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A few photographs...

Here are a few group photographs in my possession which illustrate life in Cargreen and Landulph in the early years of the 20th-century. I would be pleased to hear from anyone who can identify people in the photographs.

Visit of the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII...briefly

The parish and its farms have received several Royal visits over the last century, from the Queen and Prince Philip (in 1964), and also by Prince Charles (in 1982), who as Duke of Cornwall is an important landowner, and landlord to many tenant farmers in Landulph and throughout Cornwall.  A former Prince of Wales, later the Duke of Windsor, visited the parish in about 1921, which must have been a very exciting event at the time. The social diary of the Prince of Wales published in 'The Times' of shows that he was due to visit Newquay, Stoke Climsland and Landulph on 24 May 1921.

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This photograph shows the Prince making a presentation to the Rev. Sylvanus Gregory, who was Rector of Landulph from 1900 to 1922.  Other people I can recognise in the photograph are the man and woman on the extreme right, who are my grandfather, Albert Snell, and his sister, Mrs Louisa Spear, who were representing the churchwardens.

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A second photograph, taken on the same occasion shows the Prince emerging from the parish church.  The small group of ladies on the right of photograph are waiting to meet the Prince of Wales, and they are relatives of four young men of the parish who were killed in the First World War. Their names were Ernest Searle (Able Seaman, Royal Navy, died 1 November 1914 aged 26, son of Nicholas and Mary Searle, of Kingsmill), Morley Balsdon (Sapper, Royal Engineers, died 1 July 1916 aged 19, son of George and Dorothy E. Balsdon, of Mount Tamar, Burraton, Saltash), Joseph Best (Corporal, Royal Garrison Artillery, died 17 Oct 1917, aged 23, son of Mr. J. and Mrs. M. Best, of Cargreen) and Eustace William Elliot (Private, Machine Gun Corps, died 2 October 1918 aged 25, son of Samuel Willing Elliott and Amelia Herron Elliott, of Marsh), and they are commemorated on a brass plaque in the north transept of the church.

Parish Outings

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A number of parish outings were organised in the early 1920's.  Typical destinations included Newquay and Exmouth - quite a journey on the roads of the time and in the open coach shown in the photograph.  This meant early rising - 4:30 a.m. to cut the sandwiches and to deal with farm chores such as milking.  I can recognise my grandfather, Albert Snell about one third of the way from the front of the coach.

The Village School at Cross

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This school photograph would seem to have been taken about 1912. I can recognise my aunt, Ida Mary Snell, later Dingle, at the extreme left of the photograph, in the back row.  The schoolmaster was Thomas George Hunkin, and I'm told his dog's name was Rex!  Does anybody recognise any of the other faces in the photo?

Landulph School at Cross was built in 1842 upon land granted by John Tillie Coryton of Pentillie Castle for a nominal sum to a group of trustees who were orignally Augustus Coryton of Pentillie Castle, esq., Henry Coryton, Commander in H.M. Navy, Francis Vyvyan Jago Arundell, rector of Landulph, and Benjamin Snell of Landulph. A condition of the trust was that the Minister or Curate was to bring up children of Landulph in knowledge of the Christian Religion 'as the same is now established by law and the rites ceremonies canons and liturgy of the Church of England.' If trust revoked or premises be unoccupied for 5 years then the possession of the land would revert to John Tillie Coryton or his heirs and assigns. The trustees were empowered to choose or discharge master, make regulations etc. The trust is described in a document held by the Cornwall Record Office together with a covering letter dated 26 February 1901 from S. Hore to William Coryton (Samuel Hore was a schoolmaster at the school at about that time)

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This second school photograph was supplied by Janet Few and is published with permission. It appears to be earlier than the one above, possibly between 1900-1910. Another schoolmaster appears in the photograph to the right and he is clearly a different person to Mr Hunkin shown seated above, and possibly the Mr S. Hore who wrote the letter of 1901 concerning the school to William Cortyon, mentioned above

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