Constantine Cornwall

Museum Miscellany

January 2020

Constantine History Group’s scheduled speaker had to postpone and was replaced by Don Garman, the Constantine Museum Collection Coordinator who provided a “Museum Miscellany” for the February meeting. Members handled a mason’s bush hammer used to achieve a matt finish on granite and learned about the life of a well-known stone mason. This was followed by extracts from the press in 1869 about the demise of the Tolmen Stone and a poem written in 1923 about the lost landmark. The memories of school days in the 1940s by a local policeman’s son produced lots of laughter. The 1849 parish constable’s staff was examined and the role of the constable, an annually elected post, was read. The parish constable had many more duties than the Police Constable who replaced the role in 1857 Not an enviable task with only the staff as a remuneration. Unfortunately, the name of the incumbent has not yet been discovered as the Vestry Minutes for 1849 have not been found.

Sale particulars of a large property in Port Navas dating from 1926 provided information about the house, its occupants and the associated estate which included quays, cottages, a washhouse and reading room and farm and woodland. Don ended the evening by talking about his great grandfather and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Henry Garman sang the Ploughman’s Dream to the composer in 1903 who noted down the tune and used it for the British version of Little Town of Bethlehem. A recently discovered piece of family history.

Roger Radcliffe will speak on “All Washed up at St Agnes” on February 21st at 19.15 in the WI Hall Constantine.