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Something of hero of early Celtic studies, Lhuyd was a Welsh naturalist, botanist, linguist, antiquary and geographer. From 1697 he made a 4-year tour of research and discovery through Wales (2 years), Scotland and southern Ireland, Cornwall (four months) and Brittany.
EDWARD LHUYD 1660-1709, A SHROPSHIRE WELSHMAN by Derek R Williams
"Spanning forty years of dangerous diving operations around the world, interspersed with English Channel swimming and triathlons, this is a look into the secretive world of a Royal Navy Clearance Diver. The humour is dark, the stories are both heart stopping and almost unbelievable but it's all true. Can this much fun be had at the tax paying public's expense?" (blurb). Includes the writer's experiences at RNAS Culdrose.
FROG TALES by Mark D Holroyd
A collection of essays in which the author 'ponders on the theory and practice of Cornish Studies. The first part...brings together three previously published articles (with new postscripts) on the discipline of Cornish Studies. This part is completed by an up-to-date critical reveiw of recent work on Cornwall. The second part includes two essays on the working conditions of Cornish miners in 1841 together with a major re-assessment of Chartism in Cornwall that challenges older interprertations. The final two essays focus on the discourse of Cornishness...' (Cover blurb)
FROM A CORNISH STUDY, by Bernard Deacon
Subtitled "The folklore of Bodmin Moor and East Cornwall" this holds an intriguing collection of the legends, myths and folklore of the eastern part of Cornwall, one less extensively examined in publications than the western part. It is arranged by calendar month, and contains a number of good photographs.
FROM GRANITE TO SEA by Alex Langstone
"A kaleidescope of impressions about Carwynnen and the bards who were initiated in that year (1948), all 19 of them." [Introduction]  Bards of the Gorsedh held their annual ceremony there in 1948 and revisited Carwynnen in the summer of 2015 following the successful project by the Sustainable Trust to re-erect the Quoit, which had collapsed in 1967.
GORSEDH KERNOW RETURNS TO CARWYNNEN by Ann Trevenen Jenkin
With a self-explanatory title, this timely publication from a Cornish publisher is a clear, concise and readable account of the "war intended to bring to an end all conflicts but now remembered as the First World War." "The author indicates the causes of the war; what life was like for the British soldier fighting in it, and the principal military events of the war; it also deals with such things as the organization of the British Army; weapons, medical treatment; and the often contrary views of survivors, commentators and historians."
THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILIZATION: 1914-1919, AN INTRODUCTION by Hugo White
Another excellent volume from the Penwith Local History Group examines the lives of the young. The chapters range from the 17th century to the 20th, with both research and recollections. In an A4 format, the  nicely produced book is well illustrated, using both monochrome and colour.
GROWING UP IN WEST CORNWALL
The title and subtitle, "Women and girls of the Cornish explosives industries 1800-1920", tell it all.  The chapters tell of the gunpowder works, the fuse factories, wartime munitions work, and of course the accidents.
A HAZARDOUS OCCUPATION! by Lynne Mayers
An elegant history of the Falmouth-based club, which covers its development after 1871 in the first six chapters, with some notable 'names' among its members and prime-movers. Then a section looks at Royal patronage, the club's changing venues and premises, some notable past members - and more. As you would expect there is a final section looking at the boats, racing, regattas, and so forth. There are a number of appendices to complete the information, plus a general index - and another of boats.
Reduced! HISTORY OF THE ROYAL CORNWALL YACHT CLUB 1871-2012
The answer to the pronunciation hazards faced by those who may lack the local (sometimes very local) knowledge of how to say Cornish place-names. Their locations and meanings are also included.
HOW DO YOU SAY...? PLACES IN CORNWALL by June Lander
"In the upland country which characterises much of the south west, inclined planes provided an essential means of transport for industry...This is the first publication to focus exclusively on these sites; over 200 appear in the gazetteer."  A remarkable assemblage, amply illustrated throughout.
INCLINED PLANES IN THE SOUTH WEST by Martin Bodman
Subtitled 'Making the modern Cornish identity 1750-1870', ' Industrial Celts offers a view from the inside. In this revised edition of his doctoral thesis Beranrd Deacon explains how the modern sense of Cornishness was created in the cauldron of Cornwall's precociously early industrialization..."
INDUSTRIAL CELTS by Bernard Deacon
"Lemon Hart (1768-1845) of Penzance is the most well-known of the many Jews who lived in Cornwall in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and he is famous for the rum which still bears his name today. Over time, his story has been subject to embellishment and a colourful mythology has developed around him... This study attempts to separate fact from fiction and aims to give an accurate picture of this successful Cornish merchant, who moved to London in 1811." (Intro.)
LEMON HART OF PENZANCE by Keith Pearce
A thoroughly researched little book detailing the history of the lighthouse, the challenges of its construction, and insights into the keeper's lives.
LONGSHIPS LIGHTHOUSE by Elizabeth Stanbrook
A really engaging mixed bag of over 40 varied topics which have North Cornwall as the link, and which first appeared in the North Cornwall Advertiser.
LOOKING BACK AT NORTH CORNWALL by Peter Davis
"One of the untold stories of 19th century emigration from Cornwall is that of the thousands of wives 'left behind' by men leaving to work overseas. Known as 'married widows', these women singlehandedly managed family and homes, maintaining their husbands' interests and ties with their homeland. They are the unsung heroines of many Cornish families, especially in the mining communities." (Blurb)
THE MARRIED WIDOWS OF CORNWALL by Lesley Trotter
A transcription by Lynne Mayers of Henderson's 1858 paper, describing then-new processes and methods in detail, and including superb drawings.
METHODS OF TIN AND COPPER DRESSING IN CORNWALL by James Henderson

 

 

          PLEASE NOTE - This website has TWO shops -

 

 

                               

 

 

 

 

Shop Two includes over 70 more items of interest.

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to go to Shop Two website for more information.

Many of the books in both shops have been written by 'Old Cornwall' members.

Shop One contains around 150 non-fiction books on a wide variety of Cornish subjects.

The first pages list books concerning individual places listed in A-Z order of place.

These are followed by other works in A-Z order by title.

Early Newquay

So you think you know Newquay?

 

It's probably Cornwall's most changed town, massively expanded from its earliest days and altered in nature. This booklet will inform you about how it began, using a series of old maps and documents to illustrate its growth and development before the days of mass tourism.

 

Click on the cover image to shop for your copy.

Kenewgh! Sing!

 

Which is your favourite Cornish song?

 

 Do you know all the words?  In Cornish and English?

 There's a very good chance that it will be in this new collection of

 24 songs which the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies has just                   published. The melodies are also provided.            

 

 

Click on the cover image to shop for your copy.

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