Members in Camborne Church yard. Ancient cross in Camborne Church yard. David
Thomas leading walk 'Going up Camborne hill coming down'. House in Wellington
Road, former stables. Richard Trevithick Plaque on Camborne Hill. All 2014
The John Harris walk in July 2014
was done by over thirty people, and we all had a good time and wonderful
weather. David Thomas, the Cornwall County Recorder, who led us, told us some
wonderful stories about the part of Camborne we were exploring. We started off
from the Camborne Parish Church, where John Harris married his Jane in 1845.
We walked down Wellington Road and
looked at old transport stables, now a house, and stopped for a moment in
Gustavus Road at the site of the old chapel that would have stood there in John
It was fascinating to stand on
Camborne Hill where Trevithick's engine first operated (commemorated in the song
"Going up Camborne Hill coming down" !) One of the most interesting stories to
emerge during the walk was about a piece of grass which had been owned by the
Bassett family. they held the right of deodans over it, which meant than
anything which caused death on it, was forfeit - or its value - to the Bassett
family. This led to an unfortunate lady whose husband had been killed by his
horse bucking him off onto this site, receiving a sympathy letter from the
Bassetts, which ended with the statement that the horse was now the property of
the Bassett family. We finished the walk at Dorothy Holman House, now sadly
derelict, and came back via the Wetherspoons building at the centre of Camborne
which had strong Basset connections.
Treslothan Church (c 1900)
grave is here)
John Harris grave, Treslothan Church, 2004
House where John Harris lived when he married. Bolenowe, today.
Commemorative Plate. Book: The Meads of Love by Paul Newman.
Photos by Peter Warren and Eric Parsons
All the above colour photos courtesy of Peter
SOME PHOTOS SHOWING THE
FILMING OF THE LIFE OF JOHN HARRIS. THIS EXCITING EVENT TOOK PLACE IN AND
AROUND BOLENOWE AND TROON IN THE SUMMER OF 2010. The DVD can be purchased from the John Harris Society.
Alex Palmer plays John Harris, and Nikki Reid plays Mrs.
Some Scenes From The Life of
John Harris in the Photo Gallery
around Carn Brea, Troon and the Shire Horse Farm and Carriage Museum at
Treskillard this summer, this is a 10 minute
docudrama by Porthtowan writer,
Caroline Palmer, about the Cornish miner poet’s life and that of his family,
focusing around the time when John and his family moved from Troon to Falmouth,
bringing about a massive change in their way of life.
A selection of
John’s poems are featured, some of which have been set to music and sung by Sue
Farmer, who created a musical some years ago about the poet. Caroline
co-directed the film with Sabrina Scollan, a postgraduate student from
University College Falmouth, who also also did the edit. The shooting was
performed by fellow students, Chi-Lok Wong, Dan Moss, Lisa Williams and Fergus
five people, including University College Falmouth students, local writers,
actors and film makers were involved in one way or the other in the making of
this film. John Harris was one of Cornwall’s most famous sons. John published
16 books of poetry and wrote 100 hymns, and a number of tracts on subjects
ranging through slavery, war, alcohol abuse and cruelty to animals, despite the
hardness and busyness of his life, even beating Lord Tennyson to the
Tercentenary Shakespeare prize in 1864!
writing is also an excellent primary historical source for life, both in the
countryside and the town, in Cornwall in his period (1820-1884). His subject
matter ranges widely across a large number of topics, both local to Cornwall and
those with a much wider appeal.
DVD is on sale for £4 (+ £1 p and p) from Caroline who can be contacted on 01209
Copies can also be obtained from The
Cornish Centre and also the Emporium, both in Redruth, and Bonythons Bookshop in
(who take credit card