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



National Archives Books..

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19th Century Prison Databases..

I write on behalf of Dr Rosalind Crone of The Open University who contacted you in June 2018 concerning the launch of the 19th Century Prisons database at This project has recently been updated and extended and, we believe, will be of even greater interest to your members

Alongside the 19th Century Prisons database (, which provides a searchable list of 847 prisons and their archives, Rosalind Crone has developed Your Local Lock-Up; a public engagement project which aims to locate any structures used for temporary imprisonment or restraint. These lock-ups might have confined the accused until they appeared before a local magistrate, when being moved between penal institutions, or when undergoing trial. Some lock-ups, like stocks, could also have been used to punish those ?behaving badly? in the local community.

Lock-ups have been almost entirely overlooked by penal historians, but they are essential for understanding criminal justice at the local level, and the use and experience of imprisonment in British history.

Your Local Lock-Up at is building a national database of surviving or demolished lock-ups and other places of local confinement. This will allow us to explore various aspects of lock-ups? use, character and design, and enable us to complete the next stage in the recovery of the penal landscape of historic Britain.

To do this, we now need the help of local historians! There are around 650 lock-ups in the database at, but currently only 11 for Cornwall. This is far from exhaustive, and we anticipate that there are countless others we know nothing about. We are therefore calling upon local historians and members of the public to help us recover more lock-ups, and would be very grateful if your members could tell us about any in your area.

The project is compiling data on any place or structure used for temporary confinement between the 16th and early 20th centuries; including purpose built lock-ups, police stations, cells in town halls, courthouses, workhouses, stocks and even rooms in pubs used to detain prisoners.

Your members can easily contribute information on a new lock-up directly into the database through an online form at Or perhaps they have more details and photographs of somewhere already listed in the database. If so, we would be very grateful for any additions or corrections via the ?Anything to Add? button on each lock-up entry.

We are also inviting anyone interested in lock-ups and penal history more generally to join our project team to help with research and the development of the database at

Your Local Lock-Up is interested in collecting many different types of evidence on lock-ups, and especially welcomes historic and present-day descriptions of structures or their uses, and pictures. It need not be written evidence, either. We are equally keen to hear anecdotes about incidents involving the lock-up, the prisoners held there and the location of any that are now lost.

We are also collecting ?stories? of lock-ups or prisons for our new features page, some of which can already be seen at Could any of your members please contribute a story on the history of a particular institution, prison or lock-up in the local area; the restoration or conversion of a lock-up; local events held there; or accounts of how data from the project is being used?

To increase Your Local Lock-Up?s usefulness to local history societies and communities, every lock-up entry in the database includes a ?print? button, which generates a ready-made pamphlet containing information and an image that can be displayed or distributed. Please do let us know if this facility is of use to your society and members, and whether there are any additional features that you would find valuable on the site. We need your feedback to develop this resource further!

Finally, why not connect with Prison History UK on social media? Your members can follow us on Twitter (, ?like? our Facebook page ( ); and share material with us on Instagram ( You can also subscribe directly to our mailing list at to receive the latest project news and updates.

If you have any queries, or would like further information about Your Local Lock-Up, please email Dr Rosalind Crone at or myself. We very much look forward to receiving your comments and contributions to this exciting new project.

Dr Elaine Saunders rnrnResearcher, Your Local 

Name = Dr Elaine Saunders
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The Open University,Walton Hall, Milton Keynes

Cornwall's Maritime Churches ..

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Kresen Kernow Newsletter..

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The New Kresen Kernow will have its first public open day on Sat, 7 September. Watch for details. Researchers can begin using the new facility on Wednesday, the 11th of September.


National Archives Newsletter..

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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


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