Ertach Kernow - Cornish Historic, Cultural & Environmental Blogs

Cornish Historic, Cultural & Environmental articles will be added weekly on an ongoing basis. The links are to articles written for the Voice, Cornish Times and Cornish & Devon Post newspapers, aimed at audiences who are interested in aspects of Cornwall's heritage. The website articles may include expanded information and images that newspaper space did not allow.

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July to December 2020

  1. How Truro came to be the capital city of Cornwall - The transfer of power through the ages
  2. Visionary who engineered a great chapter in Cornish history - Joseph Thomas Treffry
  3. Let's step out of lockdown into a history mystery - Cornish heritage sites administered by Cornwall Heritage Trust
  4. Turner's travels over Tamar tell Cornwall's story - J M W Turner's visit to Cornwall and his artwork
  5. Nostalgic Ride to a Land of Legend - Some Cornish tales and legends
  6. The Place names that help unlock our past history - The importance of place names in Cornwall's past
  7. Historic homes reveal dramatic family histories - Houses with Cornish family histories - Lanhydrock, Trerice, Cotehele
  8. Backtracking to our railway past - Cornwall and its railway beginnings
  9. Bude - Growth of a thriving resort town - Bude, its canal and its growth
  10. Cornwall’s great global Diaspora - Emigration leads to Cornish descendents throughout the world
  11. Villages guard clues to our heritage - Bodmin Moor's villages
  12. Storytellers will help keep alive Cornish identity - Gorsedh Kernow 2020
  13. Net profits for our old coastal communities - Fishing in Cornwall an overview
  14. Summercourt Fair well worth a nostalgic visit - The origins of Summercourt fair
  15. Enduring legacy of Cornwall's great benefactor - John Passmore Edwards
  16. How Tragedy at sea devastated lives left behind - Great storm of October 1880
  17. The father of local English history - John Leland his Cornish itinerary Launceston-Bodmin-Truro
  18. Lostwithiel - Rich layer of town's history - Lostwithiel historic capital of Cornwall
  19. In touch with our Celtic Festivals - Lowender Peran
  20. Landscape and legend entwined - Dozmary Pool
  21. Huge contribution to our culture - Cornish Archaeological Legend - Lt Col F C Hirst
  22. The marvel that's beneath our feet- The Great County Adit
  23. Revealing the Face of Tudor Cornwall - John Norden
  24. Inside Britain's Oldest Home - Penfound Manor
  25. Medieval Marvels Light up our Lives - Medieval Cornish church stained glass windows
  26. Cornwall at Christmas - Christmas past from the newspapers
  27. Wreck of the Anson - A wreck that changed attitudes and the law

  January to June 2021

  1. Greatest living Cornishman - Sir Arthur Quiller Couch 'Q'
  2. Preserving our holy ground - Cornish holy wells, recording and preserving them
  3. Fishing Smugglers and Wrecks - Stories of Mullion Cove
  4. Unlocking our past Cornwall's Canal Heritage - Overview of Cornwall canal's, built, not completed, planned and imagined
  5. Taking the High Ground - Bodmin's ancient hillforts - Castle Canyke and Dunmere
  6. Bridges battle for survival – Respryn Bridge - History and present day survival issues
  7. Miners toiled in the wake of St Piran - Mining in Perranporth
  8. Making a song and dance about us - Overview of some of Cornwall's cultural and historic heritage
  9. Lighting up the 'Age of the Saints' - St Petroc, Cornwall's medieval patron saint
  10. Amongst Mines and Miners - The work & achievements of J C Burrow, Camborne Photographer
  11. Rise and fall of our most iconic mine Botallack - Poldark, Royal visits and tunnels under the sea. The story of Botallack
  12. Roads to Fortune - Carrick Roads and the towns and settlements surrounding Cornwall's mighty waterway
  13. In the footsteps of Defoe - 18th century author of Robinson Crusoe tours Cornwall
  14. Britain's most beautiful branch line - St Erth to St Ives railway in the footsteps of Cyril Noall
  15. Brunel opens gateway to Cornwall - Saltash the opening of the Royal Albert Bridge and Cornwall Railway 1859
  16. Exploring the land of legend - Story Collectors & Storytellers
  17. A salute to the great Trevithick - An overview of Richard Trevithick a great Cornishman, his life and achievements
  18. Cornish Routes - Road development, turnpikes and toll-roads
  19. Called to the court of the king - Archaeology and the making of Tintagel as a destination
  20. The Newlyn Riots 125 years on - Religion and price of fish led to rioting in Newlyn
  21. Shining light in the darkness - Penzance's great son, Sir Humphry Davy
  22. Feisty travels with Celia - Early tour around Cornwall c1698 with Celia Fiennes
  23. The sky's the limit - Area of outstanding natural beauty AONB - Bodmin Moor
  24. Keep it Kernewek - Speak Cornish Week events and Cornish language
  25. A name perpetual - The Cornish uprising 1497 and dissatisfaction today
  26. Celtic Culture - International Celtic Congress and contribution from Celtic Congress Cornwall

July to December 2021

  1. On the edge - The Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall
  2. Taxing Times, Cornwall's historic hundreds 'Stratton' - Background on the hundreds and first of nine - Stratton.
  3. Tudor Travels - John Leland around the Roseland Peninsula c1542
  4. River Journey's - The River Camel historic aspects
  5. For those in Peril - Saving life on the North Cornish coast before the RNLI lifeboats
  6. Fancy a pint? - Pubs in mid and west Cornwall, visited and written about by Arthur Caddick Cornish poet
  7. Portrait of a Parish - Botus Fleming Cornwall's second smallest parish
  8. Churches endure the ravages of time and man - Cury Church & Gunwalloe Church
  9. An idyllic scene - Visit to St Clements village and burial in Truro
  10. Opening up - Heritage Open Days in Cornwall - including many links
  11. Literary giant had powerful roots in Cornwall - Sir William Golding Cornish ancestry
  12. Full steam ahead - Early guidebooks to Cornwall
  13. Tall tower, deep roots - Probus church, schools and historic houses
  14. Legacies in stone - Early farming & Cornish hedges
  15. The Levant Disaster - The why's and wherefores of the Levant Man Engine disaster of 1919
  16. Crossing the Tamar - Opening of the Tamar Road Bridge 60th anniversary
  17. The Great Storm of 1859 - The 'Royal Charter Storm' death and destruction on land and sea
  18. Gone but not forgotten - Cyrus Redding journalist, writer and traveller
  19. Lyonesse, Lost lands & lessons - Myth & Legend meets 21st century reality
  20. Quethiock, a community destroyed in an afternoon - Sale of the manorial land broke up a community
  21. Read all about it (Cornish newspapers 1800 - 1840) - A range of historical articles
  22. Penhale to Wheal Coates - Including St Agnes AONB
  23. An enjoyable heritage day out - Visiting Minions Moor, Cheesewring, Hurlers, Trethevy Quoit, St Neot & pub lunch
  24. Mousehole - The loveliest village, history and traditions
  25. Cornish Christmas' past - How and why Christmas was celebrated and here in Cornwall
  26. Pictures of the Past - Engravings of Cornish towns and places

January to June 2022

  1. Saviours of the Cornish language - Early scholars preserving and translating Cornish
  2. 200 years of the coastguard - The early days excise duties and smugglers
  3. Slain by the satellites of Satan & Royal Navy Shipwrecks 
  4. John Thomas Blight - His work and an overview of his unfortunate life
  5. Spreading wings - Overview of the origins of Liskeard, Looe, Camborne, Redruth and Pool
  6. The men behind Richard Lander's famous Cornish Statue - Lander, Monument, Neville Northey Burnard and Philip Sambell
  7. An Ancient History Ruan Linkinhorne - Parish, and historic families and castle
  8. The Birth of Tin Mining - Exporting tin through the Mediterranean to the Levant 
  9. Songs for Cornwall - Cornwall's unique songs and music
  10. Hillforts and cliff castles - Visit some of these throughout Cornwall
  11. The Great Blizzard of 1891 - Transport, woodland, businesses and people how they were all effected 
  12. Quirks of fate - Mitchell a Cornish Rotten Borough - The rise and fall of a historic village
  13. A Penwith road trip - Visiting various historic sites in Penwith with two young lads
  14. Digging into the past and Richard Earl of Cornwall - Evolving Cornish Archaeological Society / Commemorating 750th anniversary of the death of Richard Earl of Cornwall
  15. Travels around West Wivelshire - Following the travels of Tudor cartographer John Norden
  16. Traditions that mean Home - Celebrating Celtic festival of Beltane
  17. 1872 ago from historic Cornish journals - The Royal Institution of Cornwall and Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society journals
  18. Water water everywhere- Drought in 1976 and Cornish reservoirs and water supply sources
  19. Camelford History - A day visit to Camelford and something of its history
  20. On the edge of memory - Cornish monuments to famous people of their day and forgotten war dead
  21. The Hungry Forties - 19th century famine and hunger in Cornwall, Ireland and Scotland. Cornish food riots.
  22. The Lanhydrock Atlas a Historic Jewel - Lanhydrock Atlas and the house and estate
  23. How we used to work - Comparing work in Cornwall from the first modern census of 1841
  24. The Tudors and loss of Cornish Identity - Religious upheaval leading to near loss of Cornish language and identity
  25. Home sweet home through history - Cornish house construction through time
  26. Travels with Celia Fiennes - Celia's continuing Cornish journey in 1698

July to December 2022

  1. Helston early historic Cornish town - The early days of Helston
  2. The Rule of Law, Administering Cornish Justice - The Assizes: Where Justice was administered 
  3. Cornwall too 'bleake' for windmills - Some of Cornwall rare windmills and their remains today
  4. Blisland a historic and pretty parish - Visiting Blisland and walking round looking at this pretty and interesting parish
  5. Cornwall's wonderful gardens - looking at some of the gardens in Cornwall their history and families who began them
  6. Sabine Baring-Gould and the Cornish Giant - Introduction to Sabine Baring-Gould and Anthony Payne and portrait
  7. Cool and Tranquil - Cornish churches cool and tranquil - St Enoder and St Julitta at Lanteglos-by-Camelford
  8. Growth and Decay - Tresillian and Merther two Cornish villages
  9. William Borlase Cornish Antiquarian - Background on one of Cornwall's most important recorders of Cornish antiquities
  10. Celtic Cousins - Connections to Brittany, shared heritage language roots, saints, monuments and interests
  11. Travels with Defoe - Daniel Defoe, travels from Fowey to Falmouth in the early 18th century
  12. Earls and Dukes of Cornwall - Earls of Cornwall, the creation of the Duchy, later Dukes and transfer of power
  13. Kilkhampton a Story of Hero's Villains and Anarchy - The Grenville Family, castle & church doings
  14. Cornwall, Read all about it - New books, old books, Cornish libraries
  15. Cornwall leading the world - Cornwall not so backward and leading the world
  16. The historic parish of Breage - Historic tin mine, beginning of Cornwall's china clay industry, wealthy families, haunted castle.
  17. The Luxulyan Valley and Industrial Woodlands - a walk through the beautiful valley & Charlestown history
  18. Ancient Celtic celebrations and artefacts - looking at Samhain and some of the beautiful gold objects being exhibited at the RCM
  19. Digging in - The importance of archaeology for Cornwall - Looking at archaeology and the wider benefits to Cornwall
  20. Cornwall's railways; Beeching branch line closures - Branch line loss, survival and afterwards
  21. Portreath weathering the storms - Portreath Harbour as an important Cornish fishing and mineral port
  22. Vanishing social heritage - Some of Cornwall's historic pubs, existing and lost
  23. Sir John Betjeman, a great adopted Cornishman - How and why John Betjeman came to love Cornwall
  24. Marazion more than just a view - An historic trading settlement overlooking Mount's Bay and St Michael's Mount
  25. Researching Family History - Sharing experiences in using DNA and researching family history
  26. Cornish heritage recorded in art - Artists recording places, events and day to day life in art and photography

January to June 2023

  1. The rise and decline of Cornish Methodism - Chapels being monitored by The Cornish Buildings Group
  2. Celebration of Cornish Music - An overview of Cornish music and the Cornish National Music Archive
  3. Port Navas strikes our screens - Seen on BBC Drama series Strike the 18th/19th century Cornish quarry port of Porth Navas
  4. Forgotten genius Sir Goldsworthy Gurney? - Lighting, steam cars, musical instruments and all manner of ideas
  5. John Norden travels around the Powder Hundred - Major towns, sites of interest during Cornwall's Tudor Elizabethan Age
  6. Cornwall's Western Quoits - History of Cornwall's Western Quoits
  7. Sir Christopher Hawkins, Boroughmonger - Notorious Cornish landowner, MP and pocket borough owner
  8. Historic Cornish Hotels - From the early to late 19th century, many still standing and part of Cornwall's heritage
  9. National patron saints of Cornwall - Cornwall's triumvirate of national patron saints. St Michael, St Petroc and St Piran
  10. Caradon Hill - boom to bust - The short lived copper boom at Caradon Hill and the inevitable bust that followed.
  11. Polruan Historic Heritage - Its history as a part of the parish of Laneglos by Fowey, early trading and later shipbuilding
  12. Cornwall environment and culture - How Cornwall's environment shaped it's culture and heritage
  13. Church in a Hillfort - How a hillfort on the outskirts of St Dennis  was later occupied by a church
  14. Cornish poets and poetry - Well-known and not so well-known poets inspired by Cornwall and its people
  15. Cornwall's geological legacy - The formation of Cornwall, its rocks and stone created its future story 
  16. The logan stone of Treen - It's rocky history and how it was involved in a British national scandal
  17. Spring travels around Cornwall - Cornwall Heritage Trust sites, visiting Bodmin Moor, St Wyllow Church at Lanteglos by Fowey
  18. Porthleven History - How Porthleven evolved from a fishing village to a tourist town
  19. Kings and Cornish History - How certain historic English kings had an affect on Cornish history and identity
  20. Cornish Emigration to Australia - Convicts, Orphans, Miners all making up the Cornish Diaspora in Australia today
  21. St Germans a village with history and fun - This historic church village has and still enjoys festivals and fun events
  22. The fall and rise of Cornish woodland - Cornish woodlands diminished, gradual rebuild including lately the Forest for Cornwall
  23. Cornish Census and Surveys - What the census and survey records tell us about Cornwall's population
  24. Porthcurno. Centre of the worlds communications - World communication from Porthcurno linking Britain to its empire.
  25. Warleggan, once isolated and insular - The story of a village, once one of the most isolated in Cornwall and its eccentric vicar
  26. Cornish historic road bridges - Background to Cornish roads. two of Cornwall's historic bridges Treverbyn and Wadebridge.

July to December 2023

  1. King Arthur, Cornwall's Arthurian legacy - The origins of the King Arthur legend in Cornwall
  2. St Veep a once busy quiet parish - Riverside village of Lerryn and nearby haunting ruins of 1920's Tivoli Park
  3. Antique books share stories - Lost buildings, historic dance, ancient ruins. Looking at Penzance, Rescorla and Roche.
  4. Tamar Valley medieval jewel - Cotehele Estate with its house, gardens, woodland and quay. A terrific place to visit. 
  5. Enjoying the Fowey Estuary - Biodiverse environment meets historic buildings and sites of interest and wonderful views. 
  6. Climate aids Cornish farming - Cornwall's mild winters and warm damp climate with global warming aids new crops and products
  7. Gwennap a rich mining history - A tour around Gwennap parish its villages, and some of its many sites of interest.
  8. Unsentimental journey to the Lizard - Mrs Craik and her 'ducklings' first leg of their visit to Cornwall to the Lizard.
  9. St Mawgan in Pydar historic and modern villages - Two very different villages in this historic parish
  10. Trevelyan a dark history - A look at this old Cornish family and the dark side of their history including  during the Irish famine
  11. Cardinham a parish full of history - Hillfort, medieval castle remains, historic church to crosses and inscribed stones.
  12. Cornwall its environment and heritage - An overview of Cornwall statutory protected areas, AONB's, SSSI's and local offerings
  13. Cornish fishing, the early years - Looking at fishing in Cornwall and Cornish coastal communities during the medieval period
  14. The Poly, encouraging innovation in Cornwall - Origins of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic in the early and mid-19th century.
  15. Cornish folktales and stories saved - Cornish folklore, myths and legends saved by Robert Hunt, William Bottrell and others
  16. Morwenstow - Cornwall's most northly parish - Hawker country, beautiful and interesting coastline and interior villages
  17. Bypassed but not forgotten - Often referred to as Cornwall's forgotten corner this is an interesting and beautiful part of Cornwall.
  18. Passed Cornish Storms - A look at some past 19th century storms that had an effect on Cornwall and some communities
  19. Medieval Education in Cornwall - Mostly based around religious houses the Reformation changed much to Cornish education
  20. Padstow Haven and the infamous Doom Bar - Padstow a port from medieval times has been plagued by the infamous Dunbar
  21. Cornish heritage at risk - A look at the 2023 Historic England entries for Cornwall and some of those places mentioned
  22. Coverack to Porthoustock a deadly coastline - Small fishing villages, beautiful scenery, dangerous coastline, death on the rocks
  23. Some eminent Truronian buildings - Grand buildings from the seventeen to twentieth centuries grace Truro's streets.
  24. Debating Cornish People - Students debate Cornish people they believe deserve greater recognition, perhaps beyond Cornwall.
  25. For the love of Cornwall - Reviewing 'A Cornish Chorus' uplifting poems, prose and descriptions published in 1948 (Download)
  26. Reviewing Ertach Kernow 2023 - A look at the wide range of Cornish historic, cultural and environmental topics covered in 2023

January to June 2024

  1. Continuing early travels in Cornwall - Considering early travellers and writers to Cornwall from the 15th century
  2. Visiting Land's End - The development of Land's End from some of its earliest visitors and as a tourist destination
  3. Tragedy at Wheal Owles - Human tragedy and death in Cornish mining this looks at at Wheal Owles and the 1893 disaster
  4. Beautiful Historic Calstock - An overview of this lovely largely rural parish on the Tamar from its earliest days
  5. Glynn Valley engineering feats - The still beautiful Glynn Valley, a look at some man made changes throughout the ages 
  6. The Roscarrock's of Roscarrock - A historic farmstead giving its name to a longstanding Cornish family
  7. Origins of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall - The men who began it and the society's aims and development
  8. Celia Fiennes goodbye to Cornwall - The final part of Celia's journey around Cornwall in 1698
  9. Perranzabuloe, St Piran’s three churches - Some 1400 years of St Piran church history in Perranzabuloe, oratory to parish church
  10. Limekilns a Cornish industrial legacy - A numerous remnant of 18th & 19th century Cornish industrial heritage
  11. Ancient Cathedral of Cornwall - Rev John Whitaker included much historic information in his book published in 1804
  12. Cornish historic coastal defences under spotlight - Looking at defences around the coastline from medieval to early 20th century
  13. Travelling Cornwall's beautiful Atlantic Highway - The nearby towns, villages, monuments and historical sights along this route
  14. Grampound a rotten borough made good - An important borough town's decline into a rotten borough has risen again, made good
  15. Granite the heart of Cornish heritage - Much of Cornwall's historic, cultural & environmental heritage is based on Cornish granite

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