Cornwall

(Latest update of this page – 27/9/15)

Embroidered Samplers
69 – Curnow
An impressive Sampler dated 1887, meticulously cross-stitched by Nellie Curnow in wool, which gives it a rather sumptuous effect – especially the large bowl of flowers. It was made during Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Year, but as well as featuring crowns and stars, Nellie chose to include Paul Pry, a character invented by John Poole for his Nellie Curnowcomedy of the same name, introduced on stage in 1825 by the leading comic actor, John Liston. Paul Pry caught the public’s imagination, remaining popular, and being revived as late as the 1890’s. Several porcelain factories produced figures of him. Nellie was probably the sixth child of James W Curnow and his wife, Elizabeth. The family lived at Mawgan in Menage, in Cornwall, where James worked as a cordwainer. Nellie was already attending school when the 1881 census was prepared – she was four years old. This sampler has been conserved by being hand sewn onto raw silk, before being framed and glazed. The price does not include postage. £325

 Postal History

67/82 Liskeard – 1825 – Letter noted ‘Late W Rawles affairs’ from Benj. H Lynes (Liskeard). The address panel has been cut out, so the addressee is not known. The letter refers to land sold to Mr Couche, a visit by Lynes to Mr Rawle & his family at Plymouth, to Mrs Rawle & her family here (Liskeard), and to 3 children Francis, Anne & Harriett, and sends compliments to Mr & Mrs Wm Ward. Written on 1 side of paper, signed by Benj. H Lynes – splits in 1 fold.   £6

Property, etc

84/40 Carharrick, Gwennap – 1915 – Sale of  interest in property  to Elizabeth Polmear by Hon. Henry Walter Forbes – Trefusis (Porthgwidden Devoran).  Contains details of settlement in favour of Hon. Henry (as life tenant) and mortgage of property involving Lord Clinton (Hon. Henry).  Hon. Hugh, Earl Fortescue and Sir Henry Yarde Buller Lopes (Devon) are party to the agreement as Trustees, and Arthur Francis Forster (Lincolns Inn Fields, Middx) & Miss Isabella Johnson (Ottershaw, Sy), as mortgagees. Printed parchment booklet with manuscript insertions – small coloured location plan – signed & sealed H W S Trefusis,  Fortescue, Henry Y B Lopes, A F Forster, Isabella Johnson. [see also 84/25]  £25

84/25 Carharrick, Gwennap – 1919 – Sale of 1/3 interest in property in which she resides, to Elizabeth Polmear (Pelmear). The vendors include Edmund Salwey Ford (Pengreep & Hyde Park Sq.) Lady Henrietta Vere Bidlake (w/o Rev Arthur Bidlake, Taunton)  James Arthur Ford (Pengreep) who hold their interests under various family settlements. Includes schedule of documents going back to Marriage Settlement of James Ford & Jane Frances Nagle (1825). Parchment – signed & sealed by E S Ford, H V Bidlake, J A Ford.  [see also 84/40]  £29

215/22 Feock – 1856Attested copy of Sale of Land by the Trustees (including William George Sandys of Bradford, Yorks) of the Marriage Settlement of Edward Davies Browne and Harriette Hill Sandys to The Cornwall Railway Coy. Harriett’s maternal grandmother named Jane (Fameck?) Hall, also mentions William Sandys, Richard Hill Sandys & Augustus Browne. Property & lands k/a Carnon Treleiver – subject to 1822 Lease to John Tregoning. In 1856 Edward & Harriett lived in St. Marylebone, Middx.    5 sheets watermarked paper written 5 sides with ink and embossed duty stamps. Some small splits in folds, occasional underlining to text in blue.  £28

215/24 Lanivet – 1897 – Lease of Treliggan & Tretoil Farm by Robert Treneer Michell the younger (Devoran) to John Henry Retallack (Lanivet).  Document includes an extensive list of Covenants to be observed by Retallack re maintenance & working of farm.  Watermarked paper booklet of 8 pages, written 5¼ sides. Small holes in cover sheet, some pencil notes in margin. Signed by R. Treneer Michell, witnessed by Alice Michell (Devoran).  £33

215/25 Lanivet – 1897 – Counterpart of Lease of Treliggan & Tretoil Farm by Robert Treneer Michell the younger (Devoran) to John Henry Retallack (Lanivet).  Document includes an extensive list of Covenants to be observed by Retallack re maintenance & working of farm.  Watermarked paper booklet of 8 pages, written 6¼ sides. Some blue crayon underlining to text. Signed by John H. Retallick, witnessed by James Retallick (Higher Woodley).  Together with a copy letter from Michell offering a new lease, and a letter (1909) from & signed by John H. Retallick accepting the offer.    £37

215/26 Lanivet – 1925 – Lease of Treliggan & Tretoil Farm (occupied by  John Henry Retallick) by Richard Harry Sampson (Bryngwilli, Pontardulais, Co Glamorgan) & John Messer Bennetts (Truro) [Executors of  Robert Treneer Michell see 215/28] to Col. William Arthur Bawden & Frank Melville Moyle Bawden  (both of Bodmin). Document includes an extensive list of Covenants to be observed by Retallack re maintenance & working of farm. Paper booklet with typed text on 10½ sides + cover. Signed by R.H. Sampson & J Messer Bennetts witnessed by Roger M Sampson (Pontardulais) & J. F Stone (solr clk, Truro).  £24

215/27 Lanivet – 1925 – Counterpart of Lease of Treliggan & Tretoil Farm (occupied by  John Henry Retallick) by Richard Harry Sampson (Bryngwilli, Pontardulais, Co Glamorgan) & John Messer Bennetts (Truro) [Executors of  Robert Treneer Michell see 215/28] to Col. William Arthur Bawden & Frank Melville Moyle Bawden  (both of Bodmin). Document includes an extensive list of Covenants to be observed by Retallack re maintenance & working of farm. Paper booklet with typed text on 10½ sides + cover. Signed by W. Arthur Bawden & Frank M M Bawden witnessed by Ernest W Gill (solr, Bodmin).  £24

215/28 Lanivet – 1928 – Mortgage of Reversionary Interest in  Treliggan & Tretoil Farm  by Lieutenant Edward Dignum Treneer Michell (Plymouth) to  John Messer Bennetts (Truro).  Refers to Will of Edward’s father (died 1913) – Robert Treneer Michell  (Devoran) – Edward’s mother Lilias Home Treneer Michell.   Treliggan  Farm  (previously leased to John Henry Retallick now to William Arthur Bawden & Frank Melville Moyle Bawden) is security for loan.. Paper booklet with typed text with manuscript insertions, on 8½ sides + cover, with large fold-out map (c 72cm x 50cm) based on 1881 Ordnance Survey map showing field numbers, woods, old mineshafts, etc. Signed by E.D. Treneer Michell, witnessed by H Naylor (solr, Truro)  Some staining to map & document mainly due to movement of red ink used to outline lands on map & underline parts of document.    Together with separate sheet of paper listing field numbers & acreages of lands. £28

215/29 Lanivet – 1935Duplicate Surrender of Lease of Treliggan & Tretoil Farm (Supplemental to lease of 1925 – see 215/26 & 27) by  Col. William Arthur Bawden & Frank Melville Moyle Bawden  (both of Bodmin) to Lieutenant Edward Dignum Treneer Michell (Winchester). Large sheet paper folded in 2 & typed on 1 side. Signed  by W. Arthur Bawden & F M M Bawden. £13

215/30 Lanivet – 1935 – Surrender of Lease of Treliggan & Tretoil Farm (Supplemental to lease of 1925 – see 215/26 & 27) by  Col. William Arthur Bawden & Frank Melville Moyle Bawden  (both of Bodmin) to Lieutenant Edward Dignum Treneer Michell (Winchester). Large sheet paper folded in 2 & typed on 1 side. Not signed, full date not completed. £10

84/26 Plainangwarry, Redruth – 1924 – Sale of property by Charles Pearce to William Sedgman  Penaluna (Penryn). Details of earlier acquisition by Pearce from Abraham Delbridge in 1903. Parchment – signed & sealed by Charles Pearce, witnessed by W Edgar Rowe (Auctioneer, Redruth).  £ 24

84/24 Redruth – 1903 – Redemption of Mortgage & Re-conveyance of property in Chyandower & Trefula, Redruth by William Augustus Ferguson Davie (formerly of South Kensington, now Crediton, Devon) to the Trustees of the Will of Sir William Robert Williams. Refers to original Mortgage of 1893 granted by Sir John Davie Ferguson Davie, subsequent assignment & death of  Sir William Williams.  Parchment – signed & sealed by W A Ferguson Davie, witnessed by E C  Ferguson Davie (solicitor, Strand, London).  £26

130/33 St Just1827– Counterpart of Lease by Rev. Thomas Robyns (Marystow, Devon) to John White (St Just, Penwith) of derelict property & land (Trewellard, St Just) for lives of his 3 children – James about 21yrs, Melchezideck abt 18yrs & Jane White abt 14yrs.  Details of previous occupiers including Richard Warren dec’d & adjoining landowners, contains a number of covenants re working the land, mineral rights & construction of dwelling. Parchment with rodent damage (to 1 corner when folded, resulting in some loss of text in folds, when opened out) – signed & sealed by John White, witnessed on reverse by Jno Reynolds & Jno Badcock.  £42

199/30 St. Just – 1839 – Lease for a year (1st part of Lease / Release for the conveyance of Lands) by Thomas Webb & Joseph Davis  (both Bristol) to William Pearce (Redgill, Winford). The conveyance may relate to the sale of land by the trustees & beneficiaries of a Hawkins Trust as the document refers to the Release of the next day to which the following are party :- James Buckler Osborne Bayly & Susan, his wife (Boreham, Wilts), George Boulton & Ann, his wife (Iron Acton, Glos.), Benjamin Lavers Hawkins (St. Just, Cornwall) and Matthew Gravett Hawkins (Bristol). Details of plots of land called Redding Pits at Winford, including acreages and numbers on Tithe Apportionment map, formerly tenanted by William Read, then Thomas Read, now George Read. Large parchment sheet with embellished 1st 2 words, signed & sealed by Thomas Webb & Joseph Davis, witnesses on reverse include Tho. W. Webb.  £57

84/23 Sithney – 1828 / 9 – Fine (or Final Concord) made at Westminster in 9th year of reign of George IV, recording sale of property by James and Frances Thomas Kempthorne to Johm Rogers. Partially printed, with manuscript details – on parchment.   £13

Wills, etc.

215/31 Bennetts, J.M. – Truro – 1935 Pre-printed letter with ink insertions (signed by L.A. Hands) from the Cornwall Electric Power Company notifyinh Bennetts of their intention to install overhead power lines over land apparently of Treliggan Farm, to the East of St. Ingunger Wood. Together with a copy of the relevant clause from the Electricity Supply Act of 1919 and a map (based on a section of the large scale Ordinance Survey Supply Map) showing the proposed power lines. £8

98/103 Culyer, Charles   Scilly Isles, Cornwall  – 1883 Beneficiary under the Will of his sister – for details see Norfolk page, Wills – Culyer, Elizabeth.

171/133 Culyer, Robert  – Penzance (formerly Dersingham, Norfolk ) – 1904  Probated copy of Will – late wife’s sisters Alice S Newell,  Rebecca Clamp [her sons Henry & Thomas Clamp], Charlotte Kerridge [her daughter Priscilla M Newson, nieces Jessie M &  Fanny L Cowtan,  Eliza L Culyer, Elizabeth M Balkwell, nephew Charles Culyer, gt nephew James King Frost.  Alice (w/o Isaac Lack Robinson) also beneficiary.  Cottages in Swaffham. 12 page paper booklet written 6 sides. Together with a typed copy of the Exors account with the life tenant [naming the tenants of property in Dersingham].   [see 171/70, Norfolk page – Ann Culyer] £21

215/21 Hugo, Miss Elizabeth – Feock – 1846 Near contemporary copy of Will & Codicil – cousin Daniell Hugo, his children Juliana, Richard & Stephen Hugo. Servant Thomasine Visack to  whom she left house & annuity for life. 6 sheets paper watermarked 1851, written 5 sides, some dusting to outer.  £21

215/23 Simmons, Thomas – Feock – 1879 Copy of Will & Codicil – daughters Marian (w/o Robert Treneere Michell of Feock), Elizabeth Coode (w/o Charles James Bennetts of Tregony), Caroline Michell (w/o William Frederick Hodge of Feock) & Jane Messer (w/o John Blamey (or Blainey) of Falmouth). Named grandchildren John Messer Bennetts & Thomas Davey Bennetts. Names various freehold estates left to children. 8 sheets watermarked paper written 7 sides, occasional underlining to text.  £18

90/15 Ward, Robert – Liskeard – dated 1801 Obligation Bond given by Amelia Ward, widow (Salhouse, Norfolk) to her son Robert Ward re a sum of money to be paid to him after her death. Sheet watermarked paper folded in 2, written 1 side with ink & embossed duty stamps. Signed / sealed by Amelia, witnessed by Tho Blake & Tho Blake jnr. Minor holes in some folds.  £37