St Tudy History Group
Even though we are still in lockdown, and for many this third lockdown has been the hardest, recent roadmap announcements brought many of us a renewed sense of optimism.
As we continue in degrees of lockdown, the first date that we might be able to enjoy full ‘normal’ social contact once more, looks likely to be no earlier than the 21st June. So, all being well, our first meeting of 2021 is to be held on Monday 28th June when we have invited Helen Wilson to speak on ‘The Remarkable Pinwell Sisters’. Mary, Ethel and Violet worked as professional woodcarvers, their first large commission was the pulpit at Ermington Church. They then set up their own Ecclesiastical Carving Company and their story is utterly amazing. We look forward to welcoming all members back to meetings in the Village Hall and will be delighted to welcome new members. Doors open at 7pm for refreshments and raffle and the meeting will begin at 7.30pm. The bar and kitchen will be open for refreshments after the meeting. Visitors for the evening are always welcome and we would ask a £3 entrance fee.
Welcome to St Tudy Historical Society.
The group has gone from strength to strength more than doubling its numbers to 40 in less than three years. Its intention is to discover, preserve and disseminate the history of the Parish of St Tudy while also fostering an interest in Cornish and wider history.
This has resulted in the republication of a beautifully handwritten and drawn manuscript compiled by the ladies of St Tudy Women’s Institute in 1951. Known as the WI Scrapbook, it details many of the principal buildings as well as providing a fascinating social history of the village. A handful of books and CD copies are available at £15 including p&p with the proceeds shared between the WI and the History Group. In addition in 2017 the guidebook to St Tudy Parish Church was updated and republished for the benefit of the Church. Please contact us via the Feedback page if you would like a copy of either of these books.
On-going projects include mapping the graves in the Churchyard, compiling a history of the buildings in Churchtown to create a Village Trail and creating a Village Archive
St Tudy Historical Society usually meets in the Village Hall at 7:30pm on the last Monday of each month (except August and December). A variety of external speakers are arranged with occasional visits to places of interest while members are encouraged to share the results of their own studies during Members’ Interest meetings. The full year’s programme can be viewed by clicking the left-hand panel.
Previous speakers have given fascinating accounts of the prehistory of St Tudy and its locality; who would have thought that Iron Age St Tudyites probably sat in the same spot as the Clink 3000 years ago? The Clink itself came under the microscope during a discussion on Church Houses - was it a Church House or not? That debate continues. The rebellious Cornish, including Trelawney, were under the spotlight of several speakers while there was a definite theme on local buildings with a visit to Wetherham, talks on Michael’s Cottage followed by a contrasting lecture on the Country Houses of Cornwall plus the first meander around the developing village trail. And that was just last year!
In 2015 we uncovered some fascinating facts including the discovery of several unknown ancient milestones and bridge markers in and around the village, a visit by Oliver Cromwell and his Roundhead soldiers and St Tudy's contribution to the Cornish national anthem. Members also enjoyed a guided tour of the Cornwall Record Office where they were able to handle some ancient texts and historic maps of the village. Members' interest meetings taught us about the history of St Tudy School, Col Toots Williams' amazing trek across Italy escaping from captivity during the Second World War.
Although most meetings are on the final Monday of each month it is important to check the dates in the 'Upcoming Events' section and the programme in the menu as there are occasional changes.
New members are always welcome so why not come and join us.