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West Briton Newspaper transcriptions 1840s

The following extracts, relating to St Minver Parish or St Minver folk, have been taken from the West Briton Newspaper. The extracts have been transcribed by the OPC for St Stephen in Brannel and the OPC for St Austell and their team. Please visit their website, there is a search facility. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~wbritonad/

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14 FEBRUARY 1840, Friday

The CORONER'S INQUEST was held on Sunday afternoon, at the Ship Inn, Wadebridge, kept by Mr. James MANKIN. The following gentlemen were sworn on the jury:

Wm. POLLARD, foreman, of Clapper, Egloshayle
John LAKEMAN, Egloshayle
Morrish WILTON, Egloshayle
Thomas MARTIN, Egloshayle
Parmenas MENHENNICK, Egloshayle
Samuel WEST, Egloshayle
Roger GILL, Egloshayle
Gregory BRABYN, St. Breock
John WILLS, St. Breock
James MANKIN, Egloshayle
Robert CLEVE, St. Breock
James Rowell RICKARD, St. Breock

Mr. John HICK, farmer of St. Minver, examined - I left Bodmin about ten o'clock in company with Mr. Christopher BOWEN and rather more than a quarter of an hour after the deceased. Near Sladesbridge, we met a man, who called out "stop, stop; the horse is on before." We were proceeding rapidly, and I suppose that the man called out, thinking that we were trying to catch the horse. The man appeared to be tipsy, and I did not take any notice of him. Just as we came to Mr. POLLARD's door, at Clapper, a horse started off at full gallop. Mr. Bowen remarked the horse was gone on at a rapid pace. I remarked that the horse did not seem to have a rider, but could not distinguish the colour of the horse. We met a person near Egloshayle and asked him whether he had seen a horse, and he answered "yes", and said there was no rider on it, but the horse had a saddle on. On arriving near Wadebridge we were met by another person and we asked him whether he had seen a horse and he said yes, and that he thought it was Mr. Norway's little mare. We said then we should not like to alarm Mr. Norway unnecessarily. The man said there was a light in Tom GREGORY's stable. Gregory is the waggoner of Mr. Norway. We went to him and asked him if his master was at home. He said he was not a short time since. I told him that a horse had come on the road before us without a rider and with a saddle and bridle, and that we had met a person who told us that he thought it was Mr. Norway's little mare. Gregory then lighted a lanthorn and went out to see. Near the stable where the horse was kept, he saw the mare belonging to the deceased and immediately caught her. Gregory directly said that he thought something must have happened to his master and he then examined the saddle and saw two marks of blood on the further side of the saddle. Gregory then asked me to go back with him, but we said we thought we had better get a surgeon and take with me. I then went with Mr. Bowen and called Mr. TICKLE who came back with us. Gregory in the meantime had gone on with another person in search of his master. I then went on with Mr. Tickle till we met persons bringing the body of the deceased towards Wadebridge but had not met with any persons in the road between Derry's Mill and Sladesbridge, except the person who called out stop.

Mr. Christopher Bowen corroborated the evidence of the last witness in all its particulars.


Monday, March 20, 1840

Cornwall Lent Assizes – Crown Court –

(Before Mr. Justice Coltman) – Trial of William & James Lightfoot  for the murder of Mr. Nevell Norway.  The two Lightfoot brothers were hanged.

The whole of this trial reporting can be found  on these pages http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wbritonad/cornwall/1840/misc/apr.html

Extracts are from St Minver witnesses. 
Mr. John Hicks examined by Mr. Cockburn – I am a farmer living in St. Minver. I was at Bodmin market on the 8th of February. I left about a quarter after ten. I was proceeding in the way of Wadebridge. There is a place called Clapper about a mile from Wadebridge. I saw a horse gallop on before me without a rider; it had a saddle and bridle; it appeared to be a light-coloured horse. While I followed after the horse I met one man first, and then, at a little distance further on, I met another; I had a conversation which induced me to suppose it was Mr. Norway's horse; in consequence of that I went to Gregory, Mr. Norway's waggoner, and we went to the stable; we found the horse at the stable gate; I had seen Mr. Norway ride a horse like that before, I observed two spots of blood on the saddle. Gregory requested me to go and call Mr. Tickell, the surgeon. I did so. I then went to put my horse away, and overtook Mr. Tickell on the Egloshayle road, and went on with him in the direction of Bodmin. I soon met persons bringing in the body of Mr. Norway. I heard the clock strike eleven last before I entered Wadebridge.

John Harris, examined by Mr. Cockburn – I am a shoemaker at St. Minver; my mother lives in Bodmin; on the 8th of February I came to Bodmin and returned in the evening; I know that cottage at Northhill; I passed along by the cottage about nine o'clock. I know the little stream of water. I observed two men there; it was a moon-light night, but a little cloudy. I did not see the faces of the men, I observed their dresses. One was dressed in a dark jacket, the other in a smock frock. They appeared to be labouring men, loitering along – they were just moving on and that was all. They had both bad hats – one in particular. I observed that the one in the smock frock was a brave bit taller than the other. The prisoners resemble the persons I saw that night, and the dresses that they wear are exactly like those worn by those men. By the Judge – I paid no particular attention to the men. The men were between the run of water and the house. I gave a description of the men the Tuesday after the murder was committed.

Deaths: On Friday last, at Pentireglaze, in the parish of St. Minver, Constance, the beloved wife of Mr. J[?] Rowe, and daughter of the late Mr. T. Glasson, of Madron, near Penzance.

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29 October, 1841
Deaths: On the 23rd instant, at St. Minver, Mrs. Charlotte TUCKETT, aged 41 years.

Oct. 29, 1841 BMDS
Marriages: At St. Minver, on Tuesday last, by the Rev. J. Ellis, Mr. Thos. LUKES, of Luxulyan, to Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. John BESWATHICK, yeoman, of the former parish.


St. Ives - On Tuesday morning last, the driving boats brought in a large quantity of herrings and pilchards. Most of the herrings were sent to Bristol by the “Herald” steamer. The seaners were somewhat discouraged, no pilchards having been seen during the week.

Port Isaac - On Tuesday morning last, the driving boats came in quite loaded, and the seaners were all on the alert, large shoals of pilchards being in the bay.

St. Minver - During the past week, an immense quantity of herrings has been taken by the fishermen here. On Tuesday evening, the weather being favourable, they again went out, and were successful in their labours, taking upwards of 50,000 pilchards, and several thousand herrings and mackerel, which were respectively sold for two, three, and five shillings per 120, the next morning.

Newquay - The news from Port Isaac infused fresh spirit into the seaners here, and they are, consequently, in expectation of large catches. The drift boats put out, but were obliged to return in consequence of a severe thunder storm with very fierce lightning. About 20,000 herrings were brought in, with a few pilchards.

5th November, 1841, Friday.
Marriages:  At St. Minver, on Thursday, the 28th ult., Mr. John SPUR, to Mrs. Elizabeth GOODMAN, both of Trevine, in that parish.

19th November 1841
Deaths: On the 7th instant, at St. Minver, after having seen upwards of 100 descendants, Mrs. Catherine OLIVER, aged 88 years.

At St. Minver, on the 12 th instant, Mr. Gideon HICKS, aged 23 years. His end was peace.


17 DECEMBER 1841
Marriages: On Thursday, the 9th instant, at St. Minver, Mr. Charles BICE, of Rosewin, in the parish of St. Enoder, to Miss A. PENGELLY, of the former parish.

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14 JANUARY 1842, Friday West Briton
Marriages: At St. Breock, by the Rev. W. Molesworth, Mr. MABLEY, of St. Minver, to Miss Joanna WEST, of St. Breock.

18 FEBRUARY 1842, Friday
On Sunday last, at Cruan, St. Minver, Mrs. Thomas LEGOE, of a son.

11 March 1842 Friday

At Cockmayle, St. Minver Lowlands, on Wednesday, the 2nd instant, Mr. William PROFET, aged 88 years.

11 March 1842

MELANCHOLY DEATH. On Sunday last a young man, named ALLEN, servant to Mr. ROWE, of Pentireglaze, St. Minver, went to a christening, and on Tuesday morning, he was picked up dead on the beach under Bray-hill, in Padstow harbour. It is supposed that he lost his way, fell over the cliff, and was drowned.

10 JUNE 1842, Friday
On Sunday last, at Tredrizzick House, St. Minver, Mrs. MOYLE, relict of the late Mr. Wm. Moyle, at an advanced age

24 JUNE 1842, Friday
At Tredrezick-house, St. Minver, on the 9th instant, the wife of Mr. J. M. MOYLE, of a daughter.

George BROAD, 16, pleaded GUILTY to the charge of breaking open two cupboards in the dwelling-house of Simon WILLCOCK, of St. Minver. Two month's hard labour.

October 7th, 1842, Friday.

DEATHS: At Penmain, in the parish of St. Minver, on Saturday last, Mr. John PROFET, aged 92 years.

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10 FEBRUARY 1843, Friday
Last week, at Cant, St. Minver, the wife of MR. R. PENGELLY, of a son.

24 FEBRUARY 1843, Friday
On Wednesday, the 15th instant, at Tregwormond, in the parish of St. Minver, MR. BURT, in the 80th year of his age; and on the 20th instant at the same place, of a violent inflammation in the chest, MR. WM. BURT, son of the above, aged 40 {or 49] years, leaving a widow and three small children to lament their loss.

24 FEBRUARY 1843, Friday
On Sunday last, at Rosewin, St. Minver, MRS. ROBERT MABLY, of a son.

10 MARCH 1843, Friday
On the 28th ultimo, at St. Kew, Mr. Richard Rowse, of Trelawder, St. Minver, to Miss Mary Worden, of Amble, St. Kew.

17 MARCH 1843, Friday
At Pitymee, St. Minver, after a lingering illness, Miss Mary Cleave, aged 20 years.

17 March 1843

SHOCKING ACCIDENT. On Wednesday, the 8th instant, Mr. Richard ROWSE of Trelawder, in the parish of St. Minver, was thrown from the cart on which he was riding, and a quantity of bricks fell on him, which severely bruised his body, and broke three of his ribs.


24 March 1843

JOSEPH BISHOP, 16, was charged with having stolen a pistol the property of Mr. Richard HAWKEY, of St. Minver. The prisoner was in Mr. Hawkey’s service from the 20th of November to the 2nd of February, during which time the prosecutor lost the pistol in question, which was subsequently found at the prisoner’s mother’s house, in St. Issey. The prosecutor gave the prisoner an otherwise good character. Guilty – One Month’s Hard Labour.

12 MAY 1843, Friday
At St. Minver, on Friday last, Mr. Richard SLEEMAN, to Miss Susan GILES.

23 JUNE 1843, Friday
On Thursday, the 15th instant, at Trenant, in St. Minver, Mrs. Prest, aged 88 years.

Lately, at Stoptide, St. Minver Lowlands, the wife of Mr. James Brenton, shoemaker.

28 JULY 1843, Friday
DEATH: At Trewiston, in the parish of St. Minver, lately, Mr. Wm. Mably, sen., aged 85 years.

28 JULY 1843, Friday
At St. David's, Exeter, on the 20th instant, Mr. John Oliver, jun., of St. Minver, mason, to Mary Ann second daughter of Mr. W.S. Gregory, of the former parish.

15 SEPTEMBER 1843, Friday
At Reserrow, in the parish of St. Minver, on Tuesday, the 5th instant, Mrs. Henry SYMONS, of a daughter.

15 SEPTEMBER 1843, Friday
At Port Quinn, on Monday, the 4th instant, Mrs. SYMONS, aged 75 years.
At Higher Penmaine, St, Minver, lately, Mr. Richard PHILLIPS, aged 87 years.

13 OCTOBER 1843, Friday

At St. Minver, lately, Mr. Thomas Gummow, of Pitymee, to Miss Ann Northey, of Trenant.


27 OCTOBER 1843, Friday

PADSTOW. During the heavy gale which prevailed on Tuesday se'nnight, the brig "Wilberforce", DENBY, of Exeter, bound to Cardiff, entered this port about ten a.m., without any actual assistance, and brought up in safety with loss of four sails and jolly boat tackling. A sea broke over her and carried away her stern buckets and wheel, and did much damage to the vessel. The brig "Hope," 112 tons burden, of Fishguard, Cardiganshire, PETER VAUGHN, master, laden with copper ore, was driven on shore on Pentire-Glaze, sometime during Wednesday night. All on board perished. She came into such a spot that it is believed she could not have lived more than five minutes. Since the wreck six bodies have been picked up, and it is supposed that there is still a lad missing. It was a melancholy sight to behold the bodies of these six poor creatures laid side by side in one spacious grave. The ship was seen in distress the previous day, and fires were made at Port Issac, but in all probability the crew were endeavouring to reach Padstow harbour. There was another wreck on Trebeth rock, the eastern side of the Padstow river, near the spot on which the brig "Britannia" was wrecked two years ago. Her name was the "Ceres," O'BRIEN, master, of Waterford, with ballast. She entered the harbour in a disabled state, let go her anchor, and was supposed out of danger, when her cable broke, and she drove on the Dumbar and became a total wreck. When the cable broke, the Captain and mate contrived to jump ashore before she drifted, and fortunately no lives were lost. The schooner "Laetitia," of Padstow, STROUT master, entered this harbour with loss of main and fore boom; but by the active exertions of the master, she was brought to anchorage and received much assistance from the capstans &c., of the Padstow Harbour Association. the gales increasing, she was afterwards driven on the rocks, but was got off next morning under the management of the Messrs. TREDWEN, in whose dock she is now undergoing repair. The losses occasioned by every succeeding severe gale of wind, show the necessity of a light-house on Trevose Head, to point out to mariners their situation, and prevent their getting into the bays, from which they can seldom work out again, the force of the sea being so very great.


27 OCTOBER 1843, Friday

CORONERS' INQUESTS. The following inquests have been taken before JOSEPH HAMLEY, Esq., since our last report: On Friday at St. Minver, on the body of a person unknown. Whilst the investigation was taking place five more bodies were brought up in a cart, just picked up, they were washed ashore. Verdict Drowned by shipwreck.

17 NOVEMBER 1843, Friday
At St. Minver Church, on the 9th instant, Mr. James Rowe, Pentireglaze, to Miss Eliza Hicks, of Tredissick.

17 NOVEMBER 1843, Friday
At St. Minver Church-town, on the 10th instant, Selina, eldest daughter of Mr. Robert Oliver, aged 21 years.

1 DECEMBER 1843, Friday
At Rock, St. Minver, Mrs. John PROFET, of a daughter.
At Trelawder, on Friday last, the wife of Mr. Richard ROWSE, of twins, a boy and girl.


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5 JANUARY 1844, Friday
At St. Minver, on Monday last, Mr. HAWKEN, of Craigmeer, Padstow, to Miss E. BURT, of Cruan, in the former parish.


19 JANUARY 1844, Friday
At St. Enodock Church, St. Minver, on Wednesday last, MR. F. MABLY, of Trewisson, to MISS FANNY MABLY, of Trebethrick; also, on the same day and place, MR. WM. HANCOCK, shipwright, of Padstow, to MISS MARIA ELLERY, of the former parish.

15 MARCH 1844, Friday
At Polzeath, in the parish of St. Minver, lately, Mr. Richard Mably, aged 51 years.

15 MARCH 1844, Friday
At St. Minver, on the 29th ult., Mr. Edwin Docton, of Padstow, to Miss Jane Oliver.

29 MARCH 1844, Friday West Briton
At Cant, in the parish of St. Minver, on Friday last, the wife of Mr. Richard Pengelly, of a son.
At Trevigo, in the parish of St. Minver, on Monday last, Mrs. Charles Lawry, of a son.

24 May 1844, Friday
At St. Minver, on the 7th instant, MR. JOHN GREIG, of Exeter, to MARY ANN, fourth daughter of MR. JOHN HICKS, veterinary surgeon, of the former place.


5 JULY 1844, Friday

JAMES HELBORN, 13, and SAMUEL JACKET, 18, were charged with having stolen a silver watch case, the property of WILLIAM CROOK, of Egloshayle. Mr. LUXMORE conducted the prosecution. [The Prosecutor, a carpenter, attended the Wadebridge Fair the evening of 13th of May, and went to a Jew's stall to get a key for his watch. While fitting the key, he first held the case, but then laid it down, when the prisoner, Helborn, picked it up to look at it. Jacket stood on his other side. He turned to ask Helborn for the case, and the boy ran; at the same time, Jacket also ran away. He went about the fair looking for them, but could not find them. He had not seen the case since.]

JAMES SLOGGETT [saw prisoners and prosecutor at the Jew's standing; his account of the relative positions did not quite agree with that given by the prosecutor.]

JOHN TREMAIN, of St. Minver, [conversed with prisoner Jacket on the 14th of May about the fair. Jacket said he found a watch case there.

JOSEPH SAMUEL[?] had a stall at Wadebridge fair; proved the presence of the prosecutor and the boys at the stall, and that prosecutor said he had lost his watch case there. Stayed at stall during the evening; no boy came there that evening to be searched.

HELBORN's statements before the magistrate were then put in, in which he said he never had the case in his hand, and that about a quarter of an hour after the case was gone, he was standing by the Jew's stall, and the Jew said "here is the lad who was here just now; it is better to search him" and a man who was by them did search him and found nothing.

At the conclusion of the case for the prosecution, Mr. SHILSON objected that the case having been laid in the indictment as silver, the prosecution was bound to prove that, which had not been done. The court reserved the point; and Mr. Shilson then addressed the jury, urging the inconsistencies in the evidence as to the position of the parties, the length of time, eight or ten days, between the loss of the case and the prosecutor's application to the magistrate, and the fact of the prosecutor, on the evening in question, having searched round the stall for the case. MR. HAWKEY, master of the two prisoners, a respectable farmer of St. Minver, had known both of them for six years, and their character had been nothing but what was proper, just, and right; they were still in his employ, and he was ready to take them again. Verdict, NOT GUILTY.

12 JULY 1844, Friday
At St. Saviour's church, Southwark, on the 8th inst., by the Rev. W. CURLING, MR. JONATHAN COLEMAN, of the firm of Messrs. J. and J. COLEMAN, builders, of Minver-place, Bermondsey, and son of Mr. F. COLEMAN, of St. Minver, in this county, to CAROLINE, eldest daughter of Mr. RAMSDALE, of the firm of Ramsdale and Butler, fruit salesmen, of the borough market.


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19 DECEMBER 1845, Friday
At ST.MINVER, on the 4th instant, Mr. Francis KEAT, to Miss Susannah MILLER, both of that parish.
At ST.MINVER, on the 11th inst., Mr Thomas PETER, of TREFRIES, in the parish of LINKINHORNE, to Christian, youngest daughter of Mr. John RANDALL, of TREWINT, in the former parish.
At ST. KEW, on the 11th instant, Mr. William HOCKEN, of TREVIVIAN, in the parish of DAVIDSTOW, to Ann, second daughter to Mr. John RANDALL, of TREWINT, in the parish of ST, MINVER.

24 JANUARY 1845, Friday
DREADFUL SHIPWRECK - On Monday morning last, between seven and eight o'clock the brig "William Pit," of Sunderland, THOMAS BOWSER, master, from Alexandria, bound to Gloucester, with 3,190 ardabs of beans in attempting to enter Padstow harbour in a fresh gale at N.E., struck on a part of the Dunbar; and as no assistance could be rendered from the shore, she soon went to pieces. Capt. BOWSER, THOMAS HARBOUND, JOSEPH BEILEY, FRANCIS CARTON, ROBERT MORGAN, THOMAS DUGLASS, JAMES HAVERLOCK, WILLIAM MACKINTOSH, JOHN HENDERSON, AND MIDDLETON RICHARDSON, were all drowned. The bodies of James Haverlock, William Mackintosh, and John Henderson, have since been picked up, and on Wednesday last, an inquest was held on them at St. Minver, before JOSEPH HAMLEY, Esq., coroner. It appeared from the evidence of JAMES HERVISON, the only one saved, that on Sunday morning last, the vessel made Scilly, and then made Long Ships, and passed up the Bristol Channel. On the Sunday night, she encountered the storm, which damaged her so much that she attempted to get in to Padstow. On Monday morning, they found themselves off Padstow; and the Captain thinking he knew the harbour, ran her on before the wind. JOHN KEY, a farmer at Crugmeer, near Padstow, stated that he saw her coming in, sent a messenger to Padstow for the pilots, and went himself with two other men to the points; he made signals to the crew to come towards them; but the vessel kept too much on the St. Minver side, struck on the rock, and then on the Dunbar, and very soon went to pieces. One of the pilots came up just before she went to pieces. Had the pilots been there, and proper signals made, he thinks the vessel would have come in safely. The jury, after long deliberation considered there was a great blame on the part of the pilots, and returned the following verdict:- That the said seamen were drowned by shipwreck; but they were of opinion that if the pilots had been at their post, and made the proper signals, the vessel and crew would have been saved.

31 January 1845

On Friday last, an inquest was held at St. Minver, before Mr. GILBERT HAMLEY, deputy coroner, and a respectable jury, on a view of the bodies of two men, which were washed ashore, supposed to have belonged to the unfortunate crew of the "William Pitt," which was wrecked off Padstow on Monday week last. JAMES HERVISON, the only one of the crew saved, identified the bodies as those of MIDDLETON RICHARDSON, and JAMES DOUGLAS, one of the cook, and the other a seaman. He again went through his evidence, which was given in last week's paper; and after one or two witnesses were examined, the jury could not give their verdict without an adjournment, in order that the pilots and sub-commissioners of Padstow might be examined. The inquiry was therefore adjourned to Tuesday, on which day one of the pilots, and Mr. MASON, one of the sub-commissioners, were present. JAMES BROKENSHIRE, the pilot stated that he was appointed pilot in 1835; he received a certificate of qualification signed by Mr. MASON, Mr. RAWLINGS, and Capt COURTENAY; his duty was to board ships when wanted, and when a vessel coming into the harbour hoists a jack, then it becomes his duty immediately to go to her and pilot her in. "It is our duty always to be on the look out. There are five pilots besides myself belonging to Padstow; the pilots live in the town of Padstow." He was, on Monday last, during the storm, at Hawker's Cove, looking out for vessels; he saw a vessel apparently making for the harbour; he went immediately to get a boat to go to her assistance; he saw the sea strike her on the larboard quarter; she never again answered the helm till she struck on the sand; he then ran to the points; he looked at the vessel for ten minutes; the apparatus is kept at the points; he told some men who were there if they could get the apparatus they might be of some service; the keys of the house in which the apparatus is kept are sometimes kept with one person and sometimes with another; they receive no salary; vessels are not compelled to take a pilot. This witness was examined at great length by several of the jury as to his duty, appointment, &c.; but it seemed that although complaints were often made to the sub-commissioners of their negligence and want of vigilance, and that they were never at their posts in foul weather, they merely got a reprimand, and they would not care if they were discharged, as their situation was not worth holding. This witness stated that the captains of vessels were prejudiced against them, and they were trying by every means in their power to stare them out. Mr. Mason then stated that he was one of the sub-commissioners appointed by the corporation of Trinity House; his duty was to examine pilots as to their qualification and skill in bringing ships to harbour, and upon his certificate of qualification licenses are granted. "It is not our duty," he said, "to see that the men do theirs, but when there is any complaint respecting the pilots it is heard by the sub-commissioners. There have been several complaints against the pilots. I consider the pilots are not so vigilant as they ought to be; some of the pilots ought always to be on the points. It has been ordered that two of the pilots should always be on the look out at the points. They have received orders not to leave the points until they are relieved by other pilots. Mr. Mason stated it could not be expected that the pilots would do their duty whilst captains of vessels refused to employ them; their situations were not worth GBP20 a year, or even GBP15; and when the pilots sometimes at the risk of their lives, go out in their boats to assist in bringing a vessel into the harbour, they are told they are not wanted, and to go about their business. The enquiry lasted nearly five hours when the jury returned the following verdict:- We find that Middleton Richardson and James Douglas, were drowned by shipwreck; but we consider that if the Padstow pilots had been at their post, the vessel and crew might have been saved. We beg to add that we believe, from the evidence adduced, the present system of pilotage is not only an injury to the trade of Padstow, but a disgrace to our country; and we, therefore, hope that such measures will be taken by those to whom is entrusted the pilotage of the harbour, as shall prevent the recurrence of such disasters.

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Wednesday January 7 1846

THOMAS PRYOR 27, was found Guilty of stealing a copper furnace, the property of JOHN MABLY, at Saint Minver.

6 February 1846
AWFULLY SUDDEN DEATH - On Thursday night, the 29th ult., an old man of the name of WILLIAM TREVARTON, of the parish of St. Minver, went to bed in his usual health; but about ten minutes afterwards, some of his daughter's children hearing him make a peculiar noise, his daughter went up stairs to see what was the matter, and in a few minutes he was a corpse. The deceased was 77 years of age

13 FEBRUARY 1846, Friday
SAMUEL & JOHN HARRIS v. HENRY POWELL STEPHENS - MR. STOKES applied on petition for an injunction in this case, to restrain the sale and removal of the materials of Pentyre lead mine, in the parish of St. Minver. The petition stated that Samuel and John Harris were creditors, for working the mine in question, to the amount of GBP 45.15s. Last Saturday the men were discharged, and the petitioners were told by the captain, MR. WILLIAM BISHOP, that the purser, MR. STEPHENS, was expected down in a few days to sell all the materials, there being now a small quantity of ore, with an engine, &c. The petitioners further stated that within twenty-one days the captain said there would be nothing left on the spot; and that their debts were consequently in danger of being lost. Mr. Stokes also presented a petition from other creditors, alleging the same facts; and the Vice Warden granted the injunction.

1 MAY 1846, Friday
At St. Minver, on the 23rd ult., by the Rev. J. ELLIS, Mr. Nicholas CLEAVE, of St. Kew, to Jane Evans, eldest daughter of Mr. J. COLEMAN, of the former parish.

12 JUNE 1846

ALARMING FIRE IN ST. MINVER - On Thursday, the 4th instant, about eleven o'clock in the forenoon, a destructive fire broke out in the farm yard of MR. CHARLES LAWRY, at Treviga, and soon spread to the oxen-house, (in which was a quantity of straw), underneath a barn and granary. The flames shortly reached the floors above, and destroyed several bushels of barley, which could not be removed in time to save it. The thrashing and winnowing machines were destroyed with these buildings, and an old barn, used as a bullock's house, stable, and lumber-house, which contained a quantity of straw, was also consumed, with several stacks of reed, and the mowstead in the mowhay. About three waggon loads of wheat were saved from the destructive element in the mowhay, and carried by the hands of numerous inhabitants, who had hastened to the sad scene, in safety to a distant stack yard. [The fire could have spread to the house, as a stable with thatch roof stood between it and the burning barn, but a part of the thatch roof was cut away and torn down.] Water was fetched from a short distance in waggons and a cart drawn by hand, while many neighbouring farmers busily engaged in handing water to those employed in extinguishing flames on the roof. Mr. Lawry, who is highly respected by his fellow parishioners, at the time of the accident was at a shew of cattle at Bodmin. He was awarded first prize for the best cart mare and colt. On Sunday morning, the poor mare was found hung in the gate of the field, quite dead.


24 July 1846

At ST.MINIVER, on the 15th instant, Mr. Mark SYMONS, to Mrs. Catherine BRAY, both of that parish.


25 SEPTEMBER 1846, Friday

WADEBRIDGE - On Thursday, the 10th instant, a bazaar was held at the Assembly Room, in behalf of the clothing fund for the poor in the parishes of St. Breoke, St. Minver, and Egloshayle. The room, which was kindly lent by Mrs. HICKS, was tastefully fitted up, and well filled with a great variety of useful and elegant articles in fancy work, fruit, poultry, and vegetables, nearly the whole of which found purchasers. The proceeds amounted to nearly GBP30.


16 October 1846

At his seat, in the parish of St. Minver, on Saturday last, William Sandys Sandys, Esq., a magistrate of the county, aged 38 years.


27 NOVEMBER 1846, Friday

PADSTOW - On Friday last, during the storm, the "Spring," COLLINS, of and for Fowey, from Newport, was driven on Trebetherick rocks and went to pieces; crew saved.

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ROGER POLKINHORNE, 19, WILLIAM TREVERTON, 16, and WILLIAM PHILLIPS, 9, pleaded guilty of breaking and entering the dwelling-house of GEORGE GREEN, at St. Minver, and stealing therefrom four eggs, a piece of bread, cake, and some pence. Polkinghorne and Treverton were each sentenced to Two Years' hard labour; Phillips to Six Months' hard labour.


23 APRIL 1847, Friday

At Trebetherick, in the parish of St. Minver, on Saturday last, Ann KENT, aged 64 years, respected and beloved by all who knew her.


9 JULY 1847, Friday West Briton
At St. Breock, on the 8th instant, by the REV. J. T. EALES, MR. RICHARD POLLARD, of Bodieve, in the parish of Egloshayle, to ELLEN, eldest daughter of the late MR.WM LEGOE, of Trefre..., in the parish of St. Minver.


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7 JANUARY 1848, Friday
At PADSTOW, Mr. Wm. IVEY, tailor, of St. Minver, to Miss Emma PRYNN;



JOHN COLLINGS, 61, was indicted for stealing, at St. Minver, on the night of the 20th of December, seven wads of reed and straw, the property of WILLIAM PEARCE. The prisoner was seen by Mr. Pearce's two farm servants to take the reed from the mowhay. Verdict, Guilty, and a former conviction of the prisoner was proved.


11 FEBRUARY 1848, Friday
At Roserrow, in the parish of St. Minver, on the 8th instant, William, son of Mr. Henry SYMONS, aged 14 years.


12 JANUARY 1849, Friday
At ST. MINVER, on Tuesday last, by the Rev. George HEXT, Edward STEPHENS, Esq., of TREWORNAN, in this county, to Caroline, youngest daughter of the late John SANDYS, Esq., of St. Minver House.

18 MAY 1849, Friday
At St. Minver, on Wednesday last, Mr. FRANCES NORTHEY, to ELIZABETH, only daughter of Mr. JOHN WILLCOCK, of that place.

13 JULY 1849, Friday
At BODMIN, on Tuesday last, Mr. John BREWER, of ST.MINVER, to Miss TONKYN, of BODMIN.

14 DECEMBER 1847, Friday

At St. Enodock Church, in the parish of St. Minver, on Tuesday last, by the Rev. JOHN ELLIS, Mr. MARK GUY, eldest son of MR. GUY, of Roscarrock, in the parish of Endellion, to ELIZABETH, youngest daughter of Mr. S.E. MARTYN, of the former parish.

14 SEPTEMBER 1849, Friday
At TREVANGAR, in the parish of ST. MINVER, on the 4th instant, the wife of Mr. DAWSON, of a son.

25 MAY 1849, Friday
At TREBETHERICK, in the parish of ST. MINVER, on the 16th instant, deeply lamented, HANNAH, wife of Mr. JOHN MABLY, aged 73 years.

17 AUGUST 1849, Friday
At Rock, in the parish of St. Minver, on the 27th ultimo, Mary Jutsam, eldest daughter of Mr. Thomas MARTYN, aged 30 years.


2 March 1849, Friday
COMMITTAL - JOSEPH HEWITT, on the parish of St. Breock, was on Friday last, taken before MR. EDWARD STEPHENS, of Trewornan, charged with an assault on the person of a girl named TABB, of St. Miniver, with intent &c. He was fully committed to take his trial for the capital offence.

18 May 1849, Friday
On the 2nd instant, the proceedings of this court excited an unusual degree of interest, and a great number of persons were in attendance. The following, among other cases, were disposed of:

MUDGE v CANN - Plaintiff claimed the sum of GBP 7 5s. as the balance of an account for bullocks sold to defendant, who is a farmer and butcher, residing at St. Minver. Defendant acknowledged the debt and promised to pay it by instalments. Payment ordered in a fortnight.


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