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Friday, 1 Jul


On the 16th ult., at Ballyshannon Church, Ireland, Capt. Hearle Stephens, 14th Light Dragoons, third son of Samuel Stephens, Esq. of Tregenna Castle, near St. Ives, to Eliza, only daughter of the late Rev. James Benson Tuthill, Rector of Belleck, County of Fermanagh.

On Thursday last, at Madron, Frederick John Gruzelier, Esq. to Susan Elizabeth, only daughter of the late John Boase, Esq., of Castle Horneck, Penzance.

Friday, 8 Jul


The foundation stone of the New Guildhall and Market-house in this town will be laid on Monday next, when the Inhabitants of the town and neighborhood are especially invited to meet the Mayor, Magistrates of the Town, and the Town-Council, at the Grammar School, to go in procession to the spot. The Masonic Brethren, in full costume, intend to join them with a band of music.


On Friday last, at Penzance, Mrs. W. D. Matthews, of a daughter.

On Monday last, at Penzance, Mrs. Topham wife of the Rev. Mr. Topham, Wesleyan Minister of a daughter.


On Monday last, aged 82 years, William Carne, Esq. of Penzance. This venerable man, by the blessing of God upon his own industry and enterprise, rose from a condition of humble life to a station of high respectability, and has died trusted, honoured, and lamented. To great strength of character, he united an unusual measure of benevolence, and, to crown the whole, was remarkable for his fervid and consistent piety. The personal friend of the illustrious Wesley, the principal supporter of infant Wesleyanism in his own neighbourhood for sixty years in steady, active and beneficient communion with the society to which he thus originally attached himself, his name, throughout the world, in inseparably associated with Cornish Methodism. As he drew near his end, it was gratifying to remark the maturing of his spirit in humility, gentleness and love; and his last hours, undisturbed by doubts or apprehension, were joyous and even triumphant.

At St. Ives, Betsey, wife of Mr. Richard Curnow, aged 51 years.

Friday, 15 Jul


Penzance New Guildhall and Market House [2 columns on the laying of the foundation stone]


At Morvah, near Penzance, on the 12th instant, Mr. W. Williams, of St. Just, to Miss Eddy, of Morvah.


At St. Ives, Mr. William Trevorra, shoemaker, aged 34 years.

Friday, 22 Jul


A cattle market will be held at Penzance on the 14th. [July or August?]

On Monday last, the first Quarter Sessions of the Peace, under the new Municipal Act, was held in the Grammar School in this town, in consequence of the rebuilding of the new Guild- Hall, before Walter Coulson, Esq., Recorder of this borough, accompanied by Wm. Davy, Esq, Mayor Joseph Carne and Jas. J. A. Boase, Esquires, Justices and the Town-Council.

Gentlemen of the Grand Jury, I am not aware of any cases which will be presented to you which you will not readily dispose of. But, as this court is a new one, deriving its powers from a recent statute, I should say a few words about the circumstance under which you are assembled, and the powers with which you are invested.

By the Municipal Reform Act 5 and 6, the Legislature has thought fit to abolish, in the greater part of the more considerable towns in England, Penzance included, the many and very various Corporate Institutions which existed in them. Of these Corporations, some very popular and democratic, some very close and self-elective, some combining principles, it is not easy to conceive that all could be well adapted to the people of the same country; and it is safe to say that great evils must have flowed from a great many of them.

One circumstance common to many of them was that the Judicial and administrative powers—the power of taxing, the power of trying offenders, and the care of the ordinary police—were united in the same bodies, whether those bodies were chosen by the people or by one another.

This confusion of functions the Legislature has thought fit to remove. The Act provides that the Council of every borough which desires that a separate Court of Quarter Sessions shall be held in that borough, shall signify that desire by petition to his Majesty in Council, setting forth the grounds of the application. (This Penzance has done resulting in this Court being recognized.)

[he then went into detail regarding evidence, the law, and the function of a Grand Jury]

The first case that came before this court was one of bastardy, between Julia Carter of Penzance, and William Warren, of Newlyn. After the case had been fully investigated, the Recorder directed an order to be made on the said William Warren, for 1s. 6d. per week.

Elizabeth Murly, of St. Buryan, was then arraigned on a charge of having stolen a piece of Prist from Mr. York, draper. The case having been fully proved, the jury returned a verdict of Guilty, and the prisoner was sentenced to three months’ imprisonment.

The next case was a charge of assault on the constables, in the discharge of their duty, by two young men of the parish of Gulval, named Richard and James Friggins. The parties were found Guilty, fined £5 each, and sentenced to one weeks imprisonment. Thomas Friggins was afterwards found guilty of attempting to rescue the prisoners, and fined 20s.


On Saturday last, at Penzance, the wife of Mr. [Ba]ynard, draper, of a daughter.


On Tuesday, the 19th instant, at Madron, Mr. [Gi]ll to Miss Ells.


On Saturday, at St. Just, of decline, Susan, daughter of the Rev. J. Buller, aged 19 years.

Friday, 29 Jul


On Sunday evening last, the death of the late Wm. Carne, Esq. was improved by an eloquent and impressive discourse, preached by the Rev. R. Treffry, jun. to a crowded congregation in the Wesleyan chapel in this town, from Hebrews chapt. VI and 12th verse. To perpetuate Mr. Carne’s memory, it is intended to erect a Tablet, in that chapel, by voluntary subscriptions from the Members of the Methodist Society in Penzance and St. Ives circuits.


On Saturday last, at Penzance, the wife of the Rev. R. Treffry, of a son.

Friday, 5 Aug


A FIVE POUND NOTE was on the 26th June last, tendered to Mr. Pool, of the STAR HOTEL, Penzance, for change; which he has detained on suspicion of its having been stolen. The note will be given up to the person to whom it belongs on describing it. [Don’t they all look the same?]


The First of August
This day was celebrated at Mousehole on Monday, in commemoration of that happy event, the emancipation of the Negro Slaves in the West Indies. About 140 persons took tea together in the center of the spacious Wesleyan Chapel, which was tastefully laid out for the occasion. After the repast, some very appropriate and impressive speeches, relative to the apprentice system &c, were delivered& A subscription was entered into on the occasion, amounting to £5, to furnish dresses for the Negro children, to enable their parents to send them to school.

Melancholy Accident.
On Wednesday last, a miner by the name of Martin Ingwin, working at Wheal Valentine Mine in the parish of Paul, set a charge to blast some rock. The blast not occurring when expected, he went to check the cause, when the charge went off and injured him so dreadfully that he died in a few hours. The poor fellow had only been married about ten days.

An inquest was also held on Wednesday last, at Ludgvan, before the same coroner [Hosken James, Esq.], to investigate the cause of the death of Thomas Rodda, a miner of that parish. It appeared in evidence that deceased went to Penzance on Saturday on business, with a small cart drawn by a mule. On his return home late at night he met with a neighbour, called Corin, a blacksmith, at a public- house at Chyandour. They had some beer there, and as deceased was about to proceed on his journey Corin, whether for the purpose of injuring the deceased or from mere wantonness, upset the cart and mule, by which the deceased was so much hurt that he died on Monday evening. After a very long inquiry, the Jury acquitted Corin of the charge of murder, but returned a verdict of manslaughter, and the Coroner accordingly issued his warrant for his apprehension.

Assault on a Clergyman—On the evening of Monday, the 25th ult, the Rev. J. Johnson, of Perran-Uthnoe, was accosted by two drunken miners, named Humphry King and John Jewell, on the road leading from Penzance to Marazion, who knocked him down and kicked him on the ground different times. We understand that in consequence of the wives of the offenders pleading that the men were drunk, and having three small children, the Rev. Gentleman forgave his brutal assailants. The feeling which prompted him to this act of forgiveness are certainly commendable, but we think the perpetrators of so wanton an outrage ought to have been severely punished as an example to others.


On Tuesday last, at Penzance, Mr. Ralph Hocker Bodilly, aged 33 years.

Friday, 12 Aug


Nisi Prius
Tuesday, before Mr. Justice Williams

D… of Tremewan v Permewan
This was an action of ejectment, to recover a tenament called Trewoofe Wartha, in the parish of St. Buryan, in this county. The plaintiff claimed as heir at law of Thomas Tremewan, of St. Buryan, who died in 1765. The defendant claimed under his late uncle, James Permewan, as devisce under the will of Thomas. The question at issue between the parties was whether James Permewan took an estate for life, or an estate tail, under the will of Thomas. After the plaintiff had put in the will of Thomas Tremewan, and proved his pedigree as heir at law, and the defendant had put in a recovery suffered by James, and other documents, a nominal verdict was found for the plaintiff, and the point of law reserved to be argued in the court above.

St. Ives
The seine-boats took their stem on Tuesday, and from the circumstance of several shoals of sprats having been seen in the bay, in the present week, we anticipate a good pilchard season.


On the 6th instant, at St. Marks, Kensington, by the Rev. Charlton Law John, eldest son of John Penrose Trenerty [poss. Trenerly], Esq. of Gibraltar, to Emily, eldest daughter of Joseph Carne, Esq. of Penzance.

At Madron Church, Penzance, on Tuesday, August the 9th, Archibald C. Ross, Esq. surgeon, at Maderia, second son of the late Rev. John Ross, Minister of Crawford, Lancashire, to Mary, eldest daughter of Joseph Carne, Esq. of Penzance.


At Penzance, on Tuesday morning last, Mrs. Davy, wife of William Davy, Esq. the present Mayor of that Borough.

Friday, 19 Aug

Book Review

The Mining Review and Journal of Geology, conducted by Henry English, Esq., No. VIII Simpson, London

Three hundred and fifty pages; contain essays on a dozen subjects connected with mining. Mr. Burr has given “a very, very good paper” on metalliferous and mineral deposits, in many of the details of which we fully concur, whilst there are some to which we cannot subscribe.

“Many contemporaneous veins occur in the mining districts of Cornwall, some of which are metalliferous, being chiefly productive of tin. The most remarkable instance of their occurrence is in the neighbourhood of St. Austell, in the granite tract to the north-east of the town. The granite here is of a peculiar character; it contains a large proportion of feldspar, generally in a state of decomposition and but little mien. This rock is traversed in some places by numerous small veins containing tin, and having all the characters of contemporaneous veins. Numerous workings have been carried on upon these veins, one of which is the remarkable excavation, Carclaze Mine.”

Mr. Burr might have gone further and said a very similar spot occurs at Ballaswidden, in St. Just, where the proportion of feldspar is by no means unusually large; and of similar small strings at Wheal Music Mine in Saint Agnes, where there is an excavation resembling, but on a small scale, that at Carclaze, but with this difference—the veins contain ores of copper. It will thus be seen that tin is not the only metal which occurs in numerous small veins; nor is it requisite that the granite should abound with feldspar, for Wheal Music is worked in slate. Numerous attempts have been made, but with little success, to draw distinctions between the characters of small and large metalliferous veins—the former being supposed contemporaneous with the rock, the latter of posterior origin. Mr. Burr has not met with better fortune than his predecessor in making this evident; for there is not that we know, a single character possessed by one that does not occur in the other; and in this opinion we are satisfied ninety-nine in a hundred of the miners in this county will concur.

Mr. Burr again appears “on the occurrence of the precious metals in Great Britain”, giving an excellent summary of the produce of various parts of the kingdom, among which Cornwall claims a considerable eminence. He observes “The total quantity of silver produced by the mines of Great Britain is not, perhaps, very accurately known, being derived from such fluctuating and scattered sources, but may, I believe, at the present time, be estimated at about 12,000 or 13,000 pounds troy, and may therefore amount in value to nearly £40,000.”

There is a very short abstract of a lecture on “Improvements in Mining" by Mr. John Taylor… “At first a bushel of coal raised but 5,000,000 pounds of water a foot high; now several engines raise nearly 80,000,000; and one is said for a short period to have raised 125,000,000—that of Messrs. West and Petherick, at the Fowey Consols and Lanescot Mines. So that one bushel of coal now does as much work as sixteen used to do.”

A geological survey of the Carn Menelis district, Cornwall, is afforded by Mr. Thomas, whose numerous and very valuable labours on similar subjects are so well known. Among the notices there are several short articles of very great interest, with which we shall occasionally enrich our pages; and on taking leave of the work, we hope we many expect the future numbers to appear with greater regularity than Mr. English has heretofore preserved, and we cordially congratulate him and public on the increasing value of the publication.


On Wednesday, at Penzance, the wife of Mr. Richard Frean, baker, of a daughter.


At Buryan, near Penzance, Mr. J. Harvey, at an advanced age.

Friday, 26 Aug


Singular Circumstance
About two years ago, John Binney, a fisherman of St. Ives, when fishing in St. Ives Bay, caught a small ray, and not considering it of sufficient value to offer for sale, he marked the initials of his name with a knife on the belly of the fish, and threw it back into the water. On Monday last, the same ray was caught by some of our fishermen off Cape Cornwall, nearly full grown, with the identical initials, marked by John Binney, about six inches in length, and clearly defined. The fish is in the possession of Wm. Bazeley, jun. Esq. of St. Ives.

St. Ives
There was a fine prospect of pilchards here on Tuesday, several shoals having been seen in the Bay, while the vessels from Wales, and the boats of the line fishing, discovered several large shoals on the coast. The drift-boat, the only one at present on that fishing, brought in, on Wednesday morning, 2,000 remarkable fine pilchards, and had it not blown a gale of wind from the N.E., it is believed that the seans would have shot. All parties at this port are on the tip-toe of expectation, and we hope our next publication will announce some fine shoals having been taken.

We understand that Messrs. Bolitho and Co. of Penzance, have opened a branch bank at St. Ives, and that Messrs. Boase, Grenfell, and Co., of Penzance, intend to open a branch bank there also in a few days.

On Tuesday evening last, a little boy, son of William Curnow, carrier, whilst playing with some other boys on the first floor of beams of the new Market-House at Penzance, his foot slipped, and he fell on some stones below, by which his skull was dreadfully fractured. Medical aid was immediately procured, but there is not the slightest hope of his recovery.


On Monday the 22nd instant, at Penzance, deeply regretted by a numerous circle of relatives and friends, in the 81st year of her age, Kliza, relict of John Millet, Esq. late of Bosavern, in this county. Her sufferings, which towards the close of her days were very great, were borne with that Christian patience and resignation which she ever displayed through life.

On Wednesday morning, at Penzance, the infant daughter of the Rev. Richard Treffry, jun, Wesleyan Minister.

Friday, 2 Sep


A considerable improvement is now being made at the quay, in this town, by the opening of a new road at the bottom of Coinage-Hall Street, the Council having purchased some old houses for the purpose, which will render the quay easier of access, and afford considerable relief to the carriage of goods.

St. Ives
Our new Road from Trelyhon into the town is making great progress, and it is expected to be completed by Christmas. When finished, it will be one of the pleasantest rides in the County.

Several shoals of fish have been seen from the hills near St. Ives every day during the last week, but none have come into the bay. There was only one drift-boat out on Tuesday night, and she brought in on the following morning 2,000 fine pilchards.


On Friday, at Penzance, the wife of Mr. E. A. Crouch, of a daughter.

Friday, 9 Sep


REDUCTION OF THE NEWSPAPER STAMP DUTY—To our Subscribers and the Public—The new Stamp Act comes into operation on Thursday next, the 15th of September, after which day the price of the WEST BRITON will be reduced to FOURPENCE. [from 7d, 1d of the reduction being due to increased circulation and advertising]

Friday, 16 Sep


Singular Discovery
A little mine has lately been set on foot at Newlyn, near Penzance, called Wheal Newlyn; and not being able to open their adit on the course of the lode, in consequence of a fish cellar over it, the miners were obliged to drive in another direction to come on the lode, when they found a cavity in the earth about 18 feet in length, with water about a foot deep, in which was discovered a quantity of fish of the conger eel species, although there appears to be no inlet or outlet for the water. It is supposed that a mine was worked on the spot about 150 years since, but how the fish got there is quite unaccountable, as it is upwards of 70 feet from high water mark. We have seen some of the fish, which were about eight or nine inches long, and it is supposed that there are many large ones in the same place.

Fatal Accident
On Sunday the 25th ult, as Mrs. Corin, wife of Mr. Jacob Corin, was going with a relative to Tolver, in Gulval, the vehicle was by some means upset, and she was so much injured by the violence with which she was thrown out, as to occasion her death on the Saturday following.

A Venerable Fisherman
A fisherman of the name of John Roach, who is upwards of 90 years of age, has been employed during the last week in tucking up fish out of the sean belonging to Mr. Joseph Hocking, of St. Ives, and performs his work surprisingly well.

Game License Certificates

Persons who have obtained Game Certificates for the year 1836 [selected entries]

List 1 General Certificates at £3.13s.6d. each

Made up from the First of September, 1836. By order of the Boards,

Stamps and Taxes Secretary


On Sunday last, at St. Ives, Captain Andrew Thomas, of the schooner "Diligence", of that port, to Agenora, eldest daughter of Mr. W. Allen, collector of lights.


Yesterday, at Penzance, Miss Auria G. P. Vilbert, second daughter of Mr. John Pope Vilbert, aged 17 years, after a very short illness.

Friday, 23 Sep


On the night of Saturday, the 10th instant, the premises of Susan Maddern, shopkeeper, on the Green, Penzance, were entered, and cash to the amount of £10 taken out of a drawer of the shop, together with some tobacco and snuff. Suspicion having fallen on two men, called Bead and Hosking, who were intimate with Susan, they were charged with the robbery, and after some time confessed. Part of the money they spent, and the other part they hid in a hay-rick, where it was found. The thieves absonded[sic], but were taken on the Helston road, by Pascoe and Rowe, two police-officers, of Penzance; and, after an examination before the Magistrates, they were commited for trial at the next Sessions. It is believed that the investigation of this case will bring to light other depredtions[sic] that are at present undiscovered.

St. Ives Pilchard fishery
No fish have been taken by the St. Ives seans since our last advices, but vast quantities are still reported to be on the coast. On Wednesday the St. Ives drift-boats brought in from 2 to 500 each of very fine mackarel, which were readily bought up for the Bristol market at 1s.6d. to 1s.8d. per 120. They also brought in several thousands of fine pilchards, which were likewise bought for the Bristol market at from 1s.11d to 2s per 120, and which were shipped the same day by the steamer. Since the establishment of this conveyance to Bristol, the inhabitants of St. Ives can with great difficulty get any supply of fish.


On Monday last, Penzance, Mrs. R. Barnes, of a [son].

On Tuesday last, Penzance, Mrs. William Pengelly, of a daughter.


On Wednesday last, Mrs. Nancy Downing, alias Dunn, Elias, Bryant, to Mr. J. Williams, jun., pilot. This is the fourth time the [bride] has been led to the hymeneal altar, though she is [very] little above 30 years of age. On the same day Mr. Vivian Stevens, of Trevalgen, farmer, to Thomasine, daughter of Mr. J. Penberthy, of Pulmanhoe, both of St. Ives.


On the 15th instant, at Penzance, the infant daughter of Mr. John Celey.

Friday, 30 Sep


On the 21st instant, at Penzance, the lady of Richard Bolitho, Esq. of a daughter.

On Monday, at Penzance, Mrs. James Eva, of a son.


On Monday last, at St. Ives, aged 80 years, Mrs. Worth, widow of the late Captain Thomas Worth, of that port.

On Wednesday last, aged 36 years, Charlotte, wife of Mr. James Richards, jun, joiner, of St. Ives.

Yesterday, at Penzance, Ada, daughter of Mr. R. M. Branwell, aged nine months.

Friday, 7 Oct


Game License Certificates

Persons who have obtained Game Certificates for the year 1836 [selected entries]

List 1 General Certificates at £3.13s.6d. each

Made up from the First of September, 1836, to the Twenty-third of September, 1836. By order of the Boards,

Stamps and Taxes Secretary

A few days since, Pascoe, the chief police officer at Penzance, apprehended a fellow who wore a red coat, and represented himself as a soldier who had been engaged in Spain. The fellow sold matches, and levied contributions on the public by stating his knowledge of the friends of parties upon whom he called. He has, very properly, been sent to the Treadmill as a punishment for vagrancy.[The Treadmill (or Treadwheal) was situated in the Penzance Prison (1826 to 1867) which was where the West Cornwall Hospital now stands. It was a convenient way of punishing prisoners who got out of line. For example, a double turn on the wheal for the duration of eight hours, for wilfully destroying prison clothing—Colin Roderick]

On Thursday se’nnight, at the fair at Marazion, a farmer of Buryan, was robbed of money to a considerable amount, and has not yet been able either to detect the thief or recover his property.


On Monday last, at Penzance, the infant child of Mr. W. M. Baynard, draper.

On Sunday last, at Rosemodrass, Buryan, Mr. Thomas Edmonds, aged 70 years.

At St. Ives, Betsey, the wife of Mr. Charles Short, innkeeper, aged 36 years.

Friday, 14 Oct


During the tremendous gale on Wednesday evening, a man named Seely, who resided at the Quay, whilst engaged in securing the vessels then within the Pier, was washed off by the heavy seas which broke over, and was drowned. Three or four others were washed over at the same time but were saved. Such was the force of the waves that a boiler of a steamer which lay on the Pier, was washed into the basin, and the sea has not been known for many years to rise so high. Considerable damage has also been done to the roads between Marazion and Newlyn, which at the time were almost impassable. On the same evening a little mine which has for some time been at work between Newlyn and Mousehole, in the cliff, suffered considerable damage and upwards of £100 worth of tin was washed away which had been preparing for the market; and a sean boat, with the seans on board, foundered at Mullion.

Pilchard Fishery
The prospects of the pilchard fishery, which is of so much importance to our county, are becoming somewhat gloomy. At Mevagissey and Goran-Haven, the season has been quite unsuccessful; the men are all paid off; and, although the seans still remain on board, it is expected they will soon be laid up. Quantities of fish have been on the coast, but not in the turns, and when they were expected to approach shore, very rough weather has driven them off again. A few days ago, a fine shoal of about 750 hhds was taken and secured at Cadgwith, and partial catches have taken place in other localities; but at St. Ives they are yet without any fish in the seans; more than two months of the seaners’ time is expired, and only about 1000 hhds have been cellared in that town, which are in the hands of Messrs. Bolitho and Hocking. On Tuesday night, the St. Ives drift-boats were out; and, on Wednesday morning, landed each from 500 to 1500 fine mackarel, and a few herrings. The fishermen were all bustle putting in mackarel nets, with the intention of going to sea that night, but we expect the gale render it impossible for them to execute their purpose.

Attempted Robbery
On Tuesday morning last, between two and three o’clock, an attempt was made on the premises of Mr. James Pentreath, grocer, Penzance, which was fortunately prevented by a Captain who was on his way to the pier to secure his vessel from the gale then blowing. On passing the shop of Mr. Pentreath, he discover the door had been forced open, and two men ran out; who, on seeing him, made their escape. Mr. Pentreath was immediately informed of the circumstance, and repaired to his shop, when he was much gratified on discovering that nothing had been taken from the premises.


On Tuesday last, at Madron, Mr. Richard Davy, third son of Wm. Davy, Esq. Mayor of Penzance, to Ann, eldest daughter of Mr. J. Bromley, merchant, of Penzance.


On Sunday last, at Trewoofe, St. Buryan, after a lingering illness, Mr. Henry Harvey, aged 35 years.

At Brooke Cottage, near Penzance, Anne Rosewall, youngest daughter of Henry Pengelly, Esq. aged six months.

At Trereife, near Penzance, on the 3rd instant, William, son of Mr. John Kempe, aged four years.

Friday, 21 Oct


The Fisheries - St. Ives
Early on Friday morning last, a sean belonging to Messrs. Wearne and Jenkyn shot, but enclosed only about 3,000 mackerel, which were sold to the country people at 9s per 120. In the afternoon of that day, a sean belonging to the Union concern shot, and secured, about 150 hhds of pilchards; a sean belonging to Messrs. Bolitho also shot, and secured about 300 hhds of pilchards, and five or six boat loads of mackerel. On Saturday morning, the drift-boats landed 30,000 mackerel - each boat averaging from 2,000 to 6,000, which were all sold to the country people at various prices - the lowest 8s, and the highest at 14s per 120. On Sunday, several seans were shot belonging to the Union concern, one of which contained, it was supposed, 3,000 hhds, but the net, which was an old one, having burst, the fish escaped, and out of the five seans which were shot, the quantity taken was only about 220 hhds. of pilchards. Two seans were shot also on Sunday by Messrs. Tremearne and Co. which on account of its being the Sabbath, had all the range of the bay. One of them secured about 1,000 hhds of pilchards, but the fish inclosed by the other proved to be sprats. On Monday a sean belonging to Messrs. Bolitho, and one belonging to Messrs. Tremearne and Co. shot on sprats.

So great was the bustle of catching fish and selling mackerel on Sunday, that the day had no appearance of the Sabbath, and on Monday morning as early as two o’clock, carts from the neighbouring parishes began to arrive, and continued throughout the whole of the day. Messrs. Tremearne, Bamfield and Co. commenced the sale of their mackerel, but they raised the price from 24s. per gurry, holding about two hundred and a half, to 41s. and more than half the carts in consequence returned to Redruth, Camborne, Crowan, Gwinear, Phillack, Ludgvan, Marazion, Perran, Towednack, Zennor, St. Just, and other parishes without a supply. It is expected that this concern will realize upwards of £1,000 from the sale of their mackerel alone.

Some of the Union concern supplied the country people yesterday with pilchards at 14d. and 15d per 120.

Wearne’s and Jenkyn’s concern is now the only unsuccessful one, but as the fishing last year was far later that this, and as considerable quantities of fish are reported still to be on the coast, they are not yet without hopes that there may be further catches. On Wednesday morning, the drift-boats landed from 5,000 to 18,000 mackerel each boat. The sales are brisk at from 32s. to 36s. per gurry, and the country will now have a good supply.

About 80 hogsheads of pilchards were caught on Tuesday at Sennen Cove; and it was reported on Wednesday at Fowey that two or three seans had shot to the westward, which created a good deal of bustle in preparing the seans at that place. The result has not reached us.

On Thursday morning, the 13th instant, about seven o’clock, as Charles Row, aged 17, son of Mr. W. Row, owner of the “Fidelity” of St. Ives, and an apprentice to Mr. V. S. Quick, shipwright, was proceeding to his work with his fellow apprentice, one of the large fishing-boats which was hauled up on the beach fell over, and crushed him in such a manner that he only survived a few hours.

These Sessions commenced on Tuesday last, at Bodmin.

George Barnes, 24, committed August 20, 1836, by John Scobell, Esq. charged with stealing a quantity of coals, the property of the adventurers of Boscaswell Downs Mine, in the parish of St. Just. There were several witnesses called to prove the robbery, but as they failed to prove that the stolen property belonged to the adventurers, the prisoner was acquitted.


On Friday last, at Penzance, Mrs. Walter Edmonds, of a son.


At Madron, on Wednesday, by the Rev. C. A. Ogilvie, Domestic Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rev. John Armstrong, of Dinder, in Somersetshire, to Mary Ann, second daughter of John Scobell, Esq. of Nanccalverne, Penzance.

On Tuesday last, at St. Paul, near Penzance, by the Rev. Warwick Aber Gurney, Francis Cland Burnett, Esq. of the Bengal Horse Artillery, and of Gadgirth, Ayrshire, to Anne Emily, only daughter of the late Captain William Wooldridge, R.N. of Newham-House, Truro.

Friday, 28 Oct


KELLOW’S Cheap and Expeditious mode of Travelling, through Cornwall, by the Red Rover Omnibus, From Weakley’s Hotel, Devonport.

W. Kellow returns his sincere thanks to the Public for their past favors, and begs to inform them that for their better accommodations he now runs ever alternate Day from Weakley’s Hotel, Devonport, MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, and FRIDAYS, at Eight o’clock in the morning; passing through and calling at the New Inn, Torpoint; London Inn, Liskeard; King’s Arms, Lostwithiel; Queen’s Head, St. Austell; Seven Stars, Truro; Commercial Inn, Camborne, and arrives at Farquharson’s Western Hotel, Penzance, in the Evening at Eight o’clock. Starting from thence every TUESDAY, THURSDAY, and SATURDAY, at Six in the Morning, called at the above-named places, and arrives at Devonport at Six in the Evening, completing the journey in TWELVE HOURS.


Desirable Freehold Inn, Fish Cellars, and Premises, in Mousehole

To be sold at AUCTION, on WEDNESDAY, the 2nd day of November next, by Four o’clock in the Afternoon, at the Three Tuns Inn, in the Town of Penzance, with immediate possession, the FEE SIMPLE and INHERITANCE of all that Desirable INN, called the


With the Commodious FISH CELLARS and other PREMISES belonging and adjoining thereto, conveniently situated in the Village of Mousehole, in the Parish of PAUL, and late in the occupation of Mr. Walter Jenkin.

The Premises are substantially built of Stone, and covered with Slate, and are in complete repair.

For viewing the Premises and other particulars, apply to Messrs RICHARDS and MILLETT Solicitors, Penzance Dated October 20, 1836


Notice re Truro, Redruth and Penzance Railway Company, with a breakwater at Penlea Point, Mount’s Bay; will ask Parliament for a bill to make this line. It is intended to join the London, Exeter, and Falmouth rail line.

The excessive violence of the late gales, detained the Scilly Packet at Penzance above a week beyond her usual time, to the great inconvenience of many. A larger and more commodious packet is much wanted.

During the storm of Wednesday evening, a schooner called the “Minerva” Francis Hickes, of St. Ives, master, laden with wool, from Spain, bound for Bristol, struck on one of the western rocks near Crebawithen, and went down instantly. The master and crew were drowned with the exception of one man, a Genoese, who saved himself by springing from the bowsprit on a rock, where he remained all night in a pitiable state. He was taken off next morning at great risk, by a St. Agnes’ boat, and has experienced every humane attention.

CORNWALL MICHAELMAS SESSIONS (continued Wednesday, Oct. 19)

John Trevail, 36, charged on oath with having kept, within the last three months, a house of ill-fame, in the parish of Madron. Guilty—to be imprisoned for nine months at hard labour.

On Friday last, the General Quarter Sessions of the Peace for this town were held in the Grammar School, before Walter Coulson, Esq. Recorder, and the Mayor and Justices. The Recorder addressed the Grand Jury at some length, and pointed out the law very clearly as bearing upon the several cases about to be brought before them. The Grand Jury retired, and having found true bills against the following persons, they were placed at the bar and tried:

Juvenile Depravity—On Tuesday evening, the 13th instant, about nine o’clock, as the shop of Mr. Tonkin, grocer, Penzance, was left unoccupied for a short time, a boy named Tresidder, who, no doubt had been watching for an opportunity, went into it, put out the lights, and took the till from its place in the counter, with an intention, of course, of either clearing it of its contents or of carrying it off; but fortunately as he was coming from behind the counter, one of Mr. Tonkin’s family made their appearance, and discovered him. He was immediately taken into custody, and lodged in the police-office for the night; and after an examination the following morning, was sent to the town prison to take his trial for the offense at the quarter sessions for the borough on Friday. The young rogue has several times been detected in similar offences and has been more than once imprisoned.—Guilty, to be imprisoned in the house of correction and kept to hard labour.

Wm. Beard and John Hosking, charged with breaking into the shop of Elizabeth Maddern and taking the money out of the till, amounting to £10.15s and some other articles. Guilty, 12 months imprisonment at hard labour. [See 23 Sep above]

S. Curnow, charged with getting goods from Mr. James, ironmonger, under false pretenses. Guilty, nine months imprisonment at hard labour.

Henry Goodfellow, charged with taking a chest of clothes from the possession of Mr. Carberry, in whose hands it had been placed by the owner, under a false name. Guilty, nine months imprisonment at hard labour.

After the business of the Sessions had closed, the recorder, with the Mayor and the Town Council, repaired to the Union Hotel, where they were joined by several gentlemen of the town, and partook of an excellent dinner, including turtle, venison, and every delicacy of the season, served up in Mr. Pearce’s best style. The company separated highly delighted with their good cheer, and with the good feeling manifesting on the occasion.


On Sunday, the 16th instant, at Penzance, the wife of Mr. John Hawken, of twin daughters.

On Sunday the 16th instant, at Stable-Hobba, near Penzance, Mrs. Kerneck, of a daughter.

On Tuesday last, at Penzance, Mrs. Uriah Tonkin, of a daughter.

On Monday last, at Newlyn, Mrs. Abraham Chirgwin, of a daughter.

On Thursday, the 20th instant, at Newlyn, near Truro, [where?] the wife of Mr. Joseph Glasson, of a daughter.


At St. Ives, on Wednesday last, Capt. Robert Welch, of the schooner “Brothers”, of that port, to Miss Mary Ann James.

On Tuesday last, at Paul, Mr. Charles Ladner, to Miss Pentreath.


On Tuesday, at Penzance, the infant daughter of Mr. Sleeman, watchmaker, aged eight months.

At St. Ives, Mr. Faull, innkeeper, aged about 50 years.

Friday, 4 Nov


At Penzance, on Monday last, Mrs. Tucker, of a daughter.


At Penzance, on Monday evening, the 31st ult. Mr. William Woolridge, late of Lifton, in Devon, in the forty-second year of his age; for many years a warm receiver of the theological writings of the honourable Emanuel Swedenberg.

Friday, 11 Nov


The wretched state of the streets of Penzance has been long the subject of general conversation among the Inhabitants, and all those who may ever have had the misfortune to pass through them. They are paved in such a vile manner, and filth of every description is allowed to accumulate to such a degree, that it is utterly impossible to walk the streets of a wet night, without running the risk of being covered with mud, and afterwards breaking your neck. Added to this; of the few gas lights we have, seldom more than half are lighted, even on the darkest night; and this half has been gradually dwindling away, until last Friday night, when there were literally only six lamps lighted in the whole town. Some of the lamp posts have been actually taken down; from some the lamps have been removed; and others are in such a dirty condition that even when they are lighted, (not to mention their giving no more light than a good mould candle), they are scarcely of use. Surely the Reform Corporation should look into this, and see that the town is properly lighted, and the streets kept in order. Hoping that some spirited member, among those who have recently obtained seats in the Municipal Parliament, will bring the subject forward at the next meeting of the council, and endeavour to get those abominable and shameful nuisances rectified.
I have the honor to remain, yours &c., VERITAS


On Monday last, at Penzance, the wife of Mr. Allen, spirit merchant, of a daughter.

At St. Ives, on Sunday last, the wife of Capt. Edward Johns, jun. of the brig “Eclipse” of a son.


At Tywardreath, Mr. Richard Ellis, of Ludgvan, to Miss Mary Buzza, of the former parish.


At Rose-Vale, Ludgvan, on Wednesday last, Mr. John Ellis, late of Tregethas, St. Erth.

Friday, 18 Nov


For some time past, we have been in possession of the principal facts of the extraordinary proceedings which have taken place between the Bishop of Exeter and the Rev. William Malkin, Perpetual Curate of St. Ives; but as the whole of the case had not reached us in a form at all satisfactory, we did not consider ourselves justified in giving publicity to mere rumours, especially of a character so truly astounding. … We, however, hail it as one of those events which will considerably expedite the important work of real and efficient Church reform, and establish such a state of things as will prevent the dismissal of an incumbent, contrary to the wishes of his parishioners, on such ridiculous and unchristian pretences as have been set up in Mr. Malkin’s case. [One half of the entire last page was devoted to this issue. The Bishop of Exeter forced the Rev. Malkin to resign for allowing an unspecified member of his family to enter a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, perhaps during a service. The Rev. Malkin protested vigorously, to no avail. Correspondence from both parties is included.]

There is this notice further on: On Thursday, the 10th instant, the Bishop of this Diocese, licensed the Rev. William James Havart, to the Perpetual curacy of St. Ives, vacant by the resignation of the Rev. William Malkin, on the presentation of the Rev. Uriah Tonkin, vicar of Uny Lelant, the true patron. On Sunday last, the Rev. gentleman read himself in.


On Friday last at Penzance, Mr. William Wearne, of twins - a son and a daughter.


On Sunday last, at St. Ives, Mr. Daniel Lander, jun. to Miss Mary Curnow.

Also, Mr. James Hosking, tallow-chandler, to Miss Daniell.

Friday, 25 Nov


[One re: St. Just Amphitheatre]


Insolvent Debtors Court, Guildhall, Bristol November 22nd, 1836
John Bottrall, sued as John Toll, the younger, late of Crowlas, in the parish of Ludgvan, in the county of Cornwall, Innkeeper, appeared on his petition to be discharged from custody. The insolvent was opposed by Mr. Payne, barrister-at-law, on behalf of Messrs. Tilly and Co. of Falmouth, spirit merchants, and by Mr. R. E. Tippett, Solicitor, of Marazion, on behalf of Messrs. Coates & Co., Plymouth, Messrs. Bastard & Co., Exeter, Messrs. Salter and Lander, and Mr. H. Conn, of Truro, Messrs. Stephens & Co., Mr. Higgs, and other creditors of Penzance. The insolvent contracted several debts whilst residing in Ludgvan, but had quitted that parish rather abruptly, came to Bristol, and assumed the surname of Bottrall. The Court was of the opinion that the insolvent had used the name “Bottrall” for an improper purpose, and the petition was immediately ordered to be dismissed.

On Saturday last, another inquest was held at Penzance before E. H. Rodd, Esq. on the body of a shipwright, named Michael Mitchel, whose death took place under the following circumstances: Deceased was employed by the master of the Trinity Buoy yacht, to go down in 7 fathoms of water to pick up the wreck of the longships lighthouse boat, which had sunk in Gwavas Lake a fortnight before, for the purpose of descending. Recourse was had to a diving apparatus belonging to Mr. Edward Harvey and others of Penzance, and which had been frequently used for similar work by Mr. Harvey and Mitchel, who had both gone down in much deeper water, both here and at Scilly. The deceased had been down on Monday and Tuesday in search of the boat, and had remained under water 13 ½ and 22 minutes each time, without inconvenience. The weather prevented any further proceedings until Saturday, when he again descended. After a submersion of 40 minutes, making signals up to within the last four minutes at intervals, he was drawn up a corpse. From the testimony of Mr. Pearce, Lloyd’s agent, who was present, no blame was attributable to any of the poor fellow’s employers; and from the evidence of Mr. Jenkin, surgeon, it was clear that his death was occasioned by a fit of apoplexy. The poor fellow must have been struck so suddenly as to preclude the possibility of his even raising his hand to the string which attached the sinking weights to his person, and was only secured by a half hitch. He had also an open knife in a loose pocket, of which he had not attempted to avail himself. When taken up, his head, throat, and the upper part of his body were quite dry, and the supply of air uninterrupted. Verdict—Died of apoplexy.


On Thursday the 24th instant, at Newlyn, by the Rev. Wm. Snowe, Mr. William Lanyon, of Treliddera, to Jane, the second daughter of Mr. Rowe, of the barton of Tregoll.


On Wednesday last, at Penzance, Mrs. Berryman, relict of the late Mr. William Berryman, surgeon.

At Newlyn, on Sunday last, Mr. Francis Carter, innkeeper.

Friday, 2 Dec


Our Readers will find in our last page a further statement of the case of the Rev. William Malkin, late perpetual curate of St. Ives, which we give to the public just as we have received it, without a single word of comment. The case … has … been taken up by the Standard, and a powerful and ingenious attempt has been made by that print to justify the Bishop at the expense of Mr. Malkin’s reputation as a Clergyman and a Christian. … His Lordship (the Bishop) not only threatened Mr. Malkin for the loss of his gown for presuming to put his foot into a Conventicle, but also censured him strongly for permitting any part of his family to be present at a Methodist meeting. The case will require a little more special pleading … before the public will be quite satisfied that Doctor Phillpott’s professed “love” for the Methodists “as brothers in the faith” is quite free from suspicion.

At St. Ives, the effects on the roofs and windows of houses were similar to those already stated, and some chimnies were blown down which lay on the roofs like logs of wood. At Falmouth, the sloop “Emma” of that port drove on shore near St. Mawes castle, and bilged; several other ships lost their foretopsail and topgallant yards, etc., while still others were driven on the beach. [The majority of the ships in the bay, however, did not receive damage.] Great damage was done in the town by the slating of the houses being blown into the window shops, and upwards of two hundred panes of glass are supposed to have been broken. The oldest building in town, situate on the Back Hill, was blown down; several houses have been more or less unroofed, and a number of chimnies yielded to the fury of the elements, doing great damage to the buildings on which they fell.

At Penzance, the damage to houses is beyond all precedent, and a part of the family of Mr. Berryman, builder, Clarence-street, had a narrow escape of their lives from the fall of a chimney, which made its way through the roof. Mr. Stephens, a spirit merchant, who was assisting some workmen in securing his premises, had his pocket book blown out of his pocket, containing a considerable number of £5 notes, which were scattered in the air, and four of them lost, with several other valuable papers.

Pilchard Fishery—On Thursday se’nnight several small shoals of pilchards visited St. Ives bay. Six seans were shot, of which two missed; but one belonging to the Union company caught and landed about 140 hhds. … The seaners are taken in pay again, and a few seans are kept in, with the expectation of further catches. Three or four cargoes of fish have been sold at St. Ives for 40s per hhd, and pilchard oil sent from thence has been sold in Bristol at £41 to £45 per ton.

Schoolmaster Wanted—The following is a correct copy of a notice posted at a house at Buryan: A Selver Watch on gold lase Hat To Be fired for With Balls on Madren feast in Monday at Buryas Brudge in the parish of Madron To commence at 2 O clock in the hafter noon persisely—November 28 1836

Court for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors—This Court was held at Bodmin, on Wednesday last before Mr. Commissioner Harris, when the following insolvents were examined relative to their several petitions and schedules:

William Perry Martin, a shoemaker, living in Penzance, and brought to Court by the keeper of the gaol at that place. Mr. Webb, a currier of Penzance, was the detaining creditor, but as the insolvent was not opposed, he obtained his discharge.


On Tuesday last, at Penzance, the wife of Mr. Hallamore, of a son, since dead.


On Wednesday last, according to the rites and ceremonies of the Jewish nation, Mr. Josiah Solomon, wholesale jeweler, of Whimple-street, Plymouth, to Rose, second daughter of Mr. Simon Woolf, merchant, Penzance.

Friday, 9 Dec


Truro, Redruth, and Penzance Railway
The plans, sections, and books of reference were deposited with the clerk of the peace…

We are happy to find the measure meets with the support it deserves, and it unquestionably must prove very beneficial to the towns and districts through which it passes. Considering the unprecedented wet and boisterous state of the weather, it is astonishing how the survey has been completed in compliance with the standing orders.

Great credit is due to the Engineer and Surveyors, composed principally of our townsmen, Messrs. Moyle and Dean for their exertions


On Saturday last, at Penzance, Mrs. Gabriel Blewett, of twin sons.


On Saturday last, at Sancreed, Mr. John Permewan, of Trevear, in Sennen, to Miss Harvey, of the former parish.


On Saturday last, at Penzance, Mr. Brown, druggist, aged 25 years.

At Penzance, on Monday last, the infant son of Mr. Joseph Corin.

Friday, 16 Dec


A most melancholy and fatal accident occurred at Penzance, on Saturday morning last, by the falling of the floor of a loft, at the Quay, in which a cargo of oats had been recently landed.

At the time of the accident, three children belonging to Mr. John Colenso, shipwright, were under the floor, two of whom, aged nine and five years, were buried alive, and when taken out were found, side by side, quite dead. The other very narrowly escaped a similar fate.


On Sunday last, at St. Ives, Mr. John Hodge, to Miss Florence Edwards, daughter of Mr. D. Edwards, of that place.

Friday, 23 Dec


The Western Hunt Hounds will meet on Tuesday next the 27th instant, at Sennen Green, and on the Friday following at Tregenna Gate (St. Ives), each morning at half-past eight o’clock.


At Penzance, on Friday, Mrs. Richard Hawke, of a daughter; also, Mrs. J. P. Davy, of a daughter.

Friday, 30 Dec

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