Egloshayle – born in the workhouse

Egloshayle in the nineteenth century was a predominantly rural parish although including the bit of Wadebridge that spilled over the bridge from St Breock. Nevertheless, the 14 children from Egloshayle who appear in our database could claim rather more diverse family backgrounds than the bog-standard rural parish. There were a couple whose fathers were the … Continue reading Egloshayle – born in the workhouse

Miner’s cottage, manor house and famous neighbours

As the examples in the previous blog showed, some of the children in our Victorian Lives database did not move far beyond the confines of the district in which they grew up. Others, for a variety of reasons, broke away and by the time they were 40 their childhood landscapes were just fond memories (or … Continue reading Miner’s cottage, manor house and famous neighbours

Davidstow: free will or predestination?

For many men in Victorian Cornwall freewill must have been a remote concept. With predictable regularity son followed father into the father’s occupation, generation after generation. Social mobility may have been an alien idea for the vast majority but some men broke the bonds and switched jobs.  But who? William Francis Burnard grew up in … Continue reading Davidstow: free will or predestination?