Granny Boswell: Cornwall’s Gypsy Queen

There are some women in history that I really wish I could meet and Granny Boswell, Gypsy Queen, would be one of them. Granny Boswell was of course not always a granny, Ann Boswell was born in 1813. She and her husband, Ephraim, locally known as the King of the Gypsies, are said to have come from Tipperary, […]

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Anthony Payne: A Real Cornish Giant

  There are many tales of giants in Cornwall, look up them in a book of legends and they seem to spend quite a lot of their time throwing massive boulders about and striding great distances.  But there was one giant who we known truly existed and by all accounts he was a giant of a man […]

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Remembering the Murder of Charlotte Dymond

Charlotte Dymond’s body was found on the lonely moors near Camelford. It was April 1844 and Cornwall was overcome with shock. But there was something else too – a kind of unsavoury excitement.  This was the stuff of Penny Dreadful fiction and the public was loving it. A beautiful and pious young girl brutally murdered on a Sunday, while […]

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Who was Pirate John ‘Eyebrows’ Thomas?

What happens when the truth turns out to be far duller than the legend?  Do you try to get the facts to fit the exciting story that you would like to believe. Or do you acknowledge that history and time can sometimes make fools of us? And then of course there is a third option. To present […]

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