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Friday 15 July 1836


At Morvah, near Penzance, on the 12th instant, Mr. W. Williams, of St. Just, to Miss Eddy, of Morvah.

29 June 1838

At Madron, on the 27th instant, in his 81st year, the Rev. William Tremenheere, A.M., Vicar of Madron, with Penzance and Morvah, and for some years Chaplain to the late Viscount Torrington.

5 July 1838


Adjudication of Prizes for the first and second, neatest and best conditioned cottagers and families in each parish, within the district. First prize, 5s; 2nd ditto, and these were awarded in the order in which their names are inserted, viz:

St. Buryan… Mark Hollow

Simon Lugg

St. Levan ….Joseph Matthews, Trevean

W. Matthews, jun., Bosustow

Sennen …….John Bottrell, Trevescan

John George, Sunny Cove

St. Just …… Elizabeth Thomas, Letcha

Thomas Wallis, Tregascal

Paul ………. John Clift

W. Lanyon

Sancreed…..Mark Wallis, Chapel Union

Thirza Harvey

Madron…….Richard Coon, Tregavern

Elizabeth Richards, Church Town

Morvah…….Ralph Hendra, Rosemergye

                      Elizabeth Bolitho, Treverow

Penzance……John Carne, Brighton Terrace

Thomas Hawke, Phillip’s Court

Ludgvan …… James Trebilcock, Newtown

John Memory, Newtown

St. Ives………John Gendall, Halsetown

Simon Champion, Halsetown

Lelant………..William Reseigh (blurry, might be Ressigh; 4th letter unclear)

Elizabeth Pearce

Perranuthnoe..Julia Bryan Heavor (or Henver)

Edmund Simons, Perran Downs

Friday 5 April 1839

Cornwall Lent Assizes - Thursday March 28

Matthew DANIELL, jun, 23, charged with stealing from a changing-house on Morvah and Zennor Mine, a pair of trowsers, and a pair of drawers, the property of Thomas CARNOW.

The prosecutor, a working miner, proved that he had put his clothes together in the changing house, on the 22nd of February, on going under ground, and when he came up again, the trowsers and drawers were gone.

Henry ROWE
saw prisoner go into the changing-house on the day in question, and on going in afterwards found the clothes thrown about. James Thomas was with prisoner, and they went away together.

was going to Morvah on the 22nd of February, with Daniell, who went into the changing house and brought out a shirt, trowsers, and drawers, and asked witness to carry them. He refused, and advised Daniell to carry them back, but he refused. Walter GENDELL, constable of Morvah, (a constable of such a stamp, that the Learned Judge asked if they chose constables in Morvah for their stupidity,) gave a most blundering statement of his share of the business, from which we gathered that Dicky NEAL took the prisoner and delivered him to witness. GUILTY. A certificate of a former conviction was put in, and the prisoner was sentenced to fourteen years' transportation.

James THOMAS, 21, one of the witnesses in the last case, was charged with stealing a bridle and horse cloth, the property of Richard DENNIS, of Morvah. The prosecutor, a farmer, missed a bridle and horse-cloth from his premises on the 26th of January; which, on the 24th of February, were found in a stable of St. Ives. Prisoner was then apprehended, and allowed that he had taken the things.

Walter HAMBLY, a carrier, of St. Ives, the owner of the stable, stated that he bought the goods of prisoner in January; and that the prisoner told him he had had them for nine months.

the constable, produced the articles, which were identified by the prosecutor. Witness said he had not taken prisoner into custody - a fact which the learned Judge said he could readily believe, as he appeared scarcely able, as yet, to find himself. (laughter.) GUILTY. Fourteen years' transportation. There was, in this case also, a certificate of former conviction; and two other indictments against the prisoner, not proceeded in.

Friday 15 May 1840

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENTS -  On Tuesday, the 5th instant, a poor man named John NEWTON, was at work in the Morvah and Zennor mines, charging a hole for blasting, the charge exploded, and melancholy to relate, blew both his eyes out, and otherwise injured him.

Friday 4 September 1840


Tregaminion, in the parish of Morvah, the wife of Mr. Martin THOMAS, yeoman, of a son.

Friday 16 October 1840


On Wednesday last, at Morvah, Mr. John MADDERN, to Miss GENDAL.

Friday 6 November 1840


On Monday last, at Morvah, Mrs. J. MADDERN, a son.

Friday 13 November 1840

On the 9th instant, the crew of the French sloop, "Le Commerce," that was seized by the Coastguard, and brought into this port, were examined before Samuel HOCKING, Esq., mayor, and J.N. TREMEARNE, Esq., justice, and were sentenced as follows:- Philip LIGHT, Englishman, nine months imprisonment; two of the Frenchmen, six months, and the other two, six months hard labour. William GENDAL, a notorious smuggler, of the parish of Morvah, who made his escape from the same vessel, was apprehended on Monday, and is remanded by the magistrates until Friday, for further examination.

Friday 19 January 1844

At Morvah, on the 11th instant, Mr. Richard ____bath, aged 38 years.

Friday 15 March 1844

At Morvah, on the 9th instant, Mr. William LAWRY aged 76 years.

Friday 18 April 1845

DESTRUCTIVE FIRE - On Wednesday night, the 2nd inst., as a young man named GEORGE MAY was thrashing in a barn at Trecaminian, in the parish of Morvah, it is thought that he must have fallen asleep, and that the candle he had with him fell among the straw and set the building on fire. Two barns, one dwelling-house, and about thirty bushels of barley were destroyed; but, we believe the damage as to the buildings is covered by insurance. The young man was so much frightened that he ran a distance of ten miles, and did not return to his dwelling until the next day about noon.


LENGTH OF LIFE IN DIFFERENT PARTS OF CORNWALL  -  The Health of Towns Association, having published returns of sickness and mortality in this county, have given among them a table shewing the average age of all who have died in each registration district of the county.  The returns were made in 1841, when the total population of the various districts was 343,310.  The average age of all who died in the St. Germans and Liskeard district was 42 years, 11 months; Bodmin and St. Columb district, 37 years 1 month; Launceston, Stratton and Camelford district, 33 years 9 months; Truro district, 33 years 4 months; St. Austell district, 31 years 11 months; Helston district, 30 years 7 months; Penzance and Scilly Islands district, 29 years 2 months; Falmouth district, 29 years 1 month; Redruth district, 28 years 4 months.

17 MARCH 1848

THUNDER STORM  -  On Friday morning last, shortly before five o'clock, the western part of this county was visited by a severe thunder storm.  The lightning was very vivid, and the thunder loud, but we have heard of no damage occasioned by the storm in the neighbourhood of Truro. 

In the parish of St. Levan the dwelling house of a labourer called BRYANT, in the employ of MR. ROBERTS, of Trengothal, was struck by the electric fluid, and nearly levelled to the ground.  The man and his wife were in bed, and fortunately escaped unhurt.  Mrs. Bryant was conveyed on her husband's back to their master's house, and a favourite blackbird in the labourer's cottage hid himself in the bread-cupboard, which was the only article of furniture remaining. 

At Mr. Roberts's residence the lightning broke the windows of a bedroom in which his sons slept, and injured the iron rails in front of the house. 

At Wheal Roberta mine, in Gulval, as JOHN and WILLIAM PENGELLY were at work, fourteen fathoms below the surface, one holding the borer and the other the mallet, they were struck by a flash of lightning.  One of them was slightly injured in the elbow, and the other in the head.  During the same storm, the end of Morvah church was slightly damaged.
5 MAY 1848
The following inquests have been held before W. HICHENS, Esq., coroner:  On Friday last, in the parish of Morvah, on the body of WILLIAM EDDY, jun. aged 15 years, who accidentally fell from the 100 to the 160 fathoms level, whilst employed at Boscaswell Downs mine, in St. Just, in rolling tin stuff from an inner part of the level to the shaft, for the purpose of being drawn to the surface.  The deceased was not seen to fall, but it is supposed that his feet must have slipped as he turned the barrow.  Verdict, accidental death. 

28 September 1849


At Tregaminion, in the parish of Morvah, Henry, second son of Mr. Martin THOMAS, aged 9 years.

Friday 17 June 1853

MINE ACCIDENTS. - On Friday last, as a young man named Richard STEVENS, of Morvah, was climbing up one of the shafts at the Botallack Mine, a kibble of stones which was being hauled up at the same time accidentally became detached from the chain, and the contents unhappily fell upon him inflicting some dreadful blows on his face and head. For some time great apprehensions were entertained for the life of the young man, but we are glad to say that some hopes of his ultimate recovery are now entertained.

Thursday 3 March 1887

LAWRY - PEARCE - At St. Buryan, March 1, Mr. Thomas LAWRY, of Lower Tregarne, Mawnan, eldest son of Mr. John Lawry, Tregaminton, Morvah. to Emma, third daughter of Mr. Josiah Pearce, Trevider, St. Buryan.  

The Times

7 June 1878

West Cornwall Coroner has held an inquiry at Morvah , near Penzance, as to the death of Henry Bont, 22, a miner.

On Sunday last he and his brother went to Morvah Cliffs in search of birds' nests.  The deceased climbed up the cliff to reach a spot where he thought there was a nest, and suddenly fell to the rocks below, a distance of between 20 and 30 feet.  As he fell he knocked over a piece of rock, which fell on his chest, and when picked up blood was coming from his mouth.  He died ten minutes after the accident.  The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death".

The Brisbane Courier (Australia)

Friday 7 June 1867

ANTIQUARIAN DISCOVERY - A Cornish journal tells a marvelous tale of a discovery by some workmen engaged in sinking a shaft at The Garden Tin Mine in Morvah of a perfect pillar about eight inches in diameter, standing in the solid rock, and very different in its composition from the surrounding granite; and, stranger still, at the base of this pillar they have come upon what they describe is a wheel of the same material.  The true composition of the supposed fossil is not referred to, but they seem probably to consist some kind of columnar rock.  If they were remains of art they would of neccessity have belonged to a pre-Adamite race.  Perhaps the fanciful resemblances observed may serve, as others have before them, to encourage in some credulous speculatists the notion of a fossil antiquity of man.

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