St Eval: a Scottish sojourn and some sad deaths

In 1938 St Eval's churchtown was demolished to make way for an airfield as part of the re-armament programme. The church was left intact and used as a navigational aid. The airfield closed in 1959 but the church remains. Of the 12 children in our database who were living in the parishes of St Ervan … Continue reading St Eval: a Scottish sojourn and some sad deaths

St Ervan: farriers, farming and traffic

The two neighbouring farming parishes of St Ervan and St Eval north of St Columb managed to avoid the trouble and turmoil that periodically scorched through Cornish rural parishes dependent on mining. Nonetheless, their populations slowly drifted downwards in the 1800s, the exodus gaining force in the final decades of the century as farmers reduced … Continue reading St Ervan: farriers, farming and traffic

St Erme: two-stage migration

Now hosting one of Truro’s commuter villages, St Erme was a rural parish in the 1800s. Although a mainly farming parish it provides us with a classic example of two-stage migration. This involved moving first to an industrial region of northern England or Wales before then departing overseas. The process of two-stage, or indirect, emigration … Continue reading St Erme: two-stage migration

St Dennis: occupational change and a family mystery

St Dennis in mid-Cornwall was a parish undergoing major economic change in the Victorian era. In the early 1800s it was an upland parish where the locals survived from farming its unproductive soils, supplemented by tin streaming. However, the search for china clay transformed the fortunes of the parish and the occupations of its people. … Continue reading St Dennis: occupational change and a family mystery