Susan Coney (née Phillips) is a prolific researcher and recorder of local history, especially about Truro. Here, she shares with us part six of her memories of growing up during the 1940s to the 1960s, recalled and recorded during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown.   The lead photo is my brother, Richard, holding my little sister…Continue Reading “My Memories of Growing up near Truro – Part 6: My childhood in the 1950s”

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”

Susan Coney (née Phillips) is a prolific researcher and recorder of local history, especially about Truro. Here, she shares with us part five of her memories of growing up during the 1940s to the 1960s, recalled and recorded during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown.   At home one early evening, I was told that I had…Continue Reading “My Memories of Growing up near Truro – Part 5: A special event and memories of our house and garden at Shortlanesend”

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”

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”