43 entries.
Robin Decieco Robin Decieco from Bristol wrote on 1st June 2020 at 12:20 pm
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.
Melanie Smith Melanie Smith from Newton Abbot wrote on 28th May 2020 at 10:38 am
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
Admin Reply by: RogerPyke
Hi Melanie, Thanks for the information which I have now amended on the website. Unfortunately, the only original information I had was taken from the Launceston war memorial which had the surname spelt as Martin, which is how it appeared in later census reports.
M Smith M Smith from Newton abbot wrote on 27th May 2020 at 3:12 pm
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.
Admin Reply by: RogerPyke
Thanks for the information on his DOB which I have amended on the website and I am pleased that you found it interesting. Its been quite the labour of love putting it together.
Melanie Smith Melanie Smith from Ipplepen, Newton Abbot wrote on 18th May 2020 at 5:21 pm
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.
Tim Kitchen Tim Kitchen from Walsall wrote on 10th May 2020 at 8:45 am
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 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
Richard Burnham Richard Burnham from Shrewsbury wrote on 4th April 2020 at 9:46 am
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.
Admin Reply by: RogerPyke
I will ask on the Facebook group to see if anyone there can help.
James Frondella James Frondella from Truro wrote on 10th March 2020 at 10:27 am
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
Robert Emmerson Robert Emmerson from Greatham Hartlepool wrote on 25th February 2020 at 9:10 pm
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.
Sheila Evans Sheila Evans from Plymouth wrote on 5th October 2019 at 10:28 am
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.
Admin Reply by: RogerPyke
Thanks for your comments, it's always appreciating to know that people find the information of use. Of course you may use what ever you wish for your talk. I have looked through the page to find the errant description but could not find any.
Mike Manning Mike Manning from Bristol wrote on 24th July 2019 at 5:55 pm
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.
Annie Pomeroy Annie Pomeroy wrote on 3rd July 2019 at 2:38 pm
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 .
Annie Pomeroy Annie Pomeroy wrote on 14th May 2019 at 11:27 am
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 . feel free to use anything on my page . If you find something I haven't I'd love to hear about it !
Richard Pearce Richard Pearce from Treburrick, St Eval wrote on 10th December 2018 at 2:44 pm
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!
Janice Dymond-Lillis Janice Dymond-Lillis from Chicago suburbs USA wrote on 10th November 2018 at 12:07 am
Guys join our Launceston Then Facebook page ..its awsome fave on Fscebook .
Pamela Vass Pamela Vass from Looe wrote on 30th October 2018 at 3:25 pm
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?
Admin Reply by: RogerPyke
By all means.
tracy elliott tracy elliott from bodmin wrote on 23rd September 2018 at 5:32 pm
I have photogarphs of the inside of Buttern Hill mine, but they aren't very good
tracy elliott tracy elliott from bodmin wrote on 23rd September 2018 at 5:28 pm
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.
Sandra Jones Sandra Jones from Torquay wrote on 19th July 2018 at 4:56 pm
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
Admin Reply by: RogerPyke
Thanks for that information and I have duly amended the error.
Donna Donna wrote on 2nd July 2018 at 12:21 pm
Hello,can you help how do I get pictures and history about colliford lake before it was a reservoir please?
Admin Reply by: RogerPyke
I am not aware of much info or images of the area before its impounding other than what we have on the website. There was certainly attempts to mine in the area in the 18th and 19th centuries. Part of the area was/is known as Lords Waste so you might find more on this in one of the local libraries and the Cornwall records office holds some 22 different records attaining to Lords Waste @, although you will have to visit the office to view the records (think they may be closed at the moment due to their moving). I am sorry that I cannot be of much help otherwise.
michelle Borserio michelle Borserio from Wagga Wagga nsw Australia wrote on 27th May 2018 at 9:20 am
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.
Admin Reply by: RogerPyke
Thanks Michelle, it is always good to hear that the site is proving to be of use. There are still quite a few Mason's still living in the area by the way.

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