Photo Album

Photo Album

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 Harris's lifetime.
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. 
C. Palmer.
                                                                                                              Treslothan Church (c 1900)
                                                                                                           (John Harris's  grave is here)
                                                                                                                                Treslothan Church 2012
                                                                                           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 Warren
                                                                                                                    Dolcoath Mine   
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. Jane Harris.
Some Scenes From The Life of John Harris in the Photo Gallery

 Filmed mainly 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 Tanner.

 Around thirty 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!  

 John Harris’s 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.

The DVD is on sale for £4 (+ £1 p and p) from Caroline who can be contacted on 01209 890102 or
Copies can also be obtained from The Cornish Centre and also the Emporium, both in Redruth, and Bonythons Bookshop in Truro. http://www.bonythonbookshop.co.uk    (who take credit card purchases)
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