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St. Stephens In The News





West Briton

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Snippets from  West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser  website.



6 May 1836


Extraordinary Fecundity - A cow, the property of Mr. George Yelland, of Brannel, in the parish of St. Stephens, has had four calves within twelve months - two bulls in April, 1835, and two heifers in April last. The whole are doing well.

Mining News - WHEAL GEORGE -  This mine, which is situated on the estate of Hallivick, in St. Stephens by St. Austell, bids fair to be as rich a Tin Mine as any in Cornwall.  Another very valuable lode has been neatly cut in the eastern part of the workings; the price of shares has, in consequence, considerably advanced, and at the next tin ticketing a quantity of ore of the very best quality, raised from Wheal George, will be offered for sale.  We congratulate the adventurers in this mine on the success which has attended their operations, as we are given to understand that in the five months the mine has been in course of working more than sufficient ore has been raised to pay all costs, and a dividend is in a short time, expected to be made.

Died, On the 3rd instant, at Court, in St. Stephens, Henry, the eldest son of Mr. Lewis Truscott.


1 July 1836


ADVERTISEMENT - Wheal Lady Grenville Tin Mine, St. Stephens in Bramwell - At a General Meeting of the ADVENTURERS, held on the 18th instant, Pursuant to Advertisement, it was resolved that a coll of 5s. per Share be Made, to be paid into the Devon and Cornwall Bank, St. Austell or Devonport, on or before the 29th day of July next. TENDERS will be received for erecting a WATER WHEEL and STAMPS on the above mine.  Specifications  may be seen by applying to the Agent on the Mine, by whom Tenders will be received until the 8th of July. By Order of the Directors, John H. Williams, Agent, June 21, 1836.


22 July 1836


ADVERTISTEMENTS - St. Stephens Games - To be WRESTLED for, at St. Stephens, on TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY, the 9th and 10th of August next, the following PRIZES: Best Man £2 0 0; Second £1 0 0; Third £0 10 0. Good encouragement and accommodation will be given to those who may attend. St. Stephens, by St. Austell, July 8, 1836.


23 September 1836


Advertisement - East Wheal Venture Mine - In the Parish of St. Stephens, in Branwell - Notice is hereby given to the ADVENTURERS in the above Mine, that a meeting will be held at the NEW INN, St. Austell, on the 7th of October next, when their personal attendance is particularly requested to consult on the future operations of the Mine. John BRAY - September 22, 1836.


21 October 1836


CORONER'S INQUESTS - On Friday last, an inquest was held before Hosken James, Esq. at the dwelling house of James Merrifield, innkeeper, in the parish of St. Stephens, on the body of James Sawle, about 19 years of age, who worked as a kibble filler at Yelland's Shaft, in East Wheal Strawberry Mine, in St. Stephens.  It appeared from the evidence, that on the previous Wednesday evening, between six and seven o'clock, deceased left the changing house at the mine to go to his work; but not having arrived in proper time, search was made for him, and in about an hour he was found quite dead at the bottom of an old shaft which lay near the path from the changing house to where he worked.  The depth he had fallen was about 24 fathoms; and as the weather was very tempestuous, it was supposed he was blown into the shaft.  We cannot dispose of this case without calling the attention of adventurers and agents to the propriety of either filling up old shafts when no further required, or of fencing them round to prevent those fatal accidents which for want of such necessary precaution have frequently occurred in the mining districts of this and other counties.  Verdict, accidental death.


2 December 1836


At Dowgas, St. Stephens, near St. Austell, Mrs. J. G. Cundey, of a daughter.


3 March 1837


Dissolution of Partnership - NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the partnership of JOHN SMITH, and THOMAS COCK, St Stephens, Blacksmiths, is this day dissolved.  All persons indebted to the said firm, are desired to pay their respective bills to Thomas Cock schoolmaster, St. Stephens; and all persons to whom the said firm are indebted, are desired to send in their accounts to T. C. aforesaid, that the same may be examined and discharged. St. Stephens in Branwell, Frebruary 23, 1837.


10 March 1837


On Tuesday last, at St. Stephens by St. Austell, by the Rev. J. Creser, Mr. Edward Snell, to Miss Philadelphia Tippett, both of that parish; also, at the same place, and on the same day, Mr. Samuel Body, to Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. Wm. Truscott, of Trewithin, in the same parish.

On Monday last, at St. Stephens Coombe, the wife of Mr. John Yelland, painter &c, of a son.


7 April 1837


Extraordinary Fecundity - Mr. Robert Truscott, of Harvose, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, has now in his possession a goose, which has produced four broods from her own eggs, in eleven months, viz, April 13 – June 2 – December 8, 1836, and the 23rd ultimo. We have not ascertained the total number of this goose's progeny, but believe they were all good flocks.


14 APRIL 1837


Died - In London, Mr. Thomas Roberts, aged 54 years, late of St. Stephens in Branwell.


19 MAY 1837


The same day, another inquest was held before the same coroner, at the Queen's Head, in the parish of St. Stephens, on the body of William Arthur Yelland, son of Mr. George Yelland of that parish, aged about seven years of age.  It appeared from the evidence that on Sunday afternoon, between three and four o’clock, the deceased was climbing on a wheel that had been taken off a wagon, and reared against the wain house, in a farm yard near his father's house, when it fell upon him, and broke his neck.  Verdict-Accidental death.


9 JUNE 1837


On Tuesday last, at Branwell, St. Stephens in Branwell, Mrs. George Yelland, of a daughter.

Valuable Cow - There is now in the possession of Mr. Arthur, of Trevillick, in the parish of Creed, a cow reared by Mr. George Yelland, of St. Stephens by St. Austell, that has given birth, since the 5th of April, 1835, to six calves - three bulls and three heifers, all of which are alive and well.


22 SEPTEMBER 1837, Friday


Died On Friday last, the wife of Mr. George Yelland, of St. Stephen's Coombe, universally respected and lamented. [The death notice for the wife of George YELLAND would be for his first wife Mary (nee ARTHUR) age 35 who was buried on 15 September 1837. George was a farmer (yeoman) at Coombe. Mary was my wife's great great great aunt. Regards, David Stevens, Wellington, New Zealand]


23 FEBRUARY 1838, Friday


Another Child Burnt - Last week, a little girl named Elizabeth Yelland, about 11 years of age, of Trethosa, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, was burnt to death under the following circumstances;- While holding a grandchild to an old blind man, named John Richards, in his house, a spark flew from the fire before which he was sitting into his eye.  He called on the girl to come and see what it was, and she, in doing so, had to stoop down with her back to the fire, which was a wood one on the hearth, when her clothes ignited, and she was so dreadfully burnt as to cause her death in a few hours.  A few days after, a man named Basset, about 21, belonging to the same village, was found dead in a clay-pit, where he had fallen while in a fit.


7 March 1887


St. Austell Police - On Tuesday before Sir C.B. Graves Sawle, Bart. and Mr. R. G. Lakes, (and).... Wlliam Hooper, of St. Stephens, was fined 10s. and costs for being drunk and refusing to leave the King's Arms on the 1st ult.


24 March 1887


Mr. Beauchamp Beauchamp and His Tenantry - At the annual court held at St. Stephens-in-Branwell, Mr. E. Beauchamp Beauchamp remitted 15 percent of the rent to his tenantry.


7 April, 1887, Thursday


Contagious Diseases (animals) -The Chief-Constable (Col. Gilbert) reported that during the quarter a case of swine fever occurred at Antony, where three pigs were slaughtered by order of the authority. He was glad to be able to report that there was at present no infectious disease among animals in the county jurisdiction. - The committee recommended for payment bills amounting to £6 18s. 10d., including £5 10s. to W.H. Hancock for swine fever. - Col. Gilbert, in a supplementary report, said he received intimation on the previous evening of two cases of swine fever at St. Stephens-in-Branwell. both animals were slaughtered. - The reports were adopted.

St. Austell - Swine Fever - In consequence of an outbreak of swine fever at St. Stephens-in-Branwell, on the farm of Mr. Olver, the place has been declared infected, and orders were signed on Tuesday accordingly by Mr. Likes and Mr. Coode.

6 October 1837, Friday - Married at St. Austell, on the 27th ult., Mr. Watts, late of St. Stephens in Branwell, to Miss Trestain, of Trevissick, in the former parish.


1 FEBRUARY 1839, Friday


NISI PRIUS - There were three cases entered for trial, one of which however came on. Hodge v. Abbot and Kessel - In this case Mr. Paul appeared for the plaintiff and Mr. Bennallack for the defendant. This action was brought by Mrs. Hodge, ironmonger, of St. Austell, to recover GBP 62.7s.9d, due to her for goods supplied to Wheal George mine in St. Stephens, in which the two defendants were adventurers. It appeared that during the rage for script mines, the Wheal George was changed from the cost book to the script system, at which time Mr. Abbot took up, by means of Mr. Powning, his agent, a number of scripts, and the other defendant Mr. Kessel, was proved to have attended nearly every meeting of the adventurers. The evidence was very conclusive, and the jury found a verdict for the plaintiff to the amount claimed. The jury were then discharged.


27 DECEMBER 1839, Friday


NOTICE - MISS BETSEY PHILLIPS, of St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 13th instant, heard a false report of her character, the authorship of which she traced to MARY ANN PHILLIPS, of the same parish, to whom she gave the choices of retracting what she had said, and to confess and publish herself a calumnistor, or take the consequences of proceedings in the Spiritual Court.  She has chose the former course, and on the 17th instant, before the Rev. Charles Lyne, of Roche, a Magistrate, she has acknowledged she had no reason to indulge a suspicious thought against the young woman, and what she had said of her was altogether false. Dated December 26, 1839


21 APRIL 1887, Thursday


Disputed Promissory Note - This was an action brought by Thomas Phillips, Old Pound, St. Stephens, executor of John Phillips, to recover £17 13s. 9d. from Thomas Snell, Old Pound, St. Stephens, balance of a promissory note which he, jointly with Joseph Henry Rowse (since deceased), had given to the late John Phillips. The note originally was for £20, but £5 had been paid, and £2 13s. 9d. was charged for interest. Mr. R. Dobell, jun., of Truro, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. H.W. Higman for defendant. Evidence was given by witnesses as to the signature of the bill, but defendant distinctly denied ever having seen the note or signed it. Defendant, however, signed his name in the presence of the judge, who immediately gave a verdict for the plaintiff for the full amount.


28 April 1887, Thursday


Unionist Meeting at Nanpean - Mr. Bailey, Unionist lecturer, visited Nanpean, near St. Austell, on Tuesday, and addressed a well-attended meeting. As at the gathering on the previous evening at Wadebridge, the audience was strongly Gladstonian, and Mr. Bailey was subjected to a severe cross-examination, principally by Mr. C.E. Davis, of St. Stephens. Mr. Arnold Foster was to have been present, but the same excuse for his absence as was made at Wadebridge was offered. The accuracy of this announcement was again denied, and the lecturer said it was now a matter for Mr. Schnadhorst and Mr. Forster.


12 MAY 1887, Thursday


Outbreak of Anthrax - On the 1st inst. a cow belonging to Mr. James Thomas, farmer, of Long-lane, St. Stephens-in-Branwell, was taken ill and died in about six hours. The carcase was afterwards conveyed on a waggon to a moor belonging to Mr. Frank Williams, farmer, &c., of High-street, in the same parish, where it was skinned. Some pigs on the premises got at the body, and one died very quickly after seizure on Friday last. Another died on Monday. Mr. Thomas has also lost a pig; under similar circumstances. Mr. Menzies, M.R.C.V.S., of St. Austell, having carefully investigated the matter, certified the complaint to be an out break of anthrax, and his opinion was fully confirmed by Mr. Olver, of Truro, who was also called in on Saturday. Messrs. R.G. Lakes and A. Coode, county magistrates, issued the usual orders in such cases for disinfection.


11 JANUARY 1850


On Saturday in the parish of St Stephens, on the body of HONOR TRUSCOTT, widow age 73 (75?) years. The deceased went to a shop in the High Street on Thursday to purchase six pennyworth of flour when she entered the shop, she was in her usual health, but shortly afterwards she was taken suddenly ill and was removed in a little hand-carriage to her daughters who resided near by, where she died shortly afterwards without having spoken after she was first seized. Verdict, "died by the visitation of God".


8 FEBRUARY 1850


A FINE PIG:- Last week, Mr William RICHARDS, of Trethosa Cottage in St Stephens by St. Austell, slaughtered one of his twelve months' old pigs on the 44th anniversary of his natal day. Although the pig was not a long time feeding, nor had any great quantity ob barley given it, yet it weighed twenty-one score three pounds and a half. The internal fat, after being refined produced 50lbs of lar. The pig was fed in an open house with other pigs, without any unusual means or care being taken to force it.


29 MARCH 1850


At Carpella in the parish of St Stephens in Branwell, on Sunday last, the wife of Mr Thomas OLVER, a son.

[Also, marriages] At St Stephens in Branwell, on Saturday last, Mr Samuel TRETHEWEY, to Eliza, only daughter of Mr. R. Trethewey, builder.

[Also, deaths] At St Stephens in Branwell, on Saturday last, the infant son of Mr TRETHEWEY, carpenter.

7 JUNE 1850 - CAUTION. I John Tretheway BULLEN, of Saint Stephens in Branwell, in the county of Cornwall, do HEREBY GIVE NOTICE, that I will not be answerable for any debt or debts which my wife AMELIA BULLEN, may contract after this date. (Signed) John Tretheway Bullen. Witness - Louisa M. HALLS. Dated June 4, 1850

20 September 1850, Friday

On Sunday last, the sermons connected with the seventeenth anniversary of the St. Stephen's Coombe Wesleyan Chapel, were commenced, when Mr. Jacob GRIGG expelled Wesleyan local preacher preached two excellent sermons. In the evening the Rev. Mr. CHAPPLE, Bible Christian minister, preached to a numerous congregation, the house being crowded to excess. The amount realized at the different services, far exceeded that of last year. The statements made showed a considerable reduction in the outstanding debt, upon the chapel which was built in the year 1833 independent of the Wesleyan Conference.

8 November 1850, Friday

At St Stephens in Branwell on the 20th ult., Mr. John DAVIES [died], shoemaker, aged 65 years.

14 January 1853, Friday

Born - At Coombe in the parish of St. Stephens, the wife of Mr. William KNIGHT, a son.

5 May 1887, Thursday

St. Austell Petty Sessions - At these sessions, on Tuesday, before Mr. R.G. Lakes, chairman, and Mr. A. Coode, George Julyan was fined 20s. and costs for refusing to quit a public-house at St. Stephens when called on by P.C. Kingdon to do so, he (Julyan) being drunk at the time.

30 May 1887, Monday

KENT - KENT - At St. Dennis, May 23, Mr. Philemon Kent, of Nanpean, St. Stephens-in-Bramwell, to Bertha, youngest daughter of Mr. William Kent, Carn-hill, St. Dennis.

11 March 1853, Friday

Married - At Liverpool, on Saturday last, Mr. T. HUGHES, of Denbighshire, to Mary, daughter of Mr. S. CROWLE, of St Stephen's, near St. Austell.

16 June 1887, Thursday

Died - TRUSCOTT – At Court, St. Stephens-in-Branwell, June 12, Catherine, relict of George Truscott, aged 74.

6 MAY 1853, Friday

ST AUSTELL PETTY SESSIONS. - At these sessions held on Tuesday last, a waggoner of St. Stephens, named LARK, who has before had similar charges preferred against him, was fined £2. 2s. for obstructing the thoroughfare on the eastern turnpike.

19 APRIL 1839, Friday

Veryan v. Philleigh - Mr. E. Coode and Mr. Smith for the appellants; Mr. John and Mr. Simmons for the respondents. This was an appeal against an order of removal obtained by the parish of Philleigh to Veryan. The pauper, Mary TRUSCOTT, was widow of John TRUSCOTT, who obtained a settlement in Veryan by an apprenticeship with a carpenter, named John Elvins, of Veryan. [Mary and John were married in 1818; children had never done anything to gain a settlement. Was only apprenticed for 2 years, when Mr. Elvins died. Mr Elvins moved to St. Stephen in Branwell, and did not take John Truscott with him at that time. Counsel fought over the date the apprenticeship started; paperwork was not all correct, which may have invalidated it. After a long time, court decided the indenture was valid despite the incorrect date.]


27 JUNE 1887, Monday


HICKS – HANCOCK – At Liskeard, June 23, Johnson, only son of Mr. Robert Hicks, of Terras, St. Stephens, St. Austell, to Emily, eldest daughter of Mr. W. T. Hancock, Liskeard.


30 JUNE 1887, Thursday


St. Stephens-In-Branwell – Employes of the West of England Clay Company were feasted in a field lent by Capt. Thomas Yelland, at Foxhole, where a very creditable amount of decoration was carried out. Mr. Thomas Stocker, the manager, was most assiduous, with others, in securing the comfort and satisfaction of those who were entertained. The St. Dennis Brass Band was engaged for the occasion. Five hundred men were feasted most liberally, and then Mr. Stocker delivered a short address, pointing out the raison d'etre of the day's rejoicings. Mr. T. Hitchins followed with a short address and gave the toast of “The Queen,” which was received with ringing cheers, followed by the National Anthem. A telegram of congratulation was sent to Her Majesty. Among those who assisted at the dinner were – Messrs. T. Hitchens, F.E. Stocker, E. Stocker, Harry Stocker, Mr. Hitchins, jun., and Mr. F. Stocker. Mrs. Thomas Stocker sent beautiful bouquets for the ladies. After the employes of the West of England Clay Company had finished their share in the festivities the Sunday schools of the parish gathered on the beacon, and, accompanied by several bands, encompassed it en route to the field, where a tea was given to them and to all present. The proceedings passed off most smoothly, and were of the most thoroughly enjoyable character. In the subsequent details the rector, the Rev. A.R. Taylor, took part, delivering a speech to an attentive audience. Mr. T. Stocker and others also addressed the gathering. The festivities closed at night with a display of fireworks and the lighting of a fine bonfire on the beacon.

St. Stephens Coombe Wesleyan Sunday School – On Sunday and Monday of this week the anniversary of the above was celebrated in the following manner: - On the Sunday morning at 10.45, and in the evening at six, two very able and impressive sermons were delivered by Mr. F. Martyn, of Stenalees. In the afternoon the service of song, “A Child of Jesus,” was very beautifully rendered by the choir, Mr. Martyn reading. On Monday the children were given a free tea. A public tea was also provided for visitors. The attendance was not so large as usual. In the evening a meeting was held and presided over by the Rev. W. Hindes, Par. The secretary's report was very satisfactory, numerically and financially. The meeting was addressed by Mr. Rowe, of St. Austell, and the Rev. C.F. Braithwaite. The collections were in excess of last year. The decorations did much credit to the ladies who engaged in the work.

10 MAY 1839, Friday

Disastrous Fire - On Tuesday morning last, about half-past five o'clock, two cottages in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, occupied by James Boundy and Matthew Quintrall, were burnt to the ground, and two of Boundy's children perished in the flames. It appears that Boundy's wife had left the house for a few minutes for a pitcher of water, and on her return found that the wood corner had taken fire, and was burning with great fury. She immediately ran upstairs to her four children who were in bed, and taking the two youngest of them in her arms, desired the others to follow her; after which she ran to alarm her husband, who was at work in the adjoining field. On her return, the stairs were burnt down, and the flames had reached the thatch, while the two elder children were no where to be found. The husband immediately climbed to the bed room window, and on breaking it open found the apartment full of fire and smoke.  With considerable difficulty he found one of the children, a girl six years of age, under the bed, whom he dragged out by the leg; but the little sufferer was so dreadfully burnt that she died in about a quarter of an hour. Immediately after this, the roof fell in, and consequently no further attempt could be made to rescue the other missing child; a girl about eight years of age, whose body was found in the ruins burnt to a cinder. Quintrall's cottage being under the same roof, the flames soon communicated to it, and so rapid was the conflagration that all efforts to save either of them were ineffectual. Nearly the whole of the furniture of both cottages was destroyed, and the poor men, we understand, intend appealing to the benevolence of the public to assist them in replacing it and rebuilding their dwellings, which under circumstances so disastrous have been reduced to a heap of smouldering ruins. A coroner's inquest was held on the bodies of the children, on Wednesday, before John Carlyon, Esq., and a verdict returned of accidental death.

10 JUNE 1853, Friday

At Creed on Tuesday last, Mr. Thomas TRUSCOTT, of Tregascoe in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, to Mary PAWLEY, only daughter of Mr. John COOKE of Grainpond.

24 JUNE 1853, Friday

At St. Clement, on the 11th instant, Mr. James ROOKE, of Probus, to Miss Ann BULLOCK, of St. Stephens.

8 JULY 1853, Friday

ST AUSTELL PETTY SESSIONS. - These sessions took place in the Town Hall on Tuesday last, when the business was but light. John MARTIN, of St. Stephens was fined 5s. and costs for leaving his wagon in the roadway.

23 June 1905 [from the "Cornish Guardian" newspaper] Sir: I consider that the Feast Wednesday Sports at St Austell last week went off well, but I am sorry the tug-of-war between St Stephen and the Lower Hallviggan clay labourers did not terminate successfully. Owing to the considerable strain to which the rope was subjected, it broke twice. There were four tons pulling on the rope, which speaks well for the strength of the men. Messrs Walter Scott and Sons' Circus, which was announced by posters to visit St Columb on Wednesday last, did not turn up, thereby causing disappointment to a number of people who had come into the town from the surrounding districts in order to witness the evening performance.

1 JULY 1853, Friday

At St. Stephens in Branwell on Monday last, Mr. George PINCH, sen., aged 53 years, for many of which he was clerk of that parish.

15 JULY 1853, Friday

COMMITTAL - On Friday last, Jacob PALMOUNTER, of the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, was committed for fourteen days to Bodmin gaol at hard labour, for refusing to maintain his wife and family.


18 NOVEMBER 1853, Friday


At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 7th instant, the wife of Mr. Joseph RICHARDS, a daughter; and on the 10th, the wife of Mr. Samuel PHILLIPS, a son.


9 DECEMBER 1853, Friday


ST. AUSTELL PETTY SESSIONS. - These sessions were held in the Town Hall, on Tuesday last. William SAELL?. William CUNDY, Richard ARTHUR, of St. Stephens in Branwell, and William CURTIS, of St. Austell, were charged with using their waggons without their names on them. The two first and the last named were fined 5s. each and costs; and Arthur was fined 10s and costs. John MORCOM?, Richard OSBORN, and James CROWLE?, were each fined 20s. and costs, William ROUSE, 19s, and William RICHARDS, £1. 5s., the parties being waggoners of St. Stephens, and the fines inflicted for obstructing the highway with their waggons.


16 DECEMBER 1853, Friday

At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 7th instant, the wife of Mr. James YELLAND, a still-born daughter.


23 DECEMBER 1853, Friday

At Court Mills, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, on Saturday last, much beloved and respected by all who knew him, Mr. John YELLAND, miller, aged 84 years, for sixty-eight of which he was a member of the Wesleyan society.

18 AUGUST 1887, Thursday

Wrestling At St. Stephens-In-Branwell – The annual wrestling matches took place at St. Stephens on Feast Wednesday, 11th inst., when, the weather being fine, a great number of persons were present to witness the play. The following wrestlers put in an appearance: - A. James, R. Ham, G. Bragg, S. Brenton, W. Curley, all of St. Stephens; J. Rowe, J. Grose, H. Stone, of St. Austell; and J. Mathews, of St. Day. There was a smart contest between J. Rowe and A. James, Mathews, Grose, and Bragg also showing some good play. After a severe struggle, the following prizes were awarded: - 1st, A. James; 2nd, J. Rowe; 3rd, G. Bragg. The bouts were fairly contested. Attempts at faggotting were conspicuous by their absence, and the spectators were evidently well pleased.

9 SEPTEMBER 1853, Friday

At St. Stephens in Branwell on the 31st ult., the wife of Mr. George TRUSCOTT, maltster, a daughter.

30 AUGUST 1839, Friday

Sunday School Treats -St. Stephens [In Brannel] - On Monday, the 5th instant, being St. Stephens feast, the children belonging to the Wesleyan Sunday School at Nanpean were regaled with their annual treat of tea and cake, in a field near the chapel, which had been previously laid out and ornamented with arches, decorated with laurels, flowers, &c. After the repast, the whole party repaired to the chapel, where an excellent and appropriate sermon was delivered by Mr. Bawden, of Grampound.., at the close of which the children recited several pieces in a manner highly credible to their age and standing in the school, and the day closed in a manner satisfactory to all parties present.

5 SEPTEMBER 1887

MERRIFIELD – RYAN – At St. Pancras, August 30, Benjamin James, youngest son of the late Mr. John Merrifield, of St. Stephens, Grampound-road, to Amy, eldest daughter of Mr. Oliver Ryan, of Myddleton-square, London.

21 SEPTEMBER 1853

At Newgate, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, on Sunday last, Loveday, wife of Mr. Elisha TRUDGIAN, aged 66 years.

26 JULY 1850, Friday

At Belleville, C.W. on the 3rd of July, the wife of Mr Richard ELVINS, formerly of St. Stephens in Branwell, a son.

3 NOVEMBER 1887, Thursday

SEARLE - At Churchtown, St. Stephen's-in-Branwell, October 29, the wife of Mr. James Searle, jun., of a son.


23 DECEMBER 1853, Friday


At Court Mills, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, on Saturday last, much beloved and respected by all who knew him, Mr. John YELLAND, miller, aged 84 years, for sixty-eight of which he was a member of the Wesleyan society.


16 DECEMBER 1853, Friday


At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 7th instant, the wife of Mr. James YELLAND, a still-born daughter.


24 NOVEMBER 1887, Thursday


TRUSCOTT - At Nanpean, November 15, the wife of Mr. Joseph Truscott, a son.

JAMES - SNELL - At St. Stephens,-in-Branwell, November 19, by the Rev. A.R. TAYLOR, rector, Thomas, eldest son of Mr. Samuel JAMES, of Trethosa, to Hannah, eldest daughter of Mr. William SNELL, farmer, of Nanpean.

NICHOLLS. - At Carne, St. Mewan, November 16, Jacob Nicholls, china clay merchant, aged 57. (in the same issue as above - rk


12 DECEMBER 1887, [Thursday? or Monday?]


EASTERBROOK - At Portsmouth, December 1, Selina, relict of R. Easterbrook, of St. Stephens-in-Branwell, aged 68.

27 DECEMBER 1839, Friday

ADVERTISEMENT - MISS BETSY PHILLIPS, of St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 13th instant, heard a false report of her character, the authorship of which she traced to MARY ANN PHILLIPS, of the same parish, to whom she gave the choice of retracting what she said, and to confess and publish herself a calumnistor, or take the consequences of proceedings in the Spiritual Court. She has chosen the former course, and on the 17th instant, before the Rev. Charles Lyne, of Roche, a Magistrate, she has acknowledged that she had no reason to indulge a suspicious thought against the young woman, and what she had said of her was altogether false. Dated December 26, 1839

15 SEPTEMBER 1887, Thursday

New Terras Mine - The fifth-ordinary general meeting of the shareholders in New Terras was held at Grampound-road on Friday, Mr. J. Symons occupied the chair. The Committes of Management, in their report, said: - At the last annual meeting opinions were freely expressed that are that the mine should have been in full work, and returning large and regular quantities of tin for the market. It had been showen that extensive machinery was erected, calculated to deal with a large output per day at a very cheap rate. The work of sinking the engine-shaft and driving at the 30 was vigorously proceeded with, to allow of a constant and large supply of tinstone being obtained to be crushed and pulversided by the machines then erected, and had the ore in the lods at that level, [?] even the level above, continued to the same character as the previously met with, immediate and continuous sales of [?] would have been the result. At the 30 the lode became soft and clayey, and as it was impossible to pass that soft ore through the machinery, it had to be placed aside at the surface, where there was now a heap of about 500 tons. The rolls were only adapted to deal with the hard ore, and, as they became clogged with the soft, it was determined to lose no more time, but to erect [?] other machinery, and to effect such alterations as would enable both s[?] of ore to be rapidly and cheaply dealt with. the machinery having been altered to meet requirements, both hard and soft tinstuff were now being treated. The committee were so satisfied with the machinery that it had been decided to extend it, as there was practically no limit to the amount of ore which could be both raised and dressed cheaply. With the exception of the extension of the machinery mentioned, the mine might now be considered complete in every detail for profitable work. Up to the present there had been 1,[?] tons of tinstone crushed, giving 15 tons of tin, or an average yield of 20 1/2 lbs, of tin to the ton of stuff. It would, therefore, be seen that when 100 tons daily were being treated large profits would accrue.

A report was read from Capt. Eade, and also a special report from Capt. Nicholas, of West Basset, who stated that nothing could exceed the beautiful strata of ground in which the lode is embedded. The lode was of no ordinary character. It was of such a massive size that it could be broken for less than one-half of the cost of the lodes in most Cornish mines, and notwithstanding the superior class of machinery that had been erected, it would require at least 100 heads of stamps to crush and reduce the tinstuff to the saving the cross or rough-grain tin. When the mine was more extensively laid open, and the dressing machinery in full operation, the returns of tin would yield most satisfactory results to the shareholders.

The Chairman, in moving the adoption of the report said at the next annual meeting they would unquestionally be in a position to give dividends if they had sufficient funds to develop the mine. They required 50 more heads of stamps. It was only a matter of raising and dressing it was not now a question whether the ore was there or not, as that had been satisfactorily disposed of long since. - The reports were adopted, and on the motion of Capt. Bullocke, of Newquay, the committee was re-elected.

The meeting was then resolved into an extraordinary one for the purpose of considering a resolution to increase the company's nominal capital to £50,000 by the addition of 7,500 new ordinary shares of £2 each.

Mr. James, in moving a resolution to that effect, said was not the intention of the committee to issue the whole of this new capital at once, but rather to hold it in reserve in case of contingencies. He proposed that 1,000 of the 7,500 new shares be issued, which would save the sufficient funds to carry out the needed erections. When they had 50 more heads of stamps they would be able to deal with 100 tons of stuff a day.

A letter was read from Mr. Sydney Billing, a large shareholder, disapproving of increasing the capital account.

Mr. James said the new issue would not consist of bonus, but of shares, and only 1,000 would be issued at present. - The resolution was carried.


5 APRIL 1839, Friday


Died - At St. Stephens in Brannell, on the 27th ult., Charles, son of Mr. Samuel Lawry, miller, aged 1 year and 8 months.


13 June 1887, Monday

CROWLE - HONEY - At St. Dennis, June 4, Mr. John Crowle, of White Moor, St Stephens, to Catherine (Kate), eldest daughter of Mr. William Honey, Gothers, St. Dennis.

13 June 1887, Monday

[Died] KEY– At White Moor, St. Stephens, June 7, Mary, wife of John Key, aged 68.

12 June 1840, Friday

At Corleddon, St. Austell, on Thursday, the 4th instant, Mr. Geo. Truscott, late of St. Stephens in Branwell, and formerly well known throughtout this county and Devon as a celebrated wrestler.

3 July 1840, Friday

On the 24th ult., at St. Mary's Pembroke, by the Rev. J. DOULTON, Mr. John TRUSCOTT, of Resugga, St Stephens, to Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. James TRUSCOTT, Pembroke.

28 August 1840, Friday

On Wednesday, the 19th instant, at St. Stephens in Branwell, Julian, wife of Mr. John James, at an advanced age, sincerely regretted by a numerous circle of friends and acquaintances.

26 March 1841, Friday

"ST. DENNIS PLOUGHING MATCH. On Tuesday, the 23rd ult., a ploughing match took place at St. Dennis, when 13 ploughs contended for the prizes, which were ultimately awarded as follows: First, £1, Edward PEARCE, Lanjeth, St. Stephens; second, 10s., ..."

10 September 1841, Friday

ST. STEPHENS IN BRANWELL TITHE COMMUTATION. Notice is hereby given, that the next adjourned meeting of the Landowners of the Parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, in the County of Cornwall, under the Tithe Commutation Act, will be held at "The QUEEN'S HEAD INN," in the said Parish, on Thursday, the ninth day of September next, by Twelve o'clock at Noon, when and where will be submitted to the said Meeting, a Supplementary Agreement for discharging the lands of the said Parish from the liability to payment, or render of tithes or compositions, or rent in the nature thereof, instead of tithes, and for fixing the commencement of the Rent-charge, or Rent-charges, to be paid in lieu of the said tithes, from such days and times as shall be then and there determined on. And all persons interested in the lands and tithes of the said Parish, are requested to attend the said Meeting, and signify their assent to, or dissent from, the said agreement. Wm. CORTYON KEMP, Solicitor, Tregoney, Dated, August 24th, 1841

Born - Lately, at Court Mill, St. Stephens in Branwell, Mrs. N. Dabb, of a son.

18 MARCH 1842, Friday

On Sunday last, at St. Stephens in Branwell, Grace HOOPER, aged 106 years.

15 APRIL 1842, Friday

Married. At St. Stephens by St. Austell, on Tuesday se'nnight, Mr. THOMAS WILTON, of Newquay, to Miss ELIZABETH DYER, of that parish.

Died. On Tuesday, the 5th instant, at St. Stephens in Branwell, Mr. JOHN CUNDY.

22 APRIL 1843, Friday

Yesterday at St. Stephens Coombe, near St. Austell, CATHERINE, wife of Mr. ALEXANDER Truscott, aged 44 years.

20 MAY 1842, Friday

On Saturday last, at St. Stephens, Louisa, eldest daughter of Mr. David YELLAND, aged 13 years.

17 JUNE 1842, Friday

At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 7th instant, Mr. T. TRUSCOTT, of London, to Fanny, eldest daughter of Capt. James BEST, of Nanpean, in the former parish.

24 JUNE 1842, Friday

At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 16th instant, Mr. John TRUSCOTT, coal merchant, St. Austell, to Mary, only daughter of the late Mr. F. POLLOCK, of the former place.

15 JULY 1842, Friday

Died. On Friday last, at Trewithen, St. Stephens in Branwell, JANE, daughter of the late Mr. RICHARD CUNDY, aged 16 years.
22 JULY 1842, Friday


Coroner's Report. On Monday last, at St. Stephens, on the body of DANIEL ROBERTS, of that parish, farmer, aged 58 years. The deceased, on the preceding Saturday afternoon, was seen going to one of his fields to catch a horse, and his son not finding any one at home, and the door locked, when he returned from work in the evening, went in search of him, and found him in the middle of a field called the Down Park, lying on his face, quite dead. There were no marks of violence about his person, and from his having frequently of late complained of something rising in his stomach which almost choked him, the jury were satisfied he had died a natural death. Verdict accordingly.

2 January 1843, Friday

On Sunday last, at St. Stephens by St. Austell, after a severe illness, which he bore with christian fortitude and resignation, Mr. Henry Truscott, Macksmith, aged 47 years. The deceased was universally respected, and has left a widow and nine children to deplore their loss. Also on the same day, Mrs. Dorothy Davis, aged 82 years.

31 MARCH 1843, Friday

At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 22nd instant, Mr. Philip Arthur, aged 71 years.

28 APRIL 1843, Friday

At St. Stephens by St. Austell, on Thursday, the 13th instant, Mr. Almond YELAND, to Miss Anna HODGE, of Charlestown.

21 July 1843, Friday

On Sunday last, at Ventonwin, in the parish of St. Stephens by St. Auste.., Miss Elizabeth Hicks, aged 58 years.

28 August 1843, Friday

MOWING EXTRAORDINARY. A few days ago, a young man, named Brokenshire, of St. Stephens in Branwell actually mowed an acre of grass in the short space of three hours. The grass, in many places, was very thick and heavy.

29 September 1843, Friday

At St. Stephens in Branwell, on Tuesday, the 19th instant, Richard the son, and on Saturday the 23rd instant, Emily the daughter, of Mr. Joseph CUNDY, both of scarlet fever.

10 November 1843, Friday

SAINT AUSTELL AND SAINT STEPHENS RAILROAD - A meeting of gentlemen connected with the clay works and mines in the neighbourhood of Saint Stephens and Saint Austell, was held at Saint Austell, on Thursday, the 2nd inst., when a company was formed for the purpose of extending the railroad, which now runs from the harbour to Pentuan to Saint Austell, about six miles further into the midst of the Saint Stephens clay works; and Mr. CHILCOTT, solicitor, of Truro, was instructed to take immediate steps for obtaining an Act of Parliament in the ensuing session for the purpose of effecting this object. The advantage of such railroad to the clay owners and their lessees will be very great, by enabling them to ship their clay at half the present price, and with no damage to the material; whilst the landed proprietors will be almost equally benefited by the great facilities it will afford them in obtaining lime and other manures for their land.

At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 29th ult., Thomas Truscott, son of Mr. Henry Yelland, farmer, of Brennell, aged 5 years [birth].

29 December 1843, Friday


At Breage, on Tuesday last, by the Rev. J. PERRY, Mr. John (?)CORNISH, to Phillis, youngest daughter of Capt. George TRUSCOTT, of St. Stephens.

2 February 1844, Friday

At Trethosa Cottage, St. Stephens in Branwell, on Sunday last, the wife of Mr. William RICHARDS, of a son.

1 March 1844, Friday

At St. Stephens Church-town, in Branwell, at the house of Mr. Walter Truscott, on Monday last, Mrs. Joan Runnalls, of St. Breward, aged 74 years.

31 May 1844, Friday


EXTRAORDINARY SOW. On Tuesday se'nnight, MR. JOHN BROKENSHIRE, farmer, of St. Stephens in Branwell, slaughtered a sow which weighed forty score and ten pounds. She measured eight feet in length, and six feet four inches in girth.

SUNDAY SCHOOL FESTIVALS - St. Stephen's Coombe The anniversary of the Wesleyan Sunday School at this place, was held on Sunday and Monday last. On the former day, the REV. MR. DANIELLS, of St. Mawes, preached an able and appropriate sermon, and the children, as usual, recited some very interesting pieces before an unusually large congregation. On Monday, after perambulating the village, headed by their band, the children, teachers and friends, to the number of 500 and upwards, took tea in a meadow belonging to M. YELLAND; after which divine service was conducted by MR. MITCHELL, of Tresillian, in the open air, the congregation being far too great to be accommodated in the chapel. The children again recited their pieces before a audience whose respectability, attention, and liberality, will not soon be forgotten by those connected with the institution.

20 September 1844, Friday

ST. STEPHENS COOMBE JUVENILE INSTITUTION. On Saturday se'nnight, the members of this institution were gratified with the last of a course of lectures on Astronomy, by their old friend, Mr. JOHN TRUDGIAN, of St. Stephens. The many and clear elucidations of the various theories in existence respecting the starry heavens, the methods of reasoning adopted by the ancients, and the conclusions drawn by them respecting the relative positions of the earth, the sun, and the planetary system, with the influences they have one upon another, gave great satisfaction to the audience. The entire lecture was one of clearness and perspicuity, and was attentively listened to throughout. The members accorded a vote of thanks to the lecturer on its conclusion, combining therewith their regrets at his being about to leave for a situation in America.

3 JANUARY 1845, Friday

At St. Stephens in Bramwell, on Tuesday last, Mr. John TRETHEWEY, to Rebecca, eldest daughter of Mr. George PINCH.

At CREED, on Wednesday last, Mr. Henry TRUSCOTT, miller of St. Stephens in Bramwell, to Miss Rebecca ARTHUR, of the former parish.

24 JANUARY 1845, Friday

Died, At St Stephens in Branwell, on Friday last, Mrs. ANDREW, age 87 years.

31 JANUARY 1845, Friday

Died. At St Stephens in Branwell, on Tuesday last, Mr S. PINCH, blacksmith, aged 40 years.

14 FEBRUARY 1845, Friday

At Tresugga Lane-end, in St. Stephens, on the 8th inst., Mr. James HOSKIN.

21 FEBRUARY 1845, Friday

Birth. At St. Stephens in Branwell, on Monday last, the wife of Mr. Nicholas DABB, of a daughter. [and] Died. At. St. Stephens in Branwell, on Sunday last, Mr. Thomas SWEET, aged 68 years.

28 FEBRUARY 1845, Friday

Died. At Court Mill, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, on Saturday last, Joseph, son of Mr. Samuel LOWRY, aged 3 years.

7 MARCH 1845, Friday

HELSTON PLOUGHING MATCH - This match took place in a field belonging to Mr. EDWARD FAULL, of Nansloe, on Wednesday, the 26th ult., when the following prizes were awarded: Skim Coultering - 1st prize, RICHARD VARTHA, Sithney, GBP2; 2nd ditto, JOSIAH LOBB, Sithney, GBP1. Flat Combing - 1st prize, SAMUEL HENDY, Gunwalloe, GBP2; 2nd ditto, ALEXANDER BOADEN, Cury, GBP1. 10s.; 3rd ditto, T. FAULL, Wendron, GBP1; 4th ditto, JOHN THOMAS, Wendron, 10s. Round Combing - 1st prize, JOHN HODGE, Gunwalloe, GBP2; 2nd ditto, WILLIAM BAWDEN, Sithney, GBP1; 3rd ditto, GEORGE BERRIMAN, Mabe, 10s. Flat or Round Combing for Boys under eighteen years - 1st prize, T. THOMAS, Wendron, GBP1; 2nd ditto, THOMAS DABB, Sithney, 10s. RICHARD BAWDEN, of Breage, won the prize of GBP2, which was competed for by ploughmen having previously won best prizes. There was also a handsome prize awarded to Mr. EDWARD PEARCE, of St. Stephens, by St. Austell, for the excellent work performed by him with a double skim coulter plough; and he would doubtless, have obtained the best prize for skim coulter work, had such a plough been permitted to contend for it. The plough was made by Mr. JOHN TRUSCOTT, of St. Austell, and was sold on the ground to Mr. LEMON, of Germoe. At the conclusion of the ploughing, the committee and umpires repaired to the White Hart Inn, Helston, where a dinner was served up, which reflects credit on Mr. GEACH, the respected landlord. The tables groaned under the good cheer of old England, and about fifty persons dined, under the presidency of Mr. THOMAS MICHELL, of Rinsey[?], Breage, who, after dinner, delivered an admirable address on the advantages of good ploughing, &c. Several other addresses were given, and unanimity and good feeling reigned.

14 MARCH 1845, Friday

MARK NOWELL, 42, was charged with stealing a sack and half a bushel of wheat, the property of JOSEPH PRYNN, a farmer of Creed. The prosecutor was at St. Austell market on the 10th January, with some wheat for sale. In the evening, having half a bushel unsold in a sack, he went to seek the market-keeper to secure his wheat; but when he came back, found the wheat and sack gone, and the prisoner also who had been there. On the following morning, prosecutor went to prisoner's house at Saint Stephens. His wife said he was not home, but was gone to Lepean to have a horse shod; she directed prosecutor to go across the downs, and turn to the right hand. But at the gate, prosecutor tracked a horse to the left, and instead of going to Lepean remained at the gate for about an hour, when he saw prisoner come back on horseback with a sack of wheat. Prosecutor identified the sack. Guilty.

28 MARCH 1845, Friday

EXTRAORDINARY PIG - Last week, Mr. JOHN BROKENSHAW, of St. Stephens in Branwell, slaughtered a sow, not more than four months and two days' old, which weighed ten score and twelve pounds.

11 APRIL 1845, Friday

At Court Mill, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, on Friday last, the wife of Mr. Samuel LOWRY, of a son.

4 JULY 1845, Friday

Married - At Truro, on Friday last, Mr. James ROLLS, to Miss Mary TRUSCOTT, of St. Stephens.

15 AUGUST 1845, Friday

Died - At St. Stephens in BRANWELL, on Thursday last, Mr. Thos WILLIAMS, aged 45 years.

22 AUGUST 1845, Friday

Died - At Trethosa, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, on Friday last, Mr. WM. TRUSCOTT, blacksmith aged 48 years.

5 SEPTEMBER 1845, Friday

HERCULEAN TASK - Last week, a young man named W. BROKENSHAW, of the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, mowed seven acres of oats in two days, the length of each day was fourteen hours.

26 SEPTEMBER 1845, Friday

On Wednesday, at Longlane, in the parish of St. Stephens, on the body of MARY TRETHEWY, aged nine years, who accidentally caught her clothes on fire, on Monday evening, and died the following afternoon from the injuries she received before the fire could be extinguished. Verdict in each case, accidental death.

COMMITMENT - On Tuesday last, a man named WM. TOLL, millwright, was committed by J. H. TREMAYNE, Esq., for two months to the treadmill, for deserting his family and leaving them chargeable on the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell.

Died - At ST. STEPHENS in BRANWELL, on the 17th instant, Mr. Thomas PINCH, aged 25 years.

Married - At ST. STEPHENS in BRANWELL, on the 18th instant, Mr. Richard BROWN, of GWENNAP, to Mrs. Fanny ANDREWS, of the former place.

31 OCTOBER 1845, Friday

APPLE STEALERS - On the 14th inst., JOHN DEACON, mason, and JACOB NANSCAWEN, shipwright, both of Saltash, were committed by the Rev. T. H. LEY and CAPTAIN TUCKER, at the Torpoint petty sessions, to Bodmin gaol, for one month's imprisonment at hard labour, for stealing apples, on Sunday, the 21st of September last, from the orchard of MR. BENNETT, of Pill House, in the parish of St. Stephen's.

26 DECEMBER 1845, Friday

Died - At ST. STEPHENS in BRANWELL, on Tuesday last, the wife of Mr. A. YELLAND, innkeeper, aged 32 years.

19 DECEMBER 1845, Friday

Died - At ST.STEPHENS in BRANWELL, on Friday last, the infant daughter of Mr. A. YELLAND.

9 JANUARY 1846, Friday

CHRISTMAS PROVISION - The week before last, the cottage labourers of Saint Stephens Coombe, in Branwell, slaughtered their twelve months old pigs against Christmas. Although the pigs, amounting to 29 in number, were not well fed, in consequence of the scarcity of potatoes, yet the whole lot together weighted 11,397 pounds, thus averaging 19 score and 13 pounds to each pit. In estimating the expense of feeding this year, it was found to be much greater than that of last year.

13 FEBRUARY 1846, Friday

ST. STEPHENS PLOUGHING MATCH - A Ploughing match took place on Tuesday, the 3rd inst., at St. Stephens in Branwell, in a field belonging to MR. JOHN EASTERBROOK, of Carloggas. The umpires were Mr. GEORGE ANDREW, of St. Mewan; MR. RICHARD ARTHUR, of Creed; and MR. LUKE BICE, of St. Enoder. The first prize for Skim Coulter ploughs, GBP 1, was awarded to WM. PEARCE, of St. Stephens; 2nd ditto, 10s. to ROBERT POLLOCK, of St. Stephens; and the 3rd ditto, 5s., to WILLIAM BONE, of St. Stephens. Double Ploughs - 1st prize, GBP 1, CHARLES HARRIS, of St. Ste[hens; second ditto, 10s., WM TREGENWIN of Probus. An additional 5s was given to THOMAS TREMELLIN, of St. Mewan, for the excellent work he had made. The combing performed by boys was greatly admired. 1st prize, 10s., THOMAS TRUSCOTT of St. Stephens; 2nd ditto,6s., WILLIAM HARRIS of St. Stephens. After the decision of the umpires, the parties returned to the Churchtown, where an excellent dinner was prepared at the Cornish Inn, kept by MR. ALMOND YELLAND, and to which a large number did ample justice. After the removal of the cloth, several toasts were drunk and responded to. The utmost harmony and good feeling prevailed until a late hour, when the company retired evidently pleased with the proceedings of the day.

27 FEBRUARY 1846, Friday

A FLAT AND TWO SHARPS - A farmer in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, as notorious for his gullibility as for his money-loving propensities, has lately been tricked out of GBP 7 by a couple of female gypsies. One of the syrens, after a short interview on Saturday last, made him believe he was bewitched, and that she was able to overcome the evil influence. She must, however, have money, at least two pounds, and would call again in a day or two. Accordingly, on Monday, the gipsey again called, telling the farmer "that she had never had such hard work with the devil before, as on his account, and he must raise all the gold he could possibly scrape together, otherwise it would be a bad job." The credulous farmer therefore gave her seven sovereigns, which she carefully put in a linen cloth, and then with the requisite incantations, fastened it against his back, telling him to let it remain there till Tuesday night twelve o'clock, when the seven sovereigns would be doubled, and his rheumatism would be cured! On Tuesday afternoon, a neighbor went to inquire concerning the success of the charm, and, being a little skeptical, gave his opinion that the farmer had been "done." He could scarcely, however, prevail upon him to examine the packet at his back before the appointed time, for he felt sure that all was right; at length, yielding to entreaty, he did examine, and found, to his dismay, that the seven sovereigns, instead of being doubled, had become seven farthings. The dark-eyed tricksters had, of course, disappeared.

13 MARCH 1846, Friday

At Burgotha, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, on Tuesday last, the wife of Mr. Thomas BROWN, of a son.

10 JULY 1846, Friday

HORSE SHOEING - A horse shoeing match took place at the Church town, St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 24th of June, when seven persons competed for the prizes. Messrs. CREBA, of St. Austell, and DINCH, of Tregony, were the umpires. The 1st prize was awarded to THOMAS JOB, of St. Mewan; 2nd ditto, to JAMES BENNETTO, of St. Stephens Churchtown; 3rd ditto, to HENRY THOMAS, jun., of St. Stephens Coombe; and the 4th ditto, to WILLIAM TUCKER, of Grampound.

28 AUGUST 1846, Friday

A MONSTER CABBAGE - On Saturday last, Mr. WILLIAM TRETHEWEY, Hobbs's-Town, near St. Stephens Coombe, cut a Paignton cabbage, which measured twenty feet in circumference, and weighed thirty pounds and a half. It had ten branches, some of which formed cabbages of two pounds weight, which were given to his friends as a treat. They were ripe, and the cabbage grew in the open air without any unusual care or pains being taken to force it.

18 SEPTEMBER 1846, Friday

ROYAL DEVON AND CORNWALL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY. - On Wednesday, the 9th instant, the last exhibition for the year of this society took place at Elliott's Royal Hotel, Plymouth. On account of the extraordinary heat in the former part of the season, which forced the flowers into an unnatural growth, this part of the exhibition was inferior to that of some former occasions. There was also a deficiency in the show of plants, but the fruit and vegetable part of the exhibition was tolerably good. In the list of prizes awarded by the society we find the names of W.H. P. CAREW, Esq., M.P., for fruit and vegetables; Mrs. A. CORYTON, Pentillie, for the best miscellaneous group of eight plants, Mr. J. TAYLOR, Rematon, for fruit and flowers; Mr. CHARLES JEFFERY, Torpoint, for fruit; and Mr. J. DINGLE, of St. Stephens, for flowers and vegetables. The society was as usual, much indebted to Mr. PENTEY and Mr. WOOD, nurserymen, for the appearance of the exhibition, about seventy ladies and gentlemen sat down to an excellent dejunier in the small Assembly-room, after which there was a dance, and some hours, were thus most agreeably spent.

CORONER'S INQUEST - On Monday, at Trethosa, in the parish of St. Stephens, on the body of GEORGE TRUSCOTT, aged 34 years. HENRY BULLOCK deposed as follows:- I am a carpenter, and reside at Trethosa. On Monday last, I accompanied the deceased to Mopus. We went there with a wain drawn by three horses, to fetch a load of timber. We left Truro on our return about five o'clock. Deceased was then tipsy, and we had two pints of beer between three of us after we got to Probus. On arriving at the top of the hill, near Trelion village, I wanted to put on the drag, but the deceased would not allow me. The hill was not very steep. I then did all I could to persuade him to go out of the way and to let me drive the horses on, but he insisted on driving them himself, and walked by the side of the shaft horses. I went on before, and held the fore horse. After we had proceeded a short distance, I missed the sound of deceased's steps, and on looking back I could not see him. This was between seven and eight o'clock, and it was dark. I immediately stopped the horses, and ran back to another waggon, about 200 yards behind, and told the driver what I feared had happened. JOSEPH ROWSE, who was riding on the hind waggon, went forward with me, and we very soon found the deceased lying across the road quite dead. I think the wheels of the waggon must have gone over him, and killed him on the spot. I swear that I was not the worse for liquor myself. Joseph Rowse corroborated the evidence as to the finding of the body, and proved that the last witness was perfectly sober. Verdict, accidental death.

4 DECEMBER 1846, Friday

A SECOND CROP OF APPLES - On Saturday last, Mr J. YELLAND, of St Stephen's Coombe, near St. Austell, gathered in his garden a dozen of early York applies, as a treat for his family on the forty-sixth anniversary of his natal day. The apples were ripe, and grew on a tree which produced a tolerably heavy crop last August. So forward are Mr Yelland's apples that there is another tree in full blow, and bearing a great number of stubbard apples, which on an average measure rather more than four inches in circumference.

25 DECEMBER 1846, Friday

Married - At STOKE DAMEREL, Mr. TRUSCOTT, late of ST. STEPHENS in BRANWELL, to Miss Elizabeth CRABB of ST.AUSTELL.

Died - At ST. STEPHENS in BRANWELL, on the 17th inst., Elizabeth infant daughter of Mr. TRETHEWY.

8 JANUARY 1847, Friday

Marriead - At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 31st ult., Mr. MARTYN to Miss EASTERBROOK.

Married - At St. Stephens in Branwell, on Monday last, Mr. John ROGERS of Tremellyn, in the parish of St. Erth, to Miss J. TRUSCOTT of the former parish.

Died - At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 20th ult., Mr. John BROKENSHIRE, aged 53 years.

15 JANUARY 1847, Friday

ELIZABETH ANN MORRISH, of St. Austell was acquitted on a charge of stealing, on the 3rd of January, three neckerchiefs and one handkerchief, the property of WILLIAM OLIVER, who then lodged at the house of Mr. RETALLICK, at St. Stephens in Branwell.

RICHARD MARTIN, 25, was found Guilty of stealing at St. Stephens in Branwell, a woollen jacket, the property of JAMES JORY, labourer. One Month's Hard Labour.

Died - At St. Stephens in Branwell, on Friday last, the infant son of Mr. John EASTERBROOK.

12 MARCH 1847, Friday

In quest held - The following day, at St. Stephens, on the body of JOHN SKIDGEMORE, aged 26 years, who died on the 3rd inst. from injuries he received the day before, by having his right arm and side crushed between two cogwheels of a steam-engine, at Little Treviscoe Clay Works. Verdict - accidental death.

19 MARCH 1847, Friday

Married - At St. Stephen's by St. Austell, on Friday last, Mr. Henry CUNDAY, to Blanche, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Henry GEORGE, of Roche.

30 April 1847, Friday

At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 21st inst., the wife of Mr. H. TRUSCOTT, miller, of a daughter.

21 May 1847, Friday

ST STEPHEN'S COOMBE INSTITUTION - The third annual meeting of the members of this institution, which originated in the autumn of 1844, took place on Wednesday, the 12th instant, in the school-room, Mr. ARTHUR in the chair. The meeting commenced about half-past seven o'clock, when a numerous and respectable company were present, the majority of whom viewing this institution as likely to produce beneficial results, had watched the progress with much interest, and were pleased to find it going on prosperously. After the secretary had read the report, he delivered an address to young persons on the importance of beginning early to give attention to their conduct. Mr. SINCLAIR of Plymouth, then addressed the meeting with his usual energy and eloquence; and strongly inculcated perseverance in their present laudable pursuit. On the motion of the secretary, the thanks of the assembly were voted to Mr. Sinclair for his lucid discourse that evening, and the valuable aid he had given them during the past season. The company present were then entertained with the national anthem, which was performed by the Coombe brass band, and separated highly delighted with the proceedings of the evening.
28 MAY 1847, Friday

CREED - On the evening of the 19th instant, from two to three hundred miners from the parishes of St. Dennis, Roche, St. Stephens, and St. Mewan, paid Mr. GRIGG, of Nantellan, near Grampound, a visit, they having understood that he had a large quantity of corn fit for the market which he had withheld. They ransacked his barns, but found little corn except what was in the straw. They, however, gave him notice that this was to be threshed, and sent to the market and sold at 30s. per Cornish bushel. They afterwards regaled themselves with a hogshead of cider, but our correspondent omits to state whether this was in consequence of Mr. Grigg's liberality, or from their having helped themselves.
(in the same paper - here for background info: THE SCARCITY OF FOOD - Helston - Considerable apprehension was entertained in this town last week lest the extremely high price of provisions should occasion illegal combination among the miners of the neighbourhood, notices having been posted at several mines inviting the men to assemble at Helston, on Saturday, the 21st instant, but no definite object was assigned. Much excitement was also created by a report that Mr. JULIAN, a large corn-factor and mill owner of Helston, had, on the previous market-day, used unfair means to raise the price of corn, by offering a higher price in the market than that demanded by the farmers. It may appear strange that any one should be found to attach credit to a report so manifestly absurd as that a tradesman would venture to commit an act which would deservedly draw upon him the public indignation, when, if he felt so disposed, he might have done the same thing with little chance of detection, by privately offering his price to the farmers before they came to market; yet as the rumour was maliciously propagated, and by some believed, the council of the borough met and investigated the charge. Mr. Julian cheerfully produced his books, from which it appeared that he had imported a large quantity of foreign corn, and that the fair market price had been given for all purchased in the neighbourhood. The result was that a placard was posted, signed by the mayor, F. JAMES, Esq., certifying that the cargo was wholly unfounded, and that in their opinion Mr. Julian had contributed to keep down the price of corn. On Friday, an address from the magistrates of the borough and several justices of the county was published, expressing their sympathy for the distress of the miners and labourers, and dissuading them from illegal combination. At the same time it was judged necessary to take due precautions for the prevention of any exhibition of violence; application was therefore made at Falmouth for the assistance of the military, and on Friday evening fifty soldiers of the 5th Royal Fusiliers, commanded by Captain SIMMONS, arrived, and were billeted at the various inns in the town. Sixty of the most respectable householders were also sworn in as special constables, and in the morning this force was augmented by twenty-six men belonging to the coast guard, under Captain DICK, R.N. About twelve o'clock the authorities received information that an advanced body of the miners had reached the western turnpike. The special constables were immediately collected into a body, and the mayor and magistrates went and met the miners in the lower green, where they mildly remonstrated with them upon their illegal proceedings, and the effect was that many hundreds of them did not enter the town. During the day, however, some hundreds of miners came into the town in parties of two or three, but no large bodies appeared, nor was there any semblance of combination for illegal purposes, so that the military and coast guard, although ready to act at the shortest notice, were not called upon in any instance throughout the day. The magistrates and most respectable inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood mixed freely with the crowd, and conversed with them, not only without being insulted, but in every instance they were treated with marked respect. The miners, indeed, generally kept up their high character for peacefulness and orderly conduct, their object evidently being to state their grievances respectfully, with a conviction that whatever they might urge would be received with due consideration, they being at the same time perfectly open to reasonable remonstrance. In one instance only was the peaceable character of their proceedings interrupted, when a collision took place between a knot of miners and a policeman; but this trifling affray appears to have originated in a mistake, and was quickly terminated. No one interfered with the sale of any article brought to market; but only a small quantity of corn was brought in, which met with a ready sale at 38s. for wheat and 23s. for barley. It required little argument to convince the miners that their assembling in large numbers, even though not for illegal actions, must tend to check the supply of grain, and consequently to raise the price. The public-houses were closed at an early hour, and before dark the town had resumed its usually quiet state. Great credit is due to the authorities for the prompt and conciliatory measures which they adopted. Their proceedings, in fact, were such as testified their conviction that they had to deal with a body of men who are proverbially reasonable and well conducted; but that they would be prepared to prevent any infringement of the law by those who from malicious or selfish motives should provoke a breach of the peace. Within the last few days a declaration has been signed by the principal inhabitants of the town expressing their resolution to observe the strictest economy of food in their households, and recommending the use of "forth-right" flour.)

12 NOVEMBER 1847, Friday

Died - At St. Stephens in Branwell, on Tuesday last, the wife of Mr. Richard WELLINGTON, aged 31 years.

19 NOVEMBER 1847, Friday

FELONIES IN ST. STEPHENS - On the night of the 8th instant, the stable of Mr. GEORGE YELLAND, and the barn of his neighbour, of St. Stephens in Branwell, were entered by a thief of thieves, who stole a quantity of horse hair from the premises of the former, and three winnowing sheets from the latter. Since harvest, great numbers of ducks, fowls, and geese, have been stolen from persons in this parish, besides potatoes, turnips, apples, cabbages, fuel, &c.

14 JANUARY 1848

ST. STEPHENS in BRANWELL, appellant; BODMIN, respondent - an appeal against an order for removal of ELIZABETH BURN and five children from Bodmin to St. Stephens. [Appellants endeavoured to show the certificate of chargeability had not been sent to them, but it was proved by Mr. RICHARD WHITE, assistant overseer of Bodmin, Mr. SAMUEL LOWRY, overseer of St. Stephens, and MR. NOTT, guardian of the St. Austell Union that it had been sent. Appellants then relied on their fourth ground of appeal - that in March 1846, pauper's husband had left and never since returned, and she did not know his parish or place of settlement. The Bench decided to quash the order.]

23 JUNE 1848, Friday

On Monday last, at St. Stephens in Branwell, on the body of JOHN BOUNDY, aged 45. He was a person of very penurious eccentric habits, and for the last ten years had lived alone, suspicious that every person who came to him, was going to rob him. On Saturday morning, as he did not make his appearance as usual, a friend put back the bolt of the door, and perceiving a great deal of blood on the stairs, called a neighbour, and on their going up stairs, they found the deceased dead in bed. The blood had evidently issued from his mouth, and there was no doubt that he had died from the rupture of a blood vessel. Verdict - "found dead."

2 JUNE 1848, Friday

Married - At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 24th ult., MR. JAMES YELLAND, of Brennel, in that parish, to ANNE, eldest daughter of MR. JOHN ARTHUR, of Milledore, in the same parish.

14 JULY 1848, Friday

On Saturday last, at St. Stephens in Branwell, on the body of WILLIAM COWLING, farmer, aged 66. On Thursday, he and his brother had been mowing their grass all the morning, and returned to the like work after dinner. Shortly afterwards, deceased complained of being faint and ill. His brother, who thought he was dying, went to call a person who was working in an adjoining field. On his return, he found his brother dead. Verdict, died by the visitation of God.

29 SEPTEMBER 1848, Friday

At Trethosa Cottage, in the parish of ST. STEPHENS in BRANWELL, on Monday last, the wife of Mr. William RICHARDS, ironmonger, of a son.

27 OCTOBER 1848, Friday

At Trethosa, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, the wife of Mr. J. YELLAND, painter, of a son.

29 DECEMBER 1848, Friday

At CALAMNACK, in the parish of ST.STEPHENS in BRANWELL, on Sunday last, the wife of Mr. TRUSCOTT, aged 20 years.

2 February 1849, Friday

At BURGOTHA, in the parish of ST. STEPHENS in BRANWELL, on Monday last, the wife of Mr. Thomas BROWN, of a son.

3 August 1849, Friday

ADVERTISEMENTS

CHINA, STONE, and CLAY WORKS
TO BE LET, in the parish of SAINT STEPHENS IN BRANWELL, county of Cornwall, for terms of years, from the 25th day of December, 1849, on conditions to be had of MR. JOHN BOWEN, at the Steward's Office at Boconnoc, near Lostwithiel.

STONE
LOT 1 - In QUARRY CLOSE
LOT 2 - ditto
LOT 3 - ditto
LOT 4 - ditto
CLAY
LOT 1 - The works called VICTORIA
LOT 2 - The works called HALLEW
LOT 3 - The works called TRETHOSA
LOT 4 - The owrks called LITTLE JOHNS

At present held by the "CORNWALL CHINA STONE and CLAY COMPANY" under lease at a minimum rent of GBP 1,300 a year, subject to increase whenever the amount of stone at 3s., and clay at 6s., per ton together shall exceed such rent.

Proposed Works of Clay and Stone in localities yet unwrought
LOT 5 to 10 - In CUNNAVBARNE
CARLOGGAS
WHITMOOR
CARPELLA

Tenders, offering for Rents, and at Rates per Ton, for China, Stone, and Clay, respectively, may be sent to Mr. John Bowen at Boconnoc aforesaid, on or before the 1st day of September, 1849, for the said lots separately.

The Landowner will not be bound to accept any Tender, but be at liberty to choose a tenant or tenants for the above or any other lots.

Proposals may be likewise sent in respect of any other Lands in the said parish belonging to Lady Grenville.

Messrs. SPODE and CO, and JOHN ROGERS and SON, of Staffordshire, formerly held part of these works. Dated Boconnoc, June 18, 1849

10 AUGUST 1849, Friday

Married - At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 2nd instant, John, eldest son of the late Mr. John SMITH, of Treneage, to Kitty, youngest daughter of Mr. James STUTHRIDGE, of Penhale, both in that parish.

28 DECEMBER 1849, Friday

Died - At St. Stephens in Branwell, on Saturday last, Mrs,. POMEROY, late of St. Austell, aged 85 years.

21 FEBRUARY 1851, Friday

ST. STEPHENS IN BRANWELL INSTITUTION - The annual dinner of this institution took place at the house of Mr. JACOB JENKYN, on Monday last. The Rev. J. CROSSLEY occupied the chair, and was supported by Mr. SMITH, of Ventonwyn, and other gentlemen of the neighbourhood. The officers for the ensuing year were elected, and the usual business transaction after which the health of the chairman and other toasts were drunk. The company then adjourned to the schoolroom, where a lecture was delivered on "Phrenology," by Mr. REUBEN THOMAS, of Roach, and the able and spirited manner in which it was treated elicited frequent applause. After a lively discussion, a vote of thanks was passed to the lecturer, and it was announced that the next lecture would take place on the 17th of March, by Mr. JOHN STUTHRIDGE.

16 April 1851, Friday

At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 8th instant, after a most protracted and painful illness, born with Christian resignation, Mr. Benjamin MERIFIELD, aged 77 years, for about fifty of which he was a consistent member of the Wesleyan Methodist Society.

4 July 1851, Friday

ADVERTISEMENTS - ST. STEPHENS IN BRANWELL

To be LET by TENDER, for a term of seven, fourteen, or twenty-one years, TOLGARRICK GRIST MILLS and PREMISES

There are two excellent Mills, with Flour and Smut machines complete, a good Dwelling house, and about twelve acres of rich Arable and Pasture land.

The Mills have an abundant and constant supply of water, and are situated within six miles of St. Austell and St. Columb, and nine of Truro.

For viewing the premises apply to the Tenant, and for all further particulars, to Mr. JOHN DYER, Flour Dealer, St. Austell, by whom tenders will be received until the 21st of July. June 25, 1851.

12 September 1851, Friday

Died - At Penhale, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 3rd instant, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. James STUTHRIDGE, aged 72 years.

14 September 1851, Friday

Married - At St. Stephens by Launceston, on Friday last, Mr. T. SMITH of Werrington, to Miss M.A. HOLMAN, of Truscott Farm, St. Stephens.

10 Feb 1845, Friday

CAUTION - I hereby give notice that I will not be answerable for any Debt or Debts that my wife Mary PLEMING, of the parish of St. Stephens, may contract after this Public Notice, or from the date hereof, as witness my hand this 8th day of February, 1854. John Pleming. Witness, John YELLAND.

17 February 1854, Friday

A HORSE CASE - KNIGHT v. JEWELL - Mr. BISHOP for the plaintiff, and Mr. CHILCOTT for the defendant. Plaintiff is a small farmer in the parish of St. Stephens; he keeps a waggon and team of horses, and carries china clay and other things. In September last, he was at Summercourt fair, and met defendant there, who is also a farmer. Plaintiff bought of defendant a mare for GBP12. 1s. He stated in his evidence that he told defendant he wanted the mare to work in his waggon, and defendant said she was a capital mare for that purpose. Plaintiff took her home and on putting her in his waggon, she began to kick and strive, and he said would kill almost any one that came near her. Plaintiff resolved to get rid of the mare, and on the 18th of October took her to Michell fair to sell her. He there met the defendant, and told him he was a pretty fellow to take him in, the horse would not suit his purpose. Defendant (as plaintiff stated in his evidence) said, I can have GBP2 more for that mare than you gave for her. Defendant further said, he had a nice mare home that would suit plaintiff exactly, and he should go home to see it. They went together to defendant's house in Perran, and arrived there between ten and eleven at night, and after being in the dwelling house some time they went out between eleven and twelve at night with a lantern and candle to see the mare. Plaintiff looked at the mare and said she was an old hag, and would not suit his purpose. Defendant said (as plaintiff stated in evidence) that she was a good and sound mare, and he would warrant her. He also said, if you will try her, and she will not fit your purpose, you may return her, and you shall have the GBP12 you gave for the other mare. Defendant's servantman was called as a witness at the time to this part of the bargain. Plaintiff and defendant also stated the mare was about eight years old. Plaintiff took the mare to his own house, about twelve miles from defendant's and found on the way that she was "lame" and "clopping." She was limping when plaintiff left defendant's house, but he said he thought that was her "go." Next morning he again found she was lame and "clopping," and he took her back to defendant's house again. Defendant's wife was there and refused to take her, defendant not being at home. Plaintiff afterwards went to defendant's with Mr. Reuben THOMAS, a farrier, and told him he had taken him in with a crippling mare. Defendant said he might take her and do what he liked with her, the mare was as sound as any he had; if she was lame, he said plaintiff must have done it in taking her home. Plaintiff said the mare was useless for his purpose; that she was crippled in the "chine," and broken in the knees. The above was the substance of plaintiff's statement. It further appeared the case had been previously submitted to arbitration, at the suggestion of the court, before Mr. KARKEEK, of Truro, but that the evidence was so conflicting, the arbitrator declined to make any award. It was then referred to two parties, but defendant neglected to attend with his witnesses, preferring that the case should be decided by the court. Other witnesses were called, and very contradictory evidence was given. On the part of plaintiff, it was stated by Mr. Reuben Thomas, farrier, that defendant in his hearing found fault with plaintiff for not giving the mare a sufficient trial. He also heard defendant say the mare was eight years old and no more; and that she was perfect and healthy; he did not use the word "sound." Witness had examined the mare, and should think her between twelve and twenty years old; her knees were cut, she was foundered in the hind quarters, and was completely a cripple; should think she might be worth from 50s. to GBP3. Mr. Karkeek, veterinary surgeon of Truro, had examined the mare and should say she was from twelve to thirteen years old; could undertake to say she was above ten, (he then described the indications of age by which a judgment is formed in such cases.) She was lame; a portion of the near hind quarter was wasted and withered; that could not have come on since the 18th of October, must have taken two years to produce. It had all the character of a chronic lameness; could not say she was a perfect or sound mare; she was perhaps worth GBP5 at the highest. In reply to the Judge, witness said, of course a horse unsound in one of the hind quarters could not be as capable as a sound horse; it must interfere to a certain degree with the ordinary work for which the mare was calculated. On the other side, defendant himself gave evidence, which was very different from plaintiff's statement. He denied that he warranted the mare as only eight years old. He said he told plaintiff the mare was not sound; that she had cut her knees, and walked a little stiff in her hind leg, but that it was no detriment to her work. He swore that the mare was good to draw and quiet in harness; that she was cheap now in GBP14, and he would give that for her if he wanted a horse to go to work; that he gave GBP18 for her and had been offered GBP14. He bought her of Mr. STEVENS, at Camborne fair, about three years ago, and from her age then, she must now be eight years coming nine. Two men who had been servants with defendant, were also called to support some of his statements; but the Judge after reviewing the evidence, gave his verdict for the plaintiff for GBP12. 1s.; the amount claimed.

[same paper date] Died - At Newgate, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 9th instant, Mr. Elisha TRUDGIAN, smith, aged 71 years.

10 MARCH 1854, Friday

At Mount Vernon Mine, near Kingston Jamaica, on the 24th of January, last, Mr. William TRUSCOTT, of St. Stephens in Branwell, in this county, aged 45 years.

12 MAY 1854, Friday

On the 5th instant, at St. Stephens in Branwell, on the body of William JOLLY, aged 9 years. It appeared that on Wednesday last week, the deceased took his brother's dinner to him at the Virginia Clay Works, where the labourers were engaged in raising some clay in a tram-waggon over an inclined plane worked by a water wheel. It appeared that the boy had been playing with a chain which passed round a cylinder at the top of the inclined plane. He was told to desist; but continuing to play with the chain, his hand was caught between the chain and cylinder, and before the water could be turned off and the wheel stopped, two coils of the chain had wound round his body and nearly cut him in two. The chain was immediately uncoiled by some of the labourers, and he dropped on the ground dead. Verdict, "accidental death."

6 June 1854, Friday

Two landlords of Nanpean, in St. Stephens in Branwell, named BEST and THOMAS, were brought up, the former charged with keeping a disorderly house, but the bench dismissed the accused with a reprimand; the latter, charged with drawing drink on the Sunday out of hours, was fined 2s. and costs.

30 June 1854, Friday

ST. STEPHENS (IN BRANWELL) SHEARING - The St. Stephens annual shearing match took place in a field at the church-town, on Tuesday last, and was numerously attended. The shearing was on the whole good and there were twenty competitors. The following were successful:- John PILL, St. Mewan, 1st prize; Nicholas PILL, Gorran, 2nd prize; R. SAWLE, Probus, 3rd prize; J. HUSBAND, St. Ewe, 4th prize. Prizes confined to the parish:- 1st prize, John BRENTON; 2nd, Wm. BEALE.

12 May 1854, Friday

At St. Stephens in Branwell, on Saturday last, Amy, second daughter of the late Mr. George PINCH, aged 27 years.

18 August 1854, Friday

ST. STEPHENS WRESTLING - On Wednesday the 0th inst., being the parish feast at St. Stephens in Branwell, the annual wrestling took place, when, after very smart play, the prizes were awarded as follows:- First prize, William YELLAND, of High Street, St. Stephens; second prize, GRIGG, of St. Dennis; third prize, VERCOE, of St. Stephens. Many prize men were on the ground, and more contested play has not been seen in St. Stephens for many years. The play throughout was excellent, and a large number of people were present.

13 OCTOBER 1854

At St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 30th ult., Mr. Thomas JOB, of the New Inn, to Miss Elizabeth SMITH, both of that parish; on the 1st instant, Mr. Samuel ARTHUR, of Bodinnick, to Grace, youngest daughter of Mr. John ARTHUR, of Milledor; and Mr. Richard ARTHUR of Milledor, to Amy, youngest daughter of Mr. Edward ARTHUR, of Bodinnick, all in St. Stephens in Branwell.

5 JANUARY 1855, Friday

At ST.STEPHENS, on the 28th ult., Mrs. TRUSCOTT, relict of the late Mr. Thomas TRUSCOTT, of CREAGAVOSE, in that parish, aged 87 years.

At GOER MILL, in the parish of ST.AUSTELL, on Sunday last, Nicholas, eldest son of Mr. Stephen VIVIAN, aged 18 years.

18 May 1855, Friday

Born - At Trethosa Cottage, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, on Saturday last, the wife of Mr. William RICHARDS, shopkeeper, of a son.

Born - At Wey Cottage, in the parish of St Stephens in Bramwell, on the 30th ult., the wife of Mr. Samuel PHILLIPS, of a daughter.

Died - At Brennel, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, on Sunday last, John, second son of Mr. Geoge YELLAND, aged 20 years.

Died - At Meledor, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, on the 17th instant, the wife of Mr. John OSBORN, aged 29 years.

8 June 1855, Friday

NOTICE
There is now in the possession of MR. JOHN SMITH, of Terrace, in St.Stephens-in-Branwell, a EWE SHEEP. The owner may have it again by paying the expenses. St. Stephens, June 6, 1855

15 July 1855, Friday

ST. AUSTELL ANNUAL WRESTLING - This wrestling took place on the 6th and 7th instant; the weather throughout was wet, but the wrestling was kept up with great spirit till dark on the Thursday evening, when the prizes were awarded as follows: First prize, WILLIAM POLLARD, of Linkinhorne; second, THOMAS RUNDLE, Tywardreath; third, THOMAS TINNEY, St. Austell; fourth, JOHN LEWIS, of St. Stephens.

The ROYAL CORNWALL GAZETTE, February 7 1851

Coroner's Inquests - On Thursday last, J. CARLYON, Esq., held an inquest at the Plough Inn, near Teague's Gate, in the parish of Creed, on the body of Richard BULLEN, a china-clay labourer, aged 33 years. The deceased resided about a mile and a half out of St. Austell on the north road, and left his home on Sunday afternoon, the 26th ult., to take a horse to Tregony. On his return the same evening, he stopped at the Plough Inn about half an hour, and then left with the intention of spending the night at his brother's, who resided about a mile off. He had only taken one pint of beer, and was perfectly sober when he left. The landlord's son went out and put him in the right road, and directed him which way to go.

On the following day, it was found that he had not reached his brother's, nor had he returned home. Every inquiry was made for him, but nothing could be heard of him after he left the Plough. As a last resource, the old shafts, of which there are many very dangerous ones in the neighbourhood, were searched; and on Wednesday, the 20th, he was found at the bottom of one of them, which was perfectly open, and immediately by the side of the pathway leading from Teague's Gate to Dowgas mine.

The jury returned a verdict of "accidental death", and expressed a hope that the coroner would take some steps for the protection of the public from similar accidents; suggesting that the old shafts should be built round, or sollared. It appeared that the land belongs to the Duchy, and the Coroner promised to write to the Duchy authorities on the subject.

18 January 1856, Friday

ST. STEPHENS IN BRANWELL - On Tuesday the 8th instant, a Teetotal lecture was delivered in the National School Room, Church Town, by Mr. R. HORNE, the county agent. The meeting was opened with singing and prayer by the Rev. A. R. TAYLOR, rector, who gave the opening address. The lecture was listened to with marked attention, and gave general satisfaction.

25 April 1856, Friday

On Monday, in the parish of St. Stephens in Branwell, on the body of JOSEPH PHILLIPS, aged 50 years. It appeared that deceased had gone on Saturday to bring away some scaffolding from the boiler-house attached to the engine house, at Mineral Court mine, which had recently been converted into a stable. He had got a young horse in his cart, and very soon after he started, the horse, from some cause or other, took fright, and ran off down a hill. The deceased held on as long as he could by the halter, but about half-way down the hill he was knocked down, and the first person who came to him found him attempting to get up in the road. As soon as assistance could be procured he was conveyed to his home near by, and put to bed; but he had received serious internal injury, and survived only about an hour. There was no knowing what made the horse start, whether it was the noise of the timbers, or whether one of them had struck him or not. The horse, although a very young one, was supposed to be perfectly quiet, and belonged to the deceased and his brother; but the deceased had not much command over him as he had only a halter on his head. Verdict, "accident death."

6 JUNE 1856, Friday

Two landlords of Nanpean, in St. Stephens in Branwell, named BEST and THOMAS, were brought up, the former charged with keeping a disorderly house, but the bench dismissed the accused with a reprimand; the latter, charged with drawing drink on the Sunday out of hours, was fined 2s. and costs.

18 JULY 1856, Friday

Married - At Kenwyn, on Tuesday last, Mr. John BILLING, builder, of St. Stephens, to Miss BATH, of Helston.

THE POTATO DISEASE - A farmer of St. Stephens in Branwell, tilled about fourteen yards of his kitchen garden to potatoes this year, and on taking them up, about a fortnight since, two-thirds of the produce consisted of diseased potatoes. In many fields in the neighbourhood of St. Stephens Coombe the potatoes are affected by the disease.

25 July 1856, Friday

ST. STEPHENS BY ST. AUSTELL FAIR - This fair, held on Tuesday last, was more than usually well attended with an excellent show of cattle, and many bargains were made. Several superior lots of sheep also changed hands. The farmers of the neighbourhood are disposed to render the fairs here more worthy of the parish and its vicinity.

2 January 1857, Friday

Married - At Roche, on the 25th ult., Mr. T. BASSETT, of St. Stephens in Branwell, to Miss Isabella DYER, youngest daughter of the late Mr. John DYER, of the former place.

Married - At St. Stephens in Branwell, Mr. W. RICHARDS to Mary Jane, only daughter of Mr. J. YELLAND, of Coombe.

26 September 1856, Friday

Died - At St. Columb, on Sunday last, Mrs. Rosamond COWLING, late of St. Stephens in Branwell, aged 86 years.

9 January 1857, Friday

Died - At St. Stephens in Branwell, on Friday last, Mr. Richard ARTHUR, aged 88 years.

5 June 1857, Friday

At St. Stephens, St. Austell, on Monday last, the wife of Mr. Henry TRUSCOTT, of the Cornish Arms Inn, of a son; and on the 28th ult., the wife of Mr. Thomas TRUSCOTT, of Longlane, of a son..




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