Constantine Cornwall

Winston Graham walk

A wet morning transformed into a lovely summer evening, which ensured an interesting and dry Winston Graham walk around Perranporth, led by Perranzabuloe Museum Curator, Karin Easton. Winston Graham (formerly Winston Grimes) moved with his family from Manchester at the age of 17 and lived in the town for the next 34 years.

The walk encompassed sites relevant to the author’s life and locations that influenced Poldark. The first location was the Tywarnhayle Hotel where his family stayed whilst considering their move from the north, then the capped shaft of the real Wheal Leisure followed by Graham’s brother’s outfitters and haberdashery shop, the site of the author’s house in area called Nampara and the grass tennis courts, with a pavilion dating back to 1896, where he played. The former site of the Miners and Seiners Inn, now a housing estate, is where the meticulous author met local miners to ensure he got his details correct for the series of Poldark novels. The walk ended with a view of Perran Beach – Hendrawna Sands in Poldark and the site of the Coastguard Station where “Ross Poldark took shape whilst watchkeeping during World War 11. Later Graham used a wooden bungalow for writing on the dunes, this is no longer in existence.

The group then returned to view the excellent Perranzabuloe Museum where there were several Graham artefacts. Members were surprised to see how many books he had written, many more than the Poldark series. Winston Graham was former President of the Museum, a role his son, Andrew, now holds.

The last summer visit will be a guided walk around part of the Penrose Estate, Helston on Friday August 18th. Members and guests are asked to gather at Constantine Church Car Park at 08.00. Contact: 01326 2450604.