Lamorna Spry brings us a fascinating piece of Cornish History brought to life through verbatim quotes by members of her family.   On Monday 18 May 1896, in scenes reminiscent of the Boston Tea Party, local Cornish fishermen from Newlyn and Mousehole boarded around 15 of the boats from the Lowestoft and East Country fleet…Continue Reading “The Newlyn Fishing Riots of 1896”

Susan Coney (née Phillips) is a prolific researcher and recorder of local history, especially about Truro. Here, she shares with us part four of her memories of growing up during the 1940s to the 1960s, recalled and recorded during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown.   When I was five I started school, not at Shortlanesend but…Continue Reading “My Memories of Growing up near Truro – Part 4: St Mary’s School”

The Porthleven Goose versus Old Will Temby – a poem written and spoken by Bert Biscoe

This month we have another of Bert Biscoe’s poems. Sit back and listen to the engaging sound of Bert’s voice as he relates his story of The Porthleven Goose versus Old Will Temby. More of Bert’s Cornish themed poems can be found on this site by making a word search on his name.    …Continue Reading “The Porthleven Goose versus Old Will Temby – a poem written and spoken by Bert Biscoe”

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”