cornwall england newspaper

1836 Articles and Other Items

23 September 1836, Friday


East Wheal Venture Mine - In the Parish of St. Stephens, in Branwell. - Notice is hereby given to the ADVENTURERS in the above Mine, that a meeting will be held at the NEW INN, St. Austell, on the 7th of October next, when their personal attendance is particularly requested to consult on the future operations of the Mine. John BRAY - September 22, 1836

Notice to Catherine BAWDEN - I hereby give notice to CATHERINE BAWDEN, otherwise PITTS, formerly of the parish of Camborne, in the County of Cornwall, a niece of MARY POLKINGHORNE, a Lunatic, deceased, that I have a sum of money in my hands to which the said CATHERINE BAWDEN, as one of the next of kin of the said Lunatic, is entitled, and that if the said CATHERINE BAWDEN (who has not been heard of for seven years and upwards by her nearest relatives) or some person duly authorized by her shall not call on me for the said money, on or before the thirty-first day of October next, I shall pay over and divide the money to and amongst her next of kin, who would be entitled to receive the same under the Statute of Distributions, in case of her death and intestacy. John BAYNARD - Truro, 23rd September, 1836

Waggon Horses - To be SOLD, 14 strong HORSES, from constant work in drawing Iron Ore, which will now be brought down by a Railroad.  They are young, staunch, and in good working condition; a price is fixed upon each, and may be seen at any time in their work, on application to Mr. RICHARD HICKS, the Agent at Restormel Mine, or at Mr. A. Thomsons's Counting-House, in Lostwithiel.  If not disposed of by Private Contract, an AUCTION will be held in October for selling the same, with the Waggons and Harness.


- Spanish Civil War - news regarding British troops there
- French Count news
- King Leopold of Belgium at Dover
- Dissolution of Parliament
- Mr. Tooke's reception and speech at Truro [M.P. from Truro]
- Tithe Law [continued, one page long]

There is no foundation, that we hear of, for an unfavourable rumor, as to his Majesty's health. (Globe)

Local News

Duke of Cornwall's Hussars - On Monday last, the Duke of Cornwall's corps of yeomanry cavalry, under the command of Major Borlase, completed their eight day's training at Helston. On Friday, the 16th, they were inspected by Lieutenant Colonel Taylor, who expressed himself much pleased with their military acquirements, and appearance; and the inhabitants of Helston can, as on all occasions, bear testimony to their general good conduct in the town while on duty.  On Monday afternoon, they were assembled in the bowling-green, where, after a neat and appropriate address from their Major, they were dismissed.

Robbery - On the night of Saturday, the 10th instant, the premises of Susan Maddern, shopkeeper, on the Green, Penzance, were entered, and cash to the amount of £10 taken out of a drawer of the shop, together with some tobacco and snuff.  Suspicion having fallen on two men, called Bead and Hosking, who were intimate with Susan, they were charged with the robbery, and after some time confessed. Part of the money they spent, and the other part they hid in a hay-rick, where it was found.  The thieves absonded(sic), but were taken on the Helston road, by Pascoe and Rowe, two police-officers, of Penzance; and, after an examination before the Magistrates, they were commited for trial at the next Sessions.  It is believed that the investigation of this case will bring to light other depredtions(sic) that are at present undiscovered.

Talent Rewarded - We understand that Mr. Frederick Pearce, son of Mr. John Pearce, of Camelford, being the successful candidate, is appointed House Surgeon, at the North London Hospital.

Shipwreck - On the 18th inst, at ten o'clock P.M., the schooner "La Ostendia" of Ostend, De la Preane, master, from Liverpool, laden with salt, tin and wool, for Ostend, foundered about 12 leagues WSW of Lundy Island.  The master and crew, six in number, were landed at St. Ives on the 19th, about ten A.M.  The master reports that when they quitted the vessel, she had from eight to nine feet of water in her hold.

St. Ives Pilchard fishery - No fish have been taken by the St. Ives seans since our last advices, but vast quantities are still reported to be on the coast. On Wednesday the St. Ives drift-boats brought in from 2 to 500 each of very fine mackarel, which were readily bought up for the Bristol market at 1s.6d. to 1s.8d. per 120.  They also brought in several thousands of fine pilchards, which were likewise bought for the Bristol market at from 1s.11d to 2s per 120, and which were shipped the same day by the steamer.  Since the establishment of this conveyance to Bristol, the inhabitants of St. Ives can with great difficulty get any supply of fish.

Coroner's Inquests  [which were wrinkled; some words could be worked out, however]

The following inquests have been held during the week, before Hosken James, Esq., county coroner.  On the 17th instant, at the dwelling-house of Jol  Stephens, at Mean, in the parish of Constantine, on the body of Loveday Stephens, an infant of about 16 months old, whose death took place in the following shocking manner.  On the previous Thursday, about twelve o'clock at noon, whilst Stephens, who farms the estate of [P...]Poll, and his wife and servant, were in the harves[t] [fie]ld, the wood in the kitchen took fire, in consequence of some defect in the partition between the xxx [chi]mney and the wood-corner, and burst with such fearul .... ...idity that in a short time the house, with all its contents, were entirely consumed.  Unfortunately, the child, who was sleeping at the time in the room immediately over the fire place, could not be rescued; and after the fire... was over, her remains were found under the spot where ... burnt almost to a cinder.  Verdict, Accidental death.

On the 19th instant, at the dwelling-house of Thomas Gidley, yeoman, in the parish of St. Agnes, on the body of Philip O[rch]ard, a boy of about 12 years of age.  It appeared from the evidence, that on the preceding day, Gidley, who .... a small estate in St. Agnes, and keeps wagons for ...carriage of copper ore from the Mines to St. Agnes Q[uay] for shipment, was passing over Trevellas Downs, with [a load] of ore from Great St. George Mine; and that the deceased, who lived with him as servant, and was riding ... wagon, fell off, and the two near wheels passing over the body, he was killed on the spot.  It could not be ascertained whether the deceased fell from the spot ... or whether he fell in endeavouring to get down; but he was a strong, active boy, and quite capable of taking care of himself.  Verdict, accidental death.  Deodand, 1s.

On the 19th instant, at the dwelling-house of Matthew Wicket, innkeeper, in the parish of Stithians, on the body of Mary Jane Andrew, an infant about 9 months old, daughter of J. Andrew, of Carnmear, who was found dead in ... parents, about six o'clock the preceding Saturday morning.  It appeared from the evidence that the mother, having occasion to go to Redruth market on Friday, left the child under the care of her sister-in-law, Mary Andrew, who lived near by, and who returned the child to her apparently well, about nine o'clock in the evening.  The ... having deposed that in his opinion the child died of natural causes, and that no blame was to be imputed ... The jury returned a verdict of Died by the visitation of God.

On the 20th the dwelling house of Walter Tregellas, innkeeper, ...St. Agnes ... miner Sampson Barola, age 70 lived Trevellas Common ...had been in failing state for a month; went out to take a walk, found laying against hedge, taken back to house, died.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

On the same day ... house of Mrs. Prout, innkeeper... Perranzabuloe, John Lawer, son of Mr. Edward Lawer, a respectable farmer in Cubert ....deceased had been a bad state of health, and by the advice of his medical .... was in the habit of bathing in the North sea.  At about nine o'clock in the morning of the 25th August he went as usual, to bathe at the eastern end of Perran-P[orth] ...and after he had walked into the sea short way, he disappeared immediately, owing, as was [supposed], to his having walked into a whirlpool, which are common in the breakers of Perran-Porth.  His body was found on the beach, near ... at which he had bathed the month before.  Though ... torn and bruised, it could be clearly identified.  Verdict, accidentally drowned.

Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society - A correspondent informs us he has good reason to believe that J. Lobb, carpenter, of Perran, to whom a prize was awarded for a double-barreled gun at the late exhibition of this Society, never made any thing more of the gun than the stock.  We have not room to give all the evidence he adduces in support of his opinion, which, we understand, is entertained by several other persons, but we think Mr. Lobb is called upon to prove that he really [is] the manufacturer of the gun in question, in order that every ground for suspicion may be removed.

Mining Interests - Trewavas.  At an account held for this mine, on Monday, a profit of £640 was divided for July and August months, and leaving £970 in hand towards paying for the erection of a powerful engine which is nearly completed, and we are happy to hear that the prospects in this concern warrant the opinion that she will make one of the first mines in the county.

    Improvements in Tywardreath Church (from a correspondent)  [introductory sentences cut just a little as this was written in "the romantic" style - jm]
    There is no source of purer pleasure when journeying from home, than to gaze on those scenes, where "lie the dead, pent in the narrow cell" and to examine those structures, gloomily sacred, "Reared by hands that ages ago have mouldered into dust."  And it is profitable, inasmuch as they serve now and then, to check the growth of that towering fabric of ambition which so often becomes too great for its foundation; for they cry aloud "Behold the end of all human grandeur" and they whisper home to the heart, that "Man is but an earth-created worm."  The contemplation of these monuments of the piety of our forefathers, as well as their religious institutions as their sacred edifices, produces gratifying associations, and inspires us with sincere respect for the once-living dust that is scattered around......With feelings like these, the stranger should enter the church of the thriving and pretty village of Tywardreath, and if he be in any degree able to appreciate the execution of our ancestors, the trouble of turning a mile or two aside, will be amply repaid, by what cannot fail to afford such as one the highest enjoyment.
    The internal part of the structure has very recently at a great expense been renewed, through the munificence of Wm. Rashleigh, Esq. and the principal inhabitants, and it has now an entirely new appearance.  There are no incongruities, no modernisms and antiquities, strangely, and to the pure taste offensively blended; but while improvement has not been neglected, a just appreciation has been shewn in the arrangement of those curious works of "olden times", of which are to be found in almost every ancient structure, and which ought to be cherished as consistent with the fabric itself. The display of ancient carvings is indeed gratifying and admirable.  These, on the improvement of the church, were collected into one group, and so judiciously arranged, that the eye may dwell on this rich display, and the mind be carried back to other days, without interruption.
    The pulpit is an octagon, standing on a light single pillar; it has a chastely executed design, of a scriptural character, on each of the sides.  The reading desk, formed of portions of carvings taken from different parts of the Church, is in perfect unison as it regards stile(sic) and execution with the pulpit, and also with, what is the noblest portion of the whole, a screen, whose rich, light, and graceful appearance would render it an ornament to any of our cathedrals.  It is impossible to imagine a more beautiful object than this screen, taken in connexion with its date, which from the stile, between the ornamental and the florid, and the cankering finger of time, visible in some parts, must be many centuries back.
    On close inspection, the workmanship, especially in the foliage and hollow-work, appears exquisite; but it is from a little distance that the effect of the whole can alone be felt. This interesting relique formerly stood somewhere in the body of the church; but about sixty years ago, on some alteration being made, it was taken to pieces, and consigned to oblivion.  It has on the present occasion, much to the credit of the directors of the work, been again restored to the sanctuary.  But it is to be regretted that it had not been made a more prominent object, as in its present situation it appears rather hidden, and consequently to some disadvantage.
    On the whole, however, the parish of Tywardreath has shewn good taste, by not merely preserving, but setting forth to the day, a unique display of the skill of our forefathers.

30 September

- Mounts Bay Breakwater
 - Public Dinner for Mr. Tooke
 - Royal Horticultural Society exhibition
 - Representation Meeting of Yeomanry of Trig at St. Mabyn, Sept 21st, 1836 [verbatim transcript, 1 page long jw]

Local News

Sudden death - On Tuesday last, on the arrival at Falmouth of the "Emerald Isle", London and Cork, steamer, on her way to Cork, a man named Richard Roach, who went on board at Plymouth, and on his passage complained of being ill, got into the boat to go onshore, and immediately expired.  On the same day, an inquest was held on the body, at the Ship and Castle Tavern, before William Gean, Esq. coroner, of the town, when it appeared the deceased was unknown to any one on board, and nothing occurred to throw any light on the previous state of his health.  The jury returned a verdict of - Died by the visitation of God.

Scholar - Mr. George Hext, still of Blundell's School, Tiverton, son of Capt. Hext, R.N. near Bodmin, was on Friday last elected to a Scholarship at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.  There were six other candidates.

Extraordinary Onion - An onion measuring 17 1/2 inches, and weighing 2 lbs and half an ounce, was grown this season in a garden belonging to Mr. John Knight, at Tywardreath.

Accident - On Tuesday evening, as the servant of Lieut. Loftus, of the regiment stationed at Pendennis Castle, was exercising a fine spirited horse in a gig, and waiting for his master near the Green Bank Hotel, Falmouth, the animal became unmanageable, and bolted off at full speed.  In passing a van, he came in contact with the shaft of the vehicle, which entered his body and caused his death in a short time.  We hear that £60 had been offered for the horse a few days before.

Alarm of Fire - About half-past eleven, on Saturday night last, a quantity of dense smoke was observed to issue from the stables of Mr. W. Glasson, Green Bank Hotel, Falmouth; and on the alarm being given, and the doors opened, it was discovered that a piece of candle, left in the stable lanthorn, had burnt to the bottom of the socket, and heated the lanthorn to such a degree as to unsolder it, and precipitated the flaming wick on the wet litter over which it was fortunately suspended.  We are happy to state that the fire was extinguished with little damage; but had it not been discovered in time it would have been attended with great loss, as the stables are surrounded with cellars containing very inflammable materials.

Pilchard Fishery - Several seans have enclosed a quantity of fine pilchards at Perhala, Proustock, the Lizard, &c, some of which have been brought to Falmouth and sold at 2s. per hundred.  It will be late for the Foreign market, but the benefit of the poor being able to lay in their winter stock will be great.  The south coast appears to abound with fish, which show a disposition to come in to the shore.

Caution - On Saturday last, some dexterous pick-pockets eased some of the good folks attending Launceston market of a considerable amount of cash.  We are sorry that Mrs. Isbald, butcher, lost about £30, supposed to be extracted from her pocket by these gentry.

Summercourt Fair - This fair on Monday last was plentifully supplied with cattle and sheep of all kinds, which met a ready sale at remunerating prices.  Upwards of 6,000 sheep were penned.

St. Stephens Fair - This fair on Monday last was very fully supplied with cattle of every description, but the sale was rather limited and very dull.

Barnstaple Fair - This fair, on the 19th instant, spoke volumes as to the small amount of really Fat Stock in this part of the kingdom, there being scarcely a prime Fat Ox or Fat Steer, in the Fair.  ... There was a large supply of horses; but of these, the number of good carriage and saddle horses was but few.   Good cart horses and colts were in greater quantity, but except for valuable and selected animals, prices were very low.

Coroner's Inquest - On  Thursday last, an Inquest was held before Hosken James, Esq. at the dwelling-house of William Thomas, innkeeper, in the parish of Wendron, on the body of John Grigg, a miner, about 21 years of age, who worked at the Wheal Vyvyan mine.  It appeared from the evidence that on Wednesday morning, about eleven o'clock, deceased was engaged with another man at the 20th fathom level, below the adit west of Rowse's shaft, in blowing the rocks by the side of the level, when a rock three or four tons weight, unexpectedly gave way, and before he could escape, fell upon him, and nearly cut him in two.  The poor fellow lived about five minutes after the accident.  Verdict, accidental death.

Fairs in Cornwall in  October
Dolsdon - 1st
Leskeard - 2nd
St. Issey and Newgate, in St. Stephens by St. Austell  3rd Goldsithney and St. Keverne - 4th
Luxulyan - 7th
Falmouth, East Looe, Penryn, St. Stephens Church Town by St. Austell - 10th
Trewen and Wadebridge - 10th
Lower Quarter Ludgvan, Roche, and Southpetherwin - 11th
East Taphouse and Redruth - 12th
Mitchell and Trevena - 17th
Manaccan - 18th
St. Austell - 21st
Tintagel - 24th
St. Dennis and Sticker - 25th
Five Lanes - 27th
St. Lawrence - 31st
There will also be a Cattle Market held at Truro on the 5th; Tregoney, 17th, and Penzance, 20th.

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