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St Ives Old Cornwall Society



President: Mick Paynter


Chairman: Brian Stevens  


Secretary: Miss Ann Edwards  Porthkerry, Gwelanmor Road, Carbis Bay, St Ives TR26 2JZ  01736


Treasurer: David Prest, Pendennis, Bishops Road, St Ives, TR26 2BY



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Our annual subscription is £8.50, and we charge £2 for visitors.


The Society meets at 7.00 p.m. in St Ives Infant School, Trenwith Burrows on the third Monday in the month, except

for December when we meet on the second Monday.


There is plenty of free parking at the school.





Our 97th anniversary meeting is on January 16th, same venue, at 7pm. it will be a social evening when members entertain and there's an abundance of food. Members from other societies are always welcome, so  if you can make it I'm sure you will enjoy the evening.


Mar.  20th                    Gathering up the fragments                        Frank Stevens [Recorder]


April. 24th                    Photographers of St.Ives                            Janet Axten


May 15th                      Coast Watch                                               Viv Stratton      







There was a good attendance at the society’s March meeting, which was opened with a welcome by President Mick. After Trelawney was sung, Chairman Brian gave out notices about forthcoming events. June 24th sees the Summer Festival at Padstow and anyone meaning to attend should pay for it at the next meeting. On 4th November the Winter Festival will be held at Redruth. Brian then introduced Frank Stevens, who is the society’s Recorder.

Frank rarely leaves home without his camera, as his slides illustrated, with views on the developments which are taking place around the town. The road slip at Tregwary Road showed just how extensive this was, with houses on either side of what looked more like the beginnings of a new road ! Dancers from the 1931Knill ceremony were shown dressed as they would have been then. Brian had  led a walk to the Steeple, from where both coasts can be seen, and Frank described how the light that now shines from Godrevy lighthouse is not housed at the top but from a small one attached on the side.  A view of the site of the old St.Eia hotel showed the construction of flats, while at Treloyhan Manor more trees have been felled to make way for over 17 new building plots. The disaster caused by the wrecking of the Torey Canyon meant that oil spills affected most of the coastline including local beaches, while until the retaining wall running the length of Back Road, sand was a problem on Porthmeor beach, and especially for the adjoining fish cellars, from which it had to be removed. In the old Police station a particularly obtrusive house, developed from a garage, was out of keeping with its surroundings.

An important project was completed during the year, with the agreement of the landowner, the restoration of the 13th century culver-house, at Lower Bussow, built for the breeding of young pigeons as a source of food for the gentry. Listed as an Ancient Monument, and one of only five complete culver-houses in Cornwall; culver is old English for pigeon. Containing nesting holes, and a further 4 that go straight through to the outside, there was also an opening at the top for the birds to obtain access. The building itself was found to be sound, but enveloped in ivy. Some members of the society along with the Federation’s Archaeological and Local History Recorder, Andrew Langdon, cleared the ivy and weeds--- no easy task --- revealing the stonework as it was when first constructed. The culver-house can be seen in a field on the left hand side of the road after it passes the reservoir, and the members involved are to be congratulated for their hard work. Frank, as one of the workers was able to show how this was carried out. The building will now be monitored by the society. After Frank had answered questions, the raffle was drawn and refreshments served. The next meeting will be on Monday, April 24th when Janet Axten will present an illustrated talk ‘The photographers of St.Ives’. All are welcome.



















Founded: 1920


Colours: Purple


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