News and Items of interest to CALH Members and all Cornish local historians.



Tralawney Coffin Plate Found..

 From Carole Vivian:

The parable of the lost coin took on a whole new relevance at the Trelawny Day Celebrations on 30th June, 2018 in The Parish Church of St. Nun, Pelynt.

For Bishop Jonathan Trelawny’s coffin plate, which had been stolen from the church in October 2016, was returned.

Where it has been in the meantime we have no idea, but it was discovered in a charity shop in Norfolk and bought by a young lady who is a folk singer and traditional music artist who also loves history and had this to say:


When I picked up Trelawny’s coffin plate whilst browsing in a charity shop, I had no idea of its historical significance, or of its importance to a community some 300 miles away. All I can say is that having an eye for “junk” can sometimes pay off!

“This doesn’t belong here” was one of the first things I said to my boyfriend upon showing him the plate. My meaning, of course, was that what looked like a memorial plaque shouldn’t be sitting in a charity shop, rather than with the family or in the hometown of the deceased, but I didn’t realise just how apt these words would prove to be.

I have Google and YouTube to thank for leading me to its proper home – without the technology that we have now, I would never have been able to find out about the origins or theft of the artefact. I feel that it is so important to celebrate our heritage and pass on the knowledge to future generations, and am so glad for the plate to be back in its rightful home, where I hope it can now reside peacefully!

Just as in the parable, there was and is much celebration for that which was lost has now been found!



National Archives Newsletter..

 National Archives Newsletter November. Go to this site (copy into your browser)

In Search of Tywardreath..

 A group has been formed to find and trace the history of the Tywardreath Priory. Calling itself “In Search of Tywardreath” the community group aims to support archaeological and historical investigation into the Tywardreath Priory which existed from about 1088 to 1540. In addition, the group wants to support similar historic research on St Andrew’s Parish Church and identify and collate existing research on the Civil War Battlefield.

Also on the agenda for this very active group is to organise walking routes and a program of regular walks to explore the interesting area in and around Tywardreath. They also plan to investigate the natural and man-made landscape of the area, including palaeoenvironmental evidence.

Anyone interested in joining the group can contact Helen Barden at
More on the priory and local efforts to build its history at


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