We should be grateful to those who record the everyday events of their life. Elsie Thomas of Silverwell did just that, and her children, Clarice Lean and Ken Thomas, were delighted to agree to its inclusion in the book, Blackwater and its Neighbours by Clive Benney and Tony Mansell. The material has also been the…Continue Reading “Elsie’s Story of Days Gone By”

With work on the Chiverton to Carland dual carriageway well underway it will not be long before some familiar landscapes will change for ever. In this article, under our Commerce and Industry banner, Tony Mansell takes a look at one particular business which existed at Chiverton Cross, long before the motor car became a common…Continue Reading “Ward’s Garage of Chiverton Cross”

Mangle Houses were once a common feature of most towns and villages where customers could have their laundry pressed for a penny or two. Tony Mansell brings us their story and of the equipment used in them, its construction and usage. A mangle keeper or mangle woman was someone who offered a laundry pressing service…Continue Reading “The Mangle House”

This short piece by Tony Mansell first appeared in the Western Morning News series “My Favourite Place”. Looe features in Tony’s early life and his memories of it will long remain.   Happiness is transient, fleeting, ephemeral, but was it always so? Weren’t we once able to trap it in the palm of our hand;…Continue Reading “The Looe Fisherman”

Tony Mansell tells the story of one man’s dream of owning a fairground organ and wonders how many fully understood the effort and skill that went into creating this amazing musical instrument. Bernard True Bernard True was unsure if he was a Kentish Man or Man of Kent but whichever it was, we are grateful…Continue Reading “The St Agnes Fairground Organ”

Once again, Tony Mansell leads us into his world of folklore, myth and legend involving an iconic bridge which really has left a lasting impression on him. This bitter-sweet love story was the winner of the Gorsedh Kernow 2010 – Short Story set in Cornwall.   My heart beats faster as I spot a column…Continue Reading “Black Bridge”