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Lady Clara Coltman Vyvyan

Lady Clara Coltman Vyvyan

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

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Lady Clara Coltman Vyvyan 1885 – 1976 aka C C Rogers

Lady Clara Coltman Vyvyan 1885 – 1976  aka C C Rogers

  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

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Dr. James Whetter 1935 – 2018

Dr. James Whetter 1935 – 2018

I learned recently of the death of my friend Dr. James Whetter following a short illness. A clever man, James wrote many books and articles and was the Editor of An Baner Kernewek where several of my own articles have been printed over the years, including the

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Daphne du Maurier and her Cornish properties

Daphne du Maurier and her Cornish properties

Daphne du Maurier (1907 – 1989) and her Cornish properties. 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 parents. The family had taken many holidays in Cornwall and Daphne had

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Karate and Death

Karate and Death

  A friend brought this video to my attention shortly after he uploaded it to YouTube. My father and brother (both black belts) are on this clip which was broadcast on the local news back in 1991. They ran the karate club along with a couple of

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How to calculate the effects of sea level rise and fall.

How to calculate the effects of sea level rise and fall.

This interactive map is an excellent way to change sea levels and check what land would be flooded under certain scenarios. I am currently researching some old books and records in regard to catastrophic sea events which took place around Cornwall and will be writing about this

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Prideaux Manor

Prideaux Manor

Prideaux Manor The Prideaux/Pridias family had a manor house at the base of the Prideaux hill fort since prior to the Norman invasion. The dwelling was knocked down and rebuilt in an improved style many times. Lake states, The ancient manor originally comprised Great and Little Prideaux,

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Fowey Tide Tables and Kelly’s ice cream.

Fowey Tide Tables and Kelly’s ice cream.

Fowey Tide Times Fowey is a fabulous haven for boats and it is important to understand the tidal flow. This should help. This picture was taken near St Austell in 1928. Kelly’s ice cream is still among the best around.          

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Day view of Manhattan, New York, USA

Day view of Manhattan, New York, USA

  I love New York City. I love it’s history and I love how it is now. This will help you take a tour.     Courtesy of www.AirPano.com

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Early 17th Century England

Early 17th Century England

The Bishop and The Witch and Shudder are very different stories, but this film by Pudding Lane Productions  illustrates both very well. Early 17th Century England was a fantastical place. I had similar images in my mind when writing both books. Although this film, created by six

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A Corpse Candle in rural Cheshire

A Corpse Candle in rural Cheshire

I wrote a narrative about a Corpse Candle in The Specials, when the character Edith Prentice nee Trewen tells a psychiatrist about her encounter with one.  I based that episode on one which happened to me over a decade ago. I was driving  late from Wrenbury to

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Bishop John Prideaux – His Will

Bishop John Prideaux – His Will

Below is a copy of the Last Will and Testament of Bishop John Prideaux. It was proved on the 20th September 1650 and the original copy of this will  has been lost in the Public Records Office. The will was written on the 20th June 1650, a month

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Stretchleigh Meteorite

Stretchleigh Meteorite

Tristram Risdon (1580-1640) was the renowned author of ‘Risdon’s Survey of Devon’ a tome he worked on solidly between 1605 and 1630. Risdon travelled every inch of Devon documenting the families, houses and towns there. Although he borrowed from Sir William Pole’s ‘Collections towards the Description of

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Bishop John Prideaux 1578 – 1650

Bishop John Prideaux 1578 – 1650

  Bishop John Prideaux is the star of A A Prideaux’s novel, The Bishop and The Witch. As such, his life and history is dramatised in that novel and subsequent novels in the series.  Here I attach the Authors Epilogue to the book and the Bibliography.  

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Bobby Chariot

Bobby Chariot

When Rob was a baby, I started calling him Bobby Chariot. I have no idea why. He has taken it in good part as an accepted form of address from his silly old Aunt. Now that I have given  a character in `Shudder’ the same name, I

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