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Some insights into Golant History

The talk was presented on Saturday 16 November 2019 to a packed Fowey Parish Rooms by Sue Reardon and Ian Laughton, members of Golant's Heritage Group. Golant is a small waterside village of around 220 people on the west bank of the river Fowey and at one time a well-used ford crossed the river nearby. Many of Golant's residents attended the talk.

The Group had been set up seven years ago and has discovered many new and fascinating facts about Golant's past. Sue talked a little about its exhibitions and booklets, then presented her recent project, illustrated with slides, 'Golant Through Time', which was a brief history from Domesday to the mid-19th century. Information was given about the medieval ownership of the lands of Lantyan and Golant, the villagers and their occupations over time, the church, civil war skirmishes and battles, and so much more. Ian then talked about their brand new online archive and demonstrated how to navigate the website. It was all very interesting.


Members lunch 2nd November

Members lunch 2nd November
Fowey Harbour Heritage Society held their Members Lunch at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club on Nov 2nd, and as well as the lunch, there were Heritage Awards presented to Nigel Hall, who has written a fascinating book on the History of Polkerris, and also for Paul Richardsfor his ongoing contribution to local history, but especially for the recent wartime exhibitions which show the extent of Pauls research and knowledge.

There were also awards presented to some of the FHHS Guides who were retiring from this role.

It was a great social occasion, with excellent food, well served by the staff of RFYC.

Keep a look out for the next one !!


Polkerris, Pilchards and Palaces

Nigel Hall gave us an extremely well researched talk about Polkerris, Pilchards and Palaces. With the excellent Rashleigh Archives held in the Cornwall Record Office, Nigel was able to put together a picture of the Pilchard Fishing from Polkerris from the late 16th Century until its demise in the 19th Century. One of the slides he showed us was a fascinating image of an old map which showed the seines (Pilchard fishing nets) in St Austell Bay. He explained the process of curing and storing the Pilchards so they could then be exported mostly out of Fowey to the Catholic countries in the southern Mediterranean area. There were many questions for Nigel after his talk. Two for you now…how any Pilchards does a 'hogshead' hold? (Answer 7000) Why were the Pilchard cellars called 'palaces'? (Answer – unknown) Research seems to lead to more research. Nigel's book was available to buy afterwards.