The Reverend Frederick William Densham (BA ACA) died aged 83 in 1953 after a strange and enigmatic life. A life which has left unanswered questions even though his story has been discussed world- wide. He was seen in the mid 1930’s by Daphne du Maurier and reputedly inspired her vicar in Jamaica Inn. It is […]
James Malcolm Maclaren (always known as Malcolm) was a world-renowned geologist and mileage millionaire. He was born in New Zealand and travelled the world as a consulting mining engineer. He was a specialist on the mining of gold, silver, lead, zinc, tin, mercury, copper, china clay, bauxite and phosphate. It was on his advice that many Cornish mines were closed during the early years of the 20th Century, most particularly the 1920’s. He married Harriett, the elder sister of C C Vyvyan, the travel writer. These ladies were of the Williams family of Caerhays and the Powys-Rogers of Stanage Park. Malcolm Maclaren died at the family home of Burncoose, Cornwall in 1935 and is buried a Gwennap Church.
Lady Clara Vyvyan Following my original article on Lady Clara, I came into further information which I shall detail here. I also have been given permission to share some memories from her surviving great nephews. Hopefully these new stories will help to illustrate Clara’s character and relationships with her family. You may care to read […]
Walter Hingston Prideaux (1806 – 1899) I thought that I would write a short biography about Walter Prideaux who descended through the line of John and Sybell of Luson and the heir Hugh. It is because of an 1835 Mahogany Longcase Clock I own. I descend from Hugh’s brother John. Walter’s line moved through the […]
It only took opening and beginning to read the first chapter of The Old Place by C C Vyvyan before I was hooked. I have read everything of hers that I can get my hands on – several times and never tire of her words. Clara Vyvyan can take the reader into her circle and […]
The Travels of John Prideaux. Southampton to New York to Portland. July 7th. We were up at 5.30 am and had breakfast seven o’clock. At 7.30 we took carriage for Waterloo Station (a lovely summer morning) and arrived 8 am. 8.30 we left by train and arrived at Southampton 10.30. We went on board Steam […]
The Travels of John Prideaux. 1900 London. July 1st Up at 7. Breakfast at 9, at 10.30 am we left for City Road Wesley Chapel. We rode from Pancreas Church to opposite Wesley Chapel Gate. For half an hour, we walked about the grave yard visiting the tombs of prominent men and ministers. We took […]
The Travels of John Prideaux. Cornwall during the Summer of 1900. May 15th Arrived at Bristol 3.45 pm and left 4.10. The weather was good from Liverpool to Bristol and while in Liverpool. At 4pm we went through a long tunnel under the Severn River. At 6pm we arrived at Exeter and stopped at Elmfield […]
The Travels of John Prideaux 1900. Liverpool to Cornwall. May 12th We got up at 4.30 am had breakfast 5.30 and arrived at Liverpool 7 o’clock am. We saw Captain John Prideaux waiting on the wharf to receive us. At 8.30 we went ashore and quickly passed the Custom Officer by the assistance of Capt. […]
New York to Liverpool aboard Steam Ship Lucania May 5th Breakfasted at 7.15 am. Took car at 8.15 for Steam Ship Lucania and went onboard 8.45 for Liverpool Our State rooms were opposite each other and very comfortable. We sat first table all the way across the Atlantic. Had roast mutton and vegetables first day […]
The journal is the property of Pamela Prideaux of Portland, Oregon and her family. I have permission to copy it here and allow some fascinating insights into the means of travel in the year 1900. Pamela is the granddaughter of George Prideaux who stayed behind in Portland while his parents, John and Jane (Mamma) and […]
Featured in this month’s An Baner Kernewek /Cornish Banner The Cornish Banner / An Baner Kernewek is Cornwall’s foremost cultural magazine. Now in its 41st year and having reached No. 167 it is the land’s longest running serious quarterly. As well as providing up-to-date commentary on the current world scene the magazine deals with contemporary events […]
Daphne du Maurier (1907 – 1989) and her Cornish homes. Dame Daphne du Maurier, Lady Browning, DBE, first saw Fowey in 1923 while descending Bodinnick Hill during a search for a holiday home with her mother and sisters. The family had taken several holidays in Cornwall and Daphne had always enjoyed them but secretly hoped […]
There is another article in the November 2016 issue of An Baner Kernewek. This is a feature about Tywardreath Priory which can also be read on this site. An Baner Kernewek – The Cornish Banner is also known as the voice of the Cornish People.
Tywardreath Priory There is no current visible trace of Tywardreath Priory. There have been recent attempts by the local people of Tywardreath to find it again using modern means. But it has been so flattened and all top stones and other artefacts taken away over the centuries, that discovery is difficult. A gentleman of the […]