Have just discovered this most interesting site. Re John Couch Adams: The entry on him is very good, apart from his being described as an 'Astrologer'. He was a very distinguished Mathematician and Astronomer. The photograph of Lidcott Farm is better than one I found in an old textbook. I have been researching John Couch Adams for a talk I am giving about him and the discovery of Neptune to Plymouth Astronomical Society. May I use this, with acknowledgment to this site, in my talk next Friday, October 11th? Many thanks.
At the bottom of your website are two old photos by F.W.Crudass from the demolition of the North Cornwall Railway. In my research I have discovered that the line was lifted southwards towards Wadebridge as the Fairly new concrete sleepered track at Halwill was removed first. Mr Crudass's photos suggest by their dates that it was lifted in the north direction.
Launceston Mayors Correction to previous post in May Thomas Hicks Hext mayor of Dunheved/Launceston 1535, 1558 and 1575 ,1581-82, 1589-90 his son Digory Hicks was Mayor 1599-1600 married the daughter of Jane Stone nee Callard ,his father's 2nd wife. Digory & Anne Stone had 2 children , his daughter Jane married Andrew Pomeroy in St Kew in 1601 - they lived at Collaton Manor in Newton Ferrers close by Plymouth and she died in 1610 having had 7 children NORTH PETHERWIN a small rural community which suffered an outbreak of an un-named and virulent disease in 1686 - probably NOT the plague - more likely a disease such as Typhoid or Cholera .
I did some research into Thomas Hext , several time Mayor of Launceston , father of Digory, George, and Thomas, a successful and wealthy merchant was tenant of the lands of Launceston priory, of which the borough of Newport formed a part, was an alderman and Mayor five times. In 1535, 1555 , 1575-76 , 1581-82 and 1589-90. He was mayor in 1555 when the town was granted its new charter. In 1588 his name appears on the list of gentlemen who were called upon to provide the Crown with money at the time of the Spanish Armada - "March 27, 1588 - £25." He built several houses in the centre of the town. His grandaughter Jane married Andrew Pomeroy of Collaton Manor in Newton Ferrers . https://sites.google.com/site/pomeroytwig/spouses-other-people/hext feel free to use anything on my page . If you find something I haven't I'd love to hear about it !
Your site is a very happy discovery for me, directed by a friend who has been doing some family history. In particular she told me of the Napoleonic Wars page with its links between local girls and French prisoners of war, where I was thrilled to find notice of the marriage of a relative of mine in 1808, to a French officer 'on parole'. Later this week I will look out a letter which I have from this lady to her mother when she was a wife and mother in France. At last I know the context of this rather touching letter. She was a French Lieutenant's Woman!
Guys join our Launceston Then Facebook page ..its awsome ..my fave on Fscebook .
Thank you for a fascinating account of suffragette activity in Launceston and surrounding area. I've written an account of the suffragettes in North Devon and will shortly be giving an illustrated talk on suffrage in Cornwall. May I have permission to use the information and images on your site in the talk?
I have photogarphs of the inside of Buttern Hill mine, but they aren't very good
Well done on the mine history, you have done a lot of research for this. If I have any more photos, I will send them to you.
Just found your page about Second World War deaths and noticed you have my mum Gladys Mary Heaney nee Plummer listed as the mother of James Heaney who was gassed aboard ship 1943. She was his wife not his mother. He is buried in Upton Cross I hope you can correct this error, Many Thanks
Hello,can you help how do I get pictures and history about colliford lake before it was a reservoir please?
I just want to say I think your site is marvellous. There is no stone left unturned. I just started doing my ancestry and I am a descendant of the Mason from in and around this area. I love being able to get visions of what life was like and of nowadays. SO a huge thank you.
Very in depth piece on John Couch Adams. I am a co founder of the recently formed Lanivet amateur astronomers and also together with the other two co founders we go into Lanivet Primary School and do an astronomy after school club once a week. Tomorrow we are covering Uranus and Neptune. The John Couch Adams page has been posted on our Facebook page. One request please? The article could do with a proof read as there are some spelling and grammatical mistakes in the piece.
What facinating information Roger! I learned so much here - especially that Lanson had a workhouse! Sad but compelling nonetheless! Thank you.
I am a descendant of the Prockter Family. My great grandmother was Annie Prockter. I have some large portraits of her ancesters, I think they may be James Eckley Prockter and Richard Edgecombe Prockter. I do not know who the other s are but assume brothers of afore mentioned. If anyone has any information about this family, I would be most grateful to receive it. My great grandmothers brother was Mayor of Launceston.