I’ve been ‘watching’ the rugby over this gloomy weekend and at the same time, I have read almost all of a fascinating new book, “Cornwall Herstory” a collection of stories of Cornish women in history, edited by Lesley Trotter, a friend from choir. It is utterly compelling and I am loving it.
The following picture came my way last week for International Women’s Day and seems right for today too.
And this one is always good to share.
Sorry, don’t know the designer here. Do tell me if you do.
Yesterday I described the journey to St Kew. We were going there on a mission! I have recently bought a delightful little book called “Cornish Curiosities” by Margaret Caine and Alan Gorton and aim to visit as many as we can. We started with a board in St James the Great Church in St Kew where there are Rules for Bell-ringers dating back to 1783. I love the words but even more I love the little drawings of the fat-bottomed bell-ringers. The whole Church and its Churchyard were fascinating, the church having been built in the 15th century on the site of a Chapel belonging to a monastery dating back to the 6th Century! It is well worth a visit should you ever be in the area. Click on any photo for more detail and the captions.
St James the Great Church in St Kew, North Cornwall
The board but sunlight masks the bell-ringers
The funny little bell-ringers
Looking towards the rood screen
The beautiful wagon roof with carved bosses and angels
One of the many carved angels
cCrved stone tomb marker
Window in one of the side Chapels
Detail of that window
Stocks kept in the Church
The rood screen from the altar
Tomb stone to the Treffry Family family who lost four babies aged between 9 weeks and 1 year 24 weeks. The stone tells us the dates of their burials, 1795, 1798, 1804 and 1806 and the parents themselves, John in 1808 and Anne in 1809
Cornish Curiosities – the book that sent us off on this journey.
1 The Cornish Studies Library in Redruth houses the The Tregellas Tapestries which show the story of Cornwall from prehistory to modern day, in many beautiful tapestries. These are just two of them. There are 56 more of them and I love going to see them as we did this morning. I wish I could have been part of the project!
Another of the tapestries
“Known as Redruth’s hidden treasure, the Tregellas Tapestries are a collection of panels of artwork depicting the story of Cornwall in a unique modern tapestry. The word tapestry perhaps doesn’t quite convey how extensive the piece of art is: in short it is a breathtaking work of embroidery, created with appliqué, collage, paint, wool, silks, metal, cork and wood under the direction of Cornish Bard Rita Tregellas Pope, and two designers Joanne Tucker and Anne Corey. The tapestry was created to advance knowledge of Cornwall’s cultural heritage and showcase Cornish history, pre-history, legends industries and activities. The work took three years to complete and has been on display since 2001.”
2 There is still colour in the garden, lots of Kashmir Lilies and just a few nasturtiums and a couple of dahlias.
3 A very good friend dropped in this afternoon and we spent a happy hour catching up on each other’s news – lovely!