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



Cornish Coastal Churches ..

 The Institute of Cornish Studies and two student societies (Cornish Celtic and History) on the Penryn Campus are working together to establish a youth engagement project for the study of Cornish Heritage.

The specific aim of the project is to document the history of important Coastal Churches in Cornwall and their place in the maritime heritage of Cornwall and its local communities.

These churches have Medieval origins or even earlier and play an important if neglected part in Cornish heritage. This educational study will look at more recent history through interactive sessions with the community that will collect old photographs and record video and oral histories at ‘memory evenings’ with reference to more recent history.

The second stage of research is to go further back in time by collecting and studying written documents associated with Cornwall’s coastal economy and society with a particular emphasis on stories of religion, Cornish identity, piracy, smuggling, fishing and boatbuilding.

The ultimate output of the project is to use this material to produce an online, interactive trail map, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund that will engage not only young people but the general public as a whole.

In order to develop this project we are seeking the involvement of other heritage organisations. We are also keen on hearing from individual volunteers, particularly young people, who can help in areas like researching, filming and marketing.

It is envisaged that this project will act as a catalyst for involving younger people in the study of the past and developing a digital platform for future initiatives.

 Selected churches: 

 Tintagel                                       Tywardreath

St Just in Roseland

St Anthony in Roseland

St Gluvias (Penryn)                      Falmouth



Zennor                                          Paul  

 For further details contact the Institute of Cornish Studies (Email:, telephone: 01326 371 888) or go to our facebook site (


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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


Cornwall Associations of Local Historians