Sarah Chapman and David Chapman
Cornwall has a unique culture, heritage, beauty and atmosphere. Its character is defined to a large extent by the places, people, natural features and buildings that typify and represent the best of the county. In words and photographs, this book portrays those iconic locations that exemplify Cornwall – places that fascinate, intrigue and inspire. They range from ancient castles and defences, through nineteenth-century tin mines and bridges, to harbours, gardens, churches, and some of Britain’s most spectacular moorland and coast.
Iconic Cornwall is reissued in our Pocket Cornwall series. For full details, click here.
Sarah Chapman was born in Cornwall. She spent much of her childhood in Truro, before reading Geography at Manchester University. Her love of the county encouraged her to return to teach in Camborne, Helston and finally in Truro, before leaving the profession to work with her husband, David, from their smallholding near Hayle. Her passion for the county of Cornwall and her knowledge of its character are reflected in this, her first, book.
Author of Wild about Cornwall (Alison Hodge, 2007) and numerous other books about the county, David Chapman is a trustee of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and is passionate about the protection of our wild places. A professional photographer and writer, his work is featured regularly in magazines, and his photographs are stocked by a number of photographic libraries. David has twice won double awards from the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild for Photography and Excellence in Writing, and his photographs regularly win competitions.
122 colour photographs
250 x 250 mm
Iconic Cornwall was the Editor’s Choice for November 2008 in Cornwall Today.
‘Iconic locations are well chosen …
‘… covers the whole county well. … few will disagree with the author’s final choice’ (The Cornishman, 09.10.08)
‘… superb treatment from Sarah’s words and David’s lens.
‘… Iconic Cornwall portrays the wonder of our landscape and people.’ (West Briton, 16.10.08)
‘a book which lives up to its claim of reflecting the author’s passion for her native Cornwall and her knowledge of its character’ (Western Morning News, 12.11.08). You can read the full review here.
‘…homes in with words and views on fairytale settings… And the details of each scene are often as fascinating as the accompanying picture capturing light and mood.’ (Tavistock Times Gazette, 18.12.08)
‘will appeal widely … it is very attractively packaged, and the price is very fair for such a nicely produced, abundantly illustrated hardback volume.’ (Old Cornwall, vol. XIII, no. 12, Spring 2009)
This book includes some of the finest, iconic views of the coast of Cornwall – where land meets sea, meets sky.
Bob Berry is an award-winning photographer, with a passion for coastal landscapes. Frank Ruhrmund writes regularly on the arts for The Cornishman and the Western Morning News.
Coast is published in our Inspirations series.
65 colour photos
190 x 210mm
‘Renowned for his full colour photographs that capture the spirit of Cornwall, Bob Berry’s breaking waves, big skies, sea-shaped boulders and footprints in the sand are, in every sense, magic moments.’ (Western Morning News, 21.05.02)
‘His skilful use of light and the movement of tides produce some magical coloured pictures of the Cornish coastline.… Indeed… magic.’ (West Briton, 27.06.02)
Douglas Ellory Pett
The Parks and Gardens of Cornwall is the most comprehensive survey of the subject for any county in England. Some 440 sites are grouped into districts centred on the principal towns, and arranged to correspond with the Ordnance Survey Landranger maps. The descriptions will interest local and garden historians, and all those who wish to know something of the families, architects and social background, as well as the designers who created the gardens of Cornwall. The survey is richly illustrated with historic prints – many never previously reproduced – including sketches by Prideaux (1716–27); plates from the histories of Borlase (1758) and Gilbert (1820), and from Twycross’s exceedingly scarce Mansions of Cornwall.
Douglas Ellory Pett obtained his first experience of large-scale gardening as Vicar of Gulval, Penzance, from 1961 to 1966. Later, in the 1980s, he pursued geological and other field studies in Cornwall, and was invited to organize the first professional and voluntary surveys of historic gardens for the newly-formed Cornwall Garden Trust. He was a member of the Garden History Society; author of Creative Gardeners, The Cornwall Gardens Guide (both published by Alison Hodge),and Horticulture on the Isles of Scilly; editor of From A Cornish Bishop’s Garden (Alison Hodge, 2001); co-author of The Historic Gardens of Cornwall (1991), and a regular contributor to The Cornish Garden.
121 b/w drawings, photos, plans and tables
280 x 216mm
‘ambitious, substantial and well produced … Douglas Pett is an accomplished writer with an attractive style … It is hard to see how the book could be improved … It instantly becomes the standard reference on its subject.’ (Gardens Illustrated, June 1999)
‘Cornwall has always been innovative and thorough in its garden history publications and the latest survey The Parks and Gardens of Cornwall by Douglas Ellory Pett … is exemplary. … This is an essential book for anyone with an interest in garden history, whether they have a direct association with Cornwall or not.’ (Museum of Garden History Newsletter)
‘The book is vigorous and exhaustive, yet always readable and engaging. The most complete garden inventory for any English county, this is a work of great scholarship. … So many guides tell you what you can see for yourself; this one will enrich many a visit by setting a garden in its physical, historical and horticultural context … The book sets a new standard for county surveys of parks and gardens and will remain for many years the standard work for anyone seriously interested in Cornish gardens.’ (Country Life, 8.04.99)
‘This book is a tour de force, a most extraordinary achievement and a gift to all those who love the Duchy of Cornwall. … this book is about the planned landscape of Cornwall. … ‘The author’s knowledge and experience reveals the depth of Cornwall’s garden and plant history and the reason why today … gardening activities play such a large role in the attractiveness and economy of Cornwall … It is a real bench mark in the published works on Cornwall …
‘Dr Pett manages to combine the distinguished elements of scholarship with the esoteric pleasure of “Dipping”, the book is both readable and stimulating … The standard of editing, typesetting, design and choice of paper are all of the highest quality and add greatly to the stylish feel of the book. … The Foreword by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales is both generous and encouraging. In the most worthy way the book marks the state of the gardened landscapes in the Duchy at the end of the second Millenium.’ (Cornwall Gardens Trust Journal, 1999)
‘Rarely is one able, without reservation, not only to recommend but rave about a book, but this is an outstanding publication.
‘Surely the definitive work on Cornish parks and gardens … The Parks and Gardens of Cornwall is a monumental work. …
‘A social as much as it is a horticultural history of Cornwall, a fund of fascinating information, above all else, it is immensely readable: somehow Douglas Ellory Pett has struck just the right balance to allow his book to appeal to garden expert and layman, visitor and resident alike. …
‘Containing everything you ever wanted to know about Cornwall’s gardens and gardeners, as rare and rewarding as many of the plants found in the sheltered, sub-tropical, and often secret, gardens of the county, this is a tour de force if ever there was one. …
‘Excellent value, with no less than 121 black and white illustrations, many of them previously unpublished prints, plus a foreword by HRH the Prince of Wales, it is a right royal publication in every sense.’ (The Cornishman, 3.12.98).
‘one of the most important books ever written on gardens in the county.’ (West Briton, 03.03.05)
‘His Parks and Gardens of Cornwall ranks alongside the works of Edgar Thurston and W. Arnold-Forster as one of the most important books ever written on gardens in the county.’ (Roger Trenoweth, Editor, The Cornish Garden, in the West Briton, 03.03.05)
The world-famous Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital and Sanctuary was founded in 1928 by Dorothy and Phyllis Yglesias. This is the story of how the sisters built it up and ran it, written to enlarge ‘human understanding of bird life, and especially bird character’
Dorothy Yglesias and her sister Phyllis (Pog) first came to Mousehole in 1912. Thirteen years later they returned to live there – Dorothy to grow flowers for the market, Phyllis an artist and sculptress. They started the Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital and Sanctuary in answer to ‘the cry of a bird’.
194 x 128mm
‘They made themselves the servants of the least of Creatures. One ends the book with a feeling of great humility in the presence of qualities not abundant in contemporary life’ (Country Life)
Richard Maber and Angela Tregoning
This is the first complete edition of the Cornish Diary, one of only three of Kilvert’s surviving original notebooks. Copiously illustrated with contemporary photographs and engravings, it gives a fascinating picture of Kilvert, and of a Cornwall balanced between the old and the new. Kilvert’s Diary is a classic – beautifully written, a work of literature.
Richard Maber has published academic articles on Old Cornish, and books and articles on seventeenth-century French literature. Angela Tregoning comes from an old Cornish family. She is a specialist in medieval travel literature.
75 b/w photos, 1 map
190 x 202mm
‘Kilvert’s gossipy and lively account of travels in Cornwall is enhanced by copious notes, contemporary photographs and engravings.’ (The Countryman, Spring 1990)
John Thomas Blight, FSA, was born in Penzance in 1835. He showed an extraordinary early talent in drawing, botany and wood engraving, and spent much of his youth sketching the ancient stones and holy wells of west Penwith, soon gaining the respect of scholars like Robert Stephen Hawker, James Orchard Halliwell and Sabine-Baring Gould. His work was in demand, and he published several books, including the delightfully evocative A Week at the Land’s End (1861), in which he illustrated ‘the extreme western point of England; its romantic scenery, its natural productions, and its ancient legends’. In his introduction, Charles Thomas shows the importance of Blight’s work in its time, and how it contributes to the historiography of Cornwall.
Born in 1835, J.T. Blight’s interests embraced botany and natural history, ecclesiology and antiquarian topics. A skilled draughtsman and engraver, as well as a writer, he was early elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was ‘the reflector and chronicler of rural West Penwith in the mid-Victorian era’ (Charles Thomas). Charles Thomas is a former Professor of Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter, President of the Society for Medieval Archaeology and of the Cornwall Archaeological Society, and a member of the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments for England. He has a great fondness for nineteenth-century Cornwall.
1 b/w photo, 95 line drawings
194 x 128mm
‘This is one of those books that deserve a place in the collection of anyone with even the slightest interest in the Land’s End district. Alison Hodge is to be complimented on making it available to the present generation.
‘J.T. Blight had an insatiable curiosity and in his book encompasses everything – antiquities, history, church architecture, natural history, mining, fishing… He was an accurate observer and often provides the only reliable guide to some of the antiquities that have disappeared or suffered “restoration” since his day.
‘The introduction to this edition by Charles Thomas, Professor of Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter, places J.T. Blight in the context of mid Victorian Cornwall. It reminds us of the wide circle of his acquaintances and friends, and of his considerable accomplishments.’ (Old Cornwall, X, 10, Spring 1990)
‘Nous avons ainsi non seulement un guide d’un canton pittoresque, mais un état présent, détaillé et précis, pour l’agriculture, la pêche, les mines, les resources locales, aussi bien que pour les mégalithes et les monuments ou vestiges de diverse époques.…
‘Le curieux, l’érudit et le chercheur, trouveront sûrement profit et plaisir à suivre J.T. Blight dans son périple de sa petite patrie, au siècle dernier et à travers les temps révolus. On ne peut que recommander la lecture de cette périégèse exemplaire au passager du Roscoff-Plymouth partant explorer la vieille terre celtique d’outre-mer. (Études Celtiques, XXVII, 1990)
Composer Priaulx Rainier was described by Sir Yehudi Menuhin as having ‘a musical imagination of a colour and variety scarcely to be believed’. Born in South Africa, she was Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music. A contemporary and close friend of St Ives artists Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, she spent much of her time in Cornwall. This book includes Priaulx Rainier’s musical life, and brings out her enthusiasm, her warmth and her sense of humour.
June Opie wrote on a wide range of subjects, and knew Priaulx Rainier well for many years. Her other books include Over My Dead Body.
90 b/w photos, 5 line drawings
228 x 209mm
In late nineteenth-century Cornwall, hand-knitting was an important cottage industry, and coastal villages developed their own distinctive patterns and names for the traditional navy blue guernsey. By the 1920s contract knitting had died out and was almost forgotten until Mary Wright started asking old people about it. Her research resulted in ‘a remarkable picture of social history’ (The Guardian), ‘fascinating reading … beautifully produced’ (Western Morning News). There are many delightful contemporary photographs, and detailed instructions and charts show how to knit a Cornish guernsey incorporating one of 30 local patterns.
Mary Wright is a specialist knitting instructor and demonstrator. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the UK and in Japan. She is also the author of Cornish Treats (Alison Hodge, 1986).
67 b/w photos, 30 patterns, 30 charts
190 x 206mm
‘Along with a remarkable picture of social history there are instructions as to how to knit a gansey with thirty individual village or family patterns.’ (Guardian, 01.01.80)
A new edition of Cornish Guernseys and Knit-Focks was published by The Polperro Heritage Press in 2008.
The Rio Tinto Company: An Economic History of a Leading International Mining Concern, 1873–1954
Charles E. Harvey
Winner of the 1981 Wadsworth Prize for Business History, Dr Harvey’s independent study of the Rio Tinto Company is a valuable addition to the sparse empirical literature on international business. It also enlightens aspects of modern Spanish history.
Charles Harvey lectures in economic and business history at the University of London, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College.
26 tables, 10 figures
220 x 140mm
‘The Rio Tinto archive … provides the basis for his analysis … (he) treats a wide range of subjects with sophistication and expertise’ in ‘a model study of a major business concern’ (European History Quarterly)
It ‘is at its best when it homes in on the way in which this large enterprise… applied itself to the manipulation of markets’ (The Financial Times)
The companion volume to Cornwall’s Central Mines: The Northern District, this book charts the boom and decline of the mines of the south-west outskirts of Redruth.
The two books together are ‘the first work to treat this complex subject in a truly comprehensive way’, which ‘those who are interested in metal mining … cannot fail to enjoy’ (IMM Bulletin). They are ‘a must for serious students of Cornish mining’ (Old Cornwall), ‘an altogether handsome work … a scholarly study of true historic worth’ (Western Morning News).
48 b/w photos, 16 maps and line drawings
200 x 135mm
In the mid-nineteenth century, Cornwall led the world in the art and science of mining for metals. The Camborne-Redruth district contains some of the most intensively mined ground anywhere in the world. This book charts the history of the mines of Tolgus Downs, Pool and Roskear-Roscroggan. It also raises the question of where useful deposits may yet remain unmined.
T.A. Morrison is a graduate of Cambridge University and Camborne School of Mines. He is a professional mining engineer and a mining historian.
42 b/w photos, 20 maps and line drawings
200 x 135mm
‘It is rare and exciting these days to come across a book on Cornish mining of the calibre of T.A. Morrison’s’ (Western Morning News)
‘none can fail to admire the author’s immense enthusiasm for his topic and the depth to which it has been researched … it will certainly become a standard text … invaluable documentation for future development in Cornish mining’ (Camborne School of Mines Journal).
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