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”

Whose Eclipse?

Alan Murton reflects on one of those events when everyone can recall where they were.   How familiar are the words of Genesis 1vv 1-31, particularly: “God said: ‘Let there be light’ and there was light.  And God saw the light that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness?”  How many…Continue Reading “Whose Eclipse?”

Susan Coney (née Phillips) is a prolific researcher and recorder of local history, especially about Truro. Here, she shares with us part ten, the final part, of her memories of growing up during the 1940s to the 1960s, recalled and recorded during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown.   Lead Photograph: County School 1962 – Susan Phillips…Continue Reading “My Memories of Growing up near Truro – Part 10: Teenage Years (mostly)”

David Oates draws on intensely personal childhood memories, of some seventy years ago, to find echoes of an age now gone.  An age where leisure and pleasure before the time of universal car ownership was found close to home.  The advent of car ownership, too, marked the beginning of the end of communities travelling and…Continue Reading “Over the hills and far away …”