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image of Life in Cornwall - in the early C19th
Life in Cornwall - in the early C19th

ISBN: 978 185022 112 8
220 x 145mm - 248 pages

Extracts from the West Briton selected & edited by R M Barton

These extracts from the West Briton, then Cornwall's principal newspaper cover the years from 1810 - 1835. This was a time when press gangs roamed the streets of of Looe and Fowey, when men and women were hanged in public at the 'county drop' in Bodmin, when distress in Scilly was worse than that in Ireland, when parish apprentices absconded by the score and when many of the roofs of Truro were thatched. There are over a thousand entries covering all aspects of human life; we meet amongst others John Parkyn sentenced to death for stealing a pony for which he had no use; William Screetch caught melting stolen tin in an iron frying pan; Sydney Guelph Churchill, the quack doctor who treated wounds with cobwebs; Catherine Elizabeth and Ann, keepers of brothels for sailors of Falmouth; Moses Morrish of St Austell whose monstrous tapeworm was placed on public view; James Symons of Crowan, a well-beloved idiot son who strayed from home 'beyond his knowledge' and was never seen again; and the nameless lunatic girl who died in chains in the burning of St Buryan poorhouse in 1817.

First published in 1970 and re-issued in 1997 this volume remains of the richest sources of social history in Cornwall in the nineteenth century. 'Lane's Haemacathartic tincture which is offered to the public as a certain cure for the King's Evil, Leposy, cancers, white swellings, scurvy, and every disorder arising from the impurity of the blood. This invaluable medicine is prepared only by Samuel Drew, chemist and druggist, Helston' (12/01/1827)

Eight engravings - this edition 1997.

image of Serpentine
by Mike Sagar-Fenton with Stuart B Smith

ISBN: 978 185022 199 9
235x170mm - 64 pages

This book was inspired by a major exhibition of serpentine at Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance in 2005; possibly the first since the Great Exhibition of 1851. The story of serpentine has until now been relatively neglected. This book is intended to remedy that and to provide a fascinating insight into the rise, fall and stubborn survival of a curious and unique local industry, another strand in Cornwall's rich and varied history.

63 black and white and colour illustrations.

image of Life in Cornwall 1939-42
Life in Cornwall 1939-42
by Catharine Ince (ed)

ISBN: 978 185022 148 7
240x175mm - 96 pages

REDUCED!  This book will remind an older generation of life during the Second World War and encourage a younger generation to take an interest in the life their parents, grandparents and great-grand parents led sixty years ago. The extracts have been taken from the West Briton and cover the years 1939 - 1942. They include both the trivial and the tragic but mainly reflect a picture of ordinary people endeavouring to serve their country and get on with their lives. The emphasis has been to show, what were for those days, everyday events - ARP exercises, fitting gas masks, collecting salvage, raising money for Spitfires, Land Army girls at work, air raid damage, filling sandbags and much more.

The fifty illustrations are taken from the Ellis Collection at the Cornish Studies Library. The editor Catharine Ince has lived in Cornwall since a child and has spent three years researching the material for this fascinating book.

Pasties and rationing. Mr J Rathbone (Bodmin), in a written question to the Minister of Food, asked for an assurance that the Cornish pasties would be included under the heading of meat pies for exemption from rationing restrictions.

50 b & w illustrations - published 15 March 2001.