What did you learn from your Grandad?


What do you remember from being a 5 year old child? In my case it's mostly about gardening with my grandad, a Cornish miner who migrated to Cumbria where I was born. He had an allotment garden, about 400 yards from his house in Haverigg where he mostly grew vegetables, especially onions, as did most … Continue reading What did you learn from your Grandad?

Industrial Rides: A Cornish tin mine ….. “crushing suffocation”!


My great grandfather, William Waters, was born in 1841, and by the time of the Census 1851 he was 9 years old and working in a Cornish tin mine alongside his father, Joseph. When the 1891 census was taken he was 49 years old and working in a Cumbrian iron ore mine with his son, … Continue reading Industrial Rides: A Cornish tin mine ….. “crushing suffocation”!

Imaginative Ancestry: A day in the life of a Bal Maiden.


"My name is Sophia. I am 15 years old. I am one of 4 children, with two brothers age 10 and 7 and a sister who is 4. Our father is a miner at the local mine, and I am very proud to work with him at the mine too. I am a Bal Maiden … Continue reading Imaginative Ancestry: A day in the life of a Bal Maiden.

Postcard from Cornwall: #1 St Agnes…. ancestors and Poldark


"Pasties & Places"It took 4 hours to drive from our Cotswolds home to the Newquay area yesterday, only 208 miles but lots of comfort breaks! First stop on this GenTravelling holiday was St Agnes, the small village on the West Cornwall coast, famed for its tin mines and expert miners, made famous by the Poldark … Continue reading Postcard from Cornwall: #1 St Agnes…. ancestors and Poldark

Family History: GenTravelling around Cornwall.


As this post is published we will be travelling into deepest Cornwall, not on a tourist jaunt, but as “Gentravellers” exploring five generations of the Waters family, Dr B’s maternal ancestors. In one week we have five questions to answer: Between 1783 and 1881 what caused the family to move from Gwennap to Goonvrea to … Continue reading Family History: GenTravelling around Cornwall.