Penwith Local History Group will be launching their latest book on Saturday 17th August 2019 at the Morrab Library Penzance.
Growing up in West Cornwall
describes the experience of childhood in West Cornwall, from the seventeenth century onwards. It documents childhood memories, mostly from the early years of the twentieth century, set in the context of institutions that structured the children’s lives – the village schools and the workhouse.
The recollections captured here deal with schooldays, holidays, home life (sometimes when the father has gone mining overseas, or when the parents are busy Newlyn artists); and starting work, as an undertaker’s apprentice in a spooky situation or a fisherboy preparing meals for the crew.
How many of us regret that we did not ask our grandparents more about their childhood? This book helps us to understand how it felt to be a child in West Cornwall in the very different world of earlier centuries. Family historians will welcome the surname index.