St Breward History Group
Welcome to the history website for the parish of St Breward in Cornwall
St Breward History Group was formed in 2010 with the aim of preserving the history of the parish of St Breward for future generations. Meeting on a monthly basis in the Memorial Hall, the members are recording a range of areas reflecting life in St Breward and surrounding parishes. From the people who lived and worked here, their daily life, houses, meeting places and social activities, to the history of farming, industry and business, including mining, the granite quarries and china clay works.
We hope to capture audio, video and documentary reminiscences of family and working life and already possess a large amount of material which is being catalogued. In particular we have a large collection of photographs which have been bought, loaned or donated.
Meetings are normally held at 7pm on the last Wednesday of the month. These are lively and interesting with speakers covering a broad range of historical topics. The atmosphere is friendly and informal, and we serve tea and cakes! New members are always welcome, but you can also attend our meetings as a guest. If you have an interest in history or have some information which you think may be of interest to the group please do come along and join us. For all enquiries please see the contact page.
COMING UP …
Our next meeting will be on
Wednesday 27th July 2022:
“The Dartmoor Conchies”
given by Simon Dell MBE
7pm at St Breward Village Hall
(near the Old Inn)
There will be Tea/Coffee/Cakes
and a Draw
Non-members always welcome.
Names to faces?
Can you help us name some of the people in the hundreds of photographs we hold? Click the button and scroll through the many blog entries where we ask for names and further information.
St Breward’s rich history
Bronze Age huts, Celtic stone crosses, the iconic Delphy Bridge, quarries that provided granite for buldings across the UK, Stannon – once the largest China Clay pit in the world. Find out about the railways and industrial archaeology, the 12th century Norman Church, Chapels and holy places. Who was St Branwalader and who were the people who lived here, both rich and famous, and the humble and hardworking whose struggles made possible much of what is here today?
A few copies still available…
Memories of St Breward
A book published by St Breward History Group collecting together the memories of our older residents who were born and brought up here in the twenties and thirties. It’s packed with over seventy-five photographs taken from the History Group archive, showing life as it used to be in our lovely moorland home.
A limited number of copies are available at £9.99, post free, or for collection at our meetings.
AA sign displayed on the cottage opposite the church (named as ‘The Old Dairy’) Nearly 30,000 of these signs were erected between 1906 and approximately 1932. Only around 65 are left in situ today.
Exploring and preserving
the history of St Breward
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