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Tehidy and the Bassets
by Michael Tangye

ISBN: 978 185022 163 0
235x170mm - 90 pages

REDUCED!  Tehidy and the Bassets tells the story of the Basset family from Norman times, their development of Tehidy Park and the building of the mansion. Michael Tangye describes the end of the family's reign and the making of the TB hospital and the more recent development of the estate and mansion.

Meticulously researched the book reveals details of the daily life through the centuries of the Bassets, their servants and tenants. Written with knowledge, enthusiasm and insight, the book is very readable and gives a fascinating picture of, not just the Basset estate, but life in Cornwall as it must have been.

Nearly ninety years have passed since the last of the family vacated the mansion, but their legend lives on - the Bassett name is ever-present in streets, roads, schools and pubs. Many older inhabitants of Redruth will have been brought up with stories of the pre-eminence of the Bassets, when the family ruled like kings over their subjects. The great house at Tehidy was the centre of their kingdom, a symbol of power, wealth and at times, benevolence. It grew in pace with an ever-increasing fortune derived from numerous rich tin and copper mines and a succession of marriages into other wealthy Cornish families.

The story of this remarkable family and the ultimate collapse of their empire makes fascinating reading. The history of the Bassets is a history of Cornwall and its people.

Michael Tangye is a well known and respected local historian. He is a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd - Bardic name Whythrer Meyn (Examiner of Stones), an Ex-President of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies and Recorder of Archeology for same.

40 black and white illustrations.

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Penlee - The loss of a Lifeboat
by Michael Sagar-Fenton

ISBN: 978 185022 128 9
235x170mm - 96 pages

On the night of 19 December 1981 the Penlee lifeboat 'Solomon Browne' was launched to go to the rescue of the stricken coaster 'Union Star'. This is the record of that fateful night. First published in 1991 this book was immediately acclaimed as a classic of lifeboat literature. This is a revised and enlarged edition, based wherever possible on first hand interviews and other unpublished material. The author is a native of west Cornwall; born in Penzance in 1945 and educated in Penzance and Truro. He lives on the coast near Lamorna close to the scene of much of this narrative. He is a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines and the author of several other books of local interest. He began collecting material for the book soon after the incident in 1981 but respecting the wishes of the relatives the book wasn't published until ten years had passed. It received a warm response from sources as diverse as John Le Carr, who named it as his 'book of the year' to one of the relatives who wrote to thank him for 'bringing the boys back'.

30 b & w illustrations - this edition 2000.