Linkinhorne (Cornish Lanngynhorn) is a civil parish and village in southeast Cornwall, lying approximately four miles northwest of Callington and seven miles south of Launceston. The proper name of this parish is Lankinhorne, which signifies” a church of iron,” or as Bannister states,” the church in the corner.” In the Chantry Rolls the name is Lankynhorne. Linkinborne, however, is most probably derived from Llan Tighern ‘the church of the king’, that is, of St. Melor or Milorus, to whom it is dedicated.
As well as Linkinhorne itself, other settlements in the parish include Bray Shop, Caradon Town, Downgate, Henwood, Ley Mill, Minions, Plushabridge, Rilla Mill and Upton Cross. The area is bordered by the River Inny in the north-east and Bodmin Moor to the west. The valley of the River Lynher runs through the parish. .
This parish rests on granite, forming high and barren hills, the sides and summits of which are covered with immense boulders and tons of granite which once furnished employment for a great number of stone-cutters. As a mining district, the western part of this parish is similar to St Cleer to which it adjoins. Tin mining and streaming was being worked here from the mid-17th century. The Phoenix and West Phoenix mines are 3 miles west of the village of Minions and 6 north of Liskeard. The mine was first worked under the name Wheal Prosper in the 1836 when it was part of Cornwall Great United Mines. This venture was unsuccessful, but later exploration found ore in quantity. Between 1848 and 1889 Phoenix United had produced 84,538 tons of copper and between 1853-1898 15,996 tons of tin. The famous Cheesewring Quarry was started in 1845 although Granite working on the moor had been established for centuries previously. The quarry produced the stone setts for the Liskeard and Caradon Railway. All major working in the quarry faded away during the early part of the 20th Century.
Linkinhorne parish is within the Deanery and Hundred of East and is bounded on the north by North Hill and Lezant, on the east by Stoke Climsland and South Hill, on the south and west by St. Ive and St. Cleer. The name Linkinhorne means church site (Lann) of Kenhoarn. In the Domesday Book, the manor is referred to as Resleston (town by the ford) (Rillaton). This manor was once the head manor of the Hundred of East and one of the 17 Antiqua maneria of the Duchy of Cornwall. At Darley Farm ( ( Darleyford Cornish: Rys Dowr Legh, meaning ford of the rock slab river) is the Darley Oak which is believed to be over a thousand years old and has a circumference of 36 feet.
In medieval times there were chapels at Trefrize and Caradon. Also in the parish are the Holy Well of St Melor; a 15th-century bridge over the Lynher at Plushabridge; and near Minions the Rillaton round barrow (in which Bronze Age grave goods, including a gold beaker, were discovered in 1837). Rillaton Barrow was excavated in 1837 and found to contain a centrally-placed inhumation beneath the 25m wide barrow. The burial had been placed in a stone cist measuring 2m by almost 1m. Human remains were found along with grave goods including the Rillaton Gold Cup, a bronze dagger, beads, pottery, glass and other items.
The remarkable pile of stones called the Cheesewring, or Wringcheese- so-called because they rest upon each other cheese fashion – is situated on the common called Stowes. They comprise a large mass of granite rock of 22 feet high. These stones overhang their base so much that the wonder is how they sustain their position. This place is an object of great interest to the tourist, and is a natural curiosity. The stones, 10 in number, are at the broadest place on the top about 34 f t in diameter, and the narrowest part of the base about 17 feet. Within a mile to the northward of the Cheesewring stands another extraordinary assemblage of rocks, termed- from their conical arrangement- Sharp Point Tor. Its elevation is 1200 feet above the sea, and the panoramic scenery is very, fine. This with Kilmar is the highest points in the district of East Cornwall. At the top of Stowes near the Cheesewring is a level place, about three-quarters of an acre of land enclosed with a stone hedge, supposed to be once very strong, It was the Manor Pound to impound goods in the manor of Rillaton ; and is called Stow’s Pound to this day.
The Hurlers are a group of three stone circles near Minions (below) ranging in diameter from 108 feet to 140 feet, and dating from about 1500 BC. Legend has it that St. Cleer found some local men playing hurling on a Sunday, and refusing St Cleer’s demands that they stop playing and go to church. St Cleer was so angered by their refusal, that he turned them to stone to play hurling forever on the Moor. Their original purpose was probably something to do with the druids.
St. Melor Church
The mother church of the parish is that of St Melor at Linkinhorne. The church is built of granite and dates from the 15th century. The tower is 120 ft high and is buttressed on the square, and is finished with battlements, battlemented turrets and crocketed pinnacles. There are six bells which were cast in 1805 by the Penningtons of Stoke Climsland. The interesting features of the church include a medieval altar slab, the 13th century font and 15th century wall paintings. The north aisle and lofty tower are said to have been built at the expense of Sir Henry Trecarrel. The church comprises a chancel, nave and north and south aisles. The arcades each comprise five four-centred arches of granite, supported on monolith pillars of the same material. At the west end of the church the arcades are banded together with iron bars on which stands the date 1786. The tower arch, which is well-proportioned and moulded, is blocked. The church was given to Launceston Priory by Reginald Fitz-Henry, Earl of Cornwall, the natural son of Henry I; the gift was confirmed in a charter from King John in 1199 and by another from Henry III in 1288. The rood stairs remain in the north wall. The Font has a square basin, supported on a central pillar with smaller ones at the corners, and is probably Norman. An ancient altar stone, incised with crosses, has been laid in the vestry floor since April 14th, 1891. The chalice, with cover, dates from 1572, and the paten from 1735. The register dates from the year 1576. The church was restored, April 14th, 1891, at a cost of £ 1 ,2 14 during the vicarage of the Rev.W . H. Poland. During the restoration wall paintings were revealed in the south aisle showing the Seven Corporeal Works of Mercy with Christ under a canopy and fragments of what are thought to be the Seven Deadly Sins.
The following description of the church was copied from the church Register :-
“The Church was dedicated to St. Mel0r, Mellor, Milor, Miller, Milorus, said to be the son of Melianus, Duke of Cornwall, and martyred in A.D. 411. The Font dates from 1280-1290, and there was probably a small Norman Chapel on the site of the present church; as during the restoration in 1891, a small piece of a Norman capital was discovered. The south aisle was probably built about 1370-1390. The nave,1420-1430. The north aisle and tower were built by Sir Henry Trecarrel in 1521 or 1540. The arches were spanned by iron bars to keep them upright in 1786, about which time the church was also probably reseated with, unsightly, square pews. the Tower was releaved in 1622, and subsequently repaired and repointed in 1877. The oldest seats in Tower date back to 1450, some in south aisle early in Seventeenth Century, rest about 1786, pulpit 1786.”
A few hundred yards down the hill from the parish church water seeps out of the ground to form a sacred pool. The well (below), like the church, is dedicated to St Melor, and like the church, the well-head protecting the pool dates to the 15th century. A large niche over the well entrance looks as though it once held a statue of a saint. The well water was traditionally thought to help cure sprained legs in horses. It was also used for baptismal water in church services.
St. Paul Church
In 1885, with the population increasing in the mining villages, the decision was taken to build another church at Upton Cross. The land was donated by the Duchy of Cornwall and the church was designed by Mr Silvanus Trevail of Truro and constructed by Mr Trehane of Liskeard for the sum of £1,525. At the same time the Sunday School building was constructed for just over £200 and was designed to accommodate about 70 or 80 scholars. The Board School, which was finished before the Church was designed by the same architect! The church was designed for a congregation of around 200 and has a nave 50 feet long by 21 feet, with a chancel 22 feet by 16 feet with an apsidal end. A graceful granite arch divides the chancel from the nave and the woodwork of the roof is open with arch ribbed principals. A western bell cote was built containing one bell. Hot air heating was installed when the church was built. St Paul’s church was consecrated on the 2nd May 1887.
The following Non-Conformist Chapels were active in the parish:
Minions. The chapel was built in 1864 and it closed in 1980; it is now a private dwelling.
Henwood. This chapel was built 1855 and closed in 1980. It is now a private dwelling.
Higher Stanbear. (Bible Christian). There is no further information available. The building has been demolished.
Upton Cross. (Wesleyan Methodist), was built 1864 and closed early 1980s; it is now in use as a storeroom.
Lanhargy. (Wesleyan Methodist). The present chapel was built in 1911 to replace an earlier building from 1802. The building is now semi-derelict. There is a burial ground attached.
Caradon. (United Methodist Free Church). This chapel was in use until the late 1920s and was then demolished.
Plushabridge. (Plymouth Brethren). The chapel was built at the end of the 19th century and closed down during or after WWII; it is now a private dwelling.
Darley. (United Methodist Free Church). The baptism registers date from 1837 to 1907. It was no longer a chapel in the 1960s and in the 1970s was converted to a dwelling. There are some monumental stones still in existence.
Rilla Mill. (Wesleyan Methodist). The present chapel was built in 1846 and is still in use today; there is an adjacent burial ground.
Bray Shop. (Bible Christian). This chapel is still in use at the beginning of the 21st century, and has a small burial ground attached.
The following is taken from the 1900 Vennings directory.
Methodism was first introduced into this parish in the year 1767, when the first Methodist sermon. was preached by Mr. Cotty, in the house of Mr. John Nicolls, farmer, Trelabe. For a long time the congregation did not exceed 14, being chiefly the members of Mr. Nicolls’ family and servants. A Society Class was formed, which met every Sunday in the kitchen. George Brimmell, a labourer on the farm, was the leader, and was a very devoted man. Shortly after Mr. and Mrs. John Body, who were both converted in early life, joined the Methodist Society at Trelabe. Here it was, too, that Thomas Denner was converted when 60 years of age, who lived at Frogwell , Callington, and gave the little estate there containing a house and 6 acres of land to the Methodist Connexion, an account of which is given in connection with the introduction of Methodism into the Callington Circuit. He commenced to attend preaching services at Trelabe five miles from his home, and afterwards opened his house at Frogwell to the Methodist preachers.
The appointment of Adam Clarke–who afterwards became L L.D.-to the Dock Circuit in 1785, being the 2nd year of its existence, was an important event, not only in the history of Methodism in the North Hill circuit, but als0 the Methodist Connexion at large. He was only 21 years of age, and very juvenile in appearance, but his marvellous intellectual abilities were soon recognized. His popularity became established throughout the district, and his labours were abundantly owned
of God; conversions were numerous and the Church was strengthened. It was during his residence in this Circuit that Adam Clarke revoked a vow he had made three years before; which was never to meddle with Latin or Greek as long as he lived. He here learnt that such a vow was sinful, and began with renewed purpose his classical studies, and laid the foundation of knowledge amidst the constant itinerating work of the Dock Circuit, that afterward made him the renowned Linguist and Commentator.
In 1785 when Adam Clarke was on his way from Liskeard to Launceston, at Botternell, he met a farmer called John Nile, and obtained his consent to preach in his house. The neighbours were called in, and as a result souls were saved and a Society formed. Nile himself was not converted at that service, but was so deeply wrought upon, that sleep departed from him. He arose from his bed and walked over his farm during the night, and prayed the Lord to forgive his sins. Presently he approached the turnip field, and there he saw a figure stooping down on the ground. He watched a moment and then discovered it was a man stealing his turnips, and putting them in a sack. Mounting the hedge he cried; “Hallo there! what are ee about?” The man perceiving that he was caught, cried out” Oh maaster! do ee forgive me; forgive me this once, maaster .” “Forgive ee!” Said Nile drawing near to the man,”Why that’s what I want the Lord to do for me, I want the Lord to forgive me, and I must forgive thee.” In that moment he obtained the blessing. He forgave his brother and his Heavenly Father also forgave him. Then said he, lifting up the sack on the man’s head, “Take the turnips and go home with mun, but dont ee steal any more. If ee want any again come to me, and I’ll give mun to ee.” John Nile’s house was always open to the Methodist Preachers, and henceforth Butternell appeared on the Dock Plan as a preaching place. Services were held once a fortnight on the Sunday afternoon, and the members met in Class on Sunday morning, under the leadership of George Brimmell, of Trelabe.
During the same year, Adam Clarke again visited Botternell and preached. One in the congregation experienced the deliverance the preacher described. His name was Thomas Jasper, of Tremollet; who afterwards took a leading part in Methodism at North Hill. Adam Clarke paid a third visit to Botternell, and again had fruit to his labours. This time William Downing, of Lynher in North Hill, became a Methodist. Not long after, he went out into the field to catch the horse, but the animal eluded his grasp. Suddenly tempted he swore at the horse, when it immediately stood still and was captured, but William Downing’s conscience began to condemn him. He remained away from Class. His leader missed him, sought him out, and asked the reason of his absence from the” Mittins.” William was silent. ” What
have ee done? Swore at the horse have ee?” “Yes” faltered the young man. “Well,” said his faithful adviser” if you have sworn at the horse, don’t ee lie there in the dust, get up and run again.” He did so and -from that hour he never faltered in the way. ” Uncle Will Downing ” as he was afterwards called, became the leader of the Botternell Society when George Brimmell died, and held that post for 50 years. His religious experience was of a high character. He loved the Methodist preachers, and his house at Lynher, North Hill, was the preachers’ home. As his end was approaching he would say ” I’m not out of gunshot of the enemy, but the world is under my feet, and it is no more to me than colours to a blind man,” and would often repeat the lines :-
” Here as in the lion’s den,
Undevoured I still remain ;
Pasing through the watery flood ,
Hanging on the arm of God.”
Uncle Will Downing thus passed away at a ripe old age, having been a Methodist for nearly 70 years.
Rilla Mill Chapel
It was in the year 1810 the first Wesleyan Chapel at Rilla Mill in this parish, was opened. Class and Prayer Meetings were previously held at the house of a man named Sanders, on the other side of the bridge. He was a member and opened his house to the Society. The Leader of the Class at Rilla Mill was Richard Dingley, of Netherton or Knighton, who took a prominent part in the erection of the new Chapel At first services were conducted here once a month, on Sunday afternoon and
evening. The Minister- or Rounder, as he was called- came on the week-night. In 1846 the new Chapel with schoolroom, chapel-keeper’s house, coachhouse and stable were erected, and on account of the influx of people into the neighbourhood through the Phoenix, South Caradon and other mines being in full work, this Chapel was enlarged in 1866, by adding two wings, making it T shape. It is a substantial structure, comprising an apsidal chancel, east and west transepts and nave. In the nave is, a stone tablet, which is inscribed :-
“Erected in memory of Sampson Jasper, by the members of his classes, assisted by other members of the Society, as a token of their deep respect and affection towards him. He died suddenly, January 23rd, 1858, aged 66 years. Proverbs, 10th chap., 7th v.”
After the Methodist preaching services were discontinued at Trelabe in this parish: by the removal of Mr. J. Nicolls, to Altarnun, they were conducted in a house at Exwell, not far distant, where a Sunday School was begun. Sometime afterwards services were conducted at Lanhargy Farm-house, the residence of Mr. Robert Davey. In 1840 the present Chapel at Lanhargy was built, and 15 years later the Schoolroom was erected. Some years since a piece of land was secured for a
Burial Ground, and a neat and commodious chapel-keeper’s House was erected thereon, at a cost of about ,£200.
Manors of the Parish
In giving the ancient and modern description of the Manors, Bartons, Seats and Estates of this parish, we cannot do better than give extracts from the MS. of W. Harvey on “A History of the Parish of Linkinhorne,” written in 1727, with notes by Joseph Polsue, Surveyor, published in 1876, wherein there is a much more detailed description than we can afford time and space to give. For the loan of this valuable work the Publisher is indebted to the courtesy of the Rev. C. C, C. Bosanquet, and to Mr. W. Gerry, of Henwood. Harvey says:
MANOR OF RILLATON.
” In this parish is the Manor of Rillaton, the most ancient of all manors, and first on the Auditor’s Book of all the Duchy of Cornwall, which duchy contains 17
manors; and is held by surrenders and contains ancient customs; and is the most ancient Duchy in Great Britain, being erected in to a Duchy by the famous King Edward the 3rd, in the year of our Lord 1337 (being now 500 years since), and then conferred on his son Edward the Black Prince, and to his heirs for ever; which said manor of Rillaton contains 13 tenements, 12 of which are in the parish of Linkinhorne, and the other, called Bear, in the Parish of North Hill.”
Polsue in his notes of this manor gives the following :-
” 5 Edward III., 1331 : William Botreaux, steward of Cornwall, was commanded that be Should cause to be delivered to John of Eltam. Earl of Cornwall , with other manors, ‘ the manor of Rellaton with the Pedelary of Istwevelshire’ 11 Edward III., March 17,1337: When Edward the Black Prince was created first Duke of Cornwall,-Rellaton with the Bedelship of Estwyvelshire, and other it appurtenances, were granted to him by the King. 2V Edward I., 1300. At an inquisition made at Restormel before the King” escheator Nov. 30, it was found that Edmund Earl of Cornwall was seized in his demesne, as of fee, the day on which he died, with other manors, the manor of Rellaton with the appurtenance ‘.”·’·Rillaton, 26th day of April, Anno 7. 1333 :- Johanna who was the wife of Walter Clarke, hath taken one messuage sixteen acres of land, in one ferling of land, which the same before held and as yet holds at Henewode, to hold in convention from the feast of St. Michael, next coming. Rent 2s. 6d. (whereof of new increase 6d.) and all other services. Sureties John Clarke. Jeffrey de Rillaton.”
“From the Assession-Roll 5 Henry VI., 1426: Rillaton Lands and tenements remaining in the hands of the lord after the last assession.”
Manor of Carnedon Prior.
The other manor of note in this parish is that of Carnedon Prior, respecting which Harvey wrote :-
“‘Here is also in the parish of Linkinhorne the gratest part of the manor of Carnedon Prior, anciently belonging to the Priory of Launceston, and upon the disolution of the Monastries in the reign of King Henry the 8th, annexed to the ancient Duchy of Cornwall as it still continueth, containing twenty-two tenements, 16 of which are in the parish of Linkinhorne, and 6 in the Parish of North Hill; held of the Duchy by letters patent for lives as of the said manor of Carnedon-Prior are several tenements of gentlemen’s lands held, by paying of certain high rents and doing suit to all the courts of the said manor. This manor did belong to the Priory of St. Stephens by Launceston. In the said parish also is one half of the manor of Climsland-Prior, part of the aforesaid Priory of Launceston and annexed as aforesaid, containing 14 tenements, 7 of which are in the, parish of Linkinhorne, and 7 in the parish of Stoke Climsland, and having everal free tenement of gentlemen’s lands held of it.” ”
Manor of Carnedon-Lier
” In this parish is also the whole Manor of Carneadon-lier, the inheritance of Sir John Trelawny, BaronEt, son and heir of the late deceased Reverend Jonathan, Lord Bishop of Winchester, having several free tenants, who owe certain rents and suits of Court to the said Manor; and these Manors aforesaid may be said to contain the whole parish.”- Harvey, 1727.
This Jonathan Trelawny, Bishop of Winchester, who owned the greatest part of the Manor of Carneadon-lier, was one of the seven bishops sent to the Tower by James II, in 1688. In Domesday Book reference is made to Carnedon as follows:- ” The king holds Carneton: there are five hides, but it pays tax for three hides: the arable land is thirty carucates: of it there is in Domain half a hide; and there are three ploughs, and twenty bond servants,and forty-three villains and seventeen borderers, with seventeen ploughs; there are two acres of meadow, pasture one mile long and the same in breadth, it returns 7 pound (£) by weight.”
The Barton of Trefrize-a very ancient and large Barton-is in this parish, except about 40 acres, which are in the adjoining parish of North Hill. It formerly included the tenements now known as Trefrize, Ashwell, Beaton’s Parks, Trughill, Waygate, Quarry Park, Trefrize Mill, Halwell and Lower Halwell, containing together about 500 acres. Respecting this Barton, Harvey, in 1727, says :-
“HALWELL.-‘Tis very good land, but very subject to brooms. In this close, and in Robert Reed’s part, is a noted consecrated Holy Well, from which the close had the name of Holy Well, now known by the name of Halwell.”
“LOWER HALWELL.-On the North East corner of this Lower Halwell, which is now divided into several closes, is the Chapelyard of a Chapel once there standing, the place where it stood and the ruins of it are yet to be seen ;-there was also a chapel house stood there, and the family of the great Lord Trefry did marry, baptize, and bury there ;-keeping a chaplain in the house. This chapel stood within the space of 100 feet of the aforsaid holywell. the water of which did then run into the said Chapelyard, and the well is still enclosed with a stone wall all the way from the well to the said chapel yard, to keep the beast from defiling and spoiling the said water. That close of ground in which the chapelyard is, is called Chapel park, and will no doubt be so called until time shall be no more. This chapel was about a quarter of a mile from the barton house.”
“THE BARTON tenement, so called, having not above 4 or 5 acres of land, besides the house and town place. There was in the time of the great Lord Trefry very high, large and spacious houses; built of a large freestone supposed to be drawn from the close called Quarry park, where is now to be seen several large quarrys of the same sort of stone. The east wall of the great hall is part of it yet to be seen, of a very great height; with great windows like church windows; by which it may be easily judged that the whole when standing in its greatest glory, was a most famous and spacious fabric. There is yet standing and very firm a very large moorstone oven of near 9 feet in diameter. Near the ruins of the aforesaid great hall there is yet to be seen, both against Beaton’s park and Trughill, next to the aforsaid great highway, hedges of 10 or 12 feet in breadth, on which in the flourishing time of tbe family, there were walks on the top of them, with pared hedges on both sides; the whole length against the said two closes being about a quarter of a mile in length, on which the gentry of the family did use to walk for recreation, to take the air and enquire news of travellers and market people, and refresh themselves; – it being but a small walk from the barton house.”
“This Barton is reported to contain 500 acres of land; and the manor lying in the Parishes of Lewannick 6 tenements, North Hill 8 tenements, and Linkinhorne 6 tenements,-reported to be 500 acres more; besides many free tenants. How this barton and manor descended from the Lord Trefry and his family to Sir Henry Trecarrell,-whether by marriage or otherwise, I know not;- which said Sir Henry Trecarrell was the last that was in sole possession of the whole barton and manor, which after his time was divided into three equal parts.”
The site of the ruin of the great house and chapel referred to by Harvey as being built by Lord Trefry, now belongs to Mrs. Steven, of Trefrize, and the Holy Well is on land belonging to Mrs. Youlden (both owners in 1900).
Browda has been in the possession of the Kittows for several hundred years. In 1602 th present house was built by Richard Kittow. ancestor of the late Thomas Kittow, who was purser of the well known South Caradon mine for more than 40 years, and died December 31st, 1886, in his 101st year. After his death this estate came to his grand nephew, John Kittow. The date 1602 with the initial R.E. may still be seen on the carved wainscoting of the hall. Ancient pieces of plate bearing his initials and the dates are still preserved. The porch, hall and dining-room are the only parts remaining of the 1602 building. After an uninterrupted possession for many generations this estate was carried in marriage by an heiress to the Congdons, who held it for a short period, when it again lapsed to the heirs of the original proprietors, the Kittows.
Polsue in his notes on Linkinhorne says of Browda:-
“In one of the fields called Round-a-Berry, or Round Berry, are the well defined remains of an ancient earthwork; it has a single risbank and vallum, with a considerable outwork;- its internal diameter is about 65 yards. A tradition obtains that if this field be broken by the plough the owner will die. Whether this arose from the wish of some former careful owner to prevent the destruction of a rich piece of grazing land, for such it unquestionably is, 0r from some other cause,
the tradition dose not explain. Attached to the demesne lands is an extensive and valuable wood of oak timber trees. Browda continues not only to be well wooded and well watered, but also well cultivated, and the fruit of its extensive orchards to be unsurpassed.”
Polsue also says of Beneathwood, which belongs to the same owner, John Kittow, of Browda:-
” Here is a stately Elizabethan mansion somewhat decayed. The massive girders of the chamber floors, four or five in number, and said to have been cut from one native oak. would be a rich prize for an antique cabinet or church furniture maker.”
Patreida, a very ancient Barton, and in 1901 was the property of John Kittow, Esq., of Browda, who inherited it on the death of his uncle, the late Mr. Edward Peter Kittow, in 1900, to whom it was devised by his uncle, the late Mr. Thomas Kittow, of Browda, who purchased this superior barton from the representatives of Sir. James Tillie, in 1867. Until the new house was built by the late Mr. E. P. Kittow, a considerable portion of the ancient mansion of about the Sixteenth Century, was in good condition and used as a farm-house. The foundations, &c., of a much older building are utilized in the garden fences and cutbuildings. In the dining a room, which is the only room preserved of the ancient building, there is a marble tablet inscribed as follows :-
Annis Christi. In Possessione.
1413 Thomoe Skarrell, Armigeri.
1478 Roberti Dawbernon, Ar.
1498 Nicholai Lower, Ar.
1602 Johannis Lampen, Ar.
1685 Jacobi Tillie Equitis Aurati.
1695 Reedified By Sr James Tillie.
Tout Lieu ou je fMe troue.
* Bien Cest Ma Patrie.
1867 Thomas Kittow, Ar.”
* ” Where I find my good estate,-that is my country.”
Of Patreida, Harvey says (in 1901):
“It is choice good land, and was heretofore the dwelling-place of John Lampen, Esq., a Justice of the Peace, and Sheriff of the County about the year 1651 (1650-1) whose son John Lampen sold it with the west side Tithe Sheaf of the parish to Sir James Tilley, Knight; it is now the land of James Tilley, Esq., valued at £56 a year and pays for high rent yearly to the Manor of Rillaton 4/8 and two pounds of cumin or 2d. It had formerly very good dwelling-houses, orchards, gardens, fish pond and a grist mill; with many other things now decayed.”
The following extract respecting Patreida are taken from Browda papers :-
“John Lampen, E g., holdeth One Messuage and fower Acres of Land Cornish, Sometime John of Paterda’s in Westcot, Linkinghorne, Milcomb, Pengelly, Brugeton, Haydon, Coome, and other places yeilding therefore yearely iiijs. viijd., and 2 Ib of Cummin or 2d.”
“And shall carry everywhere within the Hundred of Eastwyvellshire all Letters of all officers; And shall doe suit to ye sd. Mannour Court from 3 Weeks to 3 Weeks, and shall give for A releife, and shall doe fealty;- And shall pay for new KnowIedge 2/s at every Assessioning.”
Westcott in 1901, was the property of Mr. William Daniel. It formerly belonged, with Higher and Lower Rillaton, to Mr. R. Bate, of Bridgwater, who purchased it from the Foots. This place was for many years the property and residence of the Kneebone family, of which was Edward Kneebone, who left a MS. “History of the Hundred of East,” wherein is given a descriptive account of the Parish of Linkinhorne in his time. He died in 1685, and was buried in Linkinhorne church.
The following are extracts from that MS. of this Edward Kneebone, who resided at Westcott, written in 1684·:-
” This Parish Church was dedicated to St. Miller, (Melior.-T.T.) but took its name from an ancient Manor there, so called then but since known by the Title of Carnedon Prior, once belonging to the Priory of Lanceston now annexed to the Duchy of Cornwall. The Tithe Sheafe is Impropriate, yet the Vicaridge and the Glebe Lands worth by the year 110 li or about it. It is divided into two Parts by the river Linner running from North to South.”
” On the East side do lye 9 Villages, to wit. : I.-The Church Towne, and in it the seat of William Hooper, Gent. 2.-Pengelly. 3.-Tregove. 4.-Clay Pit. 5.-Rilla Mills. 6.-Nielcombe. 7.-Rillaton. 8.Browda. 9.-Coome.”
” And on the West side: l.-Woodgate. 2.-Carnedon. 3.-Upton. 4.Netherton. 5.-Treovis. 6.-Hemevor. 7.-Sutton. S.-North Yolland. In all 8 Villages, which have at least in each of them 3 ancient Habitations, besides Cottages, and of single Habitations, or at most 2 in one place.”
“l.-Trefrise, a very large Barton extending also into North Hill. The last entire possessor of it being Henry Trecarrell, now divided so much as many several persons have part in each Field. There remain the ruine of the decay of a great House; an Oven yet standing, whose area is 9 foot diameter. Lately the Inheritance of Kendall, Vyvyan and Waddon, by Kempthorne’s Daughter and Heiress 2.-Pathedra, the seat of John Lampen, Esq. 3.-Beneathwood, once the habitation of John Bere, Esq., whose posterity are now in Warleggan, sold to him by Sir Francis Glanville. 4.-Lanhargy, once the seat of Barret, of Golant. now Edward Herle, Esq. 5.-Exwell , now tbe seat of Thomas Nicholls, lately of Thomas Wills, Esq. 6.- Kingscombe. 7.-Treraften. 8.-Cullacombe. 9.-Bunchardon. 10.-Trelabe, 2 dwellings. 11.-Kersbrooke,2 dwellings. 12.-Westcott, the dwelling of Edward Kneebone, Gent.”
“On the west side of the Linner are: l.-Botternell, 2 houses. 2.Nottar. 3.-Darley, 2 houses. 4.-Hall, once the bead house of Carnedon Prior, now John Dingle, Esq. 5.-Knowle. b.-Ley. 7.Yolland, the ancient habitation of the Roberts. 8.-Woodgate. 9.Longridge. In all 15 house.”
“The soyle naturally deepe for the most parte, but by the industry of the inhabitants much improved of late yeares. More used to pasture than tillage, by reason of the distance of the salt sea sand. The Western Hills full of Mines of ffine Tinne, whieh heretofore did render both to the King as Lord and the Owner considerable profit. But now, by reason of the low price of Tynne and the unjust rigour of some Owners, wholly neglected. The enclosed country well stored with woods and watered meadows, and have commons on the Downs for store of sheep. This part of the country was much impoverished in the late Civil Warre being the thorowfare for all the armies, which had occasion to march East or West.”
“The Parish lyeth in the figure of a Trapesium, from East to West about 4 miles and in breadth 2, one taken with another.”
Harvey in his MS. in 1727 describing Westcott says :-
“Tis now the land and dwelling-place of Arthur Kneebone, gent., a very fine compact estate, with a very good and convenient dwelling-house and out-houses of all sorts, all new built within the space of 120 years last past. The house lies near the middle of the estate; having very good orchards, gardens, and a good store of very good and thriving young timber; with excellent quarries of wall stone and helling. Containing about 64 acre of land;- and there hath been made there in one year upward of 120 hogsheads of cider, about 60 or 70 years since as I have heard several of the old servants say. It is valued yearly at £32, and pays yearly for High Rent to the Manor of Peveral 5s. 6d .. and to the Manor of Pengelly 3s. 1d., besides common suit to each court.”
Here follows brief accounts of some of the ancient estates in Linkinhorne parish as described by Harvey in 1727, and Polsue in 1876 .
” DARLEY.”-Harvey writes :-” Containeth two tenements, one of which is the inheritance of John Dingle. and now held by Mary his mother, as a joyntur’d during her life; and the other is a tenement of the Dutchy of the Mannor of Rillaton, held by the said John Dingle. There are two very good houses, with very good orchards and choice meadow. Much of the tenements are coarse and rocky. Abundance of good coppice wood upon it, with much good wood, and near very good commons which make great profit to them, and singular turfs for fewel.”
“DARLEY.- In the plaisance of the villa stands the great natural curiosity popularly known as the Darley Oak.’ At the height of about three feet from the ground, it measures thirty-six feet in circumference; being hollow, and having convenient openings for ingress and egress, it is capable of housing small pleasure parties, which it often does in the season. Although it is reasonably supposed to be upwards of 500 years old, it is still healthful and vigorous, annually making shoots and producing acorns .”-Polsue’s Notes, 1876.
This estate of Darley, which was originally owned by a family of the same name, had been in the possession of the Dingle family for upwards of 400 year, and in 1901 still belonged to a gentleman of that name John Williams Dingle, Esq., J.P. and C.A. (below). He and his ancestors had resided here for many generations.
On the Churchtown estate, formerly the property of the late D. W. Horndon, E q., but in 1901 the property of Mr. William Henwood, there is a Holy Well or Baptistry; it is built of granite ashlar, and ornamented with saints niches; the Well is still in a good state of preservation in a field called ” Well Park.”
Harvey in. writing of the Churchtown estates, which were then in four tenements, describes how the Church was rebuilt by Sir Henry Trecarrel, as follows :-
“CHURCHTOWN ESTATE.-The Church standeth in the middle of the four tenements, Churchtown ground, in the Manor of Carnedon Prior; the north side of which with the tower being in decay, in the reign or King Henry 7th-8th-was rebuilt by the pious gift of Sir Henry Trecarrell, who was at that time sole owner of the lands of the Barton and Manor of Trefrize, which after his time came to be divided. By whom also, in the year 1540, was the Church of Launceston built with stones brought and designed for a great building at Trecarrell; but carried thence upon the untimely death of his only son and heir; who, as the tradition goes, stifled himself in a basin of water. He had also a design to have built a new tower of the same work and stone with the church but was prevented by death. The church was dedicated to St . Mary Magdalene. The Borough of Launceston at, that time was called Dunheved; and the old church St. Stephens, the tower of which yet remaineth. Our church of Linkinhorne was dedicated to St. Miller, but took its name from the ancient manor in which it then stood and now standeth, then so called, but since known by the name of Carnedon Prior. There is a very fine built Well,-all of hewn moorstone, that was consecrated and dedicated when the
church was,-to St. Miller; and seemeth to be rebuilt when the north side of the church was. And still remaineth by its former name, and is in the bottom of a close of land called Well Park.”
Harvey writes with regard to Broadwood tenement :-
” BROADWOOD is bounded on the east with the river of Linner; on the south with Measham (or rather Darley Brook) ; on the west with Lake; and on the north-west and north with South Buttcrnell and Stiles Well or Butternell Brook,-in which brook there is a place called Gunshoot, in which there are everal great falls of water from high rocks, as swift as any arrow from a bow, or a bullet from a gun, (from whence I suppose it had the name of Gunshoot), so that it may be very well compared to tbe falls of the greatest river in the whole world, (viz.) the great Egyptian river Nylus, which Heylin says, runs two·thousand five hundred miles from the head spring of it in the lake Zembre, to it falls into the Mediteranean Sea, near which, It is recorded, that it hath violent falls, which make the dwellers near it deaf with its hideous noise. There are some plots of this tenement divided from the rest, and bounded with Darley, Henwood, Indown, Noter, Wistaland, and Butternell. This large tenement is now the estates and in possession of John Antis, Esq., Arthur Kneebone, gent., John Dingley, Sarah Broadlake, John Foott of Pengelly, John Foot of Knowl, Nicholas Lake, Nicholas Symons, John Body, Mary Nuttle, Wm. Coad, Stephen Laundrey, Jane Budge, Silvester Sleep, and others, valued in £63 a year, and pays the Prince yearly for rent 9s. 6d.; and for fine 12s. 21/4d. ; all of it as well as the rest of this mannor held by surrender of any part of a tenement, be entered on the Court Book, and new taken of the Prince’s Commissioners every 7 years. This tenement is generally coarse land, much coppice woods, ordinary house, good orchards, and some indifferent meadows. ”
Those who have seen this Waterfall referred to by Harvey, say that it is a large stream of water in ,the winter time, and falls almost perpendicular for about 50 teet, and it makes a deafening noise, but it is a most difficult place of access. The land belongs to the Duchy and in 1901 was occupied by Mr. Jas. Sargent.
“CARADON TOWN.- There was anciently a chapel with a very fine Well standing; in the town place there is kept a manor pound to punish trespasses, and s0 much for the Manor of Carredon-lyer, High Rent is 1s.“-Harvey.
“In the reign of Edward IV., 1462-83, there were three chapels here – one·called All Hallowes. There was one little bell, valued at 5s. ; and one pair of vestments, made of Bruges satin, valued at 2s. The Baptistry or Well, protected by massive blocks of un-cut granite, still remains. Carraton prouably became the property of the Trelawnys through marriage, as they quarter the arms of Carraton, namely, Vert, a back’s head caboshed or, on the shield in the great hall at Trelawne.”
Polsue’s Notes, 1876.
SOUTHCOOMBE, the property of Mr. John Trehane, J.P., is, a large seventeenth Century building, and is the only one of so early a date in the parish, which is still preserved-entire. There is a sun-dial still attached to one of its tall chimneys. Harvey writes :-
” It is a very fine tenement. Laving a stream of water running into every field and meadow of it, the driest summer that is; and lies all compact together. ”
NORTHCOOMBE, which also belonged to Mr. J. Trehane Harvey describes as follows :-
“It is a village of very good Iand, especially that part next adjoining to Southc0mbe, and Coombe Meadow; having a continual stream of water running in every close of that range, and lieth exactly against the south. Mr. Dawe has built a very fine house on his; and commonly hath good cyder.”
This fine house, built by Mr. Dawe, referred to by Harvey was a few years later taken down and a new house built near its site by Mr. J. Trehane , where he then resided. There are the remains of an ancient cross at Northcoombe still to be seen.
PENGELLY, which is 276 acres, appears to have been once the property of the Collyn family. The Will of “Wm. Collyn de Pengelly,” dated 20th April, 1608, is still extant; and in the time of Harvey part of Pengelly was in possession of John Foott. It was purchased of the late Francis Rodd, Esq., of Trebartha, by Richard Kittow, of Tredaule, Altarnun, by whom it was given to his nephew, Richard Kittow, also of Tredaule. He died intestate, and the property came to his only brother John Kitttow, of Browda.
Harvey says: “This is an entire tenement with very good houses, orchards and garden , and a running stream of water continually runs through the court.”
LANHARGY-contained five tenements, one large tenement and four small ones equal to the great one. The great tenement was the land of the heirs of Edward Reade, Esq., deceased. This is a large and entire tenement, an indifferent house, orchards and meadows. The two next tenements, in possession of John Davey, pay yearly for high rent to the Manor of Climsland Prior 1s. 8d. These are two of very good land, with little bad dwelling houses on each of them, some apple trees
yet lie against the north-east. The next tenement is now the lands of Nicholas Cowle. It is good land, and pays yearly for high rent to the Manor of Climsland Prior 5d. The fourth and last of the little tenements is the worst and coarsest of all, and lyeth next Bray Shop and the Commons. John Davey, of Trerafters, being now the owner and occupier of the same; and it pays for high rent to the Manor of Climsland Prior a part of the 1s. 8d. before mentioned. Neither of these two last tenements hath any house, garden or orchard upon it.”
Harvey MS., 1727.
The name of these tenements is variously spelled- Lanhargie, Lanhargay, Lenhorgey, Lanhorgy, and the modern way, Lanhargy. It was formerly the property of a family of the same name. In 1901 Higher Lanhargy was the the property of Mr. William Maddaver, who resided there. It was purchased by him of the late F. Rodd, Esq., and was 156 acres. Lower Lanhargy was the property of Mr. B. S. Davey by succession and marriage, and contained 47 acres.
“EXWELL.-‘Tis a very fine compact, entire estate, with a very fine dwelling-house, and convenient outhouses of all sorts. The dwelling place of Mr . Agnes Saltren;- the lands of her or her son.-all except a very small matter which belongs to the lords of Trefrise; for the land they pay yearly to the said lords 1d., and to each lord for conventionary rent 2d. It is valued in £ 44 a year. It is for the most part very good land;- lies very well; hath a helling stone quarry; a large town place, with very fine timber growing in it; with good meadows.“-Harvey.
This estate of 119 acres was the property of Mr. Edmund T. Pearce. It has had a quick succession of proprietors,-the Saltrens, Madam Wills, Major Parsons, Thomas Robins, and John Thomas who sold it to Mrs. Saltren.
LOWER MILLCOMBE was the property of Thomas Kittow, but in 1901 belonged to John Kittow, Esq.
” The home stead of this excellent estate comprises two or three Seventeenth Century houses, once of some pretentions. On the carved stonework may still be seen the initial I.O. (John Oliver), and the date 1684.” Polsue’s Notes, 1876.
A snapshot of the Parish from the 1900 edition of Vennings Postal Directory of East Cornwall
POST OFFICE, Linkinhorne.- Mis Heggaton, Sub-Postmistress. Letters through Callington R .S.O. arrive at 7-30 a.m.; despatched at 4-55 p .m. Rilla Mill is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office, Postal Orders are issued here, but not paid. POST & M. O. O. S . B. & Insurance, Annuity & Telegraph Office, Rilla Mill. Miss Mary Hobbs Sub-Postmistress . Letters through Callington R.S.O. arrive at 7-55 a .m.; despatched at 4-30 p.m. This Office is als0 open for the sale of licences.
POST OFFICE , Minions .- Miss H. Edwards, Sub-Postmistress. Letters through Liskeard arrive at 10 a.m. ; despatched at 3-35 p .m. Pensilva is the nearest Money Order and Telegraph Office. Postal Orders are issued here , but not paid. POST OFFICE , Upton Cross .- Arwin Crapp, Sub-Postmaster. Letters through Callington received at 9-0 a .m. ; despatched at 3 p.m. Wall Boxes: – Minions, cleared at 3-5 p.m.; Henwood, cleared at 12-30 p.m. daily, Sundays excepted; Upton, cleared at 3-55 p.m.; Patrieda, cleared at -10-30 p.m.; Plusha Bridge, cleared at 11 a.m.; and Darley, cleared at 1 p .m.
A School Board of 7 members was formed February 19th, 1875; W. Grylls, Halfacre, Northill, clerk to the board ; William Truscott, Ley Mill, attendance officer.
Board School, Upton Cross (mixed), built in 1876, for 439 children; average attendance, 66 boys and 85 girls and infants; William Charles Edwards, master. Board School (mixed), Sharplands, for 80 children ; average attendance, 72; C. Dalton, master.
PRIVATE RESIDENTS. *Marked thus should be addressed Liskeard.
Bosanquet Rev. C. C. C., Vicarage. Dingle, J . W., E q., J.P., C.A., North Darley. *Gill, J. Wm. , E q ., Downgate, Liskeard. Kitttow, John, Esq. , Browda. Kittow, Mr ., Patrida. Stephens, J. , Longridge Cottage. Sargent, Joseph, Bray Shop. Trehane, John, North Coombe.
Abbott, W., carrier, Liverscombe. Abbott A. smith, Rillaton. Ball, Wm., miller, Dwella Mill. Bartlet , F. , wheelwright, etc. ,PIusha Bridge. Burrows , R. , New Inn, Churchtown. Carkeet, G. , assistant overseer & Clerk to P. Council, Ley Mill. Chapman, J ., carrier & Posting establishment , Upton Cross. Coom , R. , carrier, Henwood. Crapp, Arwin, Post office, Upton Cross. *Chapman, Ellen , shopkeeper Railway. Davey G. , carpenter , Darleyford. Daw, J., Manorhouse Inn, Rilla Mill.
*Debble , Joel , Commercial Inn, Downgate. *Edwards,H. postmistress Railway. *Freeman, J. , Sons, Cheesewring quarry owner. Gill , W. J. surgeon, Downgate, Liskeard. Gourd, M., bootmaker, Christa. Gerry, W. , merchant, Henwood. *Gerry , John, Railway Hotel, Cheesewring. Hobbs, Mi s Mary, shopkeeper, Post Office, Rilla Mill. Hobbs, J. D. builder , Rilla Mill. Hubber, Elizabeth, grocer. Martin, J. L. , market gardener, Starabridge. Martin, R. B. butcher , Uphill. Nankivel, Edward, Caradon Hotel. Nicolls, Eliz., shopkeeper, Uphill. Pomroy J., smith, Upton Cross. Robinson, R., miller Addicroft Mill. Shovell, E., shopkeeper, Upton Cross. Stephen, Jonathan carpenter, Plushays. Truscott, A., miller etc., Rillan Mill. Truscott, W., attendance officer, Ley Mill. Vosper, Thos., Smith, Brayshop. William, J., tin streamer Phoenix Mine. Warne, J., tailor, Newhouse. Williams, Charles, shopkeeper, Railway.
Barrett, Richard, Sutton
Bate, Thomas, Newhouse
Bate, Mary, Gullacombe
Bennnett. L. & J. C. Rillaton
Billing, Richard , Liverscombe
Bond , J., Ashwell
Bratton, William, Trelabe
Body, John, Dunsley
Brent. D. and W., Clampit
Cazer, Wm. Thos., Tregoiffe
Chapman. H & dealer, Measham
Chapman, William, Knowl
Cleverdon, W. and J. Knowl
Coad, Nicholas, C.C., Pengelly
Coad, John, HaIwill
Dawe, J., & innkeeper, Rilla Mill
Davey James, Christa Park
Dawe, Wm., Lower Millcombe
Daniel, William, Lower Rillaton
Ede, William, Netherton
Fuge, S., Trefrize
Gerry, James, Plushays
Goldsworthy, Samuel, Netherton
Gerry, W., Henwood
Garland, G. P., Caradon Town
Grigg Richard, Wardbrook
Hambley, William, Caradon Town
Harding, T., Higher Millcombe
Hicks, John, Trelabe
Hick, John, Plushay
Hoare, John, Dunsley
Hoar, Edwin, Newland
Henwood, William, Churchtown
Hurrell, John, Cheesewring
Jasper, Frank, Trefrize Mill
Johns, James., Ley
John, Jonathan Addicroft
Job, Mary Jane, The Grove
Kittow, J., & landowner, Browda
Knight, John, Lake
Knight, Thomas, Westerland
Lawrence, John, Grove Cottage
Maddever , W. & Son, Lanhargy
Martin, William, Kingscombe
Martin J., & mason, Starabridge
Martin, Alfre , Starabridge
Martin, Rd., & butcher , Uphill
May, William JameS, Yolland
Nicolls, Jabez, Hall
Olver, William, Plushays
Pearn, William, Butts
Pearse, A. & H. E. L. Exwell
Pearce, Richard, Higher Rillaton
Pethick, Richard, Stearts
Philp, John, Yolland
Philp Richard Sutton
Philp , Simon John, Addicroft
Sandercock, William Longridge
Sandercock, Edward, Lake
Sandercock, E., Westcott Cottage
Sargent, Harry, Henwood
Sargent, William, Wardbrook
Shovel, Thoma, Upton
Spear, Alfred, Beatons Park
Stephens, Richard , Churchtown
Stephens, William, Henwood
Steyens, Albert, Trefrize
Thoma, Josiah, Uphill
Tink, George, Darley
Trehane, John, Northcombe
Trelease, Mrs., Rilla Mill
Tucker, William Taylor
Tucker, M. A. & Son, Kersbrook
Vosper, Aaron, Trerefters
Linkinhorne Parish Picture Gallery
First World War
BOSANQUET, Armytage Percy
Armytage was born in 1894 at Lowdham, Nottinghamshire to the Revd Claude Charles Courthope Bosanquet and Millicent Percy (nee Percy-Smith). He was educated at St Mary’s Hill School, Horsall near Woking in Surrey, and Lancing College, where he won an Exhibition and was in Olds House from September 1907 to July 1912. While at school he excelled at marksmanship and distinguished himself at Bisley on more than one occasion. He was in the Shooting VIII from 1909 to 1912. In July 1909 he was one of the pair which won the Bronze medal for the Cadet Trophy, and was Captain of the Shooting VII in 1911 and 1912. He was a Sergeant in the Officer Training Corps and was appointed as a Prefect in 1911.
He went on to Christ Church College Oxford and had finished his second year there when war broke out. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Special Reserve of Officers in 3rd Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry on 4 September 1912, and promoted to Lieutenant in February 1915 which was antedated to April 1914. On 2 November 1914 he landed in France, where he was attached to 1st Battalion of his regiment and was promoted to Captain in May 1915. He returned from France in August 1915, and after a period of home service was attached to the Wiltshire Regiment and went to Mesopotamia in November of that year. He was mentioned in Dispatches twice and was awarded the Military Cross in 1916. His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the undermentioned Honours and Rewards for distinguished service in the Field in Mesopotamia, with the effect from 3rd June, 1916 inclusive:–Awarded the Military Cross.
He was killed in action on 25th January, 1917 and was interred at the Amara War Cemetery in modern day Iraq. Lieutenant Colonel Haseldine wrote:
“He was shot through the head when leading an attack on the German trenches on the morning of 25th January. He had covered about half the distance when he was struck, and in another two minutes would have been in this position. Although we took heavy toll – this regiment alone accounted for two hundred and fifty Turks killed – it does not make up for our loss.
“I considered Captain Bosanquet one of my most capable company commanders, and his death is a serious loss to the Regiment. I have also lost a personal friend. It was a great pleasure to me to know he had been awarded the Military Cross, especially so, as I had recommended him for the decoration; he was justly very proud of his distinction, and was wearing his ribbon when killed. As soon as it was dark I had his body recovered and taken to our little burial ground on the bank of the Hai River where he was buried by our Brigade Chaplain. He was extremely popular in the regiment and his company, with good reason, would do anything for him or follow him anywhere.”
BUDGE, William John
William was born in 1893 at Plusha Bridge to Edmund and the late Mary Ann (nee Bartlett) Budge. He enlisted with the Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Regimental No. 207729) serving with the 247th Filed Company. He died at London after 4 years service in Europe on the 8th February, 1919 and was interred at the
Rilla Mill Methodist Chapelyard.
John was born in 1886 at Pensilva. He married Maude Hambly. He joined the Royal Navy as a able seaman (Service No. R/269) but due to the need for manpower on the battlefield he was placed in the Nelson Battalion of the Royal Navy Division. He died of his wounds sustained in battle on the 15th October, 1917, at the 47th Casualty Clearing Station. He was interred at the Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Fred was born in 1876 at Linkinhorne to William John and Catherine (nee Vincent) Eddy. He married Emily Manley and in 1891 was living in Redruth working as a miner in a tin mine. By 1901 had joined the Royal Navy. Fred enlisted at Redruth with the Royal Engineers as a Lance Corporal (Regimental No. 121843) serving with the 183rd Tunnelling Company (on the Linkinhorne War Memorial he is shown as a Private with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry). He was killed in action on the 1st December, 1915, at Flanders and was interred at the Citadel New Military Cemetery.
Richard was born in 1893 to Richard Dingley and Mary Ellen (nee Nicolls) Hobbs. He emigrated with his parents to Brisbane, Australia and worked a bricklayer. He enlisted with the 4th Australian Pioneer Battalion (Regimental No. 3052) as a corporal. He was killed when a shell landed above in a sap at Messines on the 20th August, 1917. He was interred at the Messines Ridge British Cemetery. Hobbs, Richard Dingley
William was born in 1895 at Minions. One of his parents was J. Hooper. William enlisted with the Hampshire Regiment (Regimental No. 11831) as a private serving with the 14th Battalion. He died on the 4th September, 1916 and was interred at the Couin British Cemetery.
William was born in 1888 at Linkinhorne to William Hooper. The family lived at Sharptor. He first enlisted with the Somerset Light Infantry (Regimental No.22322) but was later transferred to the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (Regimental No. 27571) as a private serving with the 1st Battalion. He was killed in action on the 4th October, 1917. His body was never recovered but his name is commemorated on the Tyne Cott Memorial.
Fred was born in 1887 at Lezant to William and Mary Jasper. He joined the Devonshire Regiment serving in the 9th (Service) Battalion as a private (Regimental No.45757). Fred was Killed in Action at Polygone Wood/Judge Copse Flanders on the 9 Oct 1917 ?
Samuel was born in 1890 to Joseph and Mary Jane Penny. He enlisted with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry as a private (Regimental No. 35058). He died on the 26th December, 1918, at Exeter and was interred in the Exeter Higher Cemetery. At the time of his death, his parents were living at Darley.
Sydney was born in 1895 at Trewinnoe Farm, Lewannick to John Henry and Hannah Perry. It appears that he could have been orphaned as he was living with Francis and Susan Mitchell at Millpool fram, Linkinhorne from the age of 5 onwards. He enlisted with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry as a Private (Regimental No. 17268) serving with the 1st Battalion. He died of his wounds sustained in battle on the 21st of July 1916 at the age of 21. He was interred at the Heilly Station Cemetery.
James was born in 1898 at Linkinhorne to Robert and Eliza Robinson. He enlisted with the Machine Gun Corps (Regimental No. 66686) as a private serving with the 8th Company. He was killed on the 3rd February, 1917 at Flanders. He was interred at the Etaples Military Cemetery.
George was born in 1883 at Botternell Farm, North Hill, to James and Mary Sargent. He emigrated to Canada where he enlisted with the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve serving aboard the ‘HMCS Niobe’ as an Engine Room Artificer 4th Class (Service No. VR/ 772). He contracted pneumonia and died on the 23rd January, 1919. He was interred at the Halifax (St Johns) Cemetery.
Thomas was born at Upton Cross in 1884 to Ellen and Thomas Shovel. His father was a grocer and Chairman of the Liskeard Union Board of Guardians and Thomas was destined to become a Wesleyan minister. Thomas was ordained into the Ministry in July 1912. A notice in the times dated October 15th 1918 states that at the outbreak of war in 1914 Thomas had tried to enlist as a chaplain, but was not accepted. Instead, he carried on his ministry working at the English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Holyhead, he then served two years at Bamber Bridge Methodist before later being accepted into the Royal Army Chaplains Department, and shipped to France in January 1918 as an Army Chaplain 4th Class, with equivalent rank of Captain. Thomas was attached to the 2/2nd Wessex Field Ambulance regiment and served on the Western Front, for which he received the princely sum of 10 shillings a day for his work. His main role would have been to offer comfort and say prayers for the wounded, and ultimately minister the last rites to the dying. On the 5th or 6th of October 1918 whilst out walking with a medical officer of the field ambulance he was badly wounded by shrapnel and subsequently died. Thomas was buried at Louverval Military Cemetery in Doignies, France.
Second World War
Reginald was born in 1915 at Devonport, Plymouth, to Edward Henry and Grace Laura Bleakman. He joined the Royal Navy as a leading seaman (Service No. D/SSX 15091). He was serving aboard ‘HMS Tartar’ when he was one of four killed during enemy action on 9th June, 1944.
On 9 June HMS Tartar and the flotilla were in action against German warships. Though the German destroyers ZH1 and Z32 were sunk, Tartar was damaged by return fire. Her galley and bridge were hit and set on fire. Four men were killed and twelve wounded including Commander Jones. Her foremast hung over the side and all of the radar and communications were dead. She returned to Devonport briefly to undergo temporary repairs, before resuming operations in the English Channel. On 7 July she intercepted and engaged minesweepers of the 46th German Flotilla off the Channel Islands and sank the minesweepers M4601 and M4605. On 6 August Bellona, Tartar, Ashanti and the Canadian destroyers Haida and Iroquois attacked a convoy off Saint-Nazaire, sinking the minesweepers M263 and M486, the patrol boat V414 and a coastal launch together with four small ships.
He was interred at Upton Cross (St Paul) Churchyard where he had lived with his wife Josephine Mary.
John was born in 1896 to William Henry and Susan Ann Brown. He enlisted with the Royal Engineers (Regimental No. 1921770) as a lance corporal serving with the 853 Bomb Disposal Company. He died on the 5th November, 1940 and was interred He was interred at Upton Cross (St Paul) Churchyard where he had lived with his wife Beatrice Maud Brown.
Norman was born in 1914 to Sidney Charles and Mahala (nee Sambells) Dawe. He enlisted with the Royal Armoured Corps (Regimental No. 5438114) as a Trooper serving with the 45th Regiment. He was killed whilst in India on the 26th September, 1943, and was interred at the Kirkee War Cemetery, India. His brother, William (below), also fell serving in the war.
William was born in 1919 at Linkinhorne to Sidney Charles and Mahala (nee Sambells) Dawe. He was serving in Palestine with the Palestine Police Force (Service No. 1726) as a constable when he died on the 13th April, 1944. He was interred at the Jerusalem Protestant Cemetery, Israel, Plot F. Grave 24.
Alfred was born in 1904 at Bristol to William Henry and Emma Eddy. He joined the Royal Navy (Service No. D/K 65828) as petty officer stoker. Alfred was serving aboard ‘HMS Havant‘ when she was aiding the Dunkirk evacuation on the 1st June, 1940 . The Havant was badly damaged by Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers and had to be scuttled. Eight crewmen, including Alfred, were killed and 25 were wounded in the attack. At least 25 soldiers were also killed. Alfred’s body was never recovered but his name is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. He left a widow, Alexandra Louisa Eddy, who was living at Higher Stanbear, Callington.
Harold was born in 1914 at Liskeard to Harry and Elizabeth Edwards. He joined the Royal Navy (Service No. D/KX 85743) as a leading stoker. Harold was serving aboard the submarine ‘HMS/M P 32’ when she struck a mine off the coast of Italy on the 23rd August, 1941 and sunk killing all but two of the crew. Harold’s body was never recovered but his name is commemorated on the National Submariners’ Memorial in London. Harold left a widow Dorothy Sleeman Edwards who was living at Linkinhorne at the time of his death.
HMS P32 was a Royal Navy U-class submarine built by Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness. The submarine left Malta on 12 August 1941 for a patrol area near Tripoli. Six days later, she sighted a small Italian convoy of five merchant ships protected by destroyers and torpedo boats heading towards the port. P32 and two other U-class submarines attempted to attack the convoy. HMS P33 was almost certainly sunk in the attempt, whilst HMS Unique managed to sink an Italian merchant ship, SS Esperia two days later.
P32 was not in a good position to make an attack, and so attempted to improve it by running underneath a moored minefield. Believing that she had cleared the minefield, the commanding officer, Lieutenant D.A.B. Abdy ordered the submarine to rise to periscope depth to resume the attack. A mine, either part of the minefield, or laid by an allied aircraft, exploded against her port side and flooded the portion of the boat forward of the control room, killing the eight crew members in that part of the vessel. The submarine developed a severe list and sank to the seabed.
Most of the 24 survivors retired to the engine room to attempt a DSEA escape. However Abdy, the coxswain, Petty Officer Kirk, and ERA Martin attempted to escape using the conning tower. Martin was killed in the attempt but the other two men survived and were picked up by an Italian ship. No other crew members survived. Abdy and Kirk were exchanged for Italian prisoners of war in 1943. The wreck was discovered in 1999; it lies about 15 nautical miles east-north-east of Tripoli, at a depth of about 200 feet.
Frederick was born in 1920 in Cornwall to Morris and Dorothy (nee Rickard) Finch. He joined the Hampshire Regiment (Regimental No. 5441948) serving as a private with the 2nd/4th Battalion. He was probably involved in the battle for the Gothic Line in Italy that ran from the 24th August 1944 to the 23rd September 1944, when he was killed in action on the 22nd September, 1944. He was interred at the Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy.
James was born in 1920 at St. Germans, his mother was Gladys Mary (nee Plummer) Heaney. He joined the Royal Navy (Service No. D/JX 145641) serving as a petty officer aboard HM Motor Torpedoe Boat 667. It was on this boat that he was killed by accidental methyl bromide poisoning on the 5th March, 1943. He was interred at the Upton Cross (St Paul) Churchyard.
John was born in 1921 to Digory Edward and Helen Moncrieff (nee Jones) Kittow. He enlisted with the Devonshire Regiment (Regimental No. 184467) serving as a Lieutenant with the 12th (6th Airborne division) Battalion. He was seriously wounded during the Battle for Breville, soon dying from these wounds on the 12th June, 1944.
The War Diary for the 6th AL Brigade tells of Lt. Kittow’s death during the Battle.
“12th June 1944:
2140 – Colns grey smoke, BREVILLE 137741. Coln smoke and fire at 138739. Fire broken out 129754. Visit from Brig of 154 Bde. Lt KITTOW seriously wounded. Later died. Pte REDDALL killed.”
He was interred at the Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
There is little information on R. Lockwood other than he was a Able Seaman with the Merchant Navy.
George was born in 1916 at Minions to William George and Emma Jane Mead. He joined the Royal Navy (Service No. D/KX 92997) as a stoker first class. He was serving aboard ‘HMS Courageous’ when on the evening of the 17th September, 1939, she was on patrol off the coast of Ireland. Two of her four escorting destroyers had been sent to help a merchant ship under attack and all her aircraft had returned from patrols. During this time, Courageous was stalked for over two hours by U-29, commanded by Captain-Lieutenant Otto Schuhart. The carrier then turned into the wind to launch her aircraft. This put the ship right across the bow of the submarine, which fired three torpedoes. Two of the torpedoes struck the ship on her port side before any aircraft took off, knocking out all electrical power, and she capsized and sank in 20 minutes with the loss of 519 of her crew, including George. The survivors were rescued by the Dutch ocean liner Veendam and the British freighter Collingworth. His body was never recovered but his name is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. His brother Stanley Frederick Mead (below) also fell.
Stanley was born in 1906 at Devonport, Plymouth to William George and Emma Jane Mead. He joined the Royal Navy (Service No. D/K 63834) as a petty officer stoker. He was serving aboard ‘HMS Repulse‘ when the ship was sunk by bombing and torpedoes off Malaya with the loss of 508 officers and men. Stanley’s body was never recovered but his name is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial. He left a widow, Marjorie, who at the time of his death was living in Minions.
Cyril was born in 1920 to Edwin Albert and Mabel Alice Northcott. He joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Service No. 1194655) as a sergeant flying with 149 Squadron. On the night of 15th November, 1941, Cyril and the crew of R1627 left RAF Mildenhall at around 17:30 hours in their Wellington bomber for a mission over Emden. A total of 49 aircraft took part in the operation with 4 being lost, including R1627, which was believed to have come down somewhere in the North Sea. None of the crew’s bodies were ever recovered but Cyril’s name is commemorated on the Runnymede and RAF Memorial’s.
Herbert was born in 1919 at Liskeard to George Haughton and Blanche Peters. He joined the Royal Navy (Service No. D/KX 90165) and was serving as a leading stoker aboard ‘HMS Diamond,’ when, on 27 Apr 1941 she was sunk by German aircraft whilst evacuating Allied troops from Greece. He was interred at the Phaleron War Cemetery, Greece.
On the evening of 26 April, Diamond was in the Argolic Gulf with three light cruisers, three other destroyers and two troopships. The force began evacuating British, Australian and New Zealand troops from Nauplia. The cruisers HMS Calcutta and HMS Orion and destroyers HMS Hotspur and HMS Isis embarked nearly 2,500 troops and, at 03:00 the next morning, Calcutta ordered the evacuation force to sail. One of the troop ships, the Dutch ocean liner Slamat, disobeyed and continued to embark troops. Slamat embarked 500 troops before she eventually obeyed orders at 04:15, and the convoy sailed for Crete.
Near the mouth of the Argolic Gulf a Staffel of nine Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive-bombers from Jagdgeschwader 77 attacked the convoy at either 06:45 or 07:15. Slamat was hit, set afire and began to abandon ship. Calcutta ordered Diamond to go alongside Slamat to rescue survivors while the rest of the convoy continued to try to reach Souda Bay in Crete. At 08:15 Diamond reported that she was still rescuing survivors and still under air attack. By then three destroyers had reinforced the convoy so Calcutta sent one of them, HMS Wryneck, to assist Diamond. Slamat was afire from stem to stern when Diamond fired a torpedo that sank her in a coup de grâce.Diamond reported at 09:25 that she had rescued most of the survivors and was proceeding to Souda Bay. An hour later Wryneck signalled a request for aircraft cover.
At about 13:15, an air attack by German Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters and Junkers Ju 88 bomberssank both destroyers within minutes. Wryneck launched her whaler, and each destroyer launched her three Carley floats. Survivors in the whaler set off east past Cape Maleas, towing two Carley floats and their occupants. In the evening the wind increased, causing the floats to strike the boat, so Waldron reluctantly cast them adrift.
Griffin rescued 50 survivors from Wryneck and Diamond, some of whom were survivors from Slamat
After 1900 hrs on 27 April the Vice Admiral, Light Forces, Henry Pridham-Wippell, became concerned that Diamond had not returned to Souda Bay and was not answering radio signals. Wryneck had been ordered to keep radio silence so no attempt was made to radio her.Pridham-Wippell sent the destroyer HMS Griffin to the position where Slamat had been lost. She found 14 survivors in two Carley floats that night, more floats and another four survivors in the morning, and took the survivors to Crete.
The last living survivor from Slamat, Royal Army Service Corps veteran George Dexter, states that after Wryneck was sunk he and three other men were rescued by the cruiser HMS Orion. Survivors in Wryneck’s whaler reached Crete in three stages. On 28 April they aimed for the island of Milos in the Aegean Sea, but were too exhausted so they landed at Ananes Rock, about 13 nautical miles (24 km) southeast of Milos. There they met a caïque full of Greek refugees and British soldiers evacuated from Piraeus, who were sheltering by day and sailing only by night to avoid detection. In the evening everyone left Ananes and headed south for Crete, with most people in the caïque and five being towed in the whaler. On 29 April the caïque sighted a small landing craft that had left Porto Rafti near Athens. She took aboard everyone from the caïque and whaler, and the next day they reached Souda Bay.
Clarence was born in 1918 at Tavistock to Thomas and Evelyn Annie Roberts. He joined the Royal Navy (Service No. D/JX 139144) and was serving as a leading seaman aboard ‘HMS Punjabi,’ when, as part of Convoy PQ-15, she was involved in a collision with the battleship ‘HMS King George V‘ and sunk off the coast of Iceland. While steaming in formation in heavy fog, the lookout on Punjabi reported what he believed to be a mine dead ahead; the captain reflexively (and regrettably) ordered a 15-point emergency turn to port; in so doing, she sailed directly into the path of King George V and was sliced in two by the battleship’s bow. 169 of the ship’s company were rescued from the forward section, and another 40 were picked up from the sea by other escorts, including Marne. Those crew left in the aft section, which sank very quickly, were killed when her depth charges detonated; 49 of her crew lost their lives in the accident. She sank directly in the path of the US battleship USS Washington, which had to sail between the halves of the sinking destroyer. Washington suffered slight damage from the detonation of the depth charges. King George V sustained serious damage to her bow, and was forced to return to port for repairs. Further investigation revealed no mines in the area, or indeed in any part of the convoy’s eventual path. It is unknown what the lookout actually spotted, if anything. Clarence was one of the crew killed in the incident and his body was never recovered but his name is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial and his parents grave in Upton Cross (St Paul) Churchyard.
Mary was born in 1922 to Leslie Owen and Edith Mary Shovel. She joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (Service No. W/ 288464) s a private. She died in London on the 9th July, 1944. She was interred at the Rilla Mill Methodist Chapelyard.