Cat No.: GB0288:
Lake's Parochial History of Cornwall by Joseph Polsue published between 1868 and 1872 is the classic history book of the Cornish parishes. It starts from the manuscript writings of Hals and Tonkin, but expands out to four thick volumes packed with the minutiae of parish life over the centuries.
It is very much parish based rather than a county history so some events which would otherwise be missed in the broad sweep of history are covered in fine detail here.
There are local customs such as the children of St. Ives dancing around the monument erected by John Knill esq. There are detailed descriptions of the churches (and what the author thought of the architect). Many inscriptions from the memorials are quoted in full, some of which do not survive today and there are the strange pre-historic houses that the Vicar of St. Just found on the edge of his parish that you can still visit.
Important parishes such as Launceston St. Mary Magdalene get many pages of treatment because much has happened there over the years, but humble parishes such as Morvah are not neglected and the author finds something of interest to say about each in turn.
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