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  • AMBRA BOOKS - Cornwall Antiquarian and Secondhand Books a selection from stock.
    a catastrophe And as to smuggling that was considered a virtue The revenue officers were esteemed public enemies When Lord Exmouth s brother Capt Pellew was sent to Falmouth to put down smuggling he found some of his own officers running a contraband cargo of wine in broad daylight and in open port One noted smuggler built himself a fortress and armed it with long range guns and one day when Capt Pellew approached the stronghold more closely than was agreeable to its occupant the fort opened fire upon the ship and a sharp engagement followed in which the aggressor happily was worsted On the 4th April 1786 the Happy go lucky an armed lugger of 14 guns commanded by a notorious smuggler Welland a Dover man was surprised at anchor off Mullyon by the revenue cutters Hawk and Lark and captured after a chase to the westward and a desperate fight in which Welland was killed Oslers Life of Lord Exmouth p 386 That a coast like this of Mullyon with all its natural facilities for carrying on contraband operations should not have been a favourite locality for making a run is hardly credible but that blood shedding was

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    on Brill hill by a double line of hedges 1 Martyn s Map 1745 i e before the great changes in the Cornish road system shows the roads of Constantine as they are to day 2 The quaint i8th century milestones giving the mileage from Trelowarren will be noticed on this road proof that when the road was first made fit for carriages only those going to the great house had occasion to go on wheels One of these milestones the third lay for many years in the river at Gweek but was found and restored by the care of Mr T Boulden 3 Another branch went to the ford at Trewardreva Mill where stood Retallack Blowing House and so to Mabe parish at Eathorne The third ancient ridgeway is that coming from the Quay at Merthen Hole4 up through the woods across the old deer park where it passes through the ditch of the earthworks so out over the Downs across the fields to Brill Then to Trewardreva and over the ford Ret which gave name to Retallack So up the hill along past the site of Maen Rock skirting Treworvac across the fields to the Dead lane where it proves its antiquity by being a part of the parish boundary then into the Lestraines lane and out to the Turnpike from Helston to Truro at Rame The Dead lane is a strip of this ridgeway which has not been used for over a century and is so called because it is now a cul de sac On either side of it is a tumulus for barrows like ancient roads are found on ridges It is remarkable that this lane about three quarters of a mile in length is the only piece of road which forms part of the

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    Geraint King of Devon generally attributed to Llywarch Hen and certain glosses in Latin MSS 1 The Manumissions in the Bodmin Gospels Add MS 9381 in the British Museum The MS is of the tenth century and belonged to St Petrock s Priory of Black Canons originally Benedictine at Bodmin At the beginning and end are manumissions of serfs from whose names about two hundred Cornish words may be gathered These have been printed in the Revue Celtique vol i p 332 with notes by Dr Whitley Stokes 2 The Cottonian Vocabulary Cott MS Vesp A xiv in the British Museum This forms part of a MS of the end of the twelfth century and consists of about seven pages preceded by a calendar containing many Celtic names and followed by lives of Welsh and Cornish saints The words are classified under various headings such as heaven and earth different parts of the human body birds beasts fishes trees herbs ecclesiastical and liturgical terms and at the end occur a number of adjectives It has been printed by Zeuss in his Grain matica Celtica by Dr Norris with the Ordinalia and has been incorporated into Canon Williams s Cornish Lexicon

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    claims then of Truro to be regarded as an old town are 1 that it had Parliamentary representation 600 years ago 2 That it has had a Charter nearly 700 years ago 3 That it was incorporated 750 years ago i e in 1130 as is believed to have been the case and certainly was a free borough about A D 1140 4 That it is mentioned in a Government document just 800 years ago It is a curious coincidence that the year of the consecration ot Truro Cathedral is the octocen tenary of the first authentic mention of Truro by the English Government in the Domesday Book The dedication of the cathedral and the octocentenary of the town will coincide See Note B There were two monastic houses in Truro i the Dominican friary and chapel on the west side of the town 2 The nunnery of the nuns of St Clare in the central part of the town I think it probable though I own not capable of direct proof that like Penzance and Marazion Truro was originally a chapelry the parish church being situated on the hill i e Kenwyn for in 1259 Bishop Bronescombe of Exeter dedicated the capella S Maria de Truru This chapel must have been cf some importance or been enlarged for Bishop Grandison in 1328 dedicated the high altar of Truru an altar probably near but a little to the south of the altar in the new cathedral i e supposing that St Mary of Truro was on the same site as the modern St Mary s Church This chapel and afterwards church of St Mary s with the Dominican and Clare monastic chapels was not the only religious provision of medieval fruro In I420 Bishop Lacy licensed St George s Chapel lately erected in the parish of St Marys Truro Thus there were four churches in mediaeval Truro 1 St Mary s 2 St Dominic s 3 St Clare s 4 St George s possibly a chapelry of St Mary s CHAPTER VIII MONASTERIES OF OLD CORNWALL THE monastic life of old Cornwall is an important feature in the religious life of the county alike in the Brito Celtic and in the Anglo Saxon and in the Mediaeval periods of Cornish history In the first of these it probably represented centres of Christian life in the midst of semi or total heathenism The monastic preceded the parochial system in Britain Under the Anglo Saxon bishops it would appear as if the Cornish episcopate was as we have seen essentially connected with the monasteries of St Germans and Bodmin In the later middle ages the monastic influence must have been great although the parochial system was by that tune under the Bishops of Exeter pretty well worked out Cornwall never however seems to have had any great abbeys with their immense staffs of monks and lay brethren like Glastonbury or St Augustine s Canterbury or other monasteries which were connected with our

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    the language existing in a single manuscript which had not been consulted for perhaps a century or since the language had ceased to be spoken in the more remote districts of the county But after reading a few lines only he became aware that it would be impossible to produce a text having any pretence to correctness without knowing something of the language because some letters were occasionally doubtful and the divisions of the words frequently uncertain He was therefore induced to study it by the help of Lhuyd s Grammar and the Vocabulary printed by Pryce using as his text book Jordan s Creation with the English version Subsequently by the kindness of the Rev R Williams of Rhydycroesau he obtained a copy of the Mount Calvary which he had been unable to purchase although he had eagerly sought for it during several months and it was his rare good fortune that Mr Williams had collated this copy with the original manuscript in the British Museum correcting the numerous errors which so seriously impair the value of the printed edition In preparing the manuscript for the press the Editor translated each line as he transcribed it and finding the result to be better than he anticipated he thought it might add to the interest of the publication to print his version opposite the text He had made the translation like a school exercise word for word without attending in any way to English idiom and he has printed it as he made it only correcting mistakes of the earlier portions by the help of the increased knowledge acquired as he went on with his work and altering the diction here and there where it was absolutely necessary to do so if he would be understood He is aware that

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    DUNN Howard Honeycomb Mevagiesey Born 1868 Mevagissey Married 1892 Georgina daughter of the late B H Roberts Parish Council 1898 1911 Eural District Councillor 1911 20 Justice of the Peace 1915 31 County Councillor 1921 31 Nominee of Ministry of Fisheries to Cornwall Sea Fisheries 1901 to date Chairman Cornwall Sea Fisheries since 1921 Recreations Natural History Literature Heir Benjamin Eoberts Dunn 1901 DYER Thomas Herbert J P Trelight Port Isaac Born 1870 Tencreek Liskeard Son of the late Thomas Dyer Educated Truro College Married 1899 Mary daughter of the late Charles Menhimck C U J P Cornwall 1920 Chairman Cornwall Farmers Union 1921 Member National Farmers Union Council 1921 27 Chairman Bodmin Eural District Council 1922 27 Chairman Bodmin Eural Eating and Valuation Committee 1928 33 Chairman Port Isaac Harbour Commissioners 1928 33 Hon Food Control Officer Served on Military Tribunal 1916 Recreations Formerly Cricket Football and Tennis Heiress Constance Mary Symons 1902 Further Sample LEESE Cyril E B Sc A C P Camelford Cornwall Born 1888 Milton N Stafford Educated University of Birmingham Married 1919 Florence M daughter of F Dawe Headmaster Camelford Grammar School held Educational Appointments in Staffordshire Cheshire Wiltshire and Cornwall sinoe 1913 Member of Council Eoyal Geological Society of Cornwall Recreations Geological Research Art Literature Golf Heir Frederick E Leese 1920 Le GRICE Charles Henry J P C C F L A Tre Reife Born 1870 Son of the late Charles Day Nicholl Le Grice Educated Royal Agricultural College Cirencester Married 1907 Dorothy lsobel daughter of the late Col L Downes R A C C for Cornwall J P for Berkshire Vice Chairman St Ives and Penzance Conservative Association and of Cornwall County Association for the Blind Recreations Shooting and Golf Heir Charles Le Grice 1909 LEVERTON Edward Spry Rev Canon M A Clerk in Holy Orders Menheniot Vicarage Liskeard Born 1859 Truro Son of the late Henry Spry Leverton Educated Marlborough and Exeter College Oxford Married 1889 Jane Florence daughter of the late James Powell Head Master of Kirkham Grammar School 1894 Rector of Wootton 1905 Vicar of Menheniot from 1912 Proctor in Convocation 1922 Canon of Truro 1925 Rural Dean of West Wivelshire 1930 Heir Henry Spry Leverton Captain 1890 LEVERTON Henry Lewis Rev Clerk in Holy Orders Mawnan Sanctuary Falmouth Born 1861 Truro Son of the late Henry Spry Leverton Educated Sherborne and Oxford Rector of Mawnan Recreation Reading LEVERTON SPRY Edward M R C B L R C P General Practitioner Polventon St Keverne Born 1879 St Keverne Son of late Dr Edward James Leverton Spry Educated Newton College St Bartholomew s Hospital London Married 1907 Catherine Perry daughter of late Bishop Drury Poor Law Medical Officer and Public Vaccinator to Helston Union 1912 Resigned Sept 1933 Medical Officer to Post Office 1912 late Surgeon and Agent to Admiralty Recreations Shooting and Golf LEWIS Henry Ardem Rev M A Clerk in Holy Orders Talland Vicarage Polperro Born 1879 Worcester Son of the late Rev Henry Ardern Lewis M A Educated

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    near by of which the name and address of the occupier will be sent Hartland Quay is usually reached by driving three hours from Bideford which is on the L S W Railway from London Exeter and Barnstaple to Torrington There is also a Post office mail brake twice a day from Bideford via Clovelly Cross to Hartland Town where one can arrange to be met by a trap from the Hartland Quay hotel This is a cheap and rapid means of reaching Hartland provided one is only encumbered with a small amount of luggage There are also carriers carts to Hartland Town on certain days in the week which may be patronized but they are very slow Bude is reached by the L S W Railway from Exeter Okehampton and Halwill Junction Hartland Quay is about the same distance from Bude as from Bideford i e a three hours drive but some of the places in this district are more easily reached from Bude than from Bideford via Clovelly Cross The grandest cliff scenery in the whole area is between Hartland Point and Morwenstow Immediately North of Bude the cliffs are low and not particularly interesting for some distance

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    Banfield of this town The principal contributors were Mr Tugwell Mr Ravenshaw and Mr Chanter but residents and visitors also helped This little bit is taken from one of Mr Ravenshaw s entitled The Capstone but it was the Capstone of 1855 as the first words will show Limpet hats with ladies young and old thereto attached buff slippers and telescopes with old gentlemen appended sickly parsons with limp wives noisy schoolboys luxuriating in midsummer holidays and noisier children with frantic nurses curs of every conceivable degree of ugliness and snappishness donkeys and donkey drivers wheel chairs and gasping propellers thereof strange working men in odd caps and black satin scarfs with a strong development of hair under the chin all smacking strongly of Bristol shops a large party of Cambridge men supposed to be reading with a coach all apparently gifted with the art of colouring clay pipes to perfection a few Oxonians quiet supercilious and neat condemned as muffs by the more vivacious members of the sister University these et id genus mine of a popular watering place which as old Lilly in whom I ve been looking of late says you d be bored should I now

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