I have been going through an album that belonged to my great-grandfather, John Meddleton (1864-1955), who was born in Launceston and lived much of his life at 6 Tredydan Rd, was employed at Walter Weighell's printing works, and was a prominent member of the Methodist church in Tower Street. He was married twice, to Fanny Merson (nee Adams), who was my great-grandmother, and to Mary (nee Dinner). Another notable relative by marriage was Samuel T Lane, who married his sister. In his album he pasted a large number of cards from weddings and funerals between 1896 and 1939, not only family but neighbours and many fellow church members. I have extracted this information into an Excel spreadsheet, containing about 120 records. I'd be glad to send this on request to anyone who thinks it might be helpful in finding details of their own family history. My email address is email@example.com. Please could you post this information in the Facebook group? Please note I can't reply there. In return I'd welcome any links that people find to the Meddleton, Adams, Dinner, Lane families and any interesting stories. I'm also uploading pictures to Flickr.
I have lived in the parish for nearly 30 years and the only organised event i have witnessed was the jubilee street party. Apart from that our children and grandchildren have enjoyed collecting conkers and generally playing on the green, I don’t recollect any other organised events of any description in my time of living here. John Newbery
An appeal from a village close to Launceston. He village green in Polyphant is said to be one of very few village greens in England that are populated by many trees. The land itself is classified as Common Land, and we are seeking information about how the ‘commoners’ used it back in the 1960’s or earlier. If anyone reading this has evidence to that effect we would be very grateful. For example; who exercised their rights to graze livestock, of estovers (to cut and take wood, though not timber), of turbary (to dig turf or peat for fuel), in the soil (to take sand, gravel, stone, coal etc) and of piscary (to take fish from ponds and streams) Does anyone have evidence that the green was used for community events in that period? Who owns it is also unknown. Perhaps a reader's ancestors did or still does! Any information would be extremely useful to piece together the history of a time not so long ago in terms of the village itself, which goes back over 1,000 years. David
Interesting to read about Old Tree House as with others in the local history society where I live I am interested in the Saunders family who had connections with Burnham-on-Sea. I have one correction. Your piece says that Christine Marguerite Saunders predeceased her husband who died in 1912. However Google has a record of her service for the Red Cross as a cook at the Launceston Auxiliary Hospital in the First World War with her address as Old Tree House. Free BMD suggests that she died in Exeter district in 1963 aged 82 which fits with another entry for her birth in 1881 and her age in the 1911 census.
I found this excellent site from a speculative internet search on Houghton Vivian and was very interested to see that I share the same relationship with him as does Mr Pyke, also through his son Albert. I have some corrections, additional information and questions about Houghton and wonder about how to progress them. Any suggestions?
Hi Roger could you please get in touch with regard to the image of Luckett tin mine being demolished? I would very much like to obtain a decent scanned copy for a project I am working on. Thanks. Best wishes Roy
Thank you for the entry concerning my grand father Lionel Decieco, and his son gunner Lionel Decieco. If you would like to contact me I have a photo of gunner Decieco, that you put on his listing.
Sorry to be a nuisance but I have found another error in information regarding William Earle Martin. He appears in census 1880 and 1891 with his parents John and Elizabeth, the surname is spelt Martyn in both instances. Do you have a better section to report any errors or to pass on information, rather than clod up guest book listing? Thank you
Since I last contacted Launceston then about a possible error in the D. O. B of William Henry Morris Derry, it being 1843 not 1829 I have had time to look at some of the amazing information on this website. I even found mentioned Nathaniel Spry, watchmaker, who features in my family history. Yet more interesting articles still to read. Than you. I plan to visit at some time.
I've been researching the Pearse family and came across Launceston Then. It has an entry for William Derry Pearse and also his son William Henry Morris Derry Pearse although with a mouthful of a namelike that you have him as William Henry Pearse. My concern was that his D. O. B. is incorrect. You have 1829 when it should be 1843. At the moment I have not researched much more as I am related to the Spry/Morrish side of things. I intend to look at your Launceston Then more closely in the future. I'm sure it has lots of things of interest. Thank you.
Dear Mr. Pyke, Very nice website of an area of the country I must get to know better once we are allowed out and about again. The reason for contatcting is that I run just as a hobby a website for those that appreciate PAN Books at www.tikit.net and at the moment I am putting together a page around the Ambrosia and Chitty Chitty competition from 1968 as PAN published the book of the film. I would love to include the photo of Chitty outside the factory credited to Michaela Barron and I would of course also do the same if it was OK with you? Thanks, Tim Kitchen
Thank you for this excellent work. My son and I are trying to trace the relationships of the Meddleton and Lane families and any related. I have childhood memories of "helping" my great uncle Reg Meddleton and his assistant "Uncle Harry" in the S T Lane shop in Lifton, and of being invited into the signal box at Launceston station with my grandad, John Stanley Meddleton, whose war service is mentioned on your pages. I'm not on Facebook but if anyone has any information about the family I would be very grateful and perhaps you would be so good as to pass it on.
Hello, I am about to start research on behalf of my boss at an architectural practice into the architectural history of Basil Manor in St Clether. Any information regarding the ownership of the source during the 19th century would be much appreciated. Kind regards James
Distant relative of the Burden family occupying several graves at the entrance to the graveyard in Tregeare cemetery, one notable relative was Mary Jane Burdon circa 1870ish, my mother still had a sampler she made.
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 .