Commotion Time: Pool, June 4, 1847: The Cornish Food Riots, Part Three

Reading time: 15 minutes Redruth first?1 It may just have been taproom gossip that reached the wrong ears, but by Wednesday June 2, the authorities in Redruth knew trouble was headed their way. Soon. The town’s principal market day was that Friday, the 4th, and two local magistrates, John Penberthy Magor of Penventon House2, andContinue reading “Commotion Time: Pool, June 4, 1847: The Cornish Food Riots, Part Three”

Rise of the Miners: The Food Riots of 1847, Part Two

Reading time: 20 minutes …Compell them to sell their corn…at a fair and reasonable Price…march one and all with determined Hearts and Hands to have redress – or vengeance… Anonymous handbill advertising a march for food, Stratton, 1795. From John Rule, Cornish Cases, Clio, 2006, p50. No miners’ handbills from 1847 have survived Cornwall, May-JuneContinue reading “Rise of the Miners: The Food Riots of 1847, Part Two”

The Cornish Food Riots of 1847: Background and Context

Reading time: 15 minutes In consequence, however, of the failure of the potato crop, prices had gone up beyond their expectation. Report of the Annual Meeting of the Wadebridge Farmers’ Club, Royal Cornwall Gazette, 25 December 1846, p1 The history of Cornwall in the 18th and 19th centuries was punctuated by rioting, for various reasons.Continue reading “The Cornish Food Riots of 1847: Background and Context”

The Notorious Beatrice Small, Fortune Teller

Reading time: 30 minutes Costermongers, hawkers, and pedlars, a class of workers who live from hand to mouth more than those of any other class… Jack London, The People of the Abyss, 1902, p265 …it is feared…any probable mischief in the increase of hawkers which may arise from the abolition of hawkers’ licenses… Cornubian andContinue reading “The Notorious Beatrice Small, Fortune Teller”

Sister Helen and Saint Barnabas

Reading time: 1 hour Would to God that every district in the land had its cottage hospital, where the suffering poor could receive the best medical skill and nursing. Rev. Canon Bush, dedicatory service to St Barnabas Hospital, reported in the Western Morning News, 12 December 1888, p5. St Barnabas (“Son of Consolation”) Cottage HospitalContinue reading “Sister Helen and Saint Barnabas”

In Search of An Gof, Conclusion: An Gof Today?

Reading time: 15 minutes Before summarising, some perspective is needed. I realise that I might have made Mebyon Kernow, the Cornish Nationalist Party and other pro-Cornish organisations out to be little more than defenders of a long-dead rebel, which of course is not the case. Both are popular political parties, with very definite aims andContinue reading “In Search of An Gof, Conclusion: An Gof Today?”

In Search of An Gof, part three: The Two An Gofs

Reading time: 25 minutes Michael Joseph An Gof, beetle-browed, muscled, intent, one leg flexed defiantly upon the symbol of his profession. His left arm raised aloft, either in a form of greeting, salute, or of beckoning: gather here. Beside him, with his hand upon Michael Joseph’s shoulder in a gesture of camaraderie, is Thomas Flamank.Continue reading “In Search of An Gof, part three: The Two An Gofs”

In Search of An Gof, part two: Person or Persons Unknown

Reading time: 30 minutes 1. The St Austell bombing (Unless otherwise stated, the main text here is from the West Briton Argus, December 8, 1980, p1, and the West Briton, December 11, 1980, p1.) An Gof or, more precisely, The An Gof 1980 Movement, made its appearance at around 9:35pm on Sunday, December 7, 1980.Continue reading “In Search of An Gof, part two: Person or Persons Unknown”

In Search of An Gof: Cornish Extremism, 1980-1990, and Beyond

Introductory Post Reading time: 10 minutes An Gof was seemingly everywhere in 1980s Camborne, when I was growing up. I’m not, obviously, referring to the historical figure of Michael Joseph An Gof – who we shall touch on later – or local historical societies holding public meetings devoted to the events of his life, orContinue reading “In Search of An Gof: Cornish Extremism, 1980-1990, and Beyond”

Murder, Debt, Riot: Richard Holloway, Redruth Solicitor

Reading time: 50 minutes Mr Holloway, the solicitor, in the prosecution of the prisoners Bawden, had to make his escape from the mob at the conclusion of the case, and had to run over a garden and climb a wall. ~ The Cornish Telegraph, October 15, 1873, p2 He must have been terrified. He’d beenContinue reading “Murder, Debt, Riot: Richard Holloway, Redruth Solicitor”