Forrabury: a tale of migrating blacksmiths

Forrabury in the nineteenth century was a small parish which supplied just three entries for our database. Two thirds of parishioners lived in the village of Boscastle, which it shared with the slightly bigger parish of Minster. On the clifftop near Boscastle is Forrabury Stitches, a surviving open field. Similar open fields would have been … Continue reading Forrabury: a tale of migrating blacksmiths

Feock’s hidden past

Feock is now one of Cornwall’s posher parishes, with more than its fair share of upmarket housing, retirees and Truro commuters. It wasn’t always so. In 1861 a range of more proletarian occupations were represented in the parish. These included the familiar farmers, agricultural labourers, miners, mariners and shipwrights - with none of these groups … Continue reading Feock’s hidden past


Given its maritime connections, it’s not surprising that, in the 1800s Falmouth and its neighbouring villages was a shipbuilding location. Yet before the 1850s, in the days of sail, most shipbuilding operations in the Fal estuary were relatively small scale. In Falmouth itself they were located mainly in the area between the present-day Maritime Museum … Continue reading Shipwrights

Port Isaac: of medical men and myths

Doc Martin: working hard to reproduce stereotypes of Cornwall and sell second homes Ask people what they know about the village of Port Isaac on Cornwall’s north coast in Endellion parish and they’re likely to respond with ‘Doc Martin’. This apparently endless series about a lugubrious doctor in a ‘sleepy’ Cornish fishing village is a … Continue reading Port Isaac: of medical men and myths