The Man Who Photographed the Miners: J. C. Burrow in Cornwall and Wales

Part two. Who was the man who photographed the miners? How did he do it? What risks did he take? Didn’t he always operate in Cornwall? Read the story behind the stunning photographs of Cornish and Welsh mining in the 1800s, by John Charles Burrow…

Paul Rabey and The Foreign Girls’ Protection Society: They Died With Their Shoes On, Part Five

A sinister and extraordinary post…Victorian Cornwall’s most notorious con-artist and Victorian London’s dark underworld…an unpleasant conclusion to this series…

Paul Rabey and the Bristol Con: They Died With Their Shoes On, Part Four

Sham mines in Perranporth, Bristol men with more cash than sense, acts of vengeance, court hearings, valueless shares, forgery, suspect bank accounts, mountains of dirty money and, in the midst of it all, Cornwall’s most infamous con artist!

They Died With Their Shoes On: The Career of Paul Rabey the Younger, Part One

The first in a five-part series. Paul Rabey was a cunning and malevolent Victorian con-man who made, and lost, a fortune selling fraudulent mining shares to unsuspecting businessmen. In his day, he was notorious…

Sister Helen and Saint Barnabas

Sister Helen Phillipps-Treby was Head Nurse and General Manager of St Barnabas Hospital, Saltash, from 1896 to 1951. The span of her career covered some momentous changes in nursing and society, and the way nursing was viewed by this rapidly changing society. The story of Sister Helen is also the story of the early years of St Barnabas Hospital…