What a Luxury!

What a Luxury!

Filling up with a few gallons of 4-Star at Row shop rather than having to drive to Camelford or Bodmin.

Courtesy of Alison Masters, this photo dates from the mid to late 1960s.

In 1969 a gallon of fuel for the pictured Austin car was 35p (7p per litre), while a year’s road tax for the same vehicle was a whopping £17.

The average UK house price in that year was £4,312 which equates to just £47,500 at 2020 prices.

If you couldn’t afford a car or a house, you could have bought the Daily Express or a first-class stamp for 5d (2p).

Can you recognise the faces? If you can help, please contact us at enquiries@stbrewardhistory.co.uk.

Ref: SBHG 2731

Granny Finnemore

Granny Finnemore

This month’s offering from the archives of the history group is a photo donated some time ago by Mavis Found (nee Reed).

We think it may be a family group, but the only clue is the title ‘Granny Finnemore’ written in pencil on the reverse. Can you see a family resemblance or recognise any of the faces from days gone by?

If you can provide any information, please contact us at enquiries@stbrewardhistory.co.uk.

Ref: SBHG 1315

School Nativity

School Nativity

A gathering of fresh-faced shepherds assemble with the three wise men to pay homage to the baby Jesus – 1980s style!  There was obviously no room at the Old Inn, so proud parents Mary and Joseph had to settle for St Breward School.  

As usual the history group are relying on our eagle-eyed readers to provide the names and dates to accompany our festive ‘One from the Archives’.

If you can provide any information, please contact us at enquiries@stbrewardhistory.co.uk.

Ref: SBHG 2670

Hubble Bubble…

Hubble Bubble…

Taking a rest from casting spells and riding broomsticks, the ladies of St Breward W I enjoy a ride on a carnival float in the summer of 1988.  In the picture, (donated to the history group by Margaret Willetts), our motley crew from L-R are: Sue (surname unknown), Jackie Lewis, Margaret Willetts, Mavis Metters and Anne Hole.

If you can provide any extra information, please contact us at enquiries@stbrewardhistory.co.uk.

Ref: SBHG 2700

A Summer Outing, 1940s

A Summer Outing, 1940s

Dora Pearce (nee Marshall) recently came across this photo of herself (centre) enjoying a day out by the sea with her friends Hazel and May.  Dora recalls that they travelled there by bus, but can’t remember the location.  A clue might be that in the background we can see a tall sea wall and several small boats moored close to shore.

Dora was born at Limehead in a cottage that is now called ‘Tipton’, although it didn’t have a name in those days.  Hazel Skinner (L) later left the village and in 1954 married Dennis May in Bodmin, while May Gill (R) (who lived above the Hawken’s shop at Wenford) married Rodney Rowe.  

If you can provide any extra information, please contact us at enquiries@stbrewardhistory.co.uk.

Ref: SBHG 2745

Courtesy of Dora Pearce

De Lank Masons, 1946

De Lank Masons, 1946

The history group recently came across a 1947 copy of the Cornish & Devon Granite Masters’ Association Handbook. 

An article on St Breward featured images of Fred Colman and Bert Newton taken by George Ellis on 2 October 1946.

Bert is seen using a carborundum saw to cut lengths of granite kerb, while Fred is using a pneumatic hand surfacer to polish small face areas of a memorial stone. 

If you can provide any extra information, please contact us at enquiries@stbrewardhistory.co.uk.

Blisland Church & Church-Gate Cottage

Blisland Church & Church-Gate Cottage

A view of the church of St Protus and St Hyacinth circa 1901, not long after it was restored.  In 1894, donations from several local benefactors funded works overseen by architect F. C. Eden.  The chancel was restored by the rector and the window in the end of the south chancel aisle was filled with stained glass designed by Bucknall & Comper of London, and donated by Mrs Lucy Edward-Collins.

According to the 1901 census, the residents of Church Gate cottage were the Burnard family. James Burnard, aged 37 and listed as the head of the house, was described as a Grocer and Shop-keeper. James lived there with his wife Malinda, 25 years old and his mother Phillippa, aged 82.  The children of the family were daughter Dora (2 years) and son Enos, who was just 9 months old at the time.

If you can provide any information, please contact us at enquiries@stbrewardhistory.co.uk.

Another Archive Mystery

Another Archive Mystery

This month we have another previously unrecorded photo found among archive material that was collected by Pamela Bousfield in the mid 1980s when she was preparing to publish the now well-known book, A History of St Breward – The Life of a Moorland Village.

I’m sure our readers will be able to provide a full set of names, but I wonder if anyone knows the location or the occasion of the picture. 

If you can provide any information, please contact us at enquiries@stbrewardhistory.co.uk.

Ref: SBHG 2725

St Breward Carnival 1928

St Breward Carnival 1928

Courtesy of St Breward Women’s Institute, this photo was incorporated in St Breward WI’s 1993 entry in the Baker Cup competition when a tableau was put together for the Carnival.

The theme for the competition was ‘A History of the Year in Which Your WI Was Formed’ – which, for St Breward, was 1928.

Some of the people have been identified as Mrs Charity Winn, Mrs Tom Teague, Mrs M Hawken, and Mrs Onslow, but it is not known who is who.

If our readers can provide any extra information, please contact us at enquiries@stbrewardhistory.co.uk if you can help.

Ref: SBHG 0876

Helland Rectory, c1970

Helland Rectory, c1970

A rare aerial view of Helland Rectory and its outbuildings from around 1970.

The outbuildings which were the stables and grain store have long since been converted into several separate dwellings, while modern houses now occupy what was the paddock. 

The Giffard family were, in medieval times, the patrons of the rectory and resident not far from the church, perhaps on the site of the featured buildings.

Helland is referred to in the Domesday Book as Henland where it is recorded as having a value of only 10 shillings, or 50p for our younger readers!

If our readers can provide any extra information, please contact us at enquiries@stbrewardhistory.co.uk if you can help.

Ref: SBHG 0875

Picture courtesy of S Bright

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