Constantine Cornwall

From the Archive

March 2019

The programmed speaker cancelled at short notice, but the Constantine Museum’s archive provided a rich miscellany of Constantine’s past from the 1800s to the 1970s. The Museum’s Collection Coordinator, Don Garman, read several memories and accounts to members which covered granite quarrying, key to Constantine’s growth in the latter part of the 19th century, education, farming, first and second world war experiences, growing up and working the Helford oysters.

An early reminiscence was written in 1925 by James Roberts who described himself as an “Old Constenten Boy”. He was born in the parish in 1839 and became a pupil teacher at Ponjeravah Academy before formal training in London He later taught in Yorkshire. A keen Cornish history exponent he wrote on a range of topics. His description of working in the granite quarries alongside  his stone mason father  and his tales of smuggling on the Helford and Lizard were read. The “Reminiscences Grave and Gay, facts, Folklore and Legend” can be viewed in the Constantine Museum. Stuart Hodge’s memories of working in the Helford oysterage were also read, very apposite as the new tenant prepares to start work in the Helford.

On April 19th at 19.15 in the Constantine WI Hall Michael Carver will share the History of the Falmouth Polytechnic. Visitors welcome 01326 250604