event which Muriel Mansell relates in this true story. A story of a young girl who chose to resolve her problems in the only way she thought possible. Thankfully, few of us will experience such a horrific and…Continue Reading “Polly Foot’s Cove”