First published in London by Methuen & Co., in 1903 and republished here in fully-searchable electronic format is Arthur L. Salmon's Cornwall issued as part of Methuen's 'The Little Guides' series. Containing some 290 printed pages Cornwall is not a guide book in the traditional sense, but more a topographical dictionary of the places of Cornwall and the Scilly Isles.
Arthur Leslie Salmon was born in 1865 and became renowned as a music critic, a poet - many of his poems were put to music by the likes of Elgar - lover of literature and author of many travel guides, notably those concentrating on the west country. In collaboration with the artist B. C. Boulter, Salmon set out to produce a 'satisfactory guide book' for the county he undoubtedly loved beyond all other and in this he intended to include notices on the architecture, history, legend, lore and science of a county unlike any other in England. Indeed, on his travels through the length and breadth of Cornwall, Salmon believed that Cornwall, with its distinct and separate language had more in common with Wales, Ireland and Brittany than it did with the likes of Surrey and Sussex.
Messrs Methuen's aim for their Little Guides series was to produce travel literature in a form that was 'handing and charming', had artistic merit, with good plans and maps recording everything of interest in the natural features, history, archaeology and architecture of the county on which they treated and each of the the counties represented in The Little Guides series followed a set formula: these were introduced with a general description of the county 'its situation, physical features, flora and fauna, climate, inhabitants, industries, history and archaeology'. This section was followed by an alphabetical account of all the chief places and towns of interest in the county and as such this section is more akin to a topographical dictionary than it is to a more-traditional guide book. With no information in hotels and places to stay and no route maps for the tourist Cornwall and the other counties featured in the Little Guides series are not practical guide books, but they do contain wonderful descriptions of the counties on which they treat.
Cornwall is introduced by a general physical description of the county as well as descriptions of its flora and fauna, population and communications, mining fisheries, history, antiquities, traditions and folklore, language and dialect before concluding with a section on famous Cornish personalities. There follows the bulk of the publication, the alphabetical description of the chief places of interest in the county. Beginning with Advent and ending with Zennor and a separate section on the Scilly Isles, this portion of Cornwall forms the bulk of the publication taking-up some 230 of the 290 pages.
Fully-indexed and wonderfully illustrated, Cornwall, although not a travel guide, is a fascinating and extremely useful dictionary of the chief places of interest in this unique county.
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Published at Bodmin in 1847 and compiled by the Vicar of Bodmin, John Wallis, the full title of this publication provides a clear insight into its contents: The Cornwall Register; containing Collections Relative to the Past and Present State of the 209 Parishes, forming the County, Archdeaconry, Parliamentary Divisions and Poor Law Unions of Cornwall. To this was added brief information on some of the adjoining towns situated in Devon from Hartland to Plymouth.
The Cornwall Register is much more than an ecclesiastical register, although it also serves this purpose. The Cornwall Register for 1847 is a continuation of the Bodmin Register, first published in 1838, and the successor retained a particular interest, descriptive and statistical, in the parishes within the Bodmin area.
Containing over 470 printed pages and a full index, the Cornwall Register is prefaced by an alphabetical list of the 209 parishes extant in Cornwall in 1847, their location on a map and population as per the 1841 Census of Population, the largest being Madron with 11, 144 and the smallest, Temple with a mere 37 souls. The Register continues with a description of the soon to be created Bishopric of Cornwall and the Tithe Apportionments returned to the 209 parishes in 1846, an alphabetical list of the clergy, their parish and benefice, followed by a chronological list of the same incumbents.
Apart from ecclesiastical data and statistics, the Cornwall Register also contains a miscellany of historical information such as the assemblage of three rebel armies at Bodmin between 1497 and 1549, namely Flammock's, Perkins; and Arundel's and a description of each of these rebellions is given by the author in some detail, together with the names and heights of the mountains and hills, the rivers and streams, where they rise and empty and overall length of each. There follows a description of the 209 parishes of Cornwall arranged under their various deaneries, together with the statute area of each, the value of the benefice, accommodation of the incumbent, together with the amounts of 'collections for the Irish', for each. The remainder of the Cornwall Register, more than 200 pages, is dedicated a descriptions topographical, historical and statistical for each of the 209 and this perhaps presents the most interesting and substantial portion of the Register. These descriptions include an historical account of each parish from its inception, descriptions of the churches, history of the parishes' patrons, genealogy and any other outstanding feature both physical and historical, hence providing a detailed account of the of the county of Cornwall between the enumeration of the 1841 and 1851 Population Censuses.
Republished here on fully searchable CD-Rom format, the Cornwall Register should appeal to anyone with an interest in the county in general, it parishes, but perhaps more especially the Bodmin area of the county.
Republished here in fully-searchable digital format is the 8th and 9th editions of Baddeley & Ward's Guide to North Devon and North Cornwall, originally published in London by Dulau & Co., in 1904. Published as part of Baddeley and Ward's 'Thorough Guide' Series, these editions contain 195 and 261 printed pages and carries the full title of Thorough Guide Series: North Devon [Including West Somerset] and North Cornwall. From Exmoor to the Scilly Isles with a Description of the Various Approaches.
Mountford John Byrde Baddeley (1843-1906) distinguished himself as a guide book writer of the late 19th early 20th centuries, with his first 'Thorough Guide', that to the Lake District, being published by Dulau in 1880. This publication alone went through 23 editions, the last being published by Hammond in 1978 illustrating the enduring appeal of the format of Baddeley's Thorough Guides, which encompassed twenty regions throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
This edition of the Baddeley's Thorough Guide to North Devon and North Cornwall was edited by Baddeley, the text written by Charles Slegg Ward with maps and plans by J. Bartholomew. Written for the independent tourist travelling on foot, bicycle by coach or rail these guides were at the time of their publication particularly highly regarded and praised in the national newspapers for their accuracy, tasteful topographic descriptions and beautiful maps and these aspects of the Thorough Guides series was as true then as it is today. The 9th edition for North Devon and North Cornwall includes a number of gradient route maps designed for cyclists, which also note dangerous bends in roads and approaches into towns and villages.
The Thorough Guide to North Devon and North Cornwall includes fifteen main destinations, which are Exeter, Barnstaple, Dulverton, Lynton, Ilfracombe, Clovelly, Lundy, Bideford, Bude, Boscastle, Wadebridge, St. Agnes, Land's End, Lizard and the Scilly Isles, including all the major towns in between such as Exmoor, Newquay and Penzance. Each of the destinations is accompanied by descriptions of how to get there be it by rail, bicycle or coach and on arrival where to stay. From these focal points the Thorough Guide provides notes for all the activities available in the area, such as notes for walkers, notes for cyclists, anglers, golfers and the like as well as learned topographical descriptions provided by Ward on the local buildings, places and sights of interest. From each stopping point the reader is offered a number of day trips or excursions, which are aimed walkers with varying levels of fitness to cyclists prepared to cycle more than 100 miles in a day!
One of the distinguishing features of the Thorough Guides series are the excellent maps and plans that accompany the guides and the 1904 edition for North Devon and North Cornwall is no exception. This edition includes fifteen coloured, contoured maps as well as street plans of the towns of Exeter, Ilfracombe, Newquay and Penzance as well as a diagram of the interior of Exeter Cathedral. The nature of the maps, showing reliefs and gradients are akin to modern discovery series Ordnance Survey Maps all of which mark the routes described in Ward's text.
These editions of the Thorough Guide to North Devon and North Cornwall are an excellent travel companion for the environs that it covers and all editions in this series have now become eminently desirable to collectors, the maps alone making this digital republication a worthy edition to anyone with an interest in the north Devon and Cornwall areas of England.
Republished here in fully-searchable digital format is the 8th edition of Baddeley & Ward's Guide to South Devon and South Cornwall, originally published in London by Thomas Nelson & Sons., in 1915. Published as part of Baddeley and Ward's 'Thorough Guide' Series, this edition contains 405 printed pages and carries the full title of Thorough Guide Series: South Devon & South Cornwall with a Full Description of Dartmoor and the Isles of Scilly.
This edition of the Baddeley's Thorough Guide to South Devon and South Cornwall was edited by W. Baxter, the text written by Charles .Slegg Ward with maps and plans by J. Bartholomew and includes some twenty pages of advertisements, list of golf courses, approaches and an introduction. Written for the independent tourist travelling on foot, bicycle by coach or rail these guides were at the time of their publication particularly highly regarded and praised in the national newspapers for their accuracy, tasteful topographic descriptions and beautiful maps and these aspects of the Thorough Guides series was as true then as it is today. The 8th edition for South Devon and South Cornwall includes a number of gradient route maps designed for cyclists, which also note dangerous bends in roads and approaches into towns and villages.
The Thorough Guide to South Devon and South Cornwall includes thirty-four main destinations, which are Lyme Regis, Seaton, Sidmouth, Exeter, Exmouth, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot, Torquay, Dartmouth, Totnes, Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Dartmore, Ashburton, Bovery Tracey, Lustleigh & Moreton Hampstead, Chagford, Okehampton, Lydford, Tavistock, Ivybridge, Plymouth & Devonport, Liskeard, Lostwithiel, St. Austell, Truro, Fowey, Falmouth, The Lizard, Marazion, St. Michael's Mount, Penzance and the Isles of Scilly. Each of the destinations is accompanied by descriptions of how to get there be it by rail, bicycle or coach and on arrival where to stay. From these focal points the Thorough Guide provides notes for all the activities available in the area, such as notes for walkers, notes for cyclists, anglers, golfers and the like as well as learned topographical descriptions provided by Ward on the local buildings, places and sights of interest. From each stopping point the reader is offered a number of day trips or excursions, which are aimed walkers with varying levels of fitness to cyclists prepared to cycle more than 100 miles in a day!
One of the distinguishing features of the Thorough Guides series are the excellent maps and plans that accompany the guides and the 1915 edition for South Devon and South Cornwall is no exception. This edition includes fourteen coloured, contoured maps as well as a number of street plans, as well as a diagram of the interior of Exeter Cathedral and coloured route-maps specifically designed for cyclists. The nature of the maps, showing reliefs and gradients are akin to modern discovery series Ordnance Survey Maps all of which mark the routes described in Ward's text.
The 1915 edition of the Thorough Guide to South Devon and South Cornwall is an excellent travel companion for the environs that it covers and all editions in this series have now become eminently desirable to collectors, the maps alone making this digital republication a worthy edition to anyone with an interest in the north Devon and Cornwall areas of England.
A stunningly gorgeous reference book for Devon and Cornwall.
Written by Mrs Henry Pennell Whitcombe and published in 1874. A collection of superstitions, legends and customs that your Devon and Cornwall ancestors would have passed down through the generations. Read about Imps in Mines, the Giant's Burial Place, Fishermen's and Miners' Superstitions and much more. Fascinating reading.
From the title page,
"A catalogue of the writings of Cornishmen both manuscript and printed and of works relating to the county of Cornwall. With biographical memoranda and copious literary references."
Each entry contains information about the person's publications, career and often details about their family too. Everyone is included even those who have only been published once. Great information source.
Example: SYMONS John (eld son of John Symons, receiver general of the inland revenue for the West of England, b. Tintagel 1793, d. Mayon House Sennen 20 Oct 1875, m. Amelia Millet, only dau of James Trembath and Honor his wife, dau of John Millet of Bosavern. She d. Mayon House 5 Nov 1873 aged 74) a merchant at Manchester 1843-67, Resident (oct 1876) Mayon House. M. (1) 5 Oct 1855 at Manchester, Hannah second Dau. Of Will. Romaine callender; m (2) 1 Dec 1875 at Sennen, Anna Hodge, dau of Thos. And Elizabeth Laity of Perranuthnoe afterwards of sennen. She was b. perranuthanoe.
Note on the appearance of the grey mullet during corresponding periods and quantities of fish caught at sennen cove in 1874 and 1875. Journal R.I.C. Sep 1875, p212.
All that genealogical information, even though he only wrote one, small article!
Reprinted from The Cornish Telegraph in 1906 and edited by Peter Penn. The CD contains the articles from the newspaper that have been selected for their particular points of interest and organised into topical chapters. Chapters include, Race, History, Topography, Biography, Genealogy, Language, Dialect, Surnames and Place names, Antiquities and Folk Lore, Mining, Phenomena, Epitaphs, Curious sign posts, Eccentric characters and Humorous stories.
Teeming with background information about Cornwall and its inhabitants.
Republished here in fully searchable digital format is the 65th edition of Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual. Printed and published in Plymouth in 1933 by Hoyten & Cole, Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual advertised itself as 'A book to Read and a Book to Refer to', which sums-up this publication quite nicely. Containing 462 printed pages of all sorts of miscellany such as directories of doctors, druggists, etc., tide tables, lighting up times, lists of churches, fairs, market days, packet ships, postal delivery services and much, much more.
As with all of the editions of Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual, the publication paints an intimate portrait of the world as it was in the year of the Annual's publication, with particular emphasis on the Devon and Cornwall areas of England. A treasury of social history for the Western Counties, the Annual contains hundreds of local and indeed nation advertisements as well as hundreds of photographs of people and events from the western counties in 1932/33.
Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual was founded by Thomas Sweet Doidge and first published in 1869, the longevity of the Annual clearly illustration its popularity and success. Thomas Sweet Doidge, a Wesleyan Methodist was born in West Teignmouth in 1833, the son John Sweet Doidge, who ran a successful book shop in Plymouth. John Doidge gained a reputation as an ingenious and successful bookseller by offering huge discounts on new titles from American and London publishers, some at less that a quarter of the advertised price. By 1864 Thomas Sweet Doidge had inherited his father's business, which he moved to 169-70 Union Street in 1867. Continuing with his father's practice of allowing vast discounts on new books, Thomas quickly built-up the largest booksellers in the West of England. It was from Union Street that Doidge first published his highly successful Western Counties Illustrated Annual in 1869, which he continued to published until his death in 1888. Publication of the Annual remained in the control of the family after Thomas's death, when two of his young daughters, Evelyn and Lily continued their father's business, finally relinquishing the Annual to Messrs Hoyten and Cole in 1900, who retained by the Annual's name and highly successful format.
Apart from the miscellany of directories, photographs and advertisements the 1933 edition of Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual also contains some thirty short stories and sketches and numerous poems all of which make Doidge's Western Counties Illustrated Annual a fascinating and highly entertaining publication.
The ancient language of Cornwall with an enlarged glossary of Cornish provincial words. Also contains information about Dolly Pentreath, the last known person who spoke the ancient Cornish language as her mother tongue. Long descended from Cornishmen the writer has a clannish fondness for Cornish words and phrases.
DOCY, Pretty charming or neat in person i.e. A docy little maid.
STEW Fuss, ill temper, row i.e. What a stew you're in!
PENNY LIGGY. Hard up for cash.
Reading this book you can see where the English language has got some of it's phrases from. It is a lovely book with words that will delight the reader. A must for those with Cornish interests.
The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.
In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties, except for the London volumes.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
A wonderful collection of West Country maps.
Cornwall county maps 1695, 1814, 1831, 1837, 1844, 1856.
Newquay town plan 1909.
Devon county maps 1695, 1831, 1837, 1844.
Exeter town plan 1909.
Plymouth and Devonport plan 1896.
Somerset county maps 1695, 1831, 1837, 1844.
Dorset county maps 1695, 1831, 1837, 1844, 1849, 1927, 1931.
By J. Stephen Flynn, 1917.
"Cornwall, at one time a county altogether unique, is undergoing a rapid transformation. The following brief sketches of its religious and social life
will, it is hoped, be welcomed by lovers of the old times.
During a residence of twenty-one years in the county the author learned all that is here recorded. He kept no diary, but he believes memory has been reasonably kind to him."
Fascinating details of Cornwall and its people.
An excellent way to discover more about the places your ancestors lived and how their lifestyle was shaped by the events happening around them and the land. This book covers a physical description of the districts, and their history including Prehistoric and Roman periods, the introduction of Christianity, local antiquities and churches, the reformation, Elizabethans and so on up to 1892 when the book was published. It has a lovely section on old sayings and Cornish language.
A superb history of the county of Cornwall, illustrated with thirty eight exquisite plates and a wonderful county map.
Amongst the subjects covered are fairs, population, peers, extinct families, ecclesiastical jurisdiction, deer parks, produce and manufactures, trade and ports plus much more besides.
It is very much parish based rather than a county history so some events which would otherwise be missed in the broad sweep of history are covered in fine detail here.
There are local customs such as the children of St. Ives dancing around the monument erected by John Knill esq. There are detailed descriptions of the churches (and what the author thought of the architect). Many inscriptions from the memorials are quoted in full, some of which do not survive today and there are the strange pre-historic houses that the Vicar of St. Just found on the edge of his parish that you can still visit.
"Important" parishes such as Launceston St. Mary Magdalene get many pages of treatment because much has happened there over the years, but humble parishes such as Morvah are not neglected and the author finds something of interest to say about each in turn.
A Record of the Disastrous Storm which raged throughout Devon, Cornwall and West Somerset On the Night of March 9th 1891.
A fascinating account, with lots of personal stories and people's names. Early photographs. (Published April 1891 just weeks after the event)
Book kindly loaned by Trevor Western. USA.
Written in 1869 by Charles Garton Honor, a Gospel Minister and long term Cornwall resident, this is a fascinating and charmingly written little book full of day to day observations about the county's main industries, fishing and mining.
This really is one of those 'unputdownable' books.
By M M Pollard. Published 1885 by W. P. Nimmo Hay & Mitchell.
The story of a tin mining community in Cornwall during harder times, including detailed descriptions about life in a home, underground in the mines, mine misfortunes, etc.
The book also contains a second story by Margaret Vernon, also an account of life in a mining town.
A few lovely illustrations are included.
Republished here is the first edition of Mrs Rodolph Stawell's Motor Tours in the West Country. Published by Hodder and Stoughton in London in 1910, this was the companion edition to Stawell's previous Motor Tours in Wales and Yorkshire, whose popularity witnessed second editions within a year of their initial publication.
Containing some 230 printed pages, the original publication is fully-indexed and includes a map of the route taken by the author and her photographer-husband, Rodolph de Salis Stawell, an Australian, who had married Maud Margaret Key in Ireland in 1900. Rodolph Stawell is credited with taking the 48 black-and-white photographs that illustrate Motor Tours in the West County none of which, unfortunately, reveal the author or photographer, but their 'motor' can be seen passing through Cheddar Gorge on page eight. Maud Stawell was a well-known author and translator prior to her marriage to Rodolph Stawell and is perhaps best-remembered for her collaboration in writing and retelling Fabre's Book of Insects, which had been translated by Teixeira Mattos from Souvenirs Entomologiques.
In its review of Motor Tours in the West Country the New York Times wrote that Stawell's intention was fun book primarily written for travellers, while at the same time intending to help the motorist of who their must have been very few. Hodder and Stoughton also viewed Motor Tours of the West Country as having very little in 'common with the dry-as-dust matter of fact guide-book', but was rather a 'delightful volume is specially written for those who like to know something of the history and antiquities of the places through which they pass, and for the lovers of beautiful scenery'. Stawell discusses the principal roads in Devon and Cornwall in considerable while only two chapter, the first and last, are given over to Somerset.
Each of the seven chapters is preceded with a summary of the distances covered. In chapter one, for example, the Stawell's begin their tour in Bristol at the Clifton Suspension Bridge, before travelling to Clevedon, Wells, Ilchester, Crewkerene and arriving at the Devon border some seventy-seven miles later. Of the roads, Stawell writes that there are no bad gradients except near chard, which was a 1 in 8; the road surface from Clifton to Ilchester was poor; Ilchester to Crewkerne, fair; and from Crewkerne to the Border, extremely good. Needless to say, the author has no mention of traffic, how different from today. The preceding chapters include the Heart of Devon from the border to Tavistock; the South Coast of Devon, from Exeter to Plymouth; South Cornwall, from Plymouth to Land's End via St. Buryan; North Cornwall, the longest tour of some 198 miles, from Land's End to Morwenstow; North Devon, from Morwenstow to Porlock and finally back to Somerset, from Porlock to Yeovil.
A beautifully observed account of the stunning scenery through which the Stawell's pass, which presents an honest account of both the difficulties encountered by early motorists - gradients, gravel and hair-pin turns are amongst the many - and the delights of travelling at speeds of almost forty miles per hour in an open-top motor. A truly delightful read and one that must appeal to anyone who enjoys travel literature and the counties through which the Stawell's pass on their tour.
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