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1887 Articles and Other Items





13 OCTOBER 1887, Thursday

Accident At St. Austell – Mrs. Rouse, wife of Mr. William Rouse, butcher, of St. Austell, fell downstairs on Friday night and broke both bones of her leg just above the ankle.

The Fatality At Mevagissey – The inquest on the body of Francis Pomeroy, the young man who met his death by the falling of some blocks of granite at the pier now in course of construction at Mevagissey, was held at the Ship Inn, before Mr. Carlyon, county coroner, on Friday last. - James Pomeroy said he was brother to the deceased, and was working near him at the time of the accident. He rushed forth and helped to get him out from under the blocks of granite. Deceased's face was greatly shattered, his chin coming in contact with, and breaking the side of, a barrow with the force. Deceased looked at him, just gasped once, and died. Witness did not think at all it was a dangerous place to work in. - Charles Dyer said he was employed in wheeling the sand in barrows which deceased and another man now suffering with a broken leg through the accident were filling. Witness was just in the act of taking up a barrow, when one of the blocks which fell on deceased struck his heel, being a narrow escape for him. Just before the accident he had cautioned deceased and his mate, telling them not to go too near those four blocks piled one on the other. He had noticed deceased just before resting on his shovel, with one foot on the point of one of the blocks. - John Gibbs said he was foreman for the company. Each block of granite was about 16 inches thick, and weighing about 30 cwt. There were four of them, the under one resting on about two feet six inches of sand. They were placed against a shed to protect it. The day before he cautioned deceased not to go within two feet of them. - The jury, after consultation, returned a verdict of “accidental death.” The funeral of deceased took place on Sunday, a very large crowd attending, a great number being from the country around. Mr. Lester, member of the firm building the pier, hired a closed carriage and pair, and set it for the convenience of the deceased's mother, who was unable to walk to the grave. After the inquest the jury formed themselves into a committee to receive subscriptions on behalf of the poor widowed mother, who was solely supported by the deceased. The smallest gift will be thankfully received by the treasurer, Mr. Teague.

New Reading-Rooms At Sticker – For some time there has been a reading-room in the village of Sticker, near St. Austell, but its accommodation has been limited, and the members having secured a suitable plot of ground from Mr. C.H.T. Hawkins, of Trewithen, at a nominal rent of 1s. per year, set about building a new set of rooms. The opening ceremony took place on Thursday. The cost of the building is GBP 62, in addition to a large amount of voluntary labour given by those interested. A large portion of the outlay has been contributed, among others the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe sending GBP 5. Mr. Tremayne, of Heligan, performed the opening ceremony, and on his arrival at the head of the village he was met by the Sticker Brass Band, who then marched to the building. Arriving there, prayer was offered by the Rev. H. Crisp, United Methodist Free Church, and this was followed by a financial statement, read by Mr. Vivian. One item of four guineas for the preparation of the deeds received considerable attention. - Mr. Tremayne, in his opening remarks, referred to the great benefit of institutions like the one in connection with which they were met. He hoped the reading-rooms would be both self-governed and self-sustaining. In the present time, when working men were called upon to exercise the franchise, it was important that they should know what they were voting for. - Addresses were given by Mr. R.H. Williams, C.E., and Mr. Thomas Stocker, the latter proposing a vote of thanks to Mr. Tremayne for his presence and assistance in the opening ceremony. The motion was carried with loud cheers. The company were then escorted by the band to the Wesleyan Schoolroom (kindly lent for the occasion), where an excellent luncheon was provided. About 100 partook of the bounteous provision, whilst the band contributed a choice selection of music. The following, in addition to those already mentioned, were present: - Mr. Tremayne, jun., Mr. And Mrs. Ce[?]as Barker, Mr. R.H. Williams, and Mr. J. Coad. Mr. Ambrose Blight acted as secretary, and was energetic in promoting the success of the undertaking.

Fatal Accident At St. Aubyn United – A Miraculous Escape [further information than previous issues account – rk] An inquest was held on the body [Matthew Truran – rk] at the Miners' Hospital, Redruth, on Monday, by Mr. John Carlyon, county coroner. - William Frances, who witnessed the accident, stated that Messrs. N. Trestrail and S. Davey, with the deceased, were on the bob platform at St. Aubyn United, when it gave way and precipitated the three to the ground below, a distance of 32 feet. He went to the men's assistance, and found the deceased unconscious. - Joseph Toy, engine-man, who was working inside the engine-house at the time, gave evidence as to the condition of the men when he went to their assistance. - Annie Moore, nurse, stated that the deceased was admitted into the Miners' Hospital at 12.50 on Saturday afternoon, and died at 6.15 the next morning. He was unconscious all the time. - The jury, of whom Mr. Thomas Harry was foreman, returned a verdict of "Accidental death."

Accident At East Pool – William John Rapson, of Lanner, fell some distance when engaged underground at East Pool mine on Friday, and was badly injured in ear and arm. He was removed to the Miners' Hospital at Redruth, and attended by Dr. Permewan.

An Old Cornish Church – Under this heading the British Architect contained a series of interesting sketches of Uny Lelant Church from the pencil of Mr. T. Raffles Davison, who accompanies them with the following pen and ink description [anyone have a copy of these sketches? rk]: - A conspicuous object amongst the sandhills, or towans, on the south side of St. Ives Bay, is the church of St. Uny, Lelant. From certain points on the towans it has a strange air of loneliness and isolation, the one building visible amidst a wide stretch of white sand and waving rushes. The village itself is further inland, and the church looks as though it had alone successfully resisted the depredations of the Danes (for it is supposed some parts remain of Saxon origin), whilst the village had retreated in self-defence. It is said a town has existed hereabouts before St. Ives existed, of which the driving winds have buried all present traces. Saint Uny is supposed to have come from Ireland with his sister, St. Is, A.D. 460, and settled here.

This old Cornish church, as shown in our sketches, represents the general appearance as consecrated in February, 1421, though the north window in the north aisle and the chancel window are modern (1845). It is characteristic of most churches as now standing in West Cornwall – a nave and chancel with north and south aisles, all of equal height, presenting a long low mass of building with a sturdy tower at the west end, and nearly all of it built in Perpendicular character, is the type usually seen. A door in the north aisle and stairway opening to the rood screen is very common amongst the churches, as at Lelant; the screens themselves only existing in remnants. The northern nave arcade contains an old Norman arch and two round pillars. West of it is an Early English arch cut out of the thickness of the wall, but not formed of arch vou[?]oirs. The arcade piers are chiefly built in that grey granite which sparkles all over with flakes of mica, and has a singularly pleasing effect. Most of the caps have been replaced in a coarsely-moulded pattern, but two or three have the quaint original carving as shown in my sketch. The roofs are of the old waggon style common in Cornwall. The rafters, about 3 ½ in. in thickness, and set 12 in. apart, have curved braces under the collars, and have longitudinal moulded strips fixed across. At the intersections are finely carved bosses, and it appears that a long time since the best of these were moved from the chancel roof to a position over the south aisle, where the squires pew might benefit by them. Every fourth rafter is moulded and carved, and the longitudinal strips and wall plates are carved also; the old Cornish roofs of this kind look exceedingly well, and nowhere can a more satisfactory form be found. Accommodations is provided for about 400 persons.

There was a fairly complete restoration of the church in 1873, at a cost of GBP 1,175, which included reseating and the decoration of the chancel roof. This restoration was done under the superintendence of Mr. J.D. Sedding, who is responsible for much excellent work in neighbouring churches. The church and others hereabouts owe much to the discriminating care of the present incumbent, the Rev. R.F. Tyacke. The three eastern stained glass windows (executed in 1845) are about as bad as any in existence; it would be difficult to imagine a more intensely disagreeable arrangement of colour than the centre one exhibits. Mr. Henry Irving is, I suppose, a parishioner of Lelant, as he was born near St. Ives, which is a chapel under Lelant. The church has been twice struck by lightning – in 1827, when a pinnacle was knocked down and the dado in the chancel set on fire; and 1879, when a pinnacle was again knocked down. If it be desirable, according to Professor Huxley, to terminate the conductors with plates in the ground, the exposed situation of Lelant should claim an early belief in the precaution. In 1538 it was considered dangerous to come to Lelant because of the pirates, but nowadays one can hardly go to a pleasanter place, commanding such beautiful seascape and landscape views. Fortunate is it that some 329 miles intervene between it and London Bridge that so fair a spot may not be overrun and spoilt.

Charge Against A Falmouth Publican – At Falmouth Town-hall, on Monday, before Mr. T. Webber (in the chair), Mr. W.H. Lean, Dr. Mason Pooley, and Mr. W.H. Solomon, borough magistrates, Thomas Gerry, publican, High-street, Falmouth, was summoned for permitting his premises to be the habitual resort of reputed prostitutes, and allowing them to remain longer than necessary for the purpose of obtaining reasonable refreshments. P.C.'s Back and Thomas deposed to watching the house on the evening of the 6th inst. From eight o'clock until half-past. Four prostitutes came out, and on visiting the premises two others were found there. Mr. H. Tilly, solicitor, on behalf of defendant, contended that the women referred to were just as much entitled as anyone else to have reasonable refreshments at a public-house. Before the defendant could be convicted it must be proved he knew the character of the women. Defendant and his niece were called, and both swore they were not aware that any of the women referred to were bad characters. They ordered their own drink and paid for it. No bad language was used, nor was there any disturbance. It was also mentioned that defendant had been in business twenty years, and had never had a complaint of any kind lodged against him before. - The Bench consulted in private, and on returning into Court the Chairman said they had given the case every consideration. It was not proved to their satisfaction, and would therefore be dismissed. The decision was received with applause, which was immediately stopped.

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