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!



Project on Historic Prisons..

 The following came through our website. If you are interested, here is the information:

Name = Rosalind Crone
Email Address =
Telephone = 07854832446

Address =
History Department, Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesrnThe Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

Enquiry = Dear Sir/ Madam,rnrnMy name is Rosalind Crone and I’m a lecturer in history at The Open University. I’m writing to you because I have recently been involved in developing a new internet resource which I believe will be of interest to the members of the Cornwall Association of Local Historians. rnrnPrison History ( is a database which contains information on nearly 850 penal institutions which existed in 19th century England, including around 420 local prisons and 380 lock ups. For each institution, there is information about its operational dates, jurisdiction, location, population statistics, the primary and secondary sources which mention it, and a list of all the relevant and surviving archival documents which we have been able to find in repositories based in England. On accessing Prison History, users can either search for specific prisons or various types of prisons, or browse the lists of archival materials that we recovered. rnrnOne of the core aims of Prison History is to emphasise the importance of the local prison (and lock ups) in nineteenth-century society. It is an institution that has been largely neglected in the major studies of nineteenth-century imprisonment and I think it is time to redress the imbalance. To do that, I need help from local historians. My hope is that Prison History will be a useful resource for local historians, and also that local historians will want to get involved with this project, to help make the database an even better tool for local history, and, through emphasising the importance of prisons within nineteenth-century communities, to demonstrate the importance of local history research.rnrnWe have just soft launched Prison History in advance of the formal launch date on 6 July. I would be very grateful if you could circulate details of the resource to your members. I have a promotional flyer which I could email to you for circulation, or I could send you some copies in the post. We have also put a survey for local historians on the website to collect feedback – thoughts about the design of the site, and opinions on how develop the resource in the near future – it would be wonderful if some of your members were keen to complete the survey. There is a ‘submit feedback’ button on the website, or the survey can be accessed via this link:, we are holding an event at the National Justice Museum in Nottingham on 6 July to launch Prison History. It is free to attend. All the details, including the programme, can be found here:  We would be so delighted if one or more of the members of your society were able to attend.rnrnWith best wishes,rnRosalind.rn

Kresen Kernow News - Spring..

 The spring newsletter of the Cornwall Archives -- Kresen Kernow. Remember to click on edit to be able to view the newsletter properly.

National Archives Newsletter..

 National Archives Newsletter for October. 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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