Postcard from Cornwall: #3 Pasties ahoy!


After three days of trying to find the best, and only the best, shop for Cornish Pasties, we settled on Rowe's in Truro .... World Champion Pasty Makers! Gluten free to order too. So .... here's the sequence: The Shop. The Goods. The Order. The Delivery. The Souvenir. The Postcard. Tomorrow? Truro the place!

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Postcard from Cornwall: #2 Lands End and Geevor Tin Mine


"Still No Pasties!"Two visits across a long day yesterday in which we had rain, sunshine, and stormy winds! We also had two very different experiences, one lasted 20 mins and was a disappointing rip-off, the other lasted 3 hours and was an enlightening experience! The latter will feature in a subsequent post. Maybe you know … Continue reading Postcard from Cornwall: #2 Lands End and Geevor Tin Mine

Postcard from Cornwall: #1 St Agnes…. ancestors and Poldark


"Pasties & Places"It took 4 hours to drive from our Cotswolds home to the Newquay area yesterday, only 208 miles but lots of comfort breaks! First stop on this GenTravelling holiday was St Agnes, the small village on the West Cornwall coast, famed for its tin mines and expert miners, made famous by the Poldark … Continue reading Postcard from Cornwall: #1 St Agnes…. ancestors and Poldark

Family History: GenTravelling around Cornwall.


As this post is published we will be travelling into deepest Cornwall, not on a tourist jaunt, but as “Gentravellers” exploring five generations of the Waters family, Dr B’s maternal ancestors. In one week we have five questions to answer: Between 1783 and 1881 what caused the family to move from Gwennap to Goonvrea to … Continue reading Family History: GenTravelling around Cornwall.

Imaginative Ancestry #5: A PEST in Cobbett’s England!


Imaginative ancestry means creating a picture in your mind’s eye of the conditions in which your ancestors, or a particular group of them, lived. But you won’t create this picture by looking at birth certificates, probate documents, old photographs, newspaper clippings; you need to get in amongst the historical context of the decade, century, era … Continue reading Imaginative Ancestry #5: A PEST in Cobbett’s England!