This is a collection of nespaper articles that I have collected from various newspapers that have some connection to Ruan Lanihorne.  Each article gives the name of the newspaper and the day of publication.

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8th June 1725     The London Gazette

Richard Pethrick, late of Redruth, clothier, John Jenkin, late of Lanivett, Gent, Jane Robins, late of Ruan Lynihorne, Widow; all in the county of cornwall: Being Prisoners at Bodmyn in the Sheriff’s Ward for the county of cornwall, do hereby give Notice to their several creditors, that they intend to appear at the next General Quarter Sessions to be held for the said county in order to take the Benefit of the Act of Parliament lately passed for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors.


23rd March 1762     The London Gazette

An Act for repairing and widening the Road, from the Lostwithiel Turnpike Road, in the Parish of Creed, in the County of Cornwall, through Tregony, to Ruan Lanehorne, and from Dennis Water to three hundred Yards on the South Side of Trethim Mill, in the Parish of Saint Just in the said County.


7th November 1772      The London Gazette

The following Persons being Fugitives for Debt, and beyond the Seas, on the FIRST Day of JANUARY, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy-two, and having surrendered themselves to the Goalers or Keepers of the respective Prisons or Goals hereafter mentioned, do hereby give Notice, That they intend to take the Benefit of an Act of Parliament, passed in the Twelfth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty King George the Third, intituled, An Act for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors, and for indemnifying the Marshal of the King’s Bench Prison from Prosecutions as Law for certain Escapes from the said Prison, at the next General or Quarter Sessions of the Peace to be held in and for the County, Riding, Division, City, Town, Liberty, or Place, or any Adjournment thereof, which shall happen next after THIRTY Days from the FIRST Publication of the undermentioned Names,viz.

Fugitive surrendered to the Keeper of the Goal or Prison called CHENEY Court, in and for the Liberty of the Soke in the County of Southampton.

First Notice.

Richard Allen, of Ruan in the County of Cornwall, formerly of Veryan in the same County, Chandler.


5th March 1773     Derby Mercury

Extract of a Letter from Cornwall, Feb. 17.

“All the Tinners have risen, and been plundering the Country these ten Days.  On the 6th, near 150 went to Ruan, where they were fired on, and some wounded; however, they carried off and sold what Corn they thought proper.”


30th August 1774      The London Gazette

The following Persons being Prisoners for Debt, in the respective Prisons, or Goals, hereafter mentioned, do hereby give Notice, That they intend to take the Benefit of an Act of Parliament, passed in the Fourteenth Year of the Reign of His present Majesty King George the Third, intituled, An Act for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors; and for the Relief of Bankrupts in certain Cases; at the next General or Quarter Sessions of the Peace to be held in and for the County, Riding, Division, City, Town, Liberty or Place, or any Adjournment thereof, which shall happen next after THIRTY Days from the FIRST Publication of the under-mentioned Names, viz.

Prisoner in the Gaol at BODMYN in the County of Cornwall.

First Notice.

Richard Allen, formerly of Veryan, late of Ruan in the County of Cornwall, Tallow-chandler.


21st August 1777     Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette

The Rev. John Whitaker, to the rectory of Ruan, in Lanyhorne, in Cornwall


13th June 1778      The London Gazette

Prisoners in the Sheriff’s Ward at Bodmin in and for the County of Cornwall.

First Notice.

John Crocker, late of Ruan Lanyhern in the County of Cornwall, Yeoman.


9th March 1784     The London Gazette

An Act to enlarge the Term and Powers of an Act, made in the Second Year of the Reign of His present Majesty, for repairing and widening the Road from the Lostwithiel Turnpike Road, in the Parish of Creed, in the County of Cornwall, through Tregony, to Ruan Lanehorne, and from Dennis Water to Three Hundred Yards on the South Side of Trethim Mill, in the Parish of Saint Just, in the said County.


27th July 1789     Sherborne Mercury

To be LETT by PRIVATE CONTRACT, for 7 or 14 years from Michaelmas next, TWO LARGE MALT HOUSES, wherein upwards of 3000 bushels of malt may be made in a year; and also a spacious Coal Yard, Lime Kiln, and convenient Cellars, for carrying on the coal, lime, timber, and iron trade; all which trades have been carried on for many years last past by Mr. Samuel Blamey, with great success; together also a good dwelling-house and convenient gardens.

The above premises are situated within the parish of Ruan Lanyhorne, in the said county of Cornwall, in a good corn country, lie on the branch of the river Fall, and have a convenient quay, and are distant from Falmouth and Truro about eight miles, and two miles from the borough of Tregoney.

For a view of the said premises, and further particulars, apply to the said Samuel Blamey, at Ruan Lanyhorne aforesaid.

N.B. There are large stocks of timber, iron, coals, &c. On the premises, which the taker may have at a fair valuation.                                                 Dated July 22, 1789.


26th January 1799     Oxford Journal

On Thursday last the following Bacherlor of Arts were admitted Masters of Arts:- Messr. Richard Budd of Corpus Christi College.


7th April 1804     Royal Cornwall Gazette

On Thursday last, in the afternoon, the two companies of the Tregony Roseland Volunteers, under the command of Lieutenants Bennett and Hennah, and Ensigns George and William Miners, met for the purpose of skirmishing.  They marched from their different parades towards Ruanlanyhorne, and took a position on each side of the valley, when a sham-fight commenced and continued a considerable time, without interruption.  They then formed into sections, and went through street-firing through the borough, highly to the satisfaction of a numerous assemblage of spectators, who were delighted with the steady and well-performed manoeuvres of officers and men.  It cannot be doubted that every individual of the Roseland Volunteers is quite on the alert, and ready to meet the enemy, should they dare to invade us, when it is known that such a highly-esteemed and truly respectable character as Francis Gregor, esq. one of the Members for the county, is their Lieutenant-Colonel-Commandant.


19th April 1806     Oxforf Journal

The same day, in convocation, The Rev. Richard Budd of Corpus Christi College, M.A., were admitted Proctors of the University.


20th September 1806         Jackson’s Oxford Journal


A few days ago Mr. Bate, of Ruan Lanyhorne, Cornwall, lost by fire corn to the amount of nearly 300l.  His people were in the act of bringing it in from the fields; when the preparations for celebrating harvesthome causing a larger fire than ordinary in the kitchen, a spark from the chimney was carried by the wind to the roof of a thatched barn, which was soon enveloped in flames, together with nearly all the wheat, and great part of the barley of the present year’s growth.  No part of it was insured.


27th December 1806     Royal Cornwall Gazette

On Tuesday night last, a party of robbers attempted to steal the feeding geese of farmer Roberts, of Ruanlanyhorne, near Tregoney; but the cackling guardians of the Roman Capitol were not to be caught napping.  Their noise alarmed the house-dog; his noise alarmed his master, and in the general alarm, the robbers decamped, leaving behind them two other geese, which they had previously stolen elsewhere.


18th April 1807     Oxford Journal

On Saturday last, Richard Budd, of Corpus Christi College, M.A. was admitted Bachelor in Divinity.


17th December 1808      Royal Cornwall Gazette

Houses in Ruan-Lanyhorne

TO BE LET OR SOLD, A Convenient DWELLING-HOUSE, GARDEN and Out-houses in Ruan Church town, for a lease of two lives, aged 24 and 28.  It is conveniently situated for the coal trade; and may be entered upon immediately.

For which purpose, a SURVEY will be held on the Premises, on Wednesday the 4th day of January, 1809, at two o’clock in the afternoon.

For further particulars, apply to Mr. Richard Daniell, the proprietor, at Flushing, near Falmouth.


4th March 1809     Oxford Journal

The Rev. Richard Budd, B.D. and Fellow of Corpus Christi College, has been presented, by that Society, to the Rectory of Ruan Llanyhorne, in the county of Cornwall, void by the death of the Rev. John Whitaker, B.D.


30th May 1809      The London Gazette

Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership lately subsisting between Thomas Wilson, George Thomas, Richard Cunnack, John Cunnack, and Jethro Hornblower, Maltsters and Common-Brewers, and carried on in the Borough of Truro, and the adjoining street called Kenwyn-Street, and also in the Parish of Ruan Lanyhorne, in the County of Cornwall, under the Firm of Wilson, Thomas, and Company, was dissolved by mutual Consent as and from the 25th Day of March last; and that all Debts due to and from the said Partnership will be received and paid at the Counting-House, in Kenwyn-Street aforesaid, of Jacob Whitbread the Younger, Esq; the said Thomas Wilson, and Thomas Wilson the Younger, by whom the said Trades and Businesses have been, since the said 25th Day of March last, and will continue to be carried on at the several Places aforesaid, and also at the Parish of Budock, in the said, County, under the Firm of Whitebread and Wilsons. – Dated the 30th Day of May 1809.

Thos. Wilson, Geo. Thomas, Rich. Cunnack. John Cunnack, Jethro Hornblower, J. Whitbread and Thomas Wilson, jun.


30th May 1809     The London Gazette

Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership lately subsisting between Thomas Wilson, George Thomas, Richard Cunnack, John Cunnack, and Thomas Wilson the Younger, Maltsters and Common-Brewers, and carried on in the Parish of Budock, and County of Cornwall, under the Firm of George Thomas, and Company, was dissolved by mutual Consent as and from the 25th Day of March last; and that all Debts due to and from the said Partnership will be received and paid at the Counting-House, at Budock aforesaid, of Jacob Whitbread the Younger, Esq; the said Thomas Wilson, and Thomas Wilson the Younger, by whom the said Trades and Businesses have been, since the said 25th Day of March last, and will continue to be carried on at the Place aforesaid, and also in and near the Borough of Truro, and in the Parish of Ruan Lanihorne, in the said, County, under the Firm of Whitebread and Wilsons. – Dated the 30th Day of May 1809.

Thos. Wilson, Geo. Thomas, Rich. Cunnack. John Cunnack, Thomas Wilson, jun. and J. Whitbread, jun.


9th June 1810     The London Gazette

Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership between us the undersigned Jacob Whitbread the Younger, Thomas Wilson, and Thomas Wilson the Younger, Maltsters and Common-Brewers, carried on in the Borough of Truro and the adjoining Street called Kenwyn-Street, and also in the several Parishes of Budock and Ruan-Lanyhorne, in the County of Cornwall, is this Day dissolved by mutual Consent; and that the Business of the said late Partnership will hence with be carried on at the several Places above mentoned by the said Jacob Whitbread and Thomas Wilson the Younger, under the Firm of Whitbread and Company. – dated the 6th Day of June 1810.

J. Whitbread, jun., Thos. Wilson and Thomas Wilson, jun.


13th October 1810     The London Gazette

Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership between us the undersigned Jacob Whitbread the Younger and Thomas Wilson the Younger, Maltsters and Common Brewers, carried on in the Borough of Truro and the adjoining Street called Kenwyn-Street, and also in the several Parishes of Budock and Ruan Lanyhorne, in the County of Cornwall, was dissolved by mutual Consent, as on and from the 29th September last; and thaty the Business of the late Partnership has been carried on from that Day, and will continue to be carried on at the several Places above mentioned by the said Jacob Whitbread and by Robert Withers, who has become his Partner, under the firm of Whitbread and Withers. – Dated the 11th of October 1810

J. Whitbread, jun., Thomas Wilson, jun. and Robert Withers


13th July 1811       Royal Cornwall Gazette


To be SOLD, the Fee-Simple and Inheritance, in reversion of three lives, aged respectively, 35, 40, and 22, all those TWO CLOSES of LAND, with the Lane adjoining thereto, called BEEF CLOSES, containing 10 acres, customary measure; being part of the Barton of Tregiswin, situate in the parish of Ruan Lanyhorne, in the county of Cornwall, in possession of Mr. Nicholas Blamey.  The Land tax is redeemed.  For which purpose, an AUCTION will be held by J. TREGONING, at the house of Mr. Nicholas Middlecoat, in the borough of Tregoney, on Friday the 9th day of August next, at four o’clock in the afternoon.  The several tenants are requested to shew the Premises, and for further particulars apply to J. Tregoning, Auctioneer, or to Mr. W. Jenney, attorney-at-law, Truro.                     July 6, 1811


4th January 1812     Royal Cornwall Gazette


Treworga in Ruan Lanihorne.

A SURVEY will be held on Thursday the 30th of January next, at four o’clock in the afternoon, at the house of ANN WEBB, in Veryan Curch town, for LETTING for the term of 14 years from Michaelmas 1812 all that fertile ESTATE, called TREWORGA in the parish of Ruan Lanihorne, for many years past in the occupation of Mr. Hayne; consisting of about 46 Acres of exceeding good arable and Meadow Ground, with a good Dwelling-House, Barn, Stable, Linhays, Pig houses, and other requisite conveniencies thereon, and remarkable well situated for procuring sea sand for manure, and for disposal of the produce of the .....

For further particulars, apply to Edward Collins, Esq the proprietor, at T..... near Truro; or to Mr. Thomas Elliot, Trencreek, in Veryan, who will shew the Premises.

Dated December 27, 1811.


9th May 1812      Royal Cornwall Gazette

Names of Cornish Prisoners in France, who have benn partakers of the sum of 625l. 0s. 8d. Raised in Cornwall in 1811, for their relief, at 2l. 5s. 11 ½ d. Per man; being all those whose confinement there could be ascertained: -

Depot of Cambray

Geo. Lobb, of Ruan;  John Rowe, of Ruan; 

147l. 1s. 4d.


12th September 1812    Royal Cornwall Gazette


List of Game certificates, issued to the following persons, within the said County, made up to the 5th day of September 1812, inclusive.

Name                                       Residence                                Rate of Duty

Bate, John B.                          Ruan Lanyhorne                     3  3  0

Dingle, Richard, farmer,         Ruan Lanyhorne                     3  3  0

Published by oredr of his Majesty’s Commissioners for the affairs of Taxes.

Matthew Winter, secretary,  Examined, W. Moorman, Tregoney, 9th Sept. 1812.


7th August 1813      Royal Cornwall Gazette


To be sold by auction, on Tuesday the 24th day of August next, at the Queen’s Head Inn, in the Borough of Tregoney, at five o’clock in the afternoon.  The Fee-simple and Inheritance, of all that desirable farm, called

GONITON, otherwise Goniter, Situate in the Parish of Ruan Lanyhorne,  Consisting of a very commodious Farm-House with all convenient Out-Houses, and about 70A. 1R. 12P. of rich Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, (statute measure) now in the possession of Mr. Richard Dash.  For a view of the Premises apply to the Tenant, and for further Particulars to Messrs. Paynter and Sons, Attornies, St. Columb.  Dated 29th July, 1813.


14th August 1813      Royal Cornwall Gazette


To be LET, for the Term of Fourteen years, from Michaelmas 1814, all that Desirable Estate called

HIGHER DEMAINS, In the Parish of Ruan-Lanihorne, in Roseland, now in the possession of Mr. Bohenna; consisting of a goog Farm-house, with all convenient Outhouses, and about 83 Acres of very good Arable, Meadow, and Pasture land.  The Estate is situated about one mile and half from Tregony, and half a mile from Ruan Quay, where lime and sand may be had, and from whence the produce of the Estate may be conveyed to Falmouth, Penryn, and Truro, at a trifling expence.  For LETTING the same, a SURVEY will be holden at the PUBLIC HOUSE, in RUAN CHURCH-TOWN, on the 20th day of September next, at four o’clock in the afternoon.  Mr. Bohenna, will shew the Premises, and further information may be had on application to W. Slade Gully, esq. at Tevennen, near Mevagissey.  Tevennen, August 4, 1813


2nd April 1814           Royal Cornwall Gazette


Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London.

Has the pleasure of informing the Inhabitants of Ruan High Lanes and in Vicinity that he intends practising as Surgeon, Apothecary, and Man-Midwife; and assures them that no exertion shall be wanting on his part to promote their welfare and happiness.


16th November 1816     Royal Cornwall Gazette


To be SOLD by AUCTION, at TRETHELLA, in the Parish of Ruan Lanyhorne, on Tuesday the 26th day of November Instant, at One o’clock in the afternoon precisely, FARM-STOCK; viz- 40 Store Ewes, 27 Feeding Sheep, 27 Lambs, 2 Rams, 9 Working Oxen, 3 Milch Cows, 1 Fat Cow, 1 Fat Steer, 1 heifer in Calf, 3 young Bullocks, 4 Yearlings, 1 Labour Horse, 1 Colt rising three years old, 1 Ditto two years, 6 large Pigs, 5 smaller, about 600 lbs of Wool, 2 Mowsteads, 3 Ricks of Wood, etc. etc.


Wains, Butts and Wheels, Ploughs, Harrows, Slides, Drays, Tormentor, and other useful Articles.


Copper Furnace, Barrels, Keeves, Tubs, Cask, and a very good Malt Mill.

The above is the Property of the Executors of the late Mr. GEORGE WASON, of Trethella, deceased, and will be Sold without Reserve.  JAMES BENNETT, Auctioneer.  Dated November 13, 1816.


STOLEN or STRAYED, from Trethella, in July last, two young SHEEP, marked with a slit in the nearer ear.  Whoever may give information to Mr. Henry Behennah, of Ruan-Lanyhorne, so that they may be had again, shall receive TEN SHILLINGS and SIX PENCE Reward.


30th November 1816     Royal Cornwall Gazette

HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE – To be SOLD by AUCTION, at TRETHELLA, in the Parish of RUAN LANYHORNE, on Monday the 16th December next, by Two o’clock in the Afternoon, ALL THE HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE. Of the late Mr. George Wason, deceased.  All persons who have any Demands on the Estate or effects of the said Mr. George Wason, are desired to turn in their respective accounts unto Mr. Mary Murley Holditch, (daughter of the said G. Wason), and wife of Mr. Robert Holditch, Surgeon) at Ruan Lanyhorne aforesaid.

Dated Nov. 28, 1816.


1st March 1817     Royal Cornwall Gazette

Admiral Luke, of Tregolls, near Truro, has generously subscribed the sum of five pounds towards the relief of the distressed poor of the parish of Ruan: and a like sum, to be applied to the same benevolent purpose, in the parish of Philleigh.


17th January 1818       Royal Cornwall Gazette

To be SOLD by AUCTION, on Tuesday the 20th day of January Instant, at Three o’clock in the Afternoon, at the House of John Blamey, in the parish of Veryan, known by the Sign of the Swan, for the Remainder of a Term of 99 years, determinable on the deaths of Four young lives, of and in all that NEW BUILT DWELLING-HOUSE, Wall garden, and out-houses, Together with about three acres of very good land, called or known by the name of BARUPPA, Situate near Ruan Three Gates, in the parish of Ruan, in the County of Cornwall, now in the possession of Mr. Robert Holditch, Surgeon, the Proprietor.

For particulars, apply to Mr. Thomas Nicholas, Attorney at Law, Grampound; or to Mr. Bennett, Auctioneer, Tregoney. Grampound, 8th January, 1818.

N.B. – TO THE FACULTY.- To be disposed of, a PRACTICE of about £200 a year.  Apply as above or to Mr. Holditch, Surgeon, Baruppa-House, near Tregoney.

(One Concern)


4th May 1822      Royal Cornwall Gazette


To be sold by Auction,

At the WHITE HART, in the Borough of Truro, on FRIDAY the 10th day of May instant, at Six o’clock in the Evening, the FREEHOLD and INHERITANCE of a TENEMENT and FARM, called TREWORGA, in the Parish of Ruanlanyhorne, in the County of Cornwall, Comprising, Two Dwelling-Houses, and about Fifteen Acres of very good Land.

The Premises are now held by Mr. Peter Nankivell, whose Term will expire at Michaelmas 1826, at the yearly rent of £36.  The Premises are very convenient for manure, being situated on Ruan River.  The Tenant will shew the Premises, and further information may be had of Mr. Thomas Nicholas, Solicitor, Truro, or of Mr. Richard Brown, Auctioneer.

Dated May 2, 1822.


13th September 1823     Royal Cornwall Gazette


Of the late Rev. R. Peter, of Treviles, and removed from thence for convenience of Sale, viz. SCARCE and RARE FOREIGN CHINA, beautiful ENGLISH ditto; GLASS cut and plain, and PLATED WARE; as these form the greatest part of what has been already advertised and inspected, it will be unnecessary to enumerate the articles of which they consist.

Also, all the Elegant TABLE LINEN, which in consequence of the weather preventing Company from attending at Treviles, on the day appointed for its Sale, has not since been opened, so that it remains precisely in the same state as when then exposed to view.  And as will be Sold, either by Auction or Private Contract, as may be most convenient, a quantity of PLATE, a BATH CHAIR, Feather Beds, Maps, Charts, and various other articles.  The whole may be viewed on the Mornings of the days of Sale.  Any Lot will be put up when required, and further information obtained by application to the Auctioneer, at 53, Lemon-Street, Truro.

Dated, Truro Sept, 11, 1823


7th December 1825     Taunton Courier and Western Advertiser

DREADFUL ACCIDENT.- On the evening of Saturday se’nnight, a boat which plied between Ruan-Lanyhorne and Truro, on market-days, left the latter place very deeply laden with a variety of articles for the retail dealers in that neighbourhood, and the greater part of which had been landed from a Bristol trader lately arrived.  Besides the boatman, there were five persons passengers.- Mrs. Stephens, wife of a respectable farmer of Philleigh; a young man, her son; two young women, her daughters, and a boy, servant to a neighbouring farmer.  When the boat was about leaving Truro quay, several persons who were well acquainted with the hazardous nature of the passage, from the liability to encounter sudden squalls of wind at various points by the way, told the boatman he was about to encounter great peril, and desired him to lighten the boat.  Finding this inconsiderate man derided the warning thus given, the intended passengers were also cautioned against proceeding, and Mrs. Stevens and her son and daughters appeared determined not to proceed; however they were afterwards, unfortunately, induced to change their determination, and went on board.  The party proceeded about four miles from Truro, and had entered that branch of the river below Tregothnan, which runs by Ruan to Tregony, when, owing to a squall of wind, the boat which carried too much sail, was pressed under water, and immediately sunk, when the whole of the persons on board were left to struggle with the waves, no assistance of any kind being at hand.  The boatman, by great exertions, swam to the shore, where he was picked up in a most exhausted state;  Mrs. Stephens, and her three children, and the boy, were drowned.- The bodies of the sufferers, except that of the elder Miss Stephens, have been found, and an inquest has been held on them by Mr. Clutterbuck, one of the Coroners for the County, when, after a full investigation of the facts connected with this lamentable affair, the Jury returned a verdict – Accidentally drowned.


7th April 1827      Royal Cornwall Gazette


TO BE SOLD by AUCTION, on Monday the 30th day of April instant, at the house of Mary Richards, in Ruan Church Town, known by the name of the King’s Arms, at Four o’clock in the Afternoon, on such conditions as will be then proposed, all that MESSUAGE FARM, and PREMISES called TRESTAIN, Situate in the parish of Ruan Lanyhorne, Consisting of about fifty acres of excellent Arable, Pasture, Meadow and Orchard Land, in a high state of cultivation.

The Premises are parcel of the customary lands of the Manor of Tregair, and are held for two healthy lives, now aged 34 and 27, subject to a yearly rent of £1. 2s. 8d.

For a view of the Premises apply to Mr. Richard Dingle, at Trestain, and for further information (if by letter postage paid) to Mr. Warren, Attorney-at-Law, Truro.

N.B. - £200 may remain on the security of the premises if required.

Dated 5th April, 1827.


29th February 1828      The London Gazette

Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership lately subsisting between us the undersigned, Thomas Martyn, William Martyn, and Richard Behenna the younger, in the trade or business of Coal and Timber-Merchants, Maltsters, and Lime-Burners, carried on by us at the Parish of Ruanlanihorne in the County of Cornwall, or elsewhere, under the style or firm of Martyns and Behenna, was on the 31st day of December last dissolved by mutual consent. – Witness our hands the 20th day of February 1828.

Thos. Martyn, Wm. Martyn and Richd. Behenna


3rd March 1828     The Standard, London


MARTYNS and BEHENNA, Ruanlanihorne, Cornwall, coal and timber-merchants, maltsters, and lime-burners.


10th May 1828      Royal Cornwall Gazette

 TO BE LET BY TENDER, for the term of 14 years, from Michaelmas next, all that desirable FARM, called DEMAIN, In the Parish of Ruanlanihorne in Roseland; Consisting of a good Dwelling-house, all convenient Out-Houses, and about eighty acres (customary measure) of good Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, now in the occupation of Mr. William Martin, as Tenant, who will shew the Premises.

Further particulars may be known by applying (if by letter post-paid) to the Rev. S. T. Gully, at Trevissick, near St. Austell; to whom TENDERS may be sent on or before the 4th June next, soon after which day the Person whose Tender may be accepted, will be accepted, will be apprised thereof.

Dated May 7, 1828.


17th July 1830      Royal Cornwall Gazette



To be sold by auction, on Wednesday the 21st day of July instant, at Four o’Clock in the Afternoon, at the Queen’s Head Inn, Truro, by JOHN TIPPET, Auctioneer.

Lot 1. – A Capital MESSUAGE and FARM, called TRELONK, in the parish of Ruan-lanyhorne;

In the occupation of Mr. William Dingle; now holden for the remainder of a Term of 99 years, determinable on the deaths of Mr. Nicholas Brown, and Mr. Hugh Brown, aged respectively about 60 and 47 years, at the yearly rent of £180.


Mr Edwards, Attorney-at-Law, Truro.  Dated Truro, July 1, 1830.


8th June 1833      Royal Cornwall Gazette


This is to certify that JAMES HOCKING, of the Parish of Ruan-lanyhorne, near Tregony, Smith and Farrier, has invented an Instrument for TAPPING CATTLE affected with the BELLY-FLOW, and that we have purchased and tried the said Instrument, which is a most valuable invention, and fully answers the purpose intended.

We also certify that the said JAMES HOCKING has a large family, and is not able to pay for a patent to secure the property as his invention; it is however hoped that Farmers generally will encourage him, as every owner of cattle should be provided with so effectual a means of preserving them. – June 1st, 1833.

J. P. Peters, Esq. Gerrans; Richard Johns, Esq. ditto; Richard Lobb, Ruan; John Williams, ditto; William Dingle, ditto; Ralph Michell, ditto; Thomas Roberts, ditto; Edward Hocking, Veryan; William Rowe, ditto; William Treffry, ditto; William Kent, ditto; Edward Middlecoat, ditto; David Spry, ditto; H. Trethewey, Probus; William Cardell, ditto; M. A. Doble, ditto; James Lark, ditto; Charles reynolds, ditto; nicholas Ball, St. Stephens; A. Dingle, Philleigh; James Lowry, St. Anthony; J. D. Copp, Carhays; J. P. Smith, ditto; Anthony Rouse, St. Michael Penkivell; William Gatley, Polsue; P. Kitchen, tregothnan; William Rowe, Mylor; Mr. R. Doble, Philleigh; Mr. R. Hoblyn, Tregenna; Mr. T Oram, Lamorran, etc

These Instruments can be had only of the Inventor, the above-named JAMES HOCKING, where a purchaser can have instructions for its use. – Price 4s. 6d.


5th April 1839      Royal Cornwall Gazette

TREGONY.- A little is still doing in the corn trade; and Mr. Peter Nankivell is now purchasing a cargo of Barley from the farmers of this neighbourhood at 4s, 4d. Per imperial bushel; to be shipped in Ruan river.


5th April 1839       Royal Cornwall Gazette

THE LATE LOVE AFFAIR AT PHILLEIGH.- Mr, J. P. Peters jun., churchwarden at Philleigh, has favoured us with the following as a correct version of the story we inserted last week.- After chapel on Sunday, five young women went together towards the house of one of them; and two young men, Blight and Powell, went the same way.  Four of the young women having left their friend, proceeded towards their own homes; when Blight and Powell began to quarrel, and the young women going back found them fighting in the lane.  They expostulated with the combatants and Blight came away with them, but not “leading”.  The other young women left as soon as the quarrel began.  She is a person of exemplary character and was not likely to have disgraced herself by countenancing such a contest as that described.  The young men belong to Ruan; and Mr. Peters has given them to understand that if they ever conduct themselves in the like manner on a Sunday in Philleigh, he shall get them a seat in the stocks.


25th October 1839      Royal Cornwall Gazette

NARROW ESCAPE.- One day last week, Mr. John Williams, a farmer at Ruan Lanyhorne, had loaded his gun in his kitchen, and was about to put on a percussion cap, when the gun went off.  A tailor was working at the time on the opposite side of the room, and the charge passed close to his head, and lodged in the wall.  No injury was sustained by any one; but both the farmer and the tailor were much frightened.  It is supposed that some of the fulminating composition from a former cap had remained about the nipple, and that upon this the hammer, which slipped at half-cock, fell with sufficient force to cause the discharge of the piece.


26th December 1840     Berkshire Chronicle

Ordination as Deacon – Richard Trist Budd, B.A., Magdalen, Cambridge


1st January 1841       Royal Cornwall Gazette


THE CHURCH. – At an Ordination held last week, by the Lord Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol, Mr. Richard Trist Budd, B.A., of Magdalen College, Cambridge, son of the Rev. Richard Budd of Ruan Lanyhorne, was admitted into Holy Orders as a Deacon.


9th December 1841     The North Devon Journal

CORNWALL – All those the undermentioned very extensive and Valuable Estates, Situate in the several parishes of Philleigh, Ruanlanihorne, Ladock, Veryan, Cornelly, and Gerrans, The Property of John Penhallow Peters, Esq.

Will be sold by AUCTION, at “Pearce’s Hotel,” Truro, on Wednesday the 15th day of December next, at 10 o’clock in the forenoon, in such lots as may be decided on, and subject to such conditions as will be then produced, The inheritance is fee-simple of and in

Lot 1. – All that Estate, called Penhallow, situate in the said parish of Philleigh, containing by estimation 109 acres (more or less) of Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, now in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.

Lot 2. – All that Estate, called Treworthall, situate in the said parish of Philleigh, containing by estimation 140 acres (more or less) of Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, now in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.  This lot includes the Village of Treworthall.

Lot 3.- All that Estate, called Ardevora Veor, otherwise Ardevora, otherwise Deovorah-Veor, situate in the said parish of Philleigh, containing by estimation 116 acres (more or less) of Arable, Meadow, Pasture and Wood-land, now in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.

Lot 4. – All that Estate, called Trenestrell, situate in the said parish of Ruanlanihorne, containing by estimation 80 acres (more or less) of Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, now also in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.

Lot 5. – All that Field or Close of Land, commonly called or known by the name of Lower-Shut-Close, containing by estimation 7 ½ acres of Land (more or less), being part and parcel of the Estate called Little Trenestrell, situate in the said parish of Ruanlanihorne, now also in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.

Lot 6. – All those Fields or Closes of Land, called Higher Shut-Close, and Crigmurrian Close, situate in the said parish of Ruanlanihorne, and containing by estimation 19 acres of Land (more or less), being the remainder of the said Estate, called Little Trenestrell, now also in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.

Lot 7. – All those the Mansion-House and Estate, called Crigmurrian, situate in the said parish of Philleigh, containing by estimation 40 acres (more or less); and all that Tenement, called Parkmena, situate in the said parish of Ruanlanihorne, containing by estimation 19 acres (more or less) of Arable, Meadow, Pasture, and Wood-land, now respectively in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.

Lot 8. – All that Tenement, called Berigga, situate in the said parish of Ladock, containing by estimation 3 ½ acres of Land (more or less), now in the occupation of Richard GILBERT, as tenant of the said John Penhallow Peters.

Lot 9. – All that Tenement, called Trendeal, situate in the parish of Ladock, containing by estimation 24 acres (more or less) of Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, now in the occupation of William HOOPER, as tenant of the said John Penhallow Peters.  And also, one undivided fourth-part of a Piece or Parcel of Pasture Land, adjoining Trendeal, now in the occupation of the said William HOOPER, as tenant as aforesaid; and the entirely whereof contains by estimation about 8 acres (more or less).

Lot 10. – All that Tenement, called the South-Downs, or Little Trendeal, situate in the said parish of Ladock, containing by estimation 16 acres of land (more or less), now in the occupation of James JULIFFE, under a lease, or his under-tenants.

Lot 11. – All those Cottages on South Downs aforesaid, with the Gardens belonging thereto, now also in the occupation of the said James JULIFFE, under a lease, or his under tenants.

Lot 12. – All that Tenement, called North-Downs, situate in the said parish of Ladock, containing by estimation about 69 acres (more or less) of Arable and Pasture Land, now in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.

Lot 13. – All that Tenement, called Hayfield, situate in the said parish of Ruanlanihorne, containing by estimation 8 ½ acres (more or less) of Arable and Pasture Land, now in the occupation of John ROBERTS, as tenant of the lessee thereof.

Lot 14. – All that Tenement, called Burley’s-Ground, situate in the said parish of Ruanlanihorne, containing by estimation 13 acres (more or less) of Arable and Pasture Land, now occupied by the said John ROBERTS, as aforesaid.

Lot 15. – All that Tenement, called Pendarves, situate in the said parish of Veryan, containing by estimation 35 acres (more or less) of Arable and Pasture Land, now in the occupation of Amos DOWRICK, as tenant of the lessee thereof.

Lot 16. – All that Cottage and Garden, part of the above Tenement of Pendarves, containing 10 perches of Land (more or less), now in the occupation of Richard MOON, as tenant of the lessee thereof.

Lot 17. – All those Four Fields, called Amos’s Meadows, containing by estimation 5 ½ acres (more or less) of Meadow Land, situate in the said parish of Veryan, now in the occupation of Martin LUNEY, as tenant of the lessee thereof.

Lot 18. – All those Fields or Closes of Land, respectively called Gullingeer’s, or Gongeer’s, and Reskiver’s Meadows, situate in the said parish of Veryan, containing by estimation 25 acres (more or less) of Arable and Meadow Land; - together with the Moor, called the Goose-Moor, now in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.

At the time and place before-mentioned, will also be offered for SALE, in such lots, and subject to such conditions as aforesaid, the following ESTATES, situate in the several parishes of Cornelly, Veryan, and Philleigh, held for several terms of 99 years, determinable on lives, that is to say :-

Lot 19. – All that Estate, called the Church-Town, otherwise Grogarth-Woolas, situate in the said parish of Cornelly, containing by estimation 75 acres (more or less) of Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, now in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters, and his undertenants.

Lot 20. – All that Tenement, called Bonython’s Tenement, situate in the said parish of Veryan, containing by estimation 13 acres (more or less) of Arable and Meadow Land, now in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.

Lot 21. – All that Tenement, called the Saffron-Parks, situate in the said parish of Veryan, containing by estimation 14 acres (more or less) of Arable and Meadow Land, now in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters, and his undertenants.

Lot 22. – In reversion of a term of 99 years, determinable on the death of Robin BULLOCK, aged 83 years, all that Tenement called Hay Estate, situate in the said parish of Veryan, containing by estimation 154 acres (more or less) of Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, now in the occupation of John ROBERTS.

Lot 23. – All that Tenement, called Trelussoe, situate in the said parish of Philleigh, containing by estimation 73 acres (more or less) of Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, now in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.

Lot 24. – All that Tenement, called Nanshear, situate in the said several parishes of Ruanlanihorne and Philleigh, containing by estimation 13 acres (more or less) of Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, now in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.

On the following day will be offered for Sale, subject to such conditions as aforesaid, all that the MANOR OF TREGAYRE, IN CORNWALL.

This extensive and valuable Manor is situate in the several parishes of Philleigh, Ruanlanihorne, Gerrans, and Saint Just in Roseland, and is held by the said John Penhallow Peters under a grant from the Bishop of Exeter, determinable on the deaths of three persons, aged respectively 38, 22, and 24 years, subject to the conventionary rent of £35 3s. 6d.

The Manor comprises the following Farms, respectively containing by estimation the following quantities of Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, that is to say :-

Treworgey-Vean, in the said parish of Ruanlanihorne, 47 acres,

Lamburne, in the said parish of Ruanlanihorne, 73 acres.

Trestaine, in the said parish of Ruanlanihorne, 60 acres,

Great Treveans, in the said parish of Philleigh, 81 acres,

Little Treveans, in the said parish of Philleigh, 9 ½ acres,

Egens-Warra, in the said parish of Gerrans, 20 acres,

Kearne-Quay, in the said parish of Gerrans, 19 acres,

Russaws, in the said parish of Gerrans, 18 acres,

A Moiety of the Tenement of Lanhoose, in the said parish of Gerrans, the entirety of which contains 40 acres,

Bradenhah, in the said parish of Gerrans, containing by estimation 20 acres,

Lanhah and Gilly, in the said parish of Gerrans, 104 acres,

Lanhah, in the said parish of Gerrans, 23 acres,

Polingy, in the said parish of Gerrans, 31 acres,

A Moiety of Polhendra, in the said parish of Gerrans, 15 ½ acres,

The other Moiety of the said Tenement of Polhendra, 15 ½ acres,

Polhendra, in the said parish of Gerrans, 28 acres,

Higher Tregassa, in the said parish of Gerrans, 47 acres,

Lower Tregassa, in the said parish of Gerrans, 26 acres,

Mill-Tenement, in the said parish of Gerrans, 3 ½ acres,

Kempe’s Tregassick, in the said parish of Gerrans, 50 acres,

Carkeet’s Tregassick, in the said parish of Gerrans, 34 acres,

Late Haye’s Tregassick, in the said parish of Gerrans, 45 acres,

Late Tyrel’s Tregassick, in the said parish of Gerrans, 15 acres,

Nanshut-Hall, in the said parish of St. Just in Roseland, 144 acres,

There are sundry Cottages and Gardens situate within the Manor, some of which are in the possession of Mr. Peters or his tenants, and others are held for lives by sub-grantees.

The high rents paid by free tenants of the Manor amount to £1 19s. 10d. yearly.

The lessee of the Manor has great advantages and privileges as to renewal and otherwise, particulars of which, and of the Manor and the other Property, will shortly be prepared, and may be obtained in about a month’s time at the principal Inns in Cornwall and Devon.

The tenants will show such parts of the Property as are in their occupation; and for further particulars, application may be made to John Penhallow Peters, junior, Esq, at Crigmurrian, or at the offices of

Mr. B. H. LYNE, Solicitor, Liskeard; or


Dated October 12th, 1841.  Solicitors, Truro


14th May 1842     Exeter and Plymouth Gazette

CORNWALL -  For Sale by Tender, the undermentioned Valuable Estates, situate in the several parishes of Philleigh and Ruanlanihorne.  To be Sold by Tender, either together or separately, or in the following Lots, as may be agreed upon, the Inheritance in Fee-simple of and in the following Estates, that is to say,

1. – All that Estate called Ardevora-veor, otherwise Ardevora, otherwise Devorah-veor, situate in the parish of Philleigh, Cornwall, consisting of a Dwelling-House and Outbuildings, and, by estimation, 116 Acres (more or less) of Arable, Meadow, Pasture, and Wood-land, now in the occupation of John Penhallow Peters, Esq.

2. – All that Estate, called Trenestrall, situate in the parish of Ruanlanihorne, Cornwall, consisting of a Barn and other Outhouses, and by estimation 80 Acres (more or less) of Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, now also in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.

3. – All those Mansion-Hose and Estate, called Crigmurrian, situate in the said parish of Philleigh, containing by estimation 40 Acres (more or less).  And all that Field or Close of Land, called Crigmurrian Close, situate in the said parish of Ruanlanihorne, containing by estimation 12 Acres (more or less).  And all that Tenement, called Parkmena, situate in the said parish of Ruanlanihorne, containing by estimation 19 Acres (more or less).  All which Mansion-house and Estate, Field or Close of Land and Tenement, are now in the occupation of the said John Penhallow Peters.

Tenders for the above Estates, either together or separately, or in the Lots mentioned, will be received by Mr. B. H. LYNE, Solicitor, Liskeard; or Messrs. PAUL, SMITH, and ROBERTS, Solicitors, Truro, until the 19th day of May next.

For further particulars, application may be made to John Penhallow Peters, jun., Esq., at Crigmurrian, or at the Offices of the said Mr. B. H, LYNE, at Liskeard; or Messrs. PAUL, SMITH, and ROBERS, Truro.

Dated April 18th, 1842.


29th April 1843      Morning Chronicle


Petitions against the education clauses of this bill were presented by (snip) 20 signatures, from the congregation of Wesleyan Methodists worshipping at Salem Chapel, in the parish of Ruan Lanyhorn, (snip).


22nd May 1846     Royal Cornwall Gazette

To Coal and Timber Merchants, Maltsters, and Lime Burners.

TO BE LET BY TENDER, for a Term of 99 Years, to be determinable on 3 Lives of the Taker’s Nomination, from the 29th day of September next, or such earlier day as the Taker may be able to obtain possession from the present Tenant, all that

Quay, Coal Yard, Lime Kiln, Malt-House, Dwelling-Houses, Garden and Land,

Situate at Ruanlanihorne, Churchtown, adjoining to the Navigable River there, and now in the occupation of Mr. William Martyn.

The Premises are most eligibly situated for carrying on an extensive business, being in the centre of a rich and populous Agricultural District, having no other equally convenient place of supply.

The Taker will be required to repair, and keep in repair, in every particular, to pay all Rates, Taxes, and Out-goings, and to accept a Lease and execute a counterpart, to be respectively prepared by the Lessor’s Solicitor, at the Taker’s expense, and to contain all proper covenants on the part of the Taker.

Sealed Tenders will be received by Mr. SIMMONS, Solicitor, No. 2, Prince’s Street, Truro, until the 30th day of May next, soon after which day the Person whose Tender may be accepted will have notice.  In the meantime, the Premises may be viewed on application to Mr. JOHN NANKIVELL, Ruanlanihorne Churchtown, and any further particulars may be obtained by applying to Mr. Simmons.

Dated 28th April, 1846


6th May 1848      Exeter and Plymouth Gazette


MRS. ELIZABETH POWELL, of Ruan, near Truro, desires to make Mr. Blee acquainted with an extraordinary cure effected on her son, Henry Powell, by the use of BLEE’S KENNAL OINTMENT.  His eyes had for many years been in such a deplorable state from inflammation, and his sight had in consequence been so entirely lost, that he had been laid up for nearly eight years quite incapable of any occupation, and his family had given up all hope that he would ever see again.  No means which the Faculty had recommended were of any avail.  At length Mrs. Powell was recommended to try the Kennal Ointment, and with the utmost joy and thankfulness she informs Mr, Blee that a few applications restored the sight, and removed the disease, that he is now able to follow his occupation as if nothing had ever been the matter.  The family will be happy to answer any inquiries which may be made respecting this extraordinary cure.


2nd February 1849      Royal Cornwall Gazette

On the 21st ult., there was stolen from Trethalla, in the parish of Ruan Lanyhorne, a quantity of fowls, ducks, and geese, a sleeve waistcoat, and a new sack, from the barn, the property of Mr. John Tucker.


30th March 1849      Royal Cornwall Gazette


MR. TIPPET - Has been favoured with instructions to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, on Monday, the 16th of April next, and following days, at Eleven o’clock in the Forenoon of each day, at the RECTORY, Ruanlanyhorne, the following - HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, and other effects, The property of the late Rev. Richard Budd, deceased, viz,: Mahogany Four-post and other Bedsteads, excellent seasoned Feather Beds, Mahogany and other Chests of Drawers, Washstands, Toilette Glasses, Toilette Sets, Night Commodes, Mahogany Dining, Loo,and other Tables, Mahogany and other Chairs, Carpets, Hearth Rugs, Fenders, Fire Irons, Snuffers and Trays, Dinner service about 120 pieces, a quantity of earthenware, Glass, and China, TWO SERAPHINES, PIANO FORTE, Copper Furnace and Brass Tap, Iron Furnace, Kitchen Apparatus, Kitchen, Culinary, Dairy, and Brewing Requisites in every variety, a few Paintings, Limner’s Materials, several volumes of Books, and a Cask of Cider.  Also, a four wheeled Carriage, excellent Carriage Horse, Poney, several Saddles, Bridles, and Harnesses, three prime Milch Cows, two heifers (one in Calf), Labour Horse, several Pigs, part of two Stacks of Hay, a quantity of Carrots and Mangle Wurtzel, four-wheeled Waggon, two Carts, Corn Chest, a quantity of Iron Hurdles, Ploughs, Harrows, Tormentor, Scuffler, Breeching, Winnowing Machine, Chaff Cutter, and other Husbandry and Garden Implements.

And also, a quantity of Elm and Ash Timber, Poles, Billet, Faggots, and Fir Wood, and miscellaneous articles.  The Farm Stock and Timber will be Sold on the second day of the Sale; and the whole may be viewed on the Saturday prior thereto.  For further particulars, application may be made at the office of the AUCTIONEER, Pyder Street, Truro.  Dated March 16, 1849.


11th May 1849       Royal Cornwall Gazette


Peter v Rickard.  In this case, the Rev. John Peter, of Grade, was plaintiff, and John Rickard, his tenant, the defendant. – The action was brought to recover the sum of £9. 14s. 7d., balance due on account, for a year’s rent of house and land in Ruan Lanyhorne occupied by the defendant from 29th Sept. 1846 to 29th Sept. 1847, at a rental of £67 18s.  Mr. Peter had been in the habit of employing defendant to do work for him, and at his court day on the 9th of March 1848, the defendant was allowed on that account £27 15s. 5d., and also £1 17s. 6d. for property tax, although he had paid only half the sum.  Defendant then paid £26 1s. 3d., leaving a balance of £12 3s. 10d., out of which Mr. peter had since allowed him £2 9s. 3d., for three pigs, and for the labour done by his family; leaving due from the defendant the balance now claimed. – In cross-examination, Mr. Peter stated that on the 8th of March, 1849, he levied a distress on the defendant for rent, but not for the premises in respect of which the present action was brought.   The defendant quitted these premises at Michaelmas, 1847, and then had a fresh take of another tenement at a less rental; and it was in respect of this last tenement that the distraint had been levied.  It appeared that some small part of the tenement was occupied under the last tenancy; and on this ground, Mr. Edwards argued that the plaintiff, when he distrained, ought to have done so in respect of the balance which he now claimed. – Mr. Roberts however, showed from the evidence that the defendant entirely quitted the old tenancy, and then took a different estate and on a different contract; and that the distraint on this last estate could not be made to apply to the former tenancy. – His Honour gave judgement for plaintiff for £9 14s. 7d., and ordered payment on the 7th instant.  – Mr. Peter explained that he should not have distrained on his tenant if he had not been informed that he was driving away his stock and removing his cattle clandestinely.


22nd June 1849      Royal Cornwall Gazette


On the 15th inst., the Rev. H. S. Slight, M.A., was instituted to the rectory of Ruan Lanyhorne, Cornwall, void by the death of Richard Budd, clerk, on the presentation of the President and Scholars of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.


13th July 1849       Royal Cornwall Gazette

TO BE LET BY TENDER, at a yearly rent, but with a fair prospect of a long holding, and with immediate possession, all that DESIRABLE ESTATE, consisting of the GLEBE LAND of Ruan Lanihorne, and Farm Buildings attached.  Sufficient of the Glebe House may be had at present for a Farm Residence, with a prospect of the whole if required.

The ESTATE consists of about 90 statute Acres of good and productive Land, and is very conveniently situated for Water-carriage either to Truro or Falmouth.

Ore-weed, Sand, and Lime may be had close at hand.  The land is Tithe Free.

The Tenant will be expected as usual to keep the Buildings &c, in repair, to pay rates and Land Tax, and all Outgoings.

Tenders to be sent in on or before Friday, the 20th day of July, addressed to Messrs. CARLYON & PAULL, Solicitors, Truro.                                Dated 27th June, 1849.


29th March 1850      Royal Cornwall Gazette


No Bills. – The Grand Jury ignored the bill against James Trevarton, charged with the manslaughter of Robert May at veryan.  This prisoner, however, was put on his trial on the coroner’s inquisition.

CHARGES OF MANSLAUGHTER. - James Trevarton, 23, was charged on the Coroner’s inquisition with feloniously killing and slaying Robert May, of Veryan.  Mr. Stock for the prosecution, and Mr. Slade for the prisoner.  Mr. Stock said a bill of indictment had been preferred, which had been ignored by the grand jury, but on the part of the prosecution he had thought it his duty to bring the case before the court on the Coroner’s inquisition, in order that the guilt or innocence of the prisoner might be established.  It appeared from the evidence that the deceased, Robert May, was an old man, upwards of seventy years of age.  On last New Year’s day he was going towards his home, and was met in a field called Cranes meadow,  by a man called John Randle.  Crane’s meadow is situate between Veryan church-town and Ruan.  John Rundle spoke to May, who was then apparently in perfect health, this being between five and six in the evening.  May was seen a short time after in the same field, and not far from the same place, by a witness named James Hockin, who found him in a state which he first attributed to drunkenness, but which was afterwards found to be insensibility arising from a dreadful injury he had received.  He was assisted to his home, and on the 3rd of January was attended by Edward Prynn, surgeon, at Veryan.  Mr. Prynn found that May had received a very severe concussion on the left temple; there was a fracture of the temporal and parietal bones; and when called to him, his pulse was almost imperceptible.  There was great dilation of the pupil of the eye, which was almost insensible to the light; and Mr. Prynn came to the conclusion that there was congestion and concussion, and internal hemorrhage of the brain.  He repeatedly attempted to speak, but the medical attendant could not understand what he said.  On the following Monday evening, or Tuesday morning, he died.  Mr. Prynn made a post mortem examination, and found that deceased’s skull was fractured two-thirds across its base; the injuries were sufficient to produce death; he should think they were caused by a very severe blow from a blunt instrument of considerable weight; if caused by a fall it must have been from a very high place on a stone or hard substance.  There were also slight bruises on deceased’s left side and arm.  The evidence as sought to be applied to the prisoner was to the following effect: - On New-year’s day a party of men were drinking at Tank’s beer-house in Ruan; they were James Rundell, a carpenter, his brother, John Rundell, another carpenter named Snell, and the prisoner James Trevarton.  They left the house about six in the evening, as was stated by James Rundell, though it appeared that the time was not clearly ascertained.  The parties were somewhat intoxicated, excepting that James Rundell stated himself to have been sober.  In going from the public-house towards Veryan, their road lay through fields, of which Crane’s meadow was one, James Rundell and the prisoner were carrying a quarter of pork, and John Rundell was carrying two guns, Snell having previously parted from them.  Near Crane’s meadow, John Rundell fell behind the rest of the party, and the prisoner went back to see if he was coming.  When he went back to John Rundell, he offered to carry one of the guns, which Rundell gave over to him, and then went on with the pork, and rested with it at the bottom of Crane’s meadow till his brother overtook him.  The prisoner did not come for four or five minutes after, and when he came the gun he had been carrying was broken.  There was no quarrelling or blows heard.  When the old man was on his sick bed, he told his relations and others, that a man who came down the hill struck him dreadfully, and kicked him; but he never said that Trevarton was the man, nor did it appear that there was any ill feeling between the parties.  One witness said he heard the old man mention the word “gun,” on one occasion; but the counsel for the defence submitted that it was an incoherent expression wrongly interpreted by the witness, who had previously heard that Trevarton was accused of the offence.  Besides the above a number of minute circumstances were deposed to.  The chief reliance by the counsel for the prisoner was on a statement of John Rundell, from which it appeared that Trevarton told him when they were in a field before that came to Crane’s meadow, that he had broken the gun; consequently it must have been before he could have met with the deceased.  It appeared also that Trevarton on hearing that he was accused, appeared anxious to have the matter cleared up, and went to the old man’s bed room with the other parties, and the deceased made no accusation against him.  The prisoner also received a good character from two of the witnesses.-  The learned Judge, in summing up, said the crime by whosoever committed, was of a very aggravated nature; if manslaughter, it was so aggravated as almost to amount to murder.  The transaction was of a dark and mysterious nature, and cogent evidence must be required to fix the guilt on the prisoner.  There was nothing to fix the exact time when the blow was given; and it was possible that the prisoner might have passed old May, and the blow have been struck by another person who came by afterwards.-  After some consultation the jury gave a verdict of NOT GUILTY. 

The court rose shortly before eight.


13th December 1850       Royal Cornwall Gazette


RUAN LANYHORNE. – On Sunday last the 8th inst., the Rectory of Ruanlanyhorne, the residence of the Rev. H. S. Slight, was broken into; and several articles, among others a pocket silver communion service, repeater watch, and two £5 Cornish Bank notes, were stolen.  The robbers must have entered the house during the time of divine service, whilst the rector and his servants were at church.


28th January 1851     The Standard, London


At an early hour on Sayurday morning, William Towler, a gamekeeper in the service of G. W. F. Gregor, Esq., of Trewarthenick, and whose lodge is in Ruanlanyhorne plantation, heard some guns fired.  He immediately called his assistant, Henry Dennis, and they proceeded into the wood, and soon saw four or five men – evidently poachers.  the keeper and his assistant prudently abstained from going in the direction of the party, for whom, in consequence of the disparity of numbers, they would have been no match; but concealed themselves near a stile which they knew the poachers must cross, in order to get on the road leading from Ruan to Tregony.  Before long the poachers passed over the stile, and after they had proceeded a short distance in the direction of Tregony, Dennis called to one of them, “Good morning to you, Moon.”  On this, Moon deliberately turned round, swore violently, said, “Take that, will you!” and fired his gun.  Several shots entered Dennis’s hat, and one grazed his forehead.  It appears that all the party of poachers are known, and that they have absconded. – Cornwall Gazette.


28th March 1851      Royal Cornwall Gazette


Ruanlanihorne, Cornwall. – Mr. White has very successfully worked out this design, already noticed in our pages.  One might almost mistake the perspective we have seen of it for an old building; it is so irregular and picturesque.  We have some fears that this might, in reality, appear exaggerated.


4th April 1851      Royal Cornwall Gazette


DANGEROUS ASSAULT ON A GAMEKEEPER. – John Moon, 25, was indicted for shooting at William Towler, with intent to prevent his lawful apprehension.  A second count charged an instant to do some grievous bodily harm. – Mr. Stock conducted the prosecution; Mr. Maynard the defence.- Mr. Stock having opened the case, stating that the prosecutor was Mr. Gordon Wm. Francis Gregor, of Trewarthenick, near Tregony, proceeded to examine the following witnesses: -

Catherine Roberts, stated that she lived with her father and mother in tregony, and knew the prisoner.  About 11 o’clock in the evening of the 17th January, she saw Moon and three other men pass by her door going out of the town towards Mr. Gregor’s.  Moon had a gun with him.  He is a woodman.  After they passed on, she heard them singing. –

William Towler deposed: - I am gamekeeper to Mr. Gregor at Trewarthenick, about a mile from tregony.  On the night of the 17th January, I was out watching, and Henry Dennis, labourer, was out assisting me.  We went to Ruan Lanyhorne wood; that belongs to Mr. Gregor.  About ½ past 12 we heard a gun, in the Ruan Lanyhorne Wood.  We went towards it, and heard several other shots in the same wood.  There is a plantation adjoining, also belonging to Mr. Gregor, called Pontey’s, where we went to watch.  We placed ourselves inside a gate inside that plantation and remained there an hour.  We heard several shots; the last we heard was in Pontey’s plantation.  I saw the flash. It was about 60 yards off.  Pontey’s plantation adjoins the road.  We went across the road into Trethewy Wood, and remained there close to the road watching, about 10 minutes.  I saw 4 men pass up inside Pontey’s, to the end of the wood, and then back again, and they came out over the gate into the road.  Two of the four men had guns.  I knew only Moon; he was one of the two men who had a gun.  On their coming out into the road, and going towards Tregony, we came out behind them.  A little boy, Charles Warne, aged 17, was with Dennis and me.  Having got down into the road, we were about 15 yards from the men.  When they came out of the plantation into the road, we were only about 7 yards from them; we were on the hedge of the wood just opposite them, and had full opportunity of seeing their faces.  On our getting down into the road, Moon turned round and levelled a gun.  I did not say anything to him then.  He went on again.  I then said, “Good morning, Mr. Moon.”  He immediately turned round and levelled his gun at us – at all of us, I suppose.  He fired at where we three were standing close together.  Some of the shots struck me round about my clothes: and some of the shot went through Dennis’s hat into his forehead.  After he had fired, he and the other three men went towards Tregony; we did not follow them.  The next morning I gave information to Mr. Gregor; and also went before Mr. Gwatkin, a magistrate. –

Cross-examined – We did not follow them, because we had no gun with us, and they were four, and we but three.  Before we went into Pontey’s plantation, I had heard 6 or 8 guns fired in Ruanlanyhorne wood.  I did not know any of the other men.  I first recognised Moon when he came over the stile out of Pontey’s plantation into the road; I was then in Trethewy Wood, not more than 7 yards off.  When they came out of Pontey’s plantation into the road, I saw Moon come over the stile with a gun, and the three others followed him.  As soon as they turned towards Tregony, we got out of Trethewy Wood into the road, and followed them.  Afterwards, the moment I uttered his name, he turned round and fired at me; he was then about 25 yards off.  The shot came all about me, but I don’t know that they penetrated my thick coat.  The prisoner lives in Tregony; he is a married man with children.  All the four men were equally near to me.  I had seen Moon before.  I had seen him three times this season at unseasonable hours and near the wood with a gun.  The wood is more than 40 acres of cover; I tried to find the men when I heard the firing in the Ruan Wood, but could not find them.  The Ruan road is turnpike. – The Trethewy Wood is very thin cover; the other side has a hedge and is very thin cover also.  I did not recognise Moon till he was out in the road.  It was then about two in the morning; I can’t say exactly; but when I came into my house, after Dennis was shot, it was 3 o’clock.  I have been gamekeeper and game assistant for 25 years.  I have not seen the other three men since; Dennis knew them, I believe; I believe they have absconded –

Re-examined.  It was very bright moonlight; almost the brightest night I ever saw.  I had full opportunity of seeing Moon’s face and am quite certain of him.  He advanced first of the party.

Henry Dennis deposed that he was a labourer living in Tregony, and accompanied William Towler on the night of the 17th January.  This witness corroborated the evidence of Towler, and added that when Moon fired, one of his party said “Oh, you bloody b----r.”  Dennis also stated that some of the shot went through his hat, and hit the skin of his forehead, making it bleed.  I had known Moon before; he said that the first time he met with me he would blow my bloody head off.  On Christmas eve 12 months, at Bawden’s public-house in Tregony, he sat down beside me, and said, “Harry, I understand you go out by night.”  I said “yes, I do; but I am paid for it.”  He said, “D---n the man who ever comes near me by night; if I meet with you, I will blow your bloody head off.” –

Charles Warne, nephew of Towler, aged about 17 years, was also out with him on the night in question.  He partly corroborated the previous evidence, and added that he was struck by some of the shot.  He himself could not positively swear to Moon being the man who fired; but as soon as the four men came out of the gate, Towler and Dennis both said, “That is Moon.” –

Mary Gill, wife of Joseph Gill, at the Red Lion Hotel, Truro, stated that after 10 o’clock on Saturday, the 18th January, Moon came into the Red Lion Tap.  There was a man with him who had a bag.  Moon asked her to be allowed to leave the bag there, and she told him to put it in the inside room.  He did not tell her what was in the bag, but the bag appeared to be full.  He afterwards told her that he had some pheasants to part with; but he did not say they were in the bag, nor where they were. –

John Pearce, post-boy at the Red Lion Inn, stated that he saw Moon at the Tap on the morning of the 18th January.  He said he was a gamekeeper under Mr. Gregor, but if he were a poacher, he would shoot any man who came near him at night. –

Wm. Woolcock, Truro policeman, proved that on the 18th Jan., he had a warrant for the apprehension of Moon, and went out to his residence at Tregony, on that day and on the following Monday, but could not find him.  It was not till the Wednesday week following that he was apprehended. –

For the defence, Mr. Maynard addressed the Jury, suggesting that the evidence ought not to satisfy them that Moon was one of the four men; and next, that, even if the evidence as to identify was satisfactory, there was no proof of the intentions imputed to him by this indictment. –

After a careful summing up, the Jury found the prisoner Guilty on both counts. – Sentence deferred.-

There were two other indictments against the prisoner – one for shooting at Henry Dennis, and the other for unlawfully entering enclosed land on the 17th January last, with other three or more men, with intent to destroy game.  No evidence was offered on either of these indictments. –

The JUDGE asked why there were two indictments on this one transaction.  He could understand if a prisoner was charged with several offences, all distinct, why a reasonable number of indictments should be sent up; but here there was but one act.  He could not allow the expenses of that other prosecution.

-On Saturday, the prisoner, on being called upon by the Clerk of Arraigns, said, “I have a few words to speak; I hope and trust your lordship will have mercy on me; I have a wife and three small children.”  The JUDGE said: - you have been found guilty of the offence of shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm.  There were some circumstances that occurred in the course of your trial which induced me to direct inquiries to be made, and which have turned out satisfactory.  In the course of the trial I entertained some doubt whether you did really intend to do mischief; and from the report I have had, my doubt as to the mischief you intended to do, has been very much increased.  You were breaking the laws of your country, and invading that which was the property of another, which did not belong to you; still with reference to the commission of that offence, the probability is that you would not have a charge in your gun which would do grievous mischief at the distance at which you fired; and I am willing to believe that though the offence of which you are guilty calls for punishment, that you did not intend to do the serious mischief that might have resulted from firing at persons with materials to do great mischief.  The sentence of the court is, that you be imprisoned for twelve calendar months, and kept to hard labour.


20th June 1851      Royal Cornwall Gazette


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Meeting of the Trustees of this Turnpike Road, will be held at the house of DAVID TANK, in the parish of Ruan Lanyhorne, on MONDAY the 7th day of July next, at 11 o’clock in the forenoon, for the purpose of receiving from the Surveyor of the said Road a statement of the repairs of the same; and also for paying the Contractors for such repairs, their half year’s contract money which will be then due.

W. MOORMAN, Clerk to the Trustees.       Dated, June 16th, 1851.


26th December 1851      Royal Cornwall Gazette

COMMITTAL. – On Saturday last, James Vincent, labourer, of Ruan Lanyhorne, was committed by Dr. Carlyon for trial at the next Quarter Sessions, charged with having, on the 31st of October last, burglariously entered the dwelling-house of Anne Nankivell, of the parish of Ruan Lanyhorne, innkeeper, and stolen therefrom several shawls, a silk waistcoat, some pieces of print, a pair of blankets, drab and claret Coburg cloth, three lbs. of tea, and various other articles, the property of David Burns, of St. Austell.  At the time of the robbery the articles were in the care of his traveller, John Nisbett, who was sleeping at Mrs. Nankivell’s public-house – the King’s head.


31st March 1852     The Cornish Telegraph

BURGLARY.- JAMES VINCENT, 27, read and write imperfectly, was charged with the commission of a burglary at Ruan Lanyhorne, on the 31st of October last.  It appeared that on that day John Nisbett, assistant to David Burns, of St. Austell, travelling draper, stayed for the night at a public-house in Ruan Lanyhorne, and left his pack containing shawls and drapery goods in the parlour.  He left it at about six in the evening, and on the following morning it was missing.  Nisbett’s service with Mr. Burns was proved by his employer, and his visiting the public-house by Mrs. Anne Nankivell, the landlady, who also deposed that on the morning of the 1st of November she found a pane of glass broken, the window opened, and the pack gone from the room in which it had been deposited.  On the 16th of December James Johns was out on a shooting expedition with Mr. Kempe and Mr. Gwatkin, and in pursuing a small path leading over a “set” – a place where the tide flowed and ebbed – found a pack of goods, which turned out to be the missing one, and which was taken to the parsonage.  Prisoner had been seen twice near this wood by Thomas Mitchell, hind to Mr. Spencer, rector of Ruan Lanyhorne.  Mary Ann Wood had seen some materials in prisoner’s possession, which he said he should have “made up” when he had a few shillings; and Thomas Cruwys had seen the prisoner once going in the direction of the wood where the pack was found, about four o’clock in the afternoon of the Sunday after the robbery.  On the 24th of November Thomas Osborne, tailor, of Truro, received several yards of cloth from the prisoner, who wished to have a top-coat made.  He gave his name Thomas Williams, and when Mr. Osborne told him the cloth would not make a top-coat, he said, “Never mind, make some sort of coat, I didn’t buy the stuff.”  The coat was made, and on the 16th of December it was handed over to a constable.

James Fitzsimmons, a policeman of Truro, in consequence of information received, went to Osborne and got a coat, and on the 16th of December apprehended the prisoner at Ruan Lanyhorne and obtained the pack at the same time from Mr. Slight.  When apprehended Osborne said he did not give a fictitious name; he would not be under blame, he would tell the truth about it; and that if Rowe’s daughter had not come against him he would not have been discovered.  Prisoner’s statement was put in.  It asserted that he had bought the articles of Thomas Rowe at the “set” spoken of, and gave a wrong name because he feared he should be brought up for shooting. – The prisoner made a long address to the jury, declaring his innocence. – The jury found the prisoner Guilty, on the second count of the indictment, of receiving goods knowing them to be stolen.  Four months’ hard labour.  The prisoner was undefended, and Mr. Collier prosecuted.


31st March 1852     Western Courier

James Vincent, 27, was charged with having on the 31st October, entered the dwelling-house of Anne Nankivell, of the parish of Ruan Lanyhorne, innkeeper, and stealing therefrom a quantity of wearing apparel of the value of about £10.

The prisoner was found Guilty, and he was sentenced to Four Months Imprisonment with hard labour.


12th January 1853     The Cornish Telegraph

ZACCHEUS JULIAN was found guilty of stealing a blanket from James Jewell, of Ruan Lanihorne.


12th May 1854      Royal Cornwall Gazette


TO be LET by TENDER for a term of 7 or 14 years from Michaelmas next, the desirable Farm of TREWORGA, Situate in the Parish of Ruanlanyhorne, in Cornwall, Comprising a good Dwelling House, Barn, Machine House, and other Farm Buildings, and about 56 statute acres of excellent Meadow and Arable Land, now occupied by Mr. Peter Nankivell.

The Farm is situated within convenient distance of Tregony and Truro, and only one mile from Ruan River, thereby having great facility of procuring Manure, and disposing of the produce of the Farm.  The Tenant will show the Premises, and Tenders, stating the clear annual rent will be received by Messrs. Collins and Son, Solicitors, St. Columb, Till the 29th May inst.  Notice will be given to the Person whose Tender is accepted.

Dated, 8th May, 1854


12th January 1855     Royal Cornwall Gazette


For sale by private contract, the House lately occupied as the Poor House for the parish of Ruan Lanyhorne, situate in the Church-town.  The House is in good repair, having been recently strongly and substantially rebuilt; it contains twelve rooms, with building ground adjoining for four more.

For particulars apply to the overseer, Mr. DINGLE, Trelonk, Ruan High Lanes.


25th April 1856                       Royal Cornwall Gazette


At Ruanlanyhorne, Church-town, on Monday, 21st inst., Miss Nankivell, the innkeeper, had a new swarm of bees.


7th May 1858       Royal Cornwall Gazette

ACCIDENT. – On Friday the 30th ult., at Ruanlanyhorne, William Annear, labourer of Veryan, carrying limestone for Messrs. Dunstone and Co. driving his horse backward on the bed of the limekiln, by some mishap, drove his horse and cart into the kiln, nine feet below the top edge; and the fire getting up, suffocated the horse and partly burnt the cart.


7th May 1858        Royal Cornwall Gazette


Charles Julian and William Furze, two lads residing at Ruan Church Town, were fined 5s. each and costs for wantonly cutting off the hair from the tail and mane of a pony belonging to Mr. Channon, veterinary surgeon of Tregony, on the 3rd of April last, and were cautioned against a repetition of such disgraceful proceedings.


11th March 1859       Royal Cornwall Gazette


James Dunstan, of Ruan Lanyhorne, merchant, was fined for having a light 56lb. Weight in his possession, on the 12th February last.


27th May 1859        Royal Cornwall Gazette

BURGLARY AT RUAN LANYHORNE – On Saturday night last the 21st inst., the house of Anne Nankivell, innkeeper and grocer of Ruan Churchtown, was burglariously entered and the following articles were stolen, viz., 150 lbs. of pork, 1 gallon of rum, 3 pints of peppermint, 4lbs. of sugar, 2 lbs. of currants, 1 lb. of figs, ½ lb. of tea, and 3 lbs. of cocoa. – The entrance was effected by cutting two iron bars out of the dairy window. – The police are actively engaged in making enquiries, and it is hoped that the thieves will soon be in custody.


5th August 1859      Royal Cornwall Gazette


TO BE LET for such term as may be agreed on with possession at Michaelmas next, the MESSUAGE, DWELLING-HOUSE, and PREMISES, Situate at Ruan-highlanes, in the said parish of Ruanlanihorne; together with the Stable, Coach-house, Garden, and three Meadows held therewith, comprising altogether about three acres of Land, now in the occupation of Mr. Peter Coulam.

These Premises are situated in the well known Roseland Agricultural District, and at the dwelling-house the Petty Sessions for the West Division of the Hundred of Powder are held monthly.

For viewing the Premises apply thereon; and for further particulars and terms of letting, to Mr. F. HEARLE COCK, Solicitor, Truro.     Dated Truro, 27th July, 1859.


11th November 1859      Royal Cornwall Gazette

William Charles Bond, a sailor, was charged with feloniously entering the shop of John Furze, at Ruan High-lanes, on the 3rd instant, and stealing from the “till” three half-crowns and one shilling, and on the depositions being taken, he was committed for trial at the next sessions at Bodmin.


11th November 1859        Royal Cornwall Gazette


Stephen Roberts of Tregony, farmer, summoned for trespassing on lands in Veryan, called Goviley, the property of Viscount Falmouth, on the 4th October last, was fined £1 10s. and 16s. 6d. expenses, or one calendar month’s imprisonment in default of payment.

There was another charge against Mr. Roberts for trespassing on Tremayne’s Estate, in the parish of Ruan Lanyhorne, the property of G. W. F. Gregor, Esq., on the 30th September last; but, as he promised not to repeat the offence, the case was withdrawn.


27th January 1860       Royal Cornwall Gazette


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the GENERAL ANNUAL MEETING of the Trustees of this Turnpike Road will be held at the house late in the occupation of William Reed, at High Lanes, in the parish of Ruanlanyhorne, on MONDAY the 6th. day of February next, at eleven o’clock in the forenoon, for the purpose of examining and auditing the Treasurer’s and Surveyor’s accounts of the said Trust for the past year, and for the transaction of the general business of the Trust.

John R. Paull.  Clerk to the Trustees.

Dated Truro, January 26th. 1860.


6th April 1860     Royal Cornwall Gazette

Alice Powell was fined 1s. and costs for an assault on Elizabeth Rowe, at Ruan Lanyhorne, on the 9th ult.


11th May 1860         Royal Cornwall Gazette


John Hooker was fined £1, Eliza Hooker 10s., and James Hooker 10s., and expenses, or 21 days imprisonment each, for assaults on Alice, Mary, and Emma Powell, at Ruan Church-town, on the 16th of April last.


18th January 1861         Royal Cornwall Gazette


At Mr. Paull’s, Magistrates’ Clerk’s office, on the 12th inst., William Charles Bond was charged before W. T. Chappel, Esq. with stealing 18 gallons of barley on the 2nd inst., the property of Mr. Wm. Reed, of Beruppa, in Ruan Lanyhorne, farmer, and was committed for trial at the next assizes.  The prisoner it appeared had formerly worked for compainant, but had recently been discharged; and, on the same day he went to the farm after Mr. Reed was gone to market and went into the house and played with the children.  He went away at dinner time – and on the following day Mr. Reed went into his barn where he had a large heap of barley, and noticed that the heap had been disturbed;  he also found the door unlocked, he having locked it previous to his going to market.  Enquiries were made and suspicion fell on the prisoner, who is a convicted thief;  it turned out that he had been to a mill and stated that he had in a quarry some barley which he had bought from Mr. Reed’s, stating he worked there, but, it being too heavy, he could not carry it all the way.  The barley was then brought from the quarry by the loader of the mill, the prisoner accompanying him to the spot.  It was ground and carried to prisoner’s father’s house, and the prisoner received it and took it in.  he was committed to take his trial at the next assizes. – We learn that on Thursday afternoon the prisoner tore down the door of his cell at the County Police Station, and made his escape, and up to the present has not been recaptured.


5th April 1861        Royal Cornwall Gazette


William Charles Bond, the prisoner who escaped from the County Police Station, in January last, was re-captured on Wednesday, at Pool, and brought back to Truro.  It will be remembered by some of our readers, that he was charged with stealing 16 gallons of barley from Mr. W. Reed, a farmer living at Berreppa farm, in the parish of Ruanlanihorne, on the 2nd January; that he was committed for trial on the charge, but broke out of the lockup.  He was again taken before W. T. Chappel, Esq., to-day (Thursday), and re-committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions.


12th April 1861         Royal Cornwall Gazette


 Before Sir Colman Rashleigh, Bart.

William Charles Bond, aged 20, was charged with stealing 18 gallons of barley, the property of William Reed, at Ruan Lanyhorne, on the 2nd of January last. – Mr. Stokes conducted the prosecution;  the prisoner was undefended. –

William Reed, a farmer, living in the parish of Ruan Lanyhorne, deposed: - The prisoner had been in my employ and left it on the 29th December, 1860;  he was in my neighbourhood in the beginning of January.  On the 2nd of the month I had some winnowed barley lying in a heap in my barn;  I kept the barn locked, and saw my barley safe in the afternoon of Wednesday, the 2nd of January;  the next day, I observed that there was something wrong with the lock of the door, and the heap of barley was diminished by about a bushel, there being two pits in it.  The keys of the barn were usually kept in the back-kitchen. –

Elizabeth Luke Reed, wife of last witness:- On the 2nd of January, after my husband had left for Truro market, the prisoner came to the house about half-past 10;   he went into the kitchen and sat down with the children;  he remained about the place until about half-past one o’clock, and during the time he went into the back kitchen;  he had no work to do on the place that day.-

William George Reed, an intelligent little son of the prosecutor, stated that on Wednesday the 2nd of January the prisoner came to the house and played with him and the children.  About half-past 12, he said to me, “make haste to your dinner, your mother is calling you.”  I went in to dinner, and when I came out again, I saw him in the mowhay, close by the barn door.  I asked him to help me meat the pigs, and he did so;  and after that he jumped over the hedge and said he was going home, and I did not see him again. –

James Vincent, a labourer living in the parish of Ruan Lanyhorne: - Between half-past 1 and 2 o’clock on the 2nd of January, I met the prisoner coming in a direction from Mr Reed’s farm, with a sack on the ground, saying he was just killed;  I asked him what he had there, and he said 16 gallons of barley which he had at Mr. reed’s, where he was thrashing. –

Edwin Chivell, a lad: - I live with Mr. David Pearce, miller, at Ruan Lanyhorne;  between 4 and 5 o’clock in the afternoon of the 2nd January, the prisoner came to the mill and told me to send to Trevilas Quarry for some barley;  I went there for it, on my way back from another place;  the prisoner came there and helped me to put the barley on my horse;  he took it from under some furze in the quarry;  he said he had it from Mr. Reed’s, and that it was 18 gallons.  I then took it to the mill and did not see him again,-

Verdict, GUILTY. – A previous conviction was proved against the prisoner.

Sentenced to Three Years’ Penal Servitude.


14th June 1861       Royal Cornwall Gazette


John Davey, of Ruan Lanyhorne, farmer, was fined 10s. including costs, for driving a wagon and three horses on the road at Ruan without reins, on the 4th May last.


16th August 1861       Royal Cornwall Gazette


Thursday, August 15.

GATLEY v WEBB. – In this case, Mr. John Gatley, of Tresillian, was plaintiff; and Mr. John Webb, principal agent of the Fal Stream Tin Work, in the parish of Ruanlanihorne, was defendant.  Mr. Hockin moved for decree of a payment of £82; and His Honour ordered payment in 10 days.


29th August 1862       Royal Cornwall Gazette


Saturday, August 23.


JACOB v WEBB. – In this case, William Jacob, a mine carpenter, had filed his petition for recovery of £5 0s. 8d.; and the petition had been served on the defendant at his residence in St. Blazey.  At the time of the serving of the petition, the defendant informed the bailiff, Pascoe, that he was then employed in taking down the engine, which was intended to be removed on the 23rd instant. – Mr. Hockin, on the registrar’s certificate of the petition having been filed, and on the bailiff’s affidavit, moved for an injunction against the removal of any machinery or materials from the mine; and he stated his belief that the engine - a small one of no great value – was the only property on the mine. – Injunction granted.

JOHN LIDGEY v WEBB. – This case also arose in the Fal Stream Works, and its circumstances were similar to those of the preceding; except that the plaintiff was a labourer, and his claim for £2 11s. 10d. – Mr. Cock applied for an injunction; and it was granted.


27th November 1863       Royal Cornwall Gazette


CONCEALMENT OF BIRTH – At the County Magistrates’ Clerks’ Office, Truro, on Wednesday, before W. T. Chappel, Esq., Mary Ann Rowe was charged with concealing the body of her illegitimate child, at Ruanlanihorne on or about the 7th October.  It appeared that the prisoner, who was suspected by her fellow workwomen of being enceinte, disappeared from the neighbourhood about six weeks ago, and was absent for a fortnight.  On her return a difference was noticed in her appearance, but nothing was done in the matter.  However, about a week ago, a hind in the service of the Rev. H. S. Slight, rector of Ruanlanihorne, in going his rounds, discovered a bag, near a marsh, from which he saw the skull of a child protruding.  He at once gave information to Sergeant Harris, of the county constabulary, stationed at Tregony, who proceeded to the spot, and found that the bag contained the body of a child in an advanced state of decomposition.  An inquest was held on the body by Mr J. Carlyon, when an open verdict was returned.  However, owing to the vigilance and perseverance of Sergeant Harris, the suspicious circumstances connected with the prisoner were discovered, and she was apprehended.  When in custody, she confessed her guilt.  She was committed for trial at the Assizes.  Mr. Chappel, on committing the prisoner, spoke in very high terms of the exertions, of the zeal, and ability displayed by Superintendant Complin, and particularly by Sergeant Harris, in bringing the prisoner to justice.


11th March 1864                   Royal Cornwall Gazette


ALARMING ACCIDENT AT RUAN HIGHLANES. – On Monday, an accident of a most alarming nature occurred in the Petty Sessions Court, Ruan Highlanes.  During the progress of business, the court being crowded with nearly 200 persons, the flooring gave way and the crowd were precipitated into the cellar beneath, a depth of about eight feet, the only portion of the floor retaining its position being that on which the magistrates were sitting, and which was railed off from the remainder.  The confusion and screaming was terrific, the majority of the unfortunates being women, who uttered piercing cries for help.  Strenuous efforts were made to allay the confusion, and to induce the people to remain quiet, but many of the weaker persons were nevertheless trampled upon and severely injured.  By the assistance of Superintendant Complin the people were eventually extricated through a door leading from the cellar into the road.  Fortunately the accident was unaccompanied by any fatal or even very serious injury, though many persons were much cut and bruised, their faces being covered with blood and their clothes torn to shreds.  Amongst others Mr Blewett, farmer, of St. Anthony in Roseland, was very badly cut about the face and head.  The son of Mr Nicholls, the occupier of the house, had a very narrow escape, having only left the cellar the moment before the floor fell in.  It is stated that Captain Kemp, of Truro, the owner of the property had pillars placed in the cellar to support the floor, but as there were none there on Monday, some enquiry will probably be made on the subject.  After the people had been extricated and the excitement had been allayed, the Court was adjourned to the schoolroom at Veryan, where the remaining business was proceeded with.  The magistrates present when the accident occurred were G. W. F. Gregor, Esq. (in the chair), Sir S. T. Spry, the Hon. and Rev. J. T. Boscawen, the Rev. S. Symonds, and the Rev. L. M. Peter.


Philip Langdon, of the parish of Creed, was summoned by the Rev. G. D. Johnstone, of that parish for refusing to give up possession of the house he occupied.  While the case was going on the floor of the court gave way, and the public (about 150 persons) were precipitated into the cellar beneath, a distance of about 7 or 8 feet; the raised part where were the magistrates and officials, being left standing.  The screams of the women were fearful, as there was one-fourth females, but, however, they all miraculously escaped with only a few bruises and cuts.  The meeting then adjourned to Veryan.  An arrangement was come to in this case for Langston to leave in a fortnight and pay expenses,


- Thomas Morse, a labourer, was charged by Mr. Giles Williams, a farmer, living in the parish of Ruanlanihorne, at Demean Farm, with stealing a grubber, valued at 3s; he pleaded guilty, and being recommended to mercy, and also producing a good character, was sentenced to 7 days’ hard labour


16th March 1864     The Cornish Telegraph

The floor of the Court-house, where the business of the Ruanhighlanes petty sessions was being held, on Monday, gave way, and the whole of the persons present went down with the floor into a cellar underneath.  A few bruises were, fortunately, the only serious results of the accident.


18th March 1864                    The West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


There have been for some time past, thoughts entertained of removing the court of petty sessions for the Roseland district from Ruanhighlanes, and since the late accident occurred there, it appears to be resolved upon; and gentlemen have been deputed to try to arrange for premises at Tregony, which stand within about one mile of one extremity of the petty sessional division, which is 13 miles long.

The sessions has, in years gone by, been held in Tregony, but for good reasons was removed therefrom.

Creed does not honour the petty sessions with more than one case, on average, in a year; Tregony is entitled to a different degree of consideration, as the sessions are well supported and patronised from there: but there is already an accommodation provided in the shape of a lock-up there.


5th August 1864        Royal Cornwall Gazette


PAINFUL EVENT. – On Wednesday, an inquest was held at the rectory house in the parish of Ruanlanihorne, before Mr J. Carlyon, county coroner, on the body of George Spencer Slight, aged 9 years, who was drowned last Monday afternoon while bathing with his elder brother Edward at the point in Ruan river.  It appeared that on that afternoon, the deceased and his brother went to the point to bathe followed by their father, the Rev. H. S. Slight, who lingered behind a few minutes to look at a small pleasure boat approaching the creek.  When he afterwards reached the point he only saw one of his sons in the water, and he could give no account of his brother except that he had seen him a minute or two before playing about in the water.  It was very soon evident that he had got beyond his depth and was drowned.  A boat was immediately procured, and the river was dragged with a couple of grapnels, but the body was not recovered till about 3 hours afterwards, when the tide had receded sufficiently to allow a person called William Jacob to wade through the channel, who felt it with his feet about 20 or 30 yards from the spot where the deceased was supposed to have sunk.  Verdict, “Accidentally Drowned.”


14th April 1865      Royal Cornwall Gazette



A long discussion took place as to the liability of the parishes of Ruanlanyhorne and Lamorran, to repair a crossing called the sett, between the two parishes, and it was finally arranged that Mr. Williams, the waywarden, of Ruanlanyhorne, should bring the matter before the vestry and report the result to the Hon. And Rev. J. T. Boscawen.



29th December 1865   The London Gazette

CATTLE PLAGUE – South Powder

We being Justices acting for the South Division of the Hundred of Powder, in the county of Cornwall, do hereby, by virtue and in exercise of the powers given to us by an Order of Her Majesty’s Privy Council, bearing date the 23rd day of November last, declare that it is expedient that all cows, heifers, yearlings, bulls, bullocks, oxen, and calves shall, until after the 1st day of March next, be excluded from all markets and fairs to be holden within the said Division, comprising the following parishes, namely: - Cornelly, Creed, Cuby, Gerrans, Lamorran, Merther, Probus, Philleigh, Ruan-Lanyhorne, St. Anthony, St. Just, St. Michael Carhayes, St. Michael Penkivel, St. Jams’ Tregoney, Veryan and the township of Grampound.  And it shall not be lawful for any person to bring or send any such animals or animal into such markets and fairs until after the said 1st day of March, 1866.

And we do hereby further declare that it is expedient, until after the said 1st day of March next, that no such animals or animal, or skins, hides, horns, or hoofs of such animals as aforesaid, shall be brought from any other part of Great Britain into any place within the said division.  And it shall not be lawful for any person to bring or send any such animals or animal, skins, hides, horns, or hoofs from any place in Great Britain beyond the said division, into any place within the said division, comprising the parishes aforesaid, until after the said 1st day of March, 1866, except with such license as specified in the said Order of the 23rd day of November last past.

Every person offending against this Order shall, foe every offence, forfeit any sum not exceeding £20, which the Justices before whom he or she shall be convicted may think fit to enforce.

J. Townsend Boscawen and Lewis M. Peter, Justices acting in and for the said Division.

Dated Lamorran, 19th December, 1865.


13th September 1866     Royal Cornwall Gazette

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that all creditors and other persons, having any claims or demands against or upon the estate of Richard Hichens, late of the borough of St Ives, in the county of Cornwall, gentleman (who died on the 17th day of January, 1866, at St Ives, aforesaid, and probate of whose will, with codicil thereto, was on the 23rd day of July, 1866, granted by the District Registry of Her Majesty’s Court of Probate, at Bodmin, to the Reverend Lewis Morgan Peter, of Treviles, in the county of Cornwall, clerk, the surviving executor), are desired to send the particulars of such claims and demands in writing addressed to Mr John Luke Peter, Solicitor, Town Hall, Redruth, the solicitor to the said Executor, on or before the 15th day of October next, at which time the Executor will proceed to distribute the assets of the said deceased among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the debts or claims of which they shall then have had notice; and the said executor will not be liable for the assets or any part thereof so distributed to any person of whose debt or claim they shall not then have notice.

Dated this 10th day of September, 1866.

JOHN L. PETER, Solicitor to the said Executor.


3rd January 1867       Royal Cornwall Gazette


The following memorial from the inhabitants residing within the petty sessional division of South Powder, was laid before the court, but no action was taken on the matter, most of the magistrates having left the court: - “That the petty sessions of this division is now held at an isolated house at Ruan-Highlanes in the parish of Ruan Lanyhorne.  That the greater portion of your petitioners occasionally having business to transact at the justices’ meetings, are greatly inconvenienced by attending there, in as much as there is not sufficient accommodation afforded by the room where the petty sessions are now held, likewise in consequence of the distance they have to travel, and also the difficulty of obtaining refreshment of any kind.  Your petitioners therefore humbly pray that the said petty sessions may in future be held at Tregony, where there are many greater conveniences for holding the petty sessions than where the meetings are now held.”  The memorial was signed by nearly 200 of the chief inhabitants of the division.

This concluded the county business, and the court proceeded with the Trials of Prisoners.


5th July 1867 The Melvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (Australia)
Presentation to Rev. T Budd
On Wednesday evening a meeting of the Rev. T. Budd's congregation and friends was held in the church, for the purpose of presenting the rev. gentleman with a purse of sovereigns, as a token of respect, previous to his departure from Heathcote, Mr. James Christie, the treasurer, read and presented the following address, with a purse of eighty sovereigns. Church of England, Heathcote. 3rd July 1867.
The Rev. Theodore Budd, Reverend and Dear Sir, - "On the eve of your departure from Heathcote, the scene of your labours for so many years, we, the members of your congregation, beg to present you with purse of sovereigns as a slight token of our regard.
It is highly gratifying to us to be able to assure you, that although you have had many difficulties to contend with, you leave behind you proofs of your zeal and sincerity which are indelibly impressed upon the minds of all who have sat under your ministry,
We beg to tender you our heartfelt thanks for all your kindness, particularly to the poor and needy, whose blessings, we feel assured, will follow you wherever you go.
We take leave of Mrs. Budd and yourself with a prayerful wish that your future may be attended with improved health, prosperity, and happiness, we do so with feelings of sympathy and esteem earnestly trusting that, with the blessing of the Almighty, you may long be spared to continue those duties you are so well qualified to fulfil." Signed on behalf of the congregation, James Christie, Treasurer, Chas. P. Lawson, Secretary.
The Re. Mr. Budd, in a short and feeling speech, acknowledged the compliment paid to him, and thanked his friends for so substantial a mark of their approbation of his efforts to fulfil the duties of the position he had so long occupied at Heathcote.
We understood that the Rev. Mr. Budd will leave Heathcote on Saturday morning for Melbourne, en route for England.

5th September 1867      Royal Cornwall Gazette


Jane Tiller was summoned by Mr. John Roberts, a farmer in Ruanlanihorne for leaving his service; case dismissed.


3rd October 1867        Royal Cornwall Gazette


Hugh Sye, late of Ruanlanihorne, but now serving on board her Majesty’s ship, “Impregnable,” at Devonport, was charged by John Symons, a cripple, with assaulting him at Ruanhighlanes on the 31st August.  Fined 2s. 6d. for damage done to complainant’s clothing, 5s. for the assault, and expenses.


9th January 1868       Royal Cornwall Gazette


John Dowrick was summoned by William Vincent, for assaulting him on the 27th November.  the parties reside at Ruanhighlanes and defendant owns the house complainant lives in;  on the above day he went there and demanded the rent, and he was told it was not due.  An altercation then took place.  several witnesses, who proved the assault, were called, and he was fined 2s. and costs.


12th March 1868      Royal Cornwall Gazette

FATAL ACCIDENT.- A melancholy accident took place last night, by which one man lost his life, and another had a very narrow escape.  Two Truro lightermen, Richard Curnow, jun., aged about 20, and Samuel Masters, about 55, were engaged in hauling culm for Mr. Z. Job, limeburner, Lemon Quay.  They remained in the Ruan river all night, to await this morning’s tide, and they lay down in the “bunk,” in which a fire of culm was burning, and closed the hatchway.  This morning two Ruan lightermen, not seeing anyone on board, entered the lighter, and on opening the bunk found both men insensible.  Mr. Prynne, surgeon, of Ruan, was immediately sent for, and, on arrival, he found Curnow dead, and Masters in a very critical condition.  An inquest was held on Curnow this morning before Mr. J. Carlyon, when a verdict of death from inhaling carbonic acid gas was returned.  Masters was still insensible, and in a critical state, but hopes are entertained that he will recover.


30th April 1868     Royal Cornwall Gazette

Parish of Ruan Lanihorne, Cornwall.

Desirable Farm to be let by tender.

TO BE LET, for a term of 7 or 14 years, from Michaelmas next, all that highly cultivated Farm, called TREVILES, LITTLE TREVILES, and TREWIN, comprising a Farm-house, with Outbuildings, and (after deducting such parts of Treviles as the proprietor will retain for his own use) upwards of 100 acres, statute measure, of rich arable, meadow, and pasture land, and 3 willow gardens in full bearing.  The above Estate is a very desirable one, well watered, and in a high state of cultivation, having been farmed by the proprietor for many years past.  It is distant about 3 miles from Tregoney, 7 from Truro and St. Mawes, and within a convenient distance of Ruan and Pendower, where lime, sand, sea weed, and also artificial manure may be had.

The taker will be expected to pay for the preparation for turnips, &c., and will be required to enter into a lease to contain all usual agricultural covenants, and for the payment of all outgoings (inclusive of the redeemed Land Tax) and to insure against fire, and keep the premises in repair (except the walls and slated roofs), such lease, with a counter part thereof, to be prepared by the Lessor’s Solicitor, at the expense of the taker.  Tenders stating the highest rents that will be given for the whole, or any part separately, to be sent on or before the 14th day of May next, to Mr. PETER. Solicitor, Redruth.  The Proprietor does not bind himself to accept the highest or any Tender.  The premises may be viewed and particulars known, on application to Mr. JAMES MARTIN, Treviles, Grampound, and on the conditions of letting may be seen, and any further information obtained, at the offices of the said.       Mr JOHN L. PETER


15th August 1868      Lake’s Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser

In the month of September, WILL be SUBMITTED, the whole of the valuable Live and Dead Farm Stock of Treviles Farm, in the parish of Ruan, near Grampound.

See further advertisements and handbills.

Auction Offices, Falmouth, 13th Aug. 1868.


18th February 1869       Royal Cornwall Gazette



THE FATAL ACCIDENT ON THE RIVER. The body of the boatman, John Holvill, of Ruanlanihorne, who lost his life by the swamping of a boat in the Truro river on Saturday, the 30th January, was picked up, opposite Lower Newham Quay, on Friday last.  The body was floating very near the spot where the unfortunate accident occurred.  At the inquest held before Mr. Carlyon, at the Duke of York Inn, Fairmantle-street, on Saturday, James Davey, of Ruan, stated that on the Saturday mentioned he hired Hovill and his boat for the purpose of fetching coals from Truro.  Witness and Holvill’s wife came to Truro with Holvill.  After taking on board 21 cwt. of coal at Truro Quay, they left between four and five o’clock, the weather then looking “dirty,” but the wind not blowing very hard, Holvill alone left Truro Quay in the boat; Davey was taken on board at Poltisko Wharf; and as heavy rain was feared, Mrs. Holvill walked to malpas, it being arranged that she should be taken on board either at Malpas or at the Sett in Ruan river.  With two paddles each, Holvill and Davey rowed as far as below Waterloo Quay, when they determined to cross the riverfrom Newham to Malpas shore for the purpose of cheating the tide, then running up strong; but, coming to the edge of the channel which there crosses the river, they shipped a sea, and instantly another, and the boat went down headforemost.  Davey on rising saw deceased abreast of him, floating, but upright, while Davey was on his back as he fell out of the boat, but still holding on to his paddles.  Holvill took him round the waist but Davey said to him, “Don’t you hold fast by me, and I’ll not hold fast by you.”  Holvill replied, “My Dear James,” and Davey neither saw nor heard more of him afterwards.  Davey himself was picked up by a Philleigh boat.  Holvill was a good swimmer, and was perfectly sober.  Davey could not swim.  They had previously taken much heavier loads in the same boat; a few weeks since 56 cwt. of coal and four persons.  The deceased was 44 years of age.  Verdict, “Accidental death.”


24th June 1869 page 8     Royal Cornwall Gazette


NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. – The corner-stone of a new Wesleyan Chapel was laid at Ruan Lanyhorne last week.  In the forenoon, the Rev. J. Badcock, of the West Indies, delivered a short sermon.  Dinner was provided in an adjacent barn, which was tastefully decorated for the occasion.  The afternoon service, which was held on the site (kindly given by Mr. B. Kempe), was commenced by devotional exercises, in which the Rev. J. Rising and Mr. W. H. P. Martin, of Truro, engaged.  Mr. Rising then stated the contents of a document placed with some other papers in a bottle under the stone. – Mr. G. Williams, jun., on behalf of the trustees, presented to Mr. John Martin, of Truro, a silver trowel, a mallet, and a square, which were then dexterously used, and Mr. Martin declared that the stone was well and duly laid, in the name of the Trinity.  He delivered a stirring address, and placing £10 on the stone, invited others to follow his example, which was cheerfully responded to by friends and Sunday-school scholars; and it was found that upwards of £30 was laid upon the corner-stone.  Tea was partaken of by nearly 300 persons, and a public meeting was held in the evening, when Mr. G. Williams, sen., was called to the chair, and addresses were delivered by Mr. Coad, the Revs. Messrs. Badcock, Harry, and Rising.  The net proceeds of the day were over £50.


16th October 1869 page 4     Royal Cornwall Gazette


HARVEST THANKSGIVING. – On Thursday last, the Wesleyans of Philleigh and Ruanlanihorne united in a thanksgiving service for the late bountiful harvest.  In the afternoon, at three o’clock, a sermon was preached at Ruan, by Mr. Pascoe, founded on Deuteronomy XXVII., v. 10 and 11.  At five o’clock, tea was laid in tregisswyn Barn; the attendance was large and highly respectable. Free tickets were given to a number of labourers, who greatly enjoyed the treat.  At 6.30 p.m., a public meeting was held in the chapel, when suitable and interesting addresses were delivered by the Rev. J. Stephenson, of St. Mawes, Mr. Martin of Truro, and other friends.  The proceeds of the tea and services will be devoted to the Trust Funds of Treworlis and Ruan chapels.


3rd March 1870      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

SERIOUS ACCIDENT. – As a workman in the employ of Mr. Giles Williams, of Ruan, was engaged in oiling a steam thrashing machine, on Monday, the 21st, he was caught by one of the revolving wheels and whirled round, the result being that his arm was fearfully injured.  Mr. Prynne, surgeon, of St. Austell, was on the spot in about an hour, but the injury was such as to necessitate the poor fellow’s removal to the Cornwall Infirmary on Wednesday last.


16th April 1870      Royal Cornwall Gazette

CROGGAN AND OTHERS v PEARSE. – This was an action to recover the balance of account for a bullock sold by the late Mr. Croggan, farmer, of Grampound, to the defendant, a butcher, of Ruan Lanihorne.  Mr. Cook appeared for the plaintiffs, and Mr. Trevena for the defendant.  The original bargain was for £12 for the sale of a cow, of which £6 was paid at the time.  The defendant admitted owing £1, and said he had paid the deceased £5 a few days before he died.  The defendant had been written to by Mr. Cook for the money, and he replied that he would pay in a fortnight.  Before this fortnight was up he stated that he had met Mr. Croggan in a lane, and paid him.  The judge adjourned the case from Monday to Tuesday, to give the defendant an opportunity of producing his books, but not arriving in Court when the case was called on, judgment was given for the plaintiffs.


21st April 1870                           The West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL, RUANLANIHORNE. – The new Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, the building of which was commenced some months since, was opened for divine worship on Good Friday.  The Chapel is of Gothic architecture, with open and arched roof; the seats and roof are made of pitch pine, which is polished; and altogether the chapel presents a very neat, chaste, and elegant appearance.  Great praise is due to the contractors, Mr. R. Curgenven, of Ruan (who did the carpenters and joiners’ work), and to Messrs. H. Hugh and Son, of Veryan (who did the masonry), for the very excellent workmanship throughout the entire building.  The chapel will seat about 200 persons, and the cost of erection is about £500, of which £300 was raised and promised before the opening.  The opening services commenced with a prayer meeting at nine o’clock, which was well attended.  At eleven o’clock the Rev. John Stephenson preached to a crowded congregation an admirable and very appropriate sermon from 2 Chron. vii. 11, “The house of Lord.”  At one o’clock the company adjourned to Mr. Nankivell’s barn, where there was a cold collation served to about 120 people.  In the afternoon the Rev. Mr. Reece, Baptist minister, of Truro, preached to an overflowing congregation, a large number being unable to gain admittance, to whom Mr. Willey, of Helston, preached in the open air.  At four o’clock tea was provided by some of the ladies of the neighbourhood, when more than 600 sat down and enjoyed the bountiful provision.  In the evening it was seen to be useless to attempt to accommodate the people in the chapel.  A public meeting in the open air was therefore held, over which Mr. John Martin, of Truro, ably presided.  Addresses were delivered by the Revs. John Stephenson, E. E. Fish, and Reece, and Messrs. W. H. P. Martin, Giles Williams, and others.  The proceeds of the day realised over £50.  On Sunday the Rev. Mr. Morris, of Carharrack, preached two excellent sermons.  The services will be continued on the 1st of May, when the Rev. Mr. Jutsum, of Penryn, is expected to preach.


23rd April 1870 page 5     Royal Cornwall Gazette


NEW WESLEYAN CHAPEL. – The new Wesleyan chapel was opened on Good Friday.  It is of Gothic architecture, with open and arched roof, and will seat about 200 persons.  The cost of erection is about £500, of which £300 was raised and promised before the opening.  Great credit is due to the contractors, Mr. R. Curgenven, of Veryan (carpentry), and Messr. Hugh and Son (masonry). for the very excellent workmanship displayed about the building.  The opening services commenced with a prayer meeting at 9 a.m.  At 11 o’clock, the Rev. John Stephenson preached an admirable and very appropriate sermon to a crowded congregation.  At one o’clock about 120 persons partook of a cold collation in Mr. Nankivell’s barn.  In the afternoon a sermon was preached by the Rev. M. Reece, Baptist Minister, of Truro, and though the edifice was crowded, yet there was a large number who could not gain admittance, and to whom Mr. Willey, of Helston, preached in the open air.  At 4 o’clock tea was provided, of which over 600 persons partook.  In the evening, owing to the immense assembly, a public meeting in the open air was held, under the presidency of Mr. John Martin, of Truro, when several addresses were delivered.  The proceeds of the day were over £50.  On Sunday, the Rev. Mr. Morris, of Carharrack, preached two excellent sermons.  The services will be continued on the 1st of May, when the Rev. Mr. Jutson, of Penryn, is expected to preach.


 5th August 1870     The London Gazette

In Chancery.

In the Matter of an Act made and passed in the Session of Parliament holden in the 19th and 20th years of the reign of Her present Majesty Queen Victoria, chapter 120, intituled “An Act to facilitate the Leases and Sales of Settled Estates;” and in the Matter of another Act made and passed in the session of Parliament holden in the 21st and 22nd years of the reign of Her said present Majesty, chapter 77, intituled “An Act to amend and extend the Settled Estates Act of 1856;” and in the Matter of another Act made and passed in the Session of Parliament holden in the 27th and 28th years of the reign of Her said present Majesty, chapter 45, intituled “An Act to further amend the Settled Estates Act of 1856;” and in the Matter of the 17 undivided 48th parts of certain Hereditaments called Tregisswyn, situate in the parish of Ruanlanyhorne, in the county of Cornwall, being the undivided parts thereof, which, by a certain Settlement dated the 28th of June, 1866, were settled by William Peter Kempe, deceased, upon William Hussey Bloomfield Kempe and his Sons, in the event of the second marriage of the settler’s widow, Martha Hannah Kempe.

PURSUANT to the above-mentioned Acts of Parliament and the Consolidated General Orders of this Court in this behalf, notice is hereby given, that on the 22ns day of July, 1870, William Hussey Bloomfield Kempe, of Buckland-street, Plymouth, in the county of Devon, Wine Merchant, and his sons, Arthur Wightman Kempe and William Usticke Woodford Kempe, respectively infants under the age of twenty-one years, by Herbert Broad, of No. 3, Endsleigh-street, Plymouth, in the county of Devon, Wine Merchant, their guardian duly appointed in that behalf by an Order of this Honourable Court dated the 21st day of July, 1870, presented their Petition to the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (to be heard before his Honour the Vice-Chancellor Sir Richard Malins), praying that his Lordship would be pleased to approve of the sale of the aforesaid settled 17 48th parts of the said hereditaments called Tregisswyn to one William Martyn, for the sum of £991 13s. 4d., being a proportionate part of the total purchase money or sum of £2800, for which the petitioner the said William Hussey Bloomfield Kempe had contracted to sell the entirety of the said hereditaments to him; and that the said William Martyn might accordingly be at liberty to pay the said sum of £991 13s. 4d. into Court, to the credit of exparte the petitioners in the matter of the above-mentioned Acts; and that upon such payment being made, the petitioner William Hussey Bloomfield Kempe might be authorised to execute a conveyance under the said Acts, and in accordance with his aforesaid contract, of the said 17 48th parts to the said William Martyn, or as he should direct; and also praying that the costs of the petitioners of and relating to the said Petition, and consequent thereon, might be provided for as mentioned in the said Petition; and that the residue of the said sum of £991 13s. 4d. after payment thereout of such costs, might be laid out in Bank £3 per cent, Annuities, and that the dividends of such Bank Annuities might be paid to the petitioner William Hussey Bloomfield Kempe until further Order.  And notice is hereby also given, that the petitioners may be served with any Order of the Court, or of the Judge in chambers, or notices relating to the subject of the said Petition, at the offices of Messrs. Hooke and Street, situate at No. 27, Lincoln’s-inn-fields, in the county of Middlesex, the Agents for Francis Hearle Cock, of Truro, in the county of Cornwall, the Solicitors for the petitioners. – Dated this 1st day of August, 1870.

Hooke and Street, No. 27, Lincoln’s-inn-fields.


18th August 1870      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

RUAN HIGHLANES PETTY SESSIONS. – At these sessions on Monday last, before the Rev. J. T. Boscawen (chairman) and Rev. L. M. Peter, John Mitchell, of Ruan, was charged by P.C. Williams with obstructing the highway by leaving two horses and a cart thereon for half an hour.  He was fined 8s., including costs.


20th August 1870     Royal Cornwall Gazette

STUCK IN THE MUD. – A Falmouth steamer – Little Fairy – with about forty excursionists on board, on Friday evening, steamed up the Ruan River to give the passengers an opportunity of seeing the many beauties disclosed by its winding channel and wooded banks.  Unfortunately, however, for their comfort she proceeded too high up the river and came to grief on a mud bank, nearly opposite Ruan Church-town, about eight o’clock in the evening.  The vessel was provided with a solitary praam with which the passengers were landed – some on one side the river and some on the other – in order to lighten the steamer, but with no effect.  The majority of the passengers were ladies, who were of course greatly frightened, and made desperate attempts to reach a place where they might be picked up by some other steamer and conveyed back to Falmouth.  A county policeman meeting a party of a couple of dozen – all ladies – hopelessly lost in the woods, was naievely asked by one if there was any danger to be apprehended from wild animals!  The policeman after quieting their fears gave them the best directions he could as a guide to Malpas, from which they were then distant some three or four miles.  Others of the party, still more timid, encamped upon the shore or returned on board the steamer, hoping to get off by the next morning’s tide.  Vain hope!  The water did not rise so high by several inches as on the previous evening, the steamer could not move, and many of the passengers did not get back to Falmouth till late on Saturday evening.  The steamer is in its mud bed still for ought we know.


8th October 1870 page 4     Royal Cornwall Gazette


WESLEYAN PROGRESS. – In June last a new Wesleyan chapel was opened, and since then a spacious school-room and chapel-keeper’s house, with outbuildings, have been erected, at a cost of £200.  The schools were opened on Sunday last, when two excellent sermons were preached morning and eveningby the Rev. R. M. Willcox, chairman of the district.  On Monday, a sermon was preached by the Rev. J. A. B. Harry, of Falmouth.  Afterwards a tea was provided, which was unanimously attended.  A public meeting followed, presided over by the chairman, Messrs. Giles Williams, Robins, Harry, and Willcox.  The collections for the building fund, together with the receipts for tea, amounted to nearly £20.


27th October 1870      Royal Cornwall Gazette

MONDAY. 31st OCTOBER, 1870.

Portion of the Household Furniture, Albert Phaeton, two Gigs, two Turning Lathes and Miscellaneous Effects.

TO be SOLD by AUCTION, at Ruan High-Lanes, in the parish of Ruan Lanyhorne, the above EFFECTS of E. M. Prynne, Esq., who is leaving the neighbourhood.

Auction to commence at One o’clock.

W. F. CONGDON, Auctioneer, &c., St. Austell.


13th May 1871      Royal Cornwall Gazette


NEW SCHOOL. – The foundation stone of a school, to be erected in accordance with the requirements of the new Act, has been laid at Ruanlanihorne, where a site had been given by Mr. J. M. Williams, of Carhayes Castle.  Previous to the ceremony the school children’ accompanied by the daughters of the rector, the Rev. H. S. Slight, and teachers, walked in procession to the spot, and the ceremony was performed by one of the rector’s children.


9th September 1871      Royal Cornwall Gazette


J. BREWER will SELL BY AUCTION, at Trethella in the parish of Ruanlanyhorne, on Tuesday, the 12th of September instant, at Two o’clock p.m., 160 Sheep and Lambs, 3 Bullocks, 7 Horses and Colts, 5 Pigs, 30 Geese, several Fowls, Husbandry Implements, Household Furniture, etc., the property of Mr. R. Clemow, who is about to leave England.  J. BREWER,Auctioneer.  Dated Grampound-road, September, 6th, 1871.


23rd September 1871     Royal Cornwall Gazette

ACCIDENT – The Rev. L. M. Peter, of Treviles, was, on the 13th instant, severely shaken by his horse falling with him.  Happily he sustained no serious injury; and we are glad to be able to say that he is rapidly recovering.


16th November 1871      Royal Cornwall Gazette

Chapel-keeper Wanted,

For RUAN WESLEYAN CHAPEL.  Man and wife, members of society, and without family, preferred.  House and Garden rent free.  Apply to Mr. WM. HEARLE. Treburthes, Ruanhighlanes, Grampound.


30th March 1872 page 5  Royal Cornwall Gazette


DESTRUCTION OF A MALT-HOUSE BY FIRE. – On Friday evening, about nine o’clock, the extensive malt kiln of Messrs. Dunstone, at Ruan, was found to be on fire.  Being partly thatched the flames soon spread, and the roof in an hour’s time fell in, bringing the burning rafters down upon the stores of dry malt.  This and the wooden floors became then ignited, and no hope of preserving any part of the building was left.  Great efforts were made to prevent the fire spreading to the neighbouring buildings and cottages, and this object was happily accomplished, and the timber and guano stores thus saved.  Fortunately there was no wind, and a plentiful supply of water was at hand – so that by the exertions of the villagers, headed by Mr. Paull, of Tretown, and Mr. J. Hockin, of Devoran, the injury was limited to the malt kiln and its contents.  Some of these, it is hoped, will yet be saved, as the fire did not reach downwards through the whole mass.  The buildings are the property of Mr. Gregor, of Trewarthenick.  The scene was one of great confusion and dismay at one time; for the cottagers being alarmed, and afraid that the flames would spread, began to bring out all their furniture and goods into the open air – and the ground was strewed with all kinds of household stuff – tables, dressers, mattresses, drawers, chairs, etc.  The night being cold, it was a trial to some of the old people, and to the women, who were ready to catch up the children from their beds and fly for refuge if it became necessary.  Many invalids, too, were greatly alarmed, as no one could tell at one time how far the fire might reach; and many of the cottages being thatched, the flames might soon have caught the roofs.  The fire is supposed to have originated from over-heating of the flues of the malt kiln.  We understand that 400 Cornish bushels of malt have been destroyed, besides some guano.  The loss is estimated at £500.


6th April 1872      Royal Cornwall Gazette

POACHING. – At Ruan High Lanes, on Thursday, John Martin Carkeet, of Ruan, was charged in the first place with having shot a partridge, out of season, and secondly with having game in his possession on the turnpike road, unlawfully obtained.  It appears that on the evening of the 19th of February, P.C. Hill, stationed at Veryan, saw the defendant enter a field with a double-barrelled gun and a dog;  shortly after he heard defendant call like a partridge, he then heard partridges answer from different parts of the field, and then heard the report of a gun.  Shortly afterwards the defendant came out in the turnpike road, when the constable searched him and found a partridge quite warm in his pocket.  Defendant was fined £1 in each case, and costs, and to forfeit his gun.  The Bench complimented P.C. Hill.


27th April 1872      Royal Cornwall Gazette


SUCESSFUL CORNWALL SCHOOL TEACHERS. – We find in the list of successful candidates for teachers’ certificates, just issued by the Education Department, the following local names: - Miss L.M. Balsom, Stokeclimsland school; Miss L. Buck, Ruanlanihore school; Miss M. S. Penver, Gerrans national school – Mr. S. Price, Luckett school, Stokeclimsland; Mr. Henry Holloway, Lanivet school; Mr. W. P. Webber, Nanpean school, St. Stephens; Mr. P. Richards, Veryan school; Mr. I. J. Tipton, Probus Wesleyan school; Mr. B. Kitto, Great Wheal Vor school.


24th August 1872                   Royal Cornwall Gazette


The Licensing Act has not, so far as we know, been put in force yet in any town in Cornwall.  The first county justices to fix the hours of closing are those at Ruanlanihorne, who have made the time ten o’clock at night.  In Truro no formal declaration has been made, but the magistrates held a meeting on Tuesday.  It is understood that 11 o’clock is likely to be the hour fixed for closing.  Stonehouse and Devonport have fixed the same hour.


28th September 1872    Royal Cornwall Gazette


A BUSY BEE. – Miss Nankivel, innkeeper, of Ruanlanihorne, was grievously disappointed the other day.  She employed a man to take the honey from her hive, but on examination some “busy bee” had forestalled her, for honey, comb, and bess had all disappeared, and nothing remained but the empty hive!


19th April 1873 page 4     Royal Cornwall Gazette


WESLEYAN METHODIST CHAPEL. – The anniversary sermons in connection with Ruan Methodist Chapel, were preached on “Good Friday,” by the Rev. R. Webb, of Helston.  In the afternoon a public tea was provided in the schoolroom close to the chapel, when over 300 sat down.  The tables were presided over by Mrs Williams, Mrs Retallack, Mrs Little, Mrs Pearce, Mrs Curgenven, Mrs Blamey, Mrs Lukes, Miss Blight, Miss Curgenven, and the Misses Nankivell.  The tea was followed by a public meeting, crowded to excess, at which Mr. W. H. P. Martin, of Truro, presided, and opened the proceedings with an interesting address.  He was followed by Mr. Tipton, of Probus, the Rev. Mr. Kitchener (Baptist Minister), Mr. George, of Probus, Mr Willie, of Helston, and the Rev. R. Webb.  The meeting was enlivened by the choir and some boys, who sang some excellent anthems, under the guidance of Mr. Pearce, Ruanhighlanes; Miss Thompson ably presided at the harmonium.  At the close, the hearty thanks of a crowded audience were presented to the chairman, and also to the ladies and singers.  Singing and prayer brought the meeting to a close.  On Easter Sunday, two sermons were preached in behalf of the chapel by the Rev. R. Webb, of Helston, to crowded congregations.  Miss Thompson presided at the harmonium in the morning, and Mr. W. H. P. Martin in the evening.  The collections on both days were very gratifying, the amounts realised being far in advance of last year.


31st May 1873 page 5     Royal Cornwall Gazette


BAND OF HOPE AND TEMPERANCE SOCIETY’S FESTIVAL. – On Monday the members of this society met in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, walked in procession to Ruan churchtown and after singing some temperance melodies returned to the schoolroom where they partook of an excellent tea kindly prepared by the ladies of the Committee and their friends.  In the evening, after some field sports, a public meeting was held, when appropriate addresses were given by the Chairman, Mr. G. Williams, Mr. P. Nankivell, President of the society, Mr John Coad (treasurer), and the Rev. A. Stone (Bible Christian).  The secretary (Mr edwin Wearne) read an encouraging report showing that, notwithstanding the society has only been re-organised about three months and the neighbourhood is so thinly populated, it numbers 62 members.  At intervals the children lent their voices to augment the pleasures of the evening by singing several good melodies, superintended by Mr Dumble, and Miss Thompson.


5th June 1873       West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


To be disposed of, with immediate possession, the old-established SMITHERY BUSINESS at Ruanhighlanes, for many years carried on by Mr. Edward Pearce, who is relinquishing in consequence of ill-health.  For terms, &c., apply to Mr. E. PEARCE, Ruanhighlanes, Grampound.


18th September 1873      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser



WHEREAS the Education Department, in pursuance of the Elementary Education Act, 1870, has received the Returns in the said Act mentioned, and made such inquiry as they think necessary with respect to the School accommodation of the District hereinafter mentioned;  Now, therefore, the Lords of the Committee of Council on Education have decided, and HEREBY GIVE NOTICE as follows:-

I.                    The School District in the parish of RUAN LANIHORNE.

II.                The Schools named in the Schedule to this Notice are considered to be available for such District.

III.             No additional Public School accommodation appears to be required for the District



Name and description                                     Situation                                  No. Of Children accommodated

Ruan Parochial School                                    Ruan Village                                                   44

Philleigh Church of England School                 Philleigh                                                          10

                                                                                                                    Total                54

Education Department, 28th day of August, 1873.

Notice No. 10,224.

Union of Truro.                                                                                               F. R. SANDFORD, Secretary.


21st November 1873     The London Gazette

Fal Valley Railway

Railway No. 2

A railway commencing by a junction with the Railway No. 1 hereinbefore described, at the termination thereof in the parish of St. Stephens in Bramwell aforesaid, passing thence through or into the parishes and places following, or some of them (that is to say): - St. Stephen in Bramwell, Ladock, Creed, Probus, the borough of Grampound, Cuby, St. James Tregony (otherwise the borough of Tregony), Veryan, Cornelly, Ruan-Lanihorne, Philleigh, Lamorran, Gerran, and St. Just in Roseland, and terminating in the said parish of St. Just in Roseland, in a field the property of John Heywood Hawkins, and in the occupation of Richard Chenoweth, on the cliff adjoining the part of Falmouth Harbour known as St. Just Pool, at a point about 35 yards measured eastward along the said cliff from the extreme south-west point of the entrance to St. Just Creek, and near to a cottage at the entrance to the said creek, formerly a coast-guard station, but now occupied by William Harvey.


8th August 1874 page 4     Royal Cornwall Gazette


WESLEYAN METHODIST SUNDAY SCHOOL. – The anniversary was held on Sunday July 19th, when two sermons were preached in the morning and evening to crowded audiences, by Mr. Osborne, St. Austell.  The choir and children sang suitable hymns at each service.  On Monday about two o’clock the teachers and children met, and the children were addressed by Mr. Thomas, from London.  At four o’clock the children were regaled with a bountiful supply of tea and cake, and at five o’clock a public tea was provided from friends and teachers, the tables being presided over by Miss Retallick, Miss Pearce, Mrs Retallick, Miss Nankivell, Mrs. J. Coad, Miss Coad, Miss Nankivell, Mrs. Lukes, and Mrs. Blamey.  The young people afterwards amused themselves with several games in a field close by.  A public meeting was held at seven o’clock in the evening, when Mr. W. H. p. Martyn, presided.   A report was read by Mr. J. Coad, and addresses were given by Mr. Hearl. (Porth Kea,) Mr. Wilkins, Mr. H. Job, Mr. Sarah, Mr. Thomas, and Mr. Williams, junior.  The singing was remarkably good, and the collections excellent.  Mr. W. S. Blamey, presided at the harmonium.


19th September 1874      Royal Cornwall Gazette


A COLONY OF BEES. – About eight years ago, writes our correspondent, a swarm of bees took up their abode in the chimney of Trelonk farmhouse, where they have remained ever since, and have multiplied to such an extent as to become a nuisance.  A few days ago, the farmer (Mr. Paull) called in the mason and made an attck upon the colonial dwelling.  After taking down a portion of the chimney the little busy bees were dislodged, and the honey-comb captured.  It yielded five gallons of prime honey!


19th June 1875       Royal Cornwall Gazette


We regret to learn that the Rev. L. M. Peter, of Trevile, Ruanlanihorne, met with a serious accident on Monday.  The Rev. gentleman was thrown from his horse near his home, and his elbow was dislocated and the upper part of the arm fractured.


24th July 1875    Royal Cornwall Gazette


Last week a swarm of bees settled in a postoffice letter box at Ruanlanihorne, near Truro, and it is said for some days defied all attempts to dislodge them.


24th July 1875     Royal Cornwall Gazette


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that all creditors and other persons having any CLAIMS or DEMANDS against the Estate of JAMES ROWE BREWER, late of the parish of Ruanlanyhorne, in the County of Cornwall, Farmer, deceased (who died on the 7th day of April, 1875, and whose Will was proved in the Bodmin District Registry of Her Majesty’s Court of Probate, on the 6th day of May, by Mrs. CAROLINE LITTLE, the daughter, of Ruanlanyhorne, aforesaid, the sole Executrix therein named), are hereby required, on or before the 23rd day of August next, to send in the particulars in writing of their claims and demands to me, the undersigned, the Solicitor for the said Executrix, after which day the said Executrix will proceed to distribute the assets of the said deceased amongst the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims and demands of which she shall then have had notice, and the said Executrix will not be liable for the assets so distributed, or any part thereof, to any person of whose claim or demand she shall not then have had notice.

Dated this 12th day of July 1875.

GEO. B. COLLINS, of St. Columb, Solicitor for the said Executrix.


8th January 1876      Royal Cornwall Gazette

WANTED, a WORKMAN, to live on and off farm, to look after cattle, and make himself generally useful. – Apply to Mr. John Davey, Lambourne, Ruan-highlanes, Grampound.


26th August 1876      Royal Cornwall Gazette

MR. THOS. W. FRYER, medical officer of health, reported that his district was in a most satisfactory state as regards health, there having been only one death during the past month.  A mild case of typhoid fever, which was progressing favourably, had occurred at Gerrans.  He had visited the cottages at Trelosick, Ruan, and found the water not in a fit state for drinking purposes, being contaminated with sewage from the closets which were situated a great deal too close to the well.  At Treworgie there was a stagnant pool which required the attention of the Board.


24th August 1877      Royal Cornwall Gazette

Mr. T. W. Fryer reported a fatal case of typhoid fever at Ruan.  He and Dr. Barham agreed that the case was imported.  The sanitary state of the district was most satisfactory.


12th October 1877      Royal Cornwall Gazette


TESTIMONIAL. – We learn from a Suffolk paper that a very handsome clock and a pair of gilt candlesticks have just been presented to the Rev. Theodore Budd, late curate in charge of Wenhaston, Suffolk, and son of the late Rev. R. Budd, rector of Ruanlanyhorne, Cornwall, on the occasion of his leaving Wenhaston, for another and a lighter sphere of labour. etc etc


2nd November 1877 page 4     Royal Cornwall Gazette


INDIAN FAMINE FUND. – The collection at Ruanlanihorne Wesleyan Chapel, on Sunday last (£6), was devoted to the Indian Famine Fund.


15th December 1877      Cheltenham Looker-On


Rev. W. H. Drake, M.A., Vicar of Trigworth; Rector of Ruan Lanihorne, Cornwall.

Rev. H. S. Slight, B.D., Rector of Ruan Lanihorne, Cornwall; Vicar of Twigworth.


25th January 1878 page 4     Royal Cornwall Gazette


WESLEYAN FOREIGN MISSIONS. – Sermons on behalf of the Wesleyan Foreign Missions were preached in Ruan Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday, 13th inst.; in the morning by Mr. Jenkins, and evening by Mr. Slade.  On Monday, a largely attended public meeting was held in the Chapel in aid of the Missions, when suitable addresses were delivered by the Revd. W. Dunstan, St. Mawes, Mr Willie, of Veryan, and Mr. Slade, the newly appointed minister.  The chair was taken by Mr. Retallick, Ruan.  Collections were made, which amounted to £8.  Singing the Doxology and prayer brought the meeting to a close. – On the following Thursday and Friday a bazaar was held in Mr. Nankivell’s barn, and was well attended.  The bazaar was liberally supplied with useful and ornamental articles, and realised £63,which will go towards reducing the debt on Ruan Wesleyan Chapel.


8th February 1878      Royal Cornwall Gazette

Mr. Fryer (Grampound) reported a very extensive out-break of measles in the parishes of Ruan and Veryan.  All were progressing favourably, and only one terminated fatally.  There were also several cases of bronchial affections, owing most probably to the severe cold.  The number of deaths for the past month was nine.


10th May 1878       Royal Cornwall Gazette


A FIGHT – This usually quiet village was in a state of excitement a few nights ago in consequence of two well-known married men fighting in the public road.  After a few minutes’ hard work one of the pugilists was taken from the battle field, badly beaten, and suffering from many cuts and bruises, whilst the second had his thumb dislocated.


10th May 1878     Royal Cornwall Gazette


Are now discharging the “Gwrtheyrn Castle” with an entire Cargo of

Government Peruvian Guano

Direct from Pabellon-de-Pica, of good quality, and in very fine condition.

The Guano from Pabellon-de-Pica, contains a much higher per centage of Ammonia than any other kind of Guano at present being shipped by the Peruvian Government.

For price and particulars, apply at Ruanlanyhorne, Grampound, or Lemon Yard, Truro.

Dated Truro, April 30th, 1878.


5th July 1878       Royal Cornwall Gazette

PISGAH BIBLE CHRISTIAN CHAPEL, RUAN – The above chapel having been thoroughly renovated, at a cost of £70, was re-opened on Sunday, June 23rd, by the Rev. T. E. Mundy, who preached three very appropriate sermons to large and attentive congregations, Miss Curgenven presided at the harmonium.  On Monday, June 24th, a public tea was provided, when about 200 sat down.  The following ladies presided at the tables:- Mrs. W. Furze, Mrs. J. Michell, Mrs. R. Michell, Mrs. F. Dowrick, Miss Furze, Miss Davy, Miss Nancivel, and Miss Hardy.  At seven o’clock a public meeting was held, presided over by Mr. R. Michell, and addressed by Mr. Mundy and Mr. Slade, Wesleyan.  Mr. Dale, the circuit minister, then moved a vote of thanks to the ladies who provided the tea, to Mr. Curgenven for his excellent workmanship (which was greatly admired and praised by all), and Mr. Davy, who kindly lent his barn for the tea meeting.  Mr. Rosevear, in a short speech, seconded the vote of thanks, which was carried unanimously.  The re-opening services were continued on June 30th, when two sermons were preached by the Rev. J. Dale.  The total proceeds of tea and collections were £13 16s. 9d.


27th June 1879     The London Gazette

Notice is hereby given, that the Partnership hitherto subsisting between us, John Martin and William Henry Powell Martin, under the name or firm of John Martin and Son, Manure, Coal, and Corn Merchants, at Truro and Ruan-Lanihorne, in the county of Cornwall, has been dissolved, by mutual consent, as from the 23th day of December last.  The business will be in future carried on by Messrs. William Henry Powell Martin and John Martin the younger, under the name or firm of John Martin and Sons, who will receive all debts due to the late firm, and to whom all claims on the late firm are requested to be sent for examination and payment. – Witness our hands this 17th day of June, 1870.

John Martin and Wm. H. P. Martin


1st August 1879      Royal Cornwall Gazette

RUANLANIHORNE CRICKET CLUB. -  A cricket club has been formed at Ruan, with Mr. W. J. Curgenven, secretary, and Mr. Joseph Retallack, captain and treasurer.


2nd July 1880    Royal Cornwall Gazette



The first match between these clubs was played at Ruanhighlanes, on Thursday, and resulted in an easy victory for the Ruan club by one innings.


12th November 1880     Royal Cornwall Gazette


At the monthly meeting of the Truro Rural Sanitary Authority, on Wednesday, Mr. G. Clyma in the chair, Mr. W. P. Hugoe, Medical Officer of Health for the Chacewater District, reported a case of typhoid fever at Greenbottom, but the patient was now convalescent.  Mr. T. W. Fryer reported a fatal case of the same disease at Ruanhighlanes.  The patient – a young man – had contracted the disease in Truro, where he had been allowed to occupy lodgings that had just previously been quitted by a fever patient in both cases disinfectants had been liberally supplied, and the fever had been confined within the original limits.


14th January 1881      Royal Cornwall Gazette


A DANGEROUS ROAD. – At the sitting of the Tregony magistrates, on Monday, a letter signed by Mr Giles Williams, jun., Mr John T. Paull, and James Davey, was read, complaining of the dangerous state of the Sett road, between Truro and Lamorran, and asking who would be responsible in case of accident, which would in all probability happen ere long.  The road in question is not a highway in the general acceptation of the term, and at high tide is ie covered by the water.  The liability to repair it is consequently repudiated by both the South Powder Highway Board, in whose district it is situated, and also by the parishioners.  The clerk (Mr J. R. Paull) was instructed to communicate with the Highway Board on the subject.


26th August 1881    Royal Cornwall Gazette


Mr. T. W. Fryer, Ruan Highlanes, reported a fresh case of scarlatina at Portscatho, and one in the parish of Ruanlanihorne, which were traceable to the former one at Portscatho.  Every precaution has been taken to keep both cases completely isolated and disinfectants freely used.


15th June 1882       The Bristol Mercury & Daily Post


Rev. William Hinton Drake, M.A., Rector of Ruan Lanyhorne; Rector of Bridestow and Sourton, Patron, the Bishop of Exeter.

Rev. John Thomas Hyde, M.A., Rector of Wallington, Herts; Rector of Ruan Lanyhorne, patrons, Corpis Christi College, Oxford.


21st June 1882     Gloucester Citizen


The Rev. William Hinton drake, rector of Ruan Lanyhorne, Cornwall, and late vicar of Twigworth, near Gloucester, has been presented by the Bishop of Exeter to the rectory of Bridestow and Sourton.


22nd June 1882      Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette


Rev. William Hinton Drake, M.A., rector of Ruan Lanyhorne; rector of Bridestow and Sourton.

Re, John Thomas Hyde, M.A., rector of Wallington, Herts; rector of Ruan Lanyhorne.


30th June 1882      Royal Cornwall Gazette


Miss Pooke, “the Evangelist,” has conducted three weeks’ special services in Ruan chapel, attended by very large congregations.  Much good is said to have resulted from her labours, many persons having professed conversion.  People who never attended a place of worship on the Sunday now attend chapel regularly.


23rd March 1883    Royal Cornwall Gazette


A FIRE recently took place at the farmyard of Mr. John Paul, Trelonk, Ruanlanihorne, and resulted in £400 damage being done.  The fire arose from a spark from the threshing-machine which was being used.  Two stacks of corn, with straw, about 150 feet long, were in less than ten minutes all aflame, defying any effort to save them.  The loss is covered by insurance.


24th August 1883      Royal Cornwall Gazette


On Tuesday week the annual gathering of the Sabbath school teachers and singers, 70 in number, belonging to the Wesleyan Methodist school of the St. Mawes circuit, took place at Ruan chapel at four o’clock.  A social tea followed, attended chiefly by Sunday school teachers and singers and friends connected with the above school.   In the evening there was a public meeting.  The lecturettes delivered by the friends present and Mr. G. Williams, added greatly to the pleasure of the social gathering.  It was resolved that a library should be formed for the benefit of the Sunday school children.  Mr. S. Blamey presided at the harmonium.


1st August 1884 page 6     Royal Cornwall Gazette


WESLEYAN METHODIST SUNDAY SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY. – The anniversary of the Wesleyan Sunday-school was celebrated on Sunday week.  Two sermons were preached by the Rev. W. H. Magor, St. Mawes, and both services were well attended.  The collections proved a substantial addition to the school treat fund.  The annual Wesleyan school treat took place on Monday in the schoolroom.  Children took tea at four o’clock; visitors, teachers, and friends at five o’clock.  The attendance was most gratifying, and everything passed off most satisfactorily.  The day was gloriously fine, and the children enjoyed themselves as children only can.  Thanks are due to the following ladies: - Mrs. Roberts, Mrs. Dingle, Miss Davey (Camborne), Miss M. Davey (Treworgey), Misses Dingle (Ruan-highlanes (2), assisted by Mrs. Lukes and Mrs. Blamey, Ruan, for the able manner in which they presided at the tables.  At 6.30 a public meeting was held, addressed by Mr.Nankivell and others.  The report of the school was read and was most satisfactory.


27th February 1885      Royal Cornwall Gazette

Mr.  Caddy, the medical officer of the eastern division, reported that during the four weeks ending the 24th of February, the general health of his district had not been good, chest affections having especially prevailed.  There was a severe epidemic of whooping cough in Ruan, Tregoney, and part of Veryan, and two deaths of young children had occurred from this cause in Tregoney.  There was also a case of typhoid fever in the latter place, that of a servant girl named Buckingham, who had been sent home from the service of Mr. James, bus driver, of Grampound.  She was at present in a small cottage, in which lived also her mother, two sisters, and two illegitimate children.  There had been a death set down from typhoid fever at St. Mawes.  Another death from diphtheria had occurred in Gerrans parish, being the second in the same house.  During the four weeks 20 births had been registered and 19 deaths, this being the largest death rate that had been known for some years,  Mr. Caddy announced that his annual report would be ready by the next meeting of the Authority.


10th April 1885 page 5     Royal Cornwall Gazette


WESLEYAN CHAPEL ANNIVERSARY. – On Good Friday a sermon was preached in the Wesleyan Chapel by the Rev. C. R. Gardner, of Falmouth, founded on St. Luke 23 – part of the 33 verse, “There they crucified him.”  At 5 p.m. a public tea was provided in the schoolroom, when a large number sat down.  The tables were presided over by Miss Pearce, Mrs. Coad, Mrs. Little, Misses Dingle (2), Misses Retallack (2), and Mrs. Luke.  In the evening a public meeting was held in the chapel.  The Rev. W. H. Major commenced with prayer.  Mr. W. H. P. Martin, of Truro, was called upon to preside.  Addresses were given by Mr. Herbert Thompson, M.A., Tregoney; Mr. Willer, Rev. W. H. Major, Rev. C. R. Gardner.  The choir sang a selection of hymns at intervals.  Singing and prayer brought the interesting meeting to a close.  The services were continued on the following Sunday, when the Rev. W. H. Major preached in the morning and evening.  Collections were made after each service in aid of the trust fund.  Mrs. S. Blamey presided at the harmonium at all the services.


15th May 1885 page 5     Royal Cornwall Gazette


On Monday the Rev. J. F. A. Hervey, M.A. (rector of Shotley), of the National Liberal Federation, delivered a political address in the Wesleyan schoolroom.  Mr. Giles Williams presided.  At the close of the lecture a vote of thanks was proposed approving of the meeting.  This was seconded by the Rev. J. T. Hyde, rector of Ruan, and carried.


28th August 1885     Royal Cornwall Gazette


An auction was held at the Royal Hotel, Truro, on Monday last, for the purpose of disposing of the following freehold and copyhold estates, situate in the parishes of Gerrans, Philleigh, and Ruanlanihorne.  Lot 3 – The copyhold farm known as Treworgie Vean, in the parish of Ruanlanihorne, comprising a good dwellinghouse with farm buildings, and about 45a. 1r. 18p. of pasture and arable land, in the occupation of Mr. William Little, at the yearly rent of £90.  The biddings for this lot were – Dr. Hugoe (Chacewater), £500; Mr. Polkinghorne, £600; Dr. Hugoe, £650; Dr. Hugoe, £700; Mr. Childs, £725; Mr. West, £1,000; Mr.Childs, £1,025; Dr. Hugoe, £1,030; Mr. Childs, £1,035.  This lot was withdrawn.  Messrs. Olver and Sons, of Falmouth, were the auctioneers,


1st April 1886      Cornishman


Examination for certificates, Christmas, 1885.

The following Cornish teachers were successful at the annual examination for certificates held in December last.

Schoolmistresses; Second year papers

Quick, Lucy, Ruan Lanyhorne national


16th April 1886      Royal Cornwall Gazette


Mr. Fryer, surgeon, of Sea View House, Ruan, has received the Local Government grant for the satisfactory manner in which he has performed his duties as public vaccinator.


30th April 1886 page 5     Royal Cornwall Gazette


ANNIVERSARY SERVICES. – On Good Friday the anniversary services of the Ruan Wesleyan Methodist Chapel were held, when a sermon was preached at 3 p.m. by the Rev. J. Nicholson, superintendant of the Gwennap circuit.  At 4 p.m. a public tea was provided, of which a large number partook, the table being presided over by Mrs. Coad and Mrs, Little.  In the evening a public meeting was held, and addressed by the Revs. J. Nicholson and W. H. Major, Messrs. H. J. Thompson, M.A., G. Williams, and other friends.  The chair was taken at 6 o’clock by Mr. W. H. P. Martin, Truro.  On Sunday, 25th inst., two sermons were preached by the Rev. Samuel Mills, of Falmouth, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Mr. S Blamey presided at the harmonium, and collections were made after each service in aid of the fund.


4th February 1887     Royal Cornwall Gazette

Jubilee Festivities in Cornwall in 1809


A day or two previous to the 25th, we received a letter from our noble Rector, at Corpus Christi College, desiring that five guineas might be distributed in any way the principal inhabitants thought proper for the benefit of the poor.  The subscriptions from gentlemen, the ladies at Trevelis, and the principal farmers, being liberal, Messrs. Bohennah and Bate agreed to give a good fat bullock, which was distributed on the morning of the 25th, at the rate of two pounds of beef each, to every poor person, and labourer throughout the parish according to the number of their families; after which they attended divine service, where an excellent sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Dillon.  In the afternoon the parties met again and proceeded to a field on the parsonage, with a little band in front playing God save the King, &c.  On this spot a bonfire was made and two casks of porter distributed, which ended, the procession returned to the King’s Head where the farmers united in a cheerful glass.  Amongst the toasts mentioned in our report is May the Madness of France never be known in this Land of Reason, and we are told that “the ladies and gentlemen then joined in the dance, which concluded the day, when everyone returned to their homes, pleased and extolling the loyalty of their neighbour.”


7th February 1889      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

A MAGNANIMOUS GIFT. – Set-bridge, between Ruan and Lamorran, has recently been built at a cost of £500, which sum was raised by subscription.  The bridge is open for vehicular traffic, but a short time ago it was found that the expenditure of a further sum of £200 would be necessary to entirely complete the bridge.  Further subscriptions were asked for, and the Rev. J. F. Hyde. Rector of Ruan, waited upon Mr. John Charles Williams, High Sheriff of the county, and pointed out to him the necessity for the completion of the bridge.  We understand that Mr. Williams has since forwarded a cheque for £150 towards the amount desired.  The other £50 will, no doubt, soon be raised.  The gift of £150 by Mr. Williams is only another instance of the great liberality which that gentleman has on various occasions displayed.


9th April 1891       Royal Cornwall Gazette


Thomas Fryer, a surgeon of Ruanlanihorne, was fined 2s. 6d. and costs, at tregoney petty sessions for keeping a dog without a licence. – William John Freethy, a farmer of the same place, was also fined 5s. for keeping two dogs without a licence.


25th February 1892      Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette



Ruan Lanihorne, R. Truro, £420 and house.  Private patronage.


7th April 1892     Royal Cornwall Gazette

The Rev. L. M. Peter, of Treviles, has; we are informed accepted the rectory of Ruanlanihorne (in which parish Treviles is situated) in succession to the late Rev. J. T. Hyde.  Mr. Peter is also going to retain the charge of Cornelly, and will, it is understood, have an assistant-curate.


7th July 1892     Royal Cornwall Gazette


Mr. Giles Williams. county alderman, of Ruanlanihorne, was among the company invited by Mr. Walter H. Harris, formerly sheriff of London, and one of the British Commissioners to the Chicago Exhibition,to meet Mr. Robert Lincoln, the United States Minister, at luncheon last week.


4th August 1892      Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette


Rev. L. M. Peter, rector of Ruan Lanihorne, Cornwall.


20th June 1895      Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette


Rev. T. M. Dunn, rector of Ruan Lanihorne, Cornwall.


5th September 1895     Royal Cornwall Gazette


M. L. BLAMEY will SELL by AUCTION, at Barn, Ruan, on Friday, September 29th, at 12.30 o’clock prompt, the following superior FARM STOCK, &C., late the property of Mr. Giles Williams, deceased, viz.    SHEEP.

119 South Ham breeding ewes

25 2-teeth breeding ewes

135 ewe and wether lambs

1 2-shear ram, bred by J. C. Daubuz, Esq.

1 2-shear ram, bred by Mr. J. C. Lawry

A splendid lot free from foot rot.


12 milch cows

2 cows and calves

15 feeding bullocks, several of which are fit for butcher.

21 steers and heifers, from 1 ½ to 2 years old.

15 yearlings

6 calves

Pure-bred Shorthorns and Shorthorn Crosses.


13 horses and colts, a very superior lot.


5 brood sows and 26 farrows

9 feeding pigs

18 slip pigs


A very large quantity, suitable to the requirements of a large estate.

The whole to be sold without the least reserve.

Luncheon by Ticket at 11.30 a.m.; returnable to purchasers of £2 and upwards.

M. L. BLAMEY, Auctioneer.

Dated Veryan and Truro, September 4th, 1895.


5th September 1895     Royal Cornwall Gazette


M. L. BLAMEY has been honoured with instructions from John L. Peter, Esq., to SELL by PUBLIC AUCTION, without reserve, at Treviles, Ruan, on Monday Afternoon, September 16th, 1895, at 2 o’clock prompt, the following FARM STOCK, &c.:


40 pure-bred Oxford Down breeding ewes

30 2-teeth breeding ewes

30 fat wethers

62 ewes and wether lamds

Same strain as Mr. Joel Rowe’s flock.


1 splendid shorthorn cow and calf

14 steers and heifers from 1 ½ to 2 years old


Horse, “Charley,” 8 off.

Mare, “Doll,” 10 off.

A splendid pair of short legged farm horses, staunch and quiet.

Horse, “Jet,” by “British Yeomam,” aged.

Donkey; also cart and harness for same.


Brougham in splendid condition, phaeton, double and single harness, saddle, and bridle, farm wagon, wide wheel cart, single plough, double-furrow Climax plough (by Davey, Sleep, and Co.), set of iron harrows with extra whippletrees, light seed chiseler or hidget, stone roller with shafts, 3-horse whippletrees, horse hoe, Hornsby’s binder (worked on small farm 4 years, equal to new), cake breaker, fore and hind harness, plough traces, collars, mop bridles, sheep troughs, &c.

Also an Acre of MANGOLDS, in lots to suit the convenience of purchasers, if not previously disposed of.

Luncheon at 1 p.m.  Tickets 1s. Each, returnable to purchasers of £2 and upwards.

M. L. BLAMEY, Auctioneer.

Dated Veryan and Truro, 28th August, 1895.


19th September 1895      Royal Cornwall Gazette


Mr. Franklin J. Peter, eldest son of Mr. J. L. Peter, of Pendower, has come into residence into the family house, Treviles, Ruanlanihorne, which descended to his father at the decease of Rev. Lewis Morgan Peter, M.A., and J.P.  Mr, and Mrs. J. L. Peter continue at Pendower.


11th March 1897      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


Mr. Jacob asked what was being done in regard to the silting up of the Ruan River by the stuff coming down from the clay works.  A committee was appointed some time ago to deal with the matter, but several thousand tons had come down since then, and the difficulty was becoming greater every day.  This was a case in which delays were dangerous, and unless something were done at once matters would become very serious. – The MAYOR said the matter was not referred to a special committee, but left to the River Committee, who, he believed, were waiting for more favourable weather. – Mr. WORTH (chairman of the committee) said that was so.  The matter had not been overlooked, but they could not expect the committee to go down to Ruan River in mid-winter.  He, at all events, was not going to do it.  He was willing to do his best in behalf of the ratepayers, but he was not going down to Ruan River in mid-winter to look after clay coming down.  (Laughter.) – Mr. JACOB said no one was justified in taking a position unless he was prepared to perform the duties attaching to it.  He did not wish to cast any reflection on Mr. Worth, but he did not think anyone should get up there and speak as Mr. Worth had done.  If anyone accepted the chairmanship of a committee he should be prepared to carry out his duties.  Mr. Jacob again emphasised the importance of something being done in the matter.


27th January 1898       Royal Cornwall Gazette


Important Action and Decision.

A case that will create a great deal of interest among the public in the West, if not further afield, was that which came before Judge Granger at Truro County Court on Friday.  Edwin Rundle, carpenter, of Veryan, sought to recover £25 from W. L. Hearle, farmer, of Treberthes, of Ruan, for damages through injury in consequence of the repair of a stile. – Mr. W. J. Terrill appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. R. Dobell for defendant.

Mr. Terrill said the action was brought to recover damages for the non-repair of a stile crossing a footpath through defendant’s field, whereby plaintiff fell and broke his leg.  The action was a novel one, and involved the question as to the liability or otherwise of occupiers to repair stiles.

His Honour: It is a most important question.

Mr. Terrill: Bearing in view the large number of footpaths and the number of awkward stiles there were it was a question of great importance to the public, and in a lesser degree to the occupiers of farms, seeing that the timely expenditure of a few shillings might be the means of averting serious accidents.  This was not the only accident that had occurred in consequence of the non-repair of the stile in question.  The pathway led from the village of Ruanhighlanes to Veryan Church-town, and had been a highway from time immemorial.  It crossed, among other property, two fields belonging to the farm occupied by defendant.  Several stiles had to be crossed in traversing the pathway.  Those on the land of neighbouring occupiers, as well as portions of the pathway, had, he was instructed, been kept in very decent repair by those occupiers, and no complaint had been made.  But the portion of the path and the stile on defendant’s farm had been allowed to remain in a state of non-repair for a considerable time, and the attention of the Parish Council had been called to the neglect.  He was informed that the Council met at a spot in 1896, and wisely shook their heads.  While it was very clear that something should be done, the responsibility did not rest on that body, and the farmer must do the needful.  That was the decision of the Parish Council.  He submitted that the stile at which the accident occurred was part and parcel of the path and of the fence, because it ran between two fields.  Defendant, he argued, was liable for the repair of the stile as a part of the highway; or, as assuming His Honour held that the stile was not part of the highway, defendant was liable for the repair of the stile qua fence.

His Honour: If you show the pathway is repairable, then the stile is part of it.

Mr. Terrill said he contended that there was a duty laid on the defendant ratione tenurae to repair the stile as part of the highway; and, secondly, that there was a duty to repair it as part of the fence.  He relied on the law as laid down in Burns’ Justice, which apparently had stood the test for the last 200 years, and, as far as he knew, had never been reversed.

Edwin Rundle said he had known the footpath in question for 60 years, and it had been a public footpath all that time.  It passed through land occupied by Mr. Samuel Spry, the defendant, and Mr.Colliver Blamey.  There were seven or eight stiles in the course of the footpath, including one between two fields belonging to defendant.  Two of the steps of this stile were nearly worn away, and out of one a large piece was broken.  On the 8th June when he (plaintiff) placed his foot on this stone his foot slipped and he fell down breaking his leg; and, as a result, was confined to his house for 15 weeks.  Mr. Hearle had owned the farm through which the path passed for about 30 years.  Mr. Martin, the previous occupier, used to keep the pathway in repair with stone taken from a quarry on the farm.

Croos-examined by Mr. Dobell, plaintiff said he had a seizure in 1891, but it affected his speech more than anything else.  He had walked over this path way four or five times since then.  the stile was not as good now as it was 30 years ago.  he made a demand on the Parish Council – believing that they were liable – for £6.

 A. Bunt, postman, deposed to the worn nature of the stile, and said recently he saw the footpath on the defendant’s property mended.- By Mr Dobell: He considered plaintiff was well enough to get over the stile.

Mr. Fryer, medical practitioner, Veryan, said the stile was a very peculiar one.  He did not think it right for the plaintiff, in his condition of health, to have attempted to pass over the stile. – By His Honour: The stile in question was the most difficult in the pathway.

Mr. Hocking, surveyor to the District Highway Authority for 33 years, said the path had never, to his knowledge, been repaired by such authority.  Occupiers had been in the habit of doing what was needed, and he had done repairs for his father, who was a former occupier of the farm.

George Harris, who was in defendant’s employ more than 20 years ago, said he put a new stone step in the stile at Mr. Hearle’s instruction, and repaired the stile generally.

J. W. Davies said the Parish Council inspected the stile and thought the bottom step required some little repair.  Defendant’s son told them that if he had time he might repair it, but there was an open way where people could go, except when in tillage.

By His Honour: He had gone over the stile twice a day for 20 years, and more or less for 40 years.

Mr. Dobell, for the defence, said he disputed his friend’s proposition at law that there was a liability on the part of the defendant, ratione tenurae, to repair this road.  Ratione tenurae meant that a person holding land held it under certain conditions.  They had had no evidence to show that defendant held land under any such conditions.  The only thing they were told was that defendant was occupier of this land; that the tenant before him did some repairs to the stile, and that Mr. Martin, the freeholder, did some repairs; but there had been very slight evidence to show that his client ever did any repairs.

His Honour: I don’t know what you call slight evidence.  The man said he put in a new step.

Mr.Dobell: That was between 20 and 30 years ago.  I submit that where there is a grant of a way over land the grantor is not bound to repair.  There is a well-known case on that question.

His Honour: there is no doubt.  Supposing a grant was made of a pathway to-morrow, the grantee would be bound to repair it; but in the case of an ancient pathway, it is sufficient to show that there have been acts of repair by the occupier.  It is not necessary to go back to the original grant.  It will be presumed by the Court, if it is shown that there have been acts of repair, that the grant was accompanied by an intention to repair.

Mr. Dobell said Lord Mansfield had laid it down that he who has the use of a thing should repair it; and if the public had the use of a road, the public should repair it.

His Honour: Undoubtedly the common law is that the grantee is bound to repair.

Mr. Dobell: Do I understand your Honour to say that where you have proof of a right of way from time immemorial, there is an obligation on the owner of the tenement through which it goes to repair the road?

His Honour: If it is shown to the satisfaction of the Court that he and his predecessors in title have maintained it for a number of years.

Mr. Dobell: Then the case will resolve itself into one of evidence.

His Honour: I tell you plainly that at present I think there is a strong prima facie case of liability on the part of the occupier to repair this stile.

The Defendant said he thought the stile was as safe to go over now as it was 30 years ago.  he had never repaired it; he had never been asked by anyone to do so, and had had no complaints about the stile.

Replying to his Honour, defendant said his son told him the Parish Council had spoken to him about the state of the stile; but the Council made no communication to him (defendant), and his son had no authority to do anything in the matter.

William Andrew, labourer, in the employ of defendant for 30 years, said he never remembered the stile being repaired by Mr. Hearle.  There was very little difference in the state of the stile now and thirty years ago.

His Honour: Then she’s worn well (laughter).

Tom. E. Thriscutt, manager of the Martyn estate, who are the owners of Treburthes farm, said he knew the stile in question very well.  He could see no difference in the state of the stile now from what it was in 1887, when he first took over the management of the estate.  Not the least complaint had ever been made to him about the stile.

Cross-examined, witness said about a third of one of the steps was broken away, but it still had a safe “tread” of about nine inches by ten.

John Hoare and Richard Dawe gave corroborative evidence.  The latter considered the stile was in good repair, and made of good material.

William Hugh, clerk of Veryan Parish Council, produced a letter written by plaintiff to the Council claiming £6 compensation.  The letter was allowed to lie on the table.  The Council had never passed any resolution in reference to the state of the paths in the parish.

After hearing further arguments by Mr. Terrill and Mr. Dobell,

His Honour said this was one of the most important cases that had come before him for some time.  It was perfectly clear that the intention of the legislature was that District Councils, if so minded, should take over these paths, and certainly if they did not take them over they could exercise over them useful supervision, which before the Local Government Act was passed was never practically done.  The evidence given on behalf of the plaintiff was, as far as it went, very clear.  It was proved beyond doubt that this ancient pathway had never been repaired by any public authority, and that no authority had exercised control over it.  Evidence called on behalf of the plaintiff satisfied him that certainly up to the time that defendant took possession of the farm the pathway was repaired by the occupier.  It was perfectly true that the evidence was not continuous; but they could not expect evidence of a continuous character in regard to an obligation of this sort.  Undoubtedly in many instances stiles had been allowed to get into a state distinctly dangerous to the general public.  In regard to the evidence of the man Harris, he did not for a moment suggest that mr. Hearle had endeavoured to deceive the Court – he thought he had forgotten; but it was impossible for him to think that Harris was coming there to tell an untruth about repairing the first step of the stile.  he said he put in a new stone; and the first step had been spoken to by plaintiff’s witnesses as being now out of repair.  It had been suggested that plaintiff, because of the stroke he had had, ought not to have gone along this pathway; but he entirely demurred to that.  He knew no law which made it incumbent upon a weakly or aged person to go round by a road.  No matter how old or infirm a person was, if that person had a right to go upon a path, he could do so; and if an accident occurred in consequence of the neglect of anyone to repair the style, that individual was liable.  Defendant’s evidence, broadly, was that the stile was as good now as it was 30 years ago, considering the pathway was used by hundreds of people, but when he had it absolutely stated by Mr. Thriscutt that there was out of a possible 2 ½ ft by 3 ft of step, a space 9 in. by 10 in. only quite safe, it became apparent at once that it was not in that state of repair which the public had a right to expect.  Under these circumstances he had not the smallest hesitation in holding that the defendant was liable to repair the stile ratione tenurae, and that he had failed to do so.  Curiously enough there had been no decision on this point; but he accounted for the circumstance by the fact that what was everybody’s business was nobody’s; and that in the past people had been content to suffer from accidents of this sort, and had done nothing further.  It was a great pity when the Local Government Act was passed that the Government did not put the charge of all public footpaths upon a public body.  It seemed to him unfair that the occupier should bear the burden of the cost.  He thought it only right that the responsibility should have been passed on to the public authority, so that they might protect the public from constant interference with footpaths which was going on in the county, and the erection of stiles which it was almost impossible for old people to get over.  It was one of the most important duties which District and Parish Councils had, to look after public rights, and see that they should not be impaired in any way whatever.  He thought the justice of the case would be satisfied if he gave the plaintiff £15, with costs.  I have only to add (said His Honour) that the case had been extremely well put before me by both sides.

On the application of Mr. Terrill his Honour granted costs on scale B.


5th May 1898      Royal Cornwall Gazette


Miss Hawke, the recently appointed head mistress of the National Infants School, was on Saturday the recipient of a pretty and suitable present in the form of a photograph of the pupils of her late school, in oak frame, bearing the following inscription: - “Presented to Miss Hawke by the parents of the children attending the National School, Ruanlanihorne, 1897, as a mark of esteem for her many praiseworthy qualities and her valued services during her term of office, which extended over seven years.”  The work was executed by Mr. Ellery, of Truro.


27th June 1898       The West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


Shortly after one o’clock on Thursday afternoon a fire broke out at the inn at Ruan, occupied by Mr. Benjamin Pearce, and quickly spread to the adjoining grocer’s shop.  The Truro Fire Brigade were at once telegraphed for, and as soon as the horses could be got ready, the brigade started for Ruan, under Lieut. Firemen Andrew, Rowett, Hill, Bickle, Rogers, and J. Williams.  On their arrival at the scene of the fire it was found that the fire had taken a complete hold of the building, both houses being one mass of flames.  It was at once seen that to save the building was an impossibility, and the attention of the brigade was, therefore, directed to the prevention of the spread of the conflagration to the adjoining buildings.  Ultimately, after three hours’ hard work, their strenuous efforts proved successful.  The public house and grocer’s shop were completely gutted.  The fire is supposed to have originated in the public-house, through rats making holes from the chimney into the thatch of the roof.  Mr. Pearce’s property was not insured.


4th August 1898      Royal Cornwall Gazette



The notified cases were two of scarlet fever – one at Ruanlanihorne and one at Carnon Downs – and a case of enteric fever at Bodrean Lodge, where he thought the water supply was suspicious.


8th September 1898                            Royal Cornwall Gazette


At Tregony on Monday, before Messrs. J. Gwennap Moore and R. Usticke, Supt. Bassett reported that in the division there were 13 fully licensed houses and two six days’ licenses.  During the year 14 persons had been convicted of drunkenness, compared with 17 in 1897, 26 in 1896, and 7 in 1894.  All the houses had been well conducted, and he had no complaint to make.  With regard to the King’s Head Inn, Ruanlanihorne, Supt. Bassett said that three months ago it was burnt down, and since then business had been carried on in a small stable attached to the premises.  To this he objected, and the granting of the license was adjourned for a month to see what action the owners took.  The other licenses were all granted, and the Chairman congratulated the innkeepers on the orderly manner in which the houses were kept.


9th February 1899   Royal Cornwall Gazette

Hunting Appointments

The Four Burrow Hounds

Thursday. Feb. 16. The Set, Ruanlanihorne


27th July 1899      Royal Cornwall Gazette

DASTARDLY OUTRAGE AT RUANLANIHORNE – Charles F. Harris, aged 19, farm labourer, Treworgey, Ruanlanihorne, is awaiting his trial at the Quarter Sessions on a charge of attempting to commit a rape on Amy Page, aged 18, domestic servant, on the night of the 9th inst.  Prosecutrix was sent on an errand to Ruan Churchtown, and prisoner waylaid her in a field on the way home.  She complained immediately to her parents and others, and three days later prisoner was committed by Mr. J. Gwennap Moore to take his trial at the Quarter Sessions.


19th October 1899      Royal Cornwall Gazette


Charles Frederick Harris, eighteen years of age, was indicted for criminally and indecently assaulting a young woman, named Amy Page, aged nineteen, at Ruanlanihorne, on the 8th July. – Prisoner was found guilty of indecent assault, but acquitted of the graver charge.  The Chairman said it was perfectly intolerable that young women could not go out on an errand after dark without being liable to an assault of this kind.  One could hardly realise the extent of the injury that might be done.  For the indecent assault he was sentenced to six months’ hard labour.


25th January 1900       Royal Cornwall Gazette


WILL SELL by AUCTION, without reserve, at Fore-street, Tregony, on Tuesday Afternoon, January 30th, 1900, at 1 o’clock prompt, the property of the executor of the late Miss Williams (formerly of Trethewey, Ruan) the following superior and useful

FURNITURE, &c., Viz :-

The contents of hall, dining-room, drawing-room, kitchen, back kitchen, scullery, stairs and landing, and 5 bedrooms, comprising :-

Downstairs – Tables, chairs, cheffoniers, books, lamps, ornaments, china, glass, earthenware, plated goods, carpets, mats, hearthrugs, cushions, antimacassars, screens, window curtains, tea trays, musical boxes, sofas, fenders, fire irons, coal skuttles, lustres, plants and pots, boilers, saucepans, kettles, wash trays, wheelbarrow, pitcher, steps, clothes horse, &c., &c.

Upstairs – Carpets, stair rods, mats, pictures, iron and brass and wood bedsteads, flock mattresses, straw palliasses, feather beds, bolsters and pillows, chairs, washstands, dressing-tables, easy chairs, toilet ware, looking glasses, commode, chest of drawers, towel rack, fenders, covered stools, wardrobes, plants and pots, side saddles, &c., &c.

An early attendance is solicited.

M. L. BLAMEY & SON, Auctioneers.

Dated Veryan and Truro, Jan. 17th, 1900.


8th March 1900     Royal Cornwall Gazette


Mr. E. W. Tonkin, sanitary inspector, submitted plans of proposed house at Broomclose, Veryan, for Mr. H. T. Blamey, house at Veryan Churchtown for Mr. Middlecoat, and dwelling-houses at Ruanlanihorne for Mr J. C. Williams, which were passed.


23rd August 1900       Royal Cornwall Gazette


TRURO - ST. GEORGE’S, CHOIR, accompanied by the vicar (Rev. F.W. Newman) and assistant-priest (Rev. E. V. Dunn) and Messrs Dobell and Bodilly, churchwardens, had their annual outing on Thursday last.  In Blamey’s steam launch and a large boat the party embarked in the morning for Ruanlanihorne, where they spent a very enjoyable day in brilliant weather.  Rambles through the grounds and woods, around the rectory, horse-riding, and a visit to the orchard, were among the pleasures of the day, and the choir boys were delighted with a ride in a waggon to Pendower Beach – where they bathed.  After tea had been partaken of the Rev. F. W. Newman expressed the thanks of the party to the rector of Ruan (Rev. T. M. Dunn), Mrs. Dunn, and their family for so kindly inviting them to Ruan, and doing so much for their pleasure and happiness.  Hearty applause greeted the genial rector’s few kindly words in reply.  The party returned to Truro at nine o’clock. – The harvest thanksgiving in connection with St. George’s, Truro, will be held on Thursday, September 6th, further particulars of which will be announced.


22nd November 1900      Royal Cornwall Gazette

Serious Illness of Mr. J. L. Peter, of Treviles.

Mr. John Luke Peter, of Treviles, Ruanlanihorne, is so seriously ill that there is little hope of his recovery.  Mr. Peter, who succeeded his brother, Rev. Lewis Peter, as owner of the beautiful estate of Treviles, and considerable other property, has only about three or four years resided at Treviles, preferring that his eldest son, Mr. Franklin Thomas Peter, and his family should live there.  On the early death of his son, he, however, came into residence and has taken much pleasure in effecting many improvements on the property.  Earlier in life Mr. J. L. Peter for many years lived at Redruth, where, as registrar of the County Court, solicitor and holder of important offices, he was well-known and esteemed.  In connection with Church and Cathedral work and in other useful projects, Mr. Peter has been always to the front.  Mr. J. L. Peter is father of Mr. Thurstan C. Peter, of Redruth, and of the Rev. Lewis Peter.


15th September 1904       Cornishman


To be Let at Michaelmas, BARUPPA FARM, containing 49 acres (more or less) arable and pasture land in the parish of Ruan Lanihorne, with good dwelling-house and suitable outbuildings – all slate.  It commands good market twons – Truro, Falmouth, and St. Austell – and is now in the occupation of Mr. Hearle, who will show the Farm except on Wednesdays.

For particulars of letting, apply to

E. MILDEN, King’s Farm, Furneaux Pelham Herts; or to

MR. JAMES, Newham, Sithney, Helston;

To whom tenders must be sent by the 28th of September.

The tenant will be expected to sign a lease for 7 or 14 years.                                             4342


27th February 1906                             The London Gazette


In the Matter of the Companies Act 1862 to 1900, and in the Matter of the Trelonk Brick and China Clay Company Limited.

At an Extraordinary General Meeting of the above named Company, duly convened and held at the registered office of the Company, 7, Prince’s-street, Truro, on Saturday, the 24th day of February, 1906, the following Extraordinary Resolutions were duly passed, viz.: -

 “That it has been proved to the satisfaction of this Meeting that the Company cannot, by reason of its liabilities, continue its business, and that it is advisable to wind up the same, and accordingly that the Company be wound up voluntarily.

“That Mr. Adolphus Philp, of the city of Truro, Accountant, be and he is hereby appointed Liquidator for the purpose of such winding up.”

G. T Paull, Chairman


14th November 1907      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


The licence of the King’s Arms Inn, Ruan was transferred from Thomas Henry Oliver to James Abraham.


8th October 1908      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


M. L. BLAMEY & SON have received instructions from Mr. Richards, to SELL by AUCTION, at SEA VIEW, Ruanhighlanes on Saturday next, October 10thth. at Three p.m. sharp.

Mare, 15.4 h.h., good and quiet in all harness, 4-wheel Carriage, Cart, Market Tran, Cart Harness, Wheelbarrow, Ladder, Separator, Churn, Butter Worker, Dairy Utensils, 3 Corn Hutches, &c.  Several Indian Runner Ducks.  3 Swarms of Bees.

FURNITURE, &C. including round mahogany table, arm chair, mahogany chairs in leather, washstand, toilet glass, towel rails, bedroom chairs, fenders, fire irons, 6 feather beds, 3 iron bedsteads, mahogany bedstead, dressing tables, carpet, dining-room chairs, cupboard, standard lamp, baby’s chair, bookcase and desk combined, 3 tables, kitchen chairs, curtain poles, kitchen ware, &c.

M. L. BLAMEY & SON, Auctioneers.

Dated Veryan, Truro, and Penryn, October 5th, 1908.


19th January 1911       Cornishman

As Mrs. J. A. Osborne, of Ruan, was driving into Truro on Wednesday with her workman, the horse, a young one, became frightened at the steam lorry of the Penryn Laundry Co., near Woodcock Corner.  The animal backed into the lorry, knocked off a wheel of the trap, and the occupants were thrown into the road.  The workman escaped with a few cuts, but Mrs. Osborne, who fell on the back of her head, was rendered unconscious.  Attended by a medical man, she afterwards gained consciousness, but is suffering from severe shock.


23rd November 1911     Cornishman


Mr. John Edward Ball, Treviles, Ruan, has been nominated as guardian for the parish of Ruanlanihorne, in place of Mr. T. R. Davey, who has gone to Sussex.


18th January 1912      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


RUAN WESLEYAN – Ruan Wesleyan Band of Hope Temperance Society held their annual meeting on January 7,  Mr. J. Osborne was re-elected president, Mr. T. Tripp, vice-president, Mr. F. Peddlar secretary, Mr. J. Tregunna treasurer, Mr. J. P. Carbis choirmaster, the Misses Carbis organists.  A good balance in hand was reported.


10th June 1912     West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


Roseland Agricultural Demonstration was held at Treviles, Ruan, on Thursday.  The entries, 76, were two below those of last year, but four men from Constantine were unable to attend owing to the show at that place occurring on the same day.  The classes were uniformly well filled, and the boys’ classes for hedging was the strongest in the history of the demonstration. (snip)


2nd December 1912       West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

Mr. Carbis, surveyor, reported having had an interview with Lady Molesworth in regard to the Tregony-Ruan road.  Her ladyship considered that the building of the road at Sett had caused a silting up of the valley above Sett Bridge, thereby doing considerable damage to her land, and she was not prepared to give any land for raising the road before two large waterways were made on the western side of Sett bridge. – The matter was left in the hands of the Clerk, who said that he should suggest that her ladyship should approach the County Council direct.


5th December 1912     West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


Motorist’s awful death near Tregony.  Lady Molesworth’s evidence at the inquiry.

“I  had a vision of a grey crouching figure hurling itself upon us,” said Lady Molesworth, to the coroner and a jury at the Royal Cornwall Infirmary, Truro, on Wednesday, in describing a collision which took place on Tuesday morning between her motor car and a motor bicycle driven by William Frederick CHYNOWETH (29), who lived at Ruanhighlanes, and who died on Tuesday night as a result of terrible injuries he received.

The accident occurred about 9 a.m., the scene being the corner at the top of Freewater Hill, near Tregony, and at a junction of the road to Grampound Road.  Lady Molesworth was being driven in her car to the station, and she intended calling at Cornelly Church on the way to see the grave of her husband, prior to her departure from England.  The force of the impact must have been tremendous.  Deceased, it was stated, must have been travelling at between twenty and thirty miles an hour.  A panel in the middle of the car just below the driver’s seat, was indented; the tool box was completely smashed, a support for a spare tyre knocked away, and the side of the car scratched.  After the accident the car was sent to fetch Sergt. Kendall, Tregony; Dr. Bonar, Probus, was soon on the scene, and at his direction the injured man was removed in Lady Molesworth’s car in a semi-conscious state to the Infirmary, where he died a short time before midnight, without regaining consciousness.  Lady Molesworth, who was naturally much distressed, returned to Trewarthenick after the accident.

The foreman of the jury was Mr. John Tonkin, and Mr. F. Parkin was present on Lady Molesworth’s behalf.  The Coroner (Mr. E. L. Carlyon, J.P.) outlined the circumstances.

Twenty-five miles an hour.

W. E. Hicks, motor and cycle dealer, Truro, submitted a plan of the locality in which the accident occurred, and supplied measurements.  He said he did not think deceased saw the car until he was about thirty feet away, and at the speed he must have been travelling it would be impossible to pull up the cycle in the distance.  Deceased must have been going about twenty-five miles an hour, judging by the impact with the car.

The Coroner: At what pace, in your opinion, ought a man to approach cross roads, which, we must admit, are very dangerous?

Witness replied that he supposed it depended on personal judgment.  A man passing the road continually, and, not accustomed to meeting much traffic, would not expect to meet a car.  If deceased had been travelling at the rate of fifteen miles an hour, witness did not think the accident would have happened.  Deceased evidently hoped to clear the front of the car, the tracks of which were as they should be.  If deceased had deflected to the left side of the road, no doubt he would have cleared the car.  The blow must have been a very terrible one.

The Coroner: The cyclist must have come at a great pace then?

Witness: He must have gone not less than thirty miles an hour.

The Coroner incidentally remarked that he believed a motor cyclist needed to be travelling thirty miles an hour to keep his engine going properly.  If deceased had kept his right side of the road the possibilities were that the accident would not have happened.  It was probably an error of judgment.

David Herbert Wilson, Lady Molesworth’s chauffeur, said he had had eight years’ experience of motors. When he was approaching the cross roads on Tuesday he sounded the horn several times, and had turned the car (a huge Daimler) three parts around the corner – practically across the road – when he saw a motor cyclist approaching him rapidly.  He had not heard his horn, or any sign of him coming.  Witness made the car go in an angle towards the hedge, hoping that deceased would pass at the back of the car.  Deceased was riding with his head over the handle-bars, and witness did not think he saw the car until he was two or three yards off.  He crashed into the side of the car on a level with the driver’s seat.

The Coroner: What pace do you think he was going at the first time you saw him?

Witness replied that it was difficult to judge in the two or three seconds that elapsed, but he should think about thirty miles an hour.  The car was going from twelve to fourteen miles an hour.  Witness thought deceased did not expect to see the car.  Deceased was wearing a woollen cap, which came over his ears, and probably he did not hear the motor horn.  Witness found deceased lying on his face, apparently dead, with the bicycle two feet ahead of him.  “He came from the bicycle against the car like a shot from a gun,” witness concluded.

Answering Mr. F. Parkin, witness said he knew the locality well, and did all he could to avoid the accident.

Lady Molesworth

Lady Molesworth said she saw deceased coming towards the car at what seemed a most terrific pace.  She saw at once that an accident was inevitable, but the curious thing was that when the impact came she saw nothing of deceased.  She was thrown forward into the car.  She had no reason to suppose that the poor young man ever saw the car.  She had a vision of a grey crouching figure hurling itself upon them.  She did not think anything could have averted the accident.  Her chauffeur was a most careful driver, and she had the greatest confidence in him.  He kept his head in a marvellous way.

P.S. Kendall said he found deceased bleeding at the forehead, and semi-conscious.  If deceased had been seven feet his right side of the road instead of seven feet the other side the accident might not have occurred.

Sergt. Johns, Newquay (a relative of deceased) thanked Lady Molesworth, on behalf of deceased’s family, for the use of her car for conveying deceased to the Infirmary.

The Coroner remarked that the jury would join with him in sympathising with the relatives.  He had known deceased for some years, and deceased always seemed a steady, nice young fellow.  But perhaps on this occasion he was not so careful as he might have been.

Mr. Parkin intimated that Lady Molesworth wished to associate herself with that expression of sympathy.

The house-surgeon at the Infirmary said deceased bled profusely.  The base of his skull was fractured, and there was a deep cut down his forehead.  The right leg was also fractured.  Deceased was unconscious, and he suffered greatly from shock.

The verdict of the jury was that deceased died from shock due to the collision.  The foreman said they wished to express their deep sympathy with deceased’s family, and with Lady Molesworth.  They exonerated the chauffeur, and thanked him for the frank way in which he gave his evidence.  The jury also expressed the opinion that it was very desirable that the hedges should be lowered at this particular spot.

Deceased, who leaves a wife and small family was in partnership with Mr. P. T. Hoare in a motor cycle works at Truro.  He had a gift for mechanics, and as a motor mechanic he had a very high reputation.


14th March 1913      The London Gazette

First Meetings and Public Examinations

Debtors Name - Richard Paull Willoughby

Address - Trethella Farm, Ruanlanihorne, Cornwall

Description - Farmer

Court – Truro

No. – 5 of 1913

Date of first meeting – 25th March 1913

Hour – 12 noon

Place – Official Receiver’s Office, 12, Princes-street, Truro

Date of Public Examination – 19th April 1913

Hour – 11.45 am

Place – Town Hall, Truro


15th May 1913      Cornishman

Ruanlanihorne rates for the ensuing half-year amount to 2s. 10d. on buildings, and 1s. 5d. on agricultural land, against 2s. 2d. and 1s. 1d. in 1912.


9th October 1913     The West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser



An inquest was conducted by Mr. E. L. Carlyon, J.P., at the King’s Arms Hotel, Ruan, on Monday, relative to the death of Sarah Jane Evans, age 75, wife of William Evans, a pensioner, who was found unconscious in her house early on Friday morning and died the same day,  Mr. E. J. Carbis was chosen foreman of the jury.

William Evans, who wore a war medal with clasps, said he was 78 years old and a pensioner from the Royal Marines.  On Thursday he went to the harvest festival in the village, leaving his wife at home.  When he returned about quarter past ten the door was locked.  He obtained a ladder and got into the back bedroom window.  Witness, who was hard of hearing, said he heard his wife snoring downstairs after he got through the window.  The house was in darkness and he could find no candle, so he undressed and went to bed.

Replying to the Coroner, witness said that after the harvest festival he went to the public-house where he had two glasses of beer.  He was quite sober when he reached home.  His wife sometimes slept on the sofa, which was a kind of makeshift bed.  He did not go downstairs at all after getting in the window, but undressed and went into bed in the dark.

The Coroner: It is funny that you did not go down to see whether there was anything the matter with your wife.

Witness: A little fault there, I think.

The Coroner: I should say a great deal of fault.

The Foreman: Was your wife accustomed to sleep on the sofa in the kitchen?

Witness: Yes.

The Foreman: How often?

Witness: Not often.  When we had a little tiff or a little arguement.

The Coroner: Had you had a little tiff on Thursday.

Witness: No.

The Foreman: Did your wife ever remain downstairs when under the influence of drink?

Witness: She has done that.

The Foreman: Is that the reason why you did not go downstairs on Thursday night?

Witness: I don’t know that I could answer that.

The Foreman: Did you think she had had a little more than she ought to have had.

Witness: Might have thought that.  She was quite sober when I left her.

In answer to further questions, witness said his wife did not go with him to the harvest festival because she did not feel very well.  He did not take any intoxicants into the house for her to drink, and there was no drink in the house.

Continuing his evidence, witness said that in the morning he got up about seven o’clock and on going down found his wife unconscious at the bottom of the stairs, with the candlestick containing a partly burnt candle near by.  He called in neighbours and went for the doctor.

Margaret Jane Rowe, a girl residing near, said that when passing Mrs. Evans’s house about nine o’clock on Thursday evening she heard a noise and saw the light go out.  The noise was as if a box came over the stairs and a candlestick after it.  She listened but there was no sound after.  On reaching home she said what she had heard, but as there was no moaning or calling after the noise it was concluded nothing serious had happened.  At six o’clock on Thursday evening Mrs. Evans passed her in the road going to her home and then seemed all right, but might have had a little drop.

Questions to the landlord and his wife produced the information that at one o’clock on Thursday Mrs. Evans came to the house and had a pennyworth of beer, with a pennyworth of gin in it, and at four o’clock called and had a similar drink.  She did not stay more than ten minutes on either occasion, and was not in the house after four o’clock.

Dr. Clover, of Veryan, stated that on Friday morning he had a telegram about ten o’clock asking him to call to see Mrs. Evans at Ruan.  There was no suggestion of urgency.  He got to the house about two o’clock, when he found Mrs. Evans on the sofa breathing heavily and quite unconscious.  She was cold and collapsed.  Appearances suggested hemorrhage of the brain.  He was not told then that there had been an accident, but ascertained that subsequently.  He had no doubt death was due to the accident, but the cause of the accident he could not say.

The husband of the deceased, on being asked why he did not tell the doctor in the telegram that the case was urgent, replied that he did do so.  The telegram was written for him at the post office.

The Coroner remarked that the evidence disclosed a sad state of affairs.  One would have thought that after the man got in through the bedroom window he would have gone down stairs to see what was the matter with his wife.  The husband said he heard his wife snoring downstairs, and if that she was so she must have been making a considerable noise, as the jurymen had seen how difficult it was to make the man hear the questions put to him.  It might be that advanced age accounted for the husband not making the real state of things clear to the doctor in the telegram or even when he arrived at the house.  There was no doubt death was due to the woman falling downstairs, and the evidence of Margaret Rowe made it clear that the accident happened at nine o’clock, when the husband was not at home.  How she came to fall was uncertain.  She might have had a slight seizure or tripped.

The Jury returned a verdict to the effect that death was due to injuries received through falling downstairs.


14th November 1913       The London Gazette

Whereas the benefice of Ruan Lanihorne, in the county of Cornwall and diocese of Truro, was avoided on the twenty-ninth day of September last past by the resignation of the Reverend Thomas Major Dunn (hereinafter called the retired Incumbent), now we, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England, acting in accordance with our Regulations dated the thirtieth day of May, one thousand nine hundred and seven, relating to grants in aid of pensions to retired Incumbents (hereinafter called the said Regulations), do hereby grant out of our common fund to the retired Incumbent the yearly sum of fifty pounds during the life of the retired Incumbent, subject as hereinafter mentioned, such yearly sum to commence and be computed from the said twenty-ninth day of September last past and to be paid by equal quarterly payments on the first day of February, the first day of May, the first day of August, and the first day of November in every year, subject nevertheless to cesser, determination, withdrawal, suspension or reduction as a grant made in accordance with the said Regulations, and to all other the provisions and conditions contained in the said Regulations and applicable to a grant made in accordance therewith.

In witness whereof, we have hereunto set our common seal, this sixth day of November, one thousand nine hundred and thirteen.


29th July 1915      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

One of the dozen eggs subscribed weekly by Mrs. A. J. Grigg, Trethella, Ruanhighlanes, for the wounded soldiers, found its way to the hospital at Rouen, and was eaten by Mrs. Grigg’s nephew, Private Thos. W. Stevens, A. Co., 7th Batt., London Regiment, who says his surprise at seeing “Trethella” written on the egg was equalled only by the pleasure which the eating gave him.


6th April 1916      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


Sevral young men fined at Truro.

At Truro County Police Court, before Messrs. E. L. Carlyon (in the Chair), A. C. Polwhele, and C. T. Michell, on Wednesday.

James Henry Frost, of Ruanhighlanes, was charged with not reporting himself under the Military Service Act.- P.C. Rogers stated that when he visited accused he said he would not go until he was fetched.- Capt. B. Harrison gave evidence as to the sending of the notice.- Accused was fined £2.

Walter Thomas Frost, brother of the previous defendant, was similarly charged, and pleaded that he did not believe in going before all the other men went.  He would not go until they fetched him.- Defendant was fined £2.


18th May 1916     Cornishman


Before his Honour Judge Gent, in Truro County Court on Tuesday, the hearing was resumed of the action in which Samuel Thomas Dunstan, farmer, of Burhos, Wndron, Helston, sued Richard Paull, farmer, Treburthes Barton, Ruanhighlanes, Grampound Road, for £13 12s., the difference in the purchase price and resale of a horse sold to plaintiff as a gelding, but which horse not being a gelding was wrongfully described.  After arguments, the axtion was dismissed, without prejudice to a new action being brought by the plaintiff for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty.


29th May 1916      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


“Hundreds of acres out of cultivation”

Truro Rural Tribunal met on Saturday, Mr. T. Trudgian presiding.  There were also present Messrs. H. H. Williams and I. Roskelley (military representatives), the Rev. W. E. Graves, and Messrs. Coulter Hancock, J. Scoble, W. Hearle, H. Rowse, H. C. Hotten, J. Rilstone, J. F. Jolly, C. T. Michell, with the clerk (Mr. J. Bray) Mr. T. M. Michell was also present representing the Board of Agriculture.

The following decisions were received from the Central Tribunal:- F. Tregunna, Ruanhighlanes, not to be called up before August 22nd.


22nd June 1916       West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

The Only Blacksmith

Preston Charles Davies, Ruan Church Town, stated that he was the only blacksmith in the district, and was doing work for 50 farmers.  Two of his men had joined up. – Exempted while under present conditions.

Sidney Cook Hearle (34), Ruanhighlanes, farming 80 acres, was exempted.

 W. A. Pedlar, Ruanlanihorne (24), trapper, was appealed for by his father, who stated that they trapped 3,000 rabbits yearly. – Claim not allowed.


29th June 1916    West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

Mr. C. J. Grigg, farmer, Ruanhighlanes, married, with four children under 12 years of age, who said he employed a man (over military age) and a boy, was also granted exemption.


13th July 1916    West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

Mr. Richard Robins (40) was appealed for by Mr. Lutey, Trelonk, Ruanhighlanes, farming 263 acres, and was exempted.


27th July 1916      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

Under the auspices of the Cornwall Education Committee, cheesemaking and milking instruction classes have been held at Little Treworgie Vean, Ruanhighlanes (on premises lent by Mr. R. Little) during the past month.  The school closed on Friday with a demonstration in cheesemaking and a competition in milking by the students, under the direction of Miss Nicholas (county dairy instructress).  The working of the school has been greatly assisted by a strong local committee of farmers in the district, with Mr. G. H. Salmon as chairman and Mr. J. P. Carbis as secretary.  The cheeses made included Cornish cheese, Coulommier, Gervais, and cream cheese.  Miss A. Tregea (St. Agnes) has been the instructress, and occasional visits have been paid to the school by Miss Nicholas.

There was a large attendance at the demonstration on Friday.  Following the cheesemaking and milking demonstrations, a public tea was held, the proceeds of which were on behalf of the Red Cross funds.  Students and others presided at the tables.  In the evening at an outdoor public meeting certificates were presented by Mrs. H. H. Williams (Pencalenick, Truro).  Mr. H. H. Williams presided, and was supported by Col. Nowell Usticke, and Messrs. J. Forbes (Truro), G. H. Salmon, and J. P. Carbis.

The Chairman said he considered the school was a very successful one.  (Hear, hear.)  When the idea of having a dairy school at Ruan was first mooted at a meeting of the Dairy Committee of the Cornwall County Council, there was some doubt as to the suitability of the district, but the success of the school had fully justified its establishment at Ruanhighlanes.  (Applause.)  The question of cheesemaking would receive far more attention in the future than it had in the past.  (Hear, hear.)  The prices of agricultural products all round were likely to be very high in the near future.


21st September 1916      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

Mr. W. G. Ball (24), single, horseman, was appealed for by his father, Mr. J. E. Ball, Ruan-high-lanes, as being the only man on the farm.  It was stated that the case had caused more discussion than any other in the district.  The Chairman and Mr. C. T. Mitchell said there was much feeling about the young men who were being retained in this district.  Mr. H. H. Williams (the military representative) said that they had had a lot of letters of complaint respecting this district.  Mr. Hotten said he knew a mangold field of last year which had not been cultivated since because of labour shortage.  Mr. Mitchell; There will be a good bit more uncultivated if we don’t find the men for the Army.  If ever we had a duty, it is to send young men to the Army.  I am a farmer, and I know a bit about the difficulties.  But the main point is that we want men in the Army.  Lots of farms have more labour than is necessary under existing circumstances.  Mr. C. T. Mitchell said if they ever had a duty to perform it was to send young men to the army.  The Chairman; Unless we can lick the Germans our productions are worth nothing.  Mr. Michell; There are lots of farms with more labour than necessary under the existing circumstances. – October 31st, and join up.


28th September 1916     West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


To the Editor of the West Briton.

SIR,- In your issue of the 21st inst, in reference to cases dealt with by the Truro Rural Tribunal, statements were made describing Ruanhighlanes as a bad district.  Had the gentleman responsible for such statements been in possession of the facts I am of opinion they would not have been made.  The actual position as far as the parish of Ruanlanihorne is concerned is as follows; At the outbreak of war there were 31 eligible men.  19 of these have joined and are under orders to go, eight have been exempted by the Tribunal, and four have been medically rejected, and, in addition, two have joined under 18 years of age – not a bad record for a parish of 220 inhabitants.  I know that the Tribunal have had one or two cases of gross misrepresentation from this parish, but certainly they ought not to be influenced by any man capable of making such misrepresentations.  I am authorised to state that the military officer’s statements referred to the whole of the district south of Tregony to the coast, and not to Ruan Parish only.

Thanking you in anticipation, Yours truly, J. P. CARBIS.


28th September 1916     West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

A Cornishman’s Achievement

Mr. John Hicks Paull is the second surviving son of the late Mr. And Mrs. Paull, who resided for many years at Trelonk in the parish of Ruanlanihorne.  We have now to learn to address him as Major Hicks Paull, a title which he has worthily earned because he has been twice mentioned in despatches by Sir John Maxwell and Sir Charles Munro for the peculiar and excellent services he has had the privilege of rendering to his country.  It was he who, at the special wish of Sir John Maxwell, raised the Egyptian Labour Corps, a body which has been, and continues to be, most helpful in the work that it does in all parts of the land of the Pharaohs.  Beginning with three thousand natives early in 1915, it now numbers about 20,000, and under the leadership of Major Hicks Paull and the capable English officers who assist him, it is most versatile in its doings.  It carries provisions for men and animals by water and by land, builds forts, levels sand hills, digs wells, lays pipes, excavates trenches, and erects telegraph and telephone wires – is in fact eminently useful all round.  From first to last its services have been almost inestimable, and very much more pleasing than any decorative order must it be to Major Hicks Paull to be at the head of such an organisation.


2nd November 1916      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

Mr. W. A. Frost, Ruanhighlanes married, with five children, horseman in the employ of Mr. Dustow, was exempted to Jan. 1st and re-consider, and in the meantime go before the Medical Board.


22nd November 1918      The London Gazette

St. Just (Falmouth Ocean Wharves and Railways

Work No. 2

A railway (No. 1) commencing in the parish of St. Just in Roseland in the rural district of Truro, in the bed of the sea, at a point measured 257 yards or thereabouts due west of the southern end of the fence between the enclosures numbered 514 and 515 on the Ordnance Map of the said parish, sheet LXXII 5, and passing thence in, into, or through the parishes, extra – parochial and other places of Philleigh, Ruan Lanihorne, Cornelly, Veryan, Tregoney, Cuby, Probus, Creed, Grampound and St. Stephen in Brannel, or some of them, and terminating in the aforesaid parish of St. Stephen in Brannel in the rural district of St. Austell in the enclosure numbered 3908 on the Ordnance Map of the said parish of St. Stephen in Brannel, sheet L 10, at a point 118 yards or thereabouts measured in a westerly direction from the south-west abutment of the bridge carrying the Great Western Railway over the road between Brannel and Dowgas, and 190 yards or thereabouts measured in a northerly direction from the southernmost corner of the said enclosure.


5th February 1920      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


At Tregoney Brewster Sessions on Monday, Supt. Sparkes reported there were 17 fully licensed houses in the division, two of which were six-day licences – one at Portscatho, and one at Probus.  The King’s Head, Ruan, had been closed since June 19th, 1916, but he understood an application was to be made for the renewal of the licence.  The population of the division was 5,592, or an average of about 328 persons to each licence.  No proceedings had been taken under the intoxicating liquor laws for the past three years.  The houses had been well conducted, and he had no objection to the renewal of the whole of the licences.

He had received several complaints regarding licence holders refusing to supply travellers with non-intoxicating refreshments and food.  He was afraid some licensees overlooked their duty in that respect, and if they failed in future to comply with the requirements he would object to the renewal of their licences.

The chairman (Col. Nowell Usticke) said the report was gratifying and the whole of the licences would be renewed.

Mr. C. T. Michell said usually teetotallers were well treated when they entered public-houses for refreshment, but occasionally they were refused and not treated very kindly.

The chairman appealed to the publicans to do their duty.


11th March 1920      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


Aserious state of affairs in regard to house farming and overcrowding was disclosed at yesterday’s meeting of Truro Rural Council, Mr. T. Trudgian presiding.

Mr. Marshall complained that at Perranporth people were acquiring houses to let to visitors, while workingmen were unable to get homes. – Mr. Mitchell cited a case in St. Mawes where a mother and ten children lived in one small bedroom.  Other houses – not one or two, but ten – were not in use one night a month. – It was decided to write the Ministry of Health asking if any action was being taken to remedy this state of affairs.

Ruan Parish Council wrote asking the Council to support their recommendation that four of the eight cottages in that parish, be erected at Ruan Churchtown and four at Treworgie instead of all at Ruan Churchtown as suggested by the commissioner. – Mr. Hobbs said the Parish Council protested against the bureaucratic despotism of the Housing Commissioner, who wished them to build eight houses in a decadent part of the parish.  In one house in Ruanhighlanes there were two small rooms occupied by three men – two married – a married woman, two single women and two children. – A resolution was passed protesting against the commissioner’s action.


8th April 1920      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


Messrs. M. L. BLAMEY & SON, Ltd.

Have received instructions from G. H. Salmon, Esq. (who has sold his residence), to offer by AUCTION, at The Kopje, Ruan-high-lanes, on MONDAY, APRIL, 19th, 1920, at 12.30 p.m. sharp, the whole of his Superior Modern & Antique HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE & EFFECTS, &c., Viz.:-

Dining-room. – Very fine old mahogany dining table with 6 legs, solid mahogany dining-room suite 7 pieces in Morocco, table cloth, 3 Divan lounge chairs in Morocco, superior mahogany sideboard, several silver-plated articles, mahogany dinner wagon, mahogany book shelf, quantity of books, mahogany cupboard, superior mahogany writing desk with drawers, mahogany chair, several pictures in oils, prints, &c., solid copper fender and fire set, solid brass helmet coal scuttle, brass fire screen, dining-room carpet (about 21ft. x 13 ½ ft.), quantity of ornaments and figures, skin rugs, curtains, S&c.

Drawing-room. – 5 easy chairs, 2 arm chairs, mahogany bureau, flower pot and palm, with inlaid stand, picture and easel, antique book stand, mahogany revolving bookcase, inlaid round table, music stand and music, cake stand, very fine Axminister carpet (about 18ft. x 15ft.), ditto (9ft. x 6ft.), gilt overmantel, mantel clock, brass curb & fire set, several pictures, including water colours, &c., quantity ornaments.

Billiard-room. – Linoleum on floor (21ft. x 15ft.), set of lamps, arm chair, pictures, very fine solid mahogany full-size billiard table with accessories, by Burronghes & Watts, London (if not previously disposed of).

Hall & Landing. – Very fine mahogany inlaid grandfather clock with brass face, mahogany hall stand with seat and mirror back, 2 mahogany hall chairs, umbrella and hat stand, mahogany card table, pictures in oils, large rug (15ft x 6ft,), wool mats, barometer, hanging lamp, fancy chair, stair carpet, 18 heavy flat brass stair rods and eyes, Wilton carpet in lengths on landing, fancy table and cloth, fire extinguisher, pictures, old prints, &c.

Bedroom No. 1. – Very fine walnut bedroom suite in 8 pieces, 2 square-railed brass bedsteads with diamond-shape wire mattress, wool mattress and quantity of bedding, gilt antique over-mantel, brass curb and set, antique stool, carpet (16ft. x 12ft.), easy chair, set ware, curtains.

Bedroom No. 2. – Suite in 6 pieces, double bed in white enamel, oval table and cover, wicker chair, fire guard, rug, carpet (20ft. x 12ft.), set ware.

Bedroom No. 3. – Inlaid mahogany suite in 5 pieces, square-rail brass bedstead, carpet (9ft. x 7ft.), set ware, curtains.

Bedroom No. 4. – Suite in 5 pieces, 2 iron bedsteads, bedding, set ware, carpet (12ft. x 9ft.), child’s cot.

Bedroom No. 5. – White enamel chest of drawers, dressing table, iron bedstead, 2 baths.

Nursey & Box Room. – Chest of drawers, table, chairs, Turkey carpet (12ft. x 9ft.),curtains, 2 oak stools in leather, heating lamp, apple cupboard, boxes, trestles, Daisy Vacuum cleaner, cabinet bath, laundry basket, trunk.

Bath-room. – Linoleum, matting, chairs, curtains, towel rail.

Kitchen. – Table, 2 arm chairs, small chairs, 2 kettles, coal box, saucepans, crockery, glass, knives, forks, spoons, &., china cupboard, china jugs, cans, pans, &c.

Back Kitchen. – Mangling machine, table, oil cabinet, butter tub, strainer, bucket and pan, brass lamps, bath pails, steps.

Outdoors. – Smart ride and drive cob, 14.3 h.h., 7 years old, good and quiet in all harness, round-corner jingle, set of white-metal harness, Dairy cow in milk and in calf, Dog’s kennel, saddle and bridle, stone roller for cricket pitch or tennis court, lawn roller, wheelbarrow, lawn mower, iron sawing horse, 3 garden seats, deck chairs, iron hurdles, cucumber frame, billet wood, garden tools, battens, 10 loads shingle, tennis set and net, cricket set, spraying machine, 2 ladders, cattle tubs and barrels, flower pots, scythe, vice, iron tree stakes, lifting jack, 2 crosscut saws. 2 hand saws, grape scissors, secateurs, stable tools, garden nets, a quantity of glass, watering cans, corn bin, garden shears, iron pea hurdles, barrel sulphate of copper, very superior 12 bore Boswell ejector gun, Salter’s 200lb spring balance, 28lbs, oil paint, lady’s bicycle.

Also at the same time and place, large Mahogany and Morocco Leather Dining-room Sofa; handsome electro-plated Spirit Stand, containing three cut-glass bottles, also old Spanish Mahogany Table, size 40ins x 32ins., the property of Mr. Blamey, Pendower.

The order of Sale will be as follows: - 12.30 p.m., Furniture & Outdoors, Tools, &c. (commencing with kitchen utensils).  2.30 p.m., Cobs, Colts and Cow.  3 p.m., Contents of the Principal Rooms.

The Furniture will be on view on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 2 to 5, from April 6th.

For further particulars apply to the Auctioneers, M. L. BLAMEY & SON. Ltd, Old Mansion House, Truro.


14th October 1920      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


On the recommendation of the housing committee, Truro Rural District Council, at a special meeting yesterday, Mr. T. Trudgian presiding, decided to submit to the Housing Commissioner for his approval particulars of plans for the building sites at Tresillian Wood, Nansilgans Lodge (Kea), Grampound Road, Blackwater, Trispin, and Gerrans, consisting in all of 30 houses.

Regarding the King’s Head Inn at Ruanlanihorne, which Mr. A. E. Hobbs stated had been closed for four years, he moved that the Council enter into negotiations with the owners – Redruth Brewery Co., Ltd. – with a view to purchasing it.  It could be made adaptable for two cottages, proceeded Mr. Hobbs, and why spend £2,000 when the inn could be acquired for considerably less.  There were two acres of ground attached. – Miss Lily Paull seconded the resolution, which was carried.


21st October 1920      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser



In the undermentioned Parishes

FOR SALE, Viz. :-


The farms and tenements of Barn (about 181 acres), Demain (about 193 acres), Trethewey, &c. (about 129 acres), Grist Mills (about 10 acres), Licensed Premises, known as The King’s Head Inn and various Small Holdings, Cottages and Coal Yard at Ruan.


23rd December 1920   West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

The following staff appointments were approved:- Mrs. C. Emmett to Ruanlanihorne Church of England School.


4th January 1921      Western Morning News


Cornwall Education Committee.-

Teachers wanted.  Burnham scale adopted.

Head Mistresses – Ruan Lanihorne C. of E. School – Grade I. (under 40).


30th June 1921       Western Morning News

By order of the Mortgagee  Gonitor Farm, Ruanlanihorne.  HANCOCK and SONS have received instructions to SELL by AUCTION, at the Oddfellows Hall, Tregoney, on THURSDAY, 7th July, 1921. at Three o’clock in the afternoon (subject to the National Conditions of sale and such special conditions as will then be produced and read) the FREEHOLD FARM, known as Gonitor, situate in the Parish of Ruanlanihorne, in the county of Cornwall, comprising a convenient farmhouse, with commodious buildings, garden. and about 73 acres of good arable and pasture land, now in the occupation of Messrs. F. J. Penter and Son, under a lease of 14 years from Michaelmas. 1915, at an annual rent of £130.


Ord.                 Description                                                                              Area

215                  Marsh and waste                                                                       .671

221                  Field                                                                                        9.723

222                  Plantation                                                                                  .469

223                  Field and waste                                                                       9.171

224                  Waste                                                                                        .728

226                  Field                                                                                        8.346

227                  Field                                                                                        7.510

228                  Wood                                                                                      1.243

229                  Waste                                                                                      1.842

231                  Farmhouse, Buildings, Mowhay, Orchard and Yard             1.590

232                  Meadow and Buildings                                                            .455

236                  Field                                                                                        4.567

237                  Field                                                                                        2.118

239                  Field, Road, Quarry                                                                7.210

240                  Field and building                                                                   7.362

241                  Field                                                                                        4.563

393                  Field                                                                                        5.552

394                  Field                                                                                        5.312


                                                                                                Total area  A 78.332

For further particulars, and for permission to view, apply to the Auctioneers, Sydney-place, St. Austell; to Messrs. STEPHENS and WEIGHT, Solicitors, St. Austell; or to Messrs. E. T. COLLINS and SONS, Chartered Accountants, Bristol.

Dated June 13th, 1921.


23rd August 1922                             Royal Cornwall Gazette


The King’s Head at Ruan is re-opened by Mr. Spear.  Who can be relied upon for selling good spirits, wines, and beer.  He knows all about the business, and is a Cornishman, in truth.  For according to the papers he came from Carnkie, near Redruth.


18th January 1923     West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


TIMBER TREES (50).  Clean big Ash and Elm, standing close to the parish road through Treviles, in Ruanlanihorne, occupied by Mr. John Ball, who will show the trees.

Tenders should be sent to the undersigned before 24th January, 1923.

G. C. HANCOCK.        Manor Office, St. Agnes.


18th January 1923     West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

Mr. E. L. Carlyon, county coroner, was motoring to Ruanlanihorne to attend an inquest on Tuesday, and when proceeding along the Tregony-Ruan road was warned by a man to stop as the road was covered by about six feet of water.  The Coroner had to take another route.

The flooding of this road has caused great inconvenience to residents in the district and travelling public.  In its present state it is a danger to travellers as there are no warning notices displayed.  For several years the road has been practically impassible during the winter months, and for the safety of the public the road should be blocked while in its present state.  On several occasions recently motorists have experienced great difficulty in extricating their cars after driving into the water without knowing the depth.

The flooding of the road is attributed to the silting-up of the river below Tregoney bridge, thus blocking the passage of the water.


29th March 1923      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

TREGONEY – RUAN ROAD. – At Ruanlanihorne Parish Council meeting on Saturday a resolution was passed viewing with pleasure the scheme for improving the Ruan-Tregoney-road, and sincerely hoping it would be carried out as soon as conditions allow.  Copies were sent to Truro Rural District Council and Mr. J. C. Williams, the representative on the County Council for the Roseland district.


24th May 1923      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser



The Trustees invite TENDERS for Painting, Decoration, and Repairs to the above Chapel in accordance with specifications which can be seen at Mr. F. G. Pedlar’s, Ruan Churchtown, after May 22nd.

Sealed Tender endorsed “Tenders for Ruan Chapel Renovation,” must be sent to the Secretary of the Trustees, Mr. F. G. Pedlar, to be received by him not later than the 5th June.

The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.


19th June 1923       Western Morning News



On Thursday call offices are to be opened at Dodbrooke (Kingsbridge), Portloe, Ruan High Lanes, St. Agnes, Gweek, Constantine, Probus, North Petherwin.

Call offices have already been opened at Scorrier, Slapton, South Petherwin, and Mawgan.


On and from July 1st the new tariff rate for direct exchange lines for business purposes will be £1 15s. Per quarter, plus the usual rate for outward calls to all premises within one and a half miles of the nearest exchange.  This means not only a reduction of 2s. 6d. Per quarter on the rental, but an additional half-mile on the distance now allowed.  For residents’ lines the reduction is from £1 10s. To £1 7s. 6d. With the mile and a half to the same as in the other case.  There is also a reduction on the extension lines both internal and external.

People living in the rural districts will be pleased to know of the new rate applicable for rural party lines, which, provided there are two people to the mile of wire, is now £1 per quarter.  This class of service provides unlimited free speaking to the exchange to which the line is joined.  Where there are not two people to the mile of wire, special rates obtain.


15th August 1923     Western Morning News


One case reported on farm at Ruanlanihorne.

A fat steer belonging to Mr. Paull, of Trethewey Farm, Ruanlanihorne, died on Thursday, and Mr. Forbes, of Truro, diagnosed the case as one of anthrax.  This has since been confirmed by the authorities.  All precautions have been taken by the police, under Sergt. Ashford, and no further outbreak has been reported.


6th February 1924      Western Morning News

Comrades in Crime

Ruanlanihorne donkeys lead each other astray.

James Knuckey, threshing machine driver, and Miss Beatrice Best, schoolmistress, both of Ruanlanihorne, were summoned at the South Powder Sessions on Monday for allowing two donkeys to stray on the highway at Ruan Churchtown.  Both wrote pleading “Guilty,” and blaming the other donkey for leading their donkey astray.  P.C. Hocking said he had received many complaints regarding the two animals, which not only wandered on the highway, but went into people’s gardens and in the churchyard doing damage.  A fine of 5s. each was imposed.


9th July 1925     Cornubian and Redruth Times

At Tregoney Petty Sessions, on Monday, Edwin John Spear, of Demain Farm, Ruanlanihorne pleaded not guilty to allowing the carcases of three sheep to remain unburied.

P. S. Ashford and P. C. Werry testified to finding the carcases in a culvert in a moor covered with brambles.  Part of one carcase had been dragged about 25ft. by dogs or other animals.

Defendant said he threw the carcases into the culvert when it was full of water, but the water had dried up.

Supt. Osborne said Mr. Spear had had several sheep affected with scab, and it was a serious matter.

A fine of £2 was imposed.


23rd September 1925     Western Morning News


A Unionist meeting at Ruanlanihorne on Monday, Mr. J. Coffey presiding, was addressed by Mrs. Moore on “Communism,” Mr. R. J. Hyslop on “The Industrial Situation,” and Mr. E W. Tonkin on “The Record of the Unionist Party and the Land Policy of Mr. Lloyd George.”

the speakers were thanked, on the motion of Rev. H. E. Dunn.  Mr. R. G. Parsons, Unionist agrees for the division, was also present.  The following appointments were made: - President, Dr. Tribe; vice-president, Mr. A. J. Grigg; chairman, Mr. J. Coffey; vice-chairman, Mr. E. Paull, hon. treasurer, Miss Dunn; hon. secretary, Mr. W. G. Ball.


30th December 1925      Western Morning News


Asthe result of the flooding of the Tregoney-Ruan road, Mr. James Buckingham, a retired Army bandmaster, residing at Tregoney, had a very narrow escape from drowning on Monday afternoon.  He was returning to Tregoney from Ruan and on reaching the low ground at the bottom of Trethewey-hill he had to walk on the river bank, as the main road was covered with several feet of water.  There being no protection whatever for persons having to use the river bank in this way, Mr. Buckingham slid off the bank into the river.  His shouts for help were fortunately heard by Mr. Julyan, a rabbit trapper, who immediately ran to the assistance of Mr. Buckingham, who is nearly 80 years of age.  After some difficulty he rescued him, and he was taken to his home.


14th April 1926      Cornishman

On Miss Ivy Marley, of Glebe Farm, Ruanlanihorne, liberating a young pig which had become wedged between a gate and the post, she was attacked by the sow and bitten through the hand.  As she ran away she was followed by the sow, who renewed the attack when she stumbled, biting her severely.  She was rescued by her mother in a state of collapse, and attended by Dr. Scott. 

(Note the name is Wasley not Marley)


8th March 1927      Western Morning News

The newly-formed pierrot troupe, known as the “Ruan Follies,” under Mr. A. J. Coffey, gave their first performance in Ruanlanihorne Reading Room on Saturday.  Mr. W. Higman was responsible for the stage effects, and the accompanist was Miss A. Dunn.


23rd March 1927     Western Morning News

A whist drive was held in the reading-room of Ruanlanihorne in aid of the room funds.  Mr. W. Higman was M.C., and Mesdames G. Ball and J. Coffey presented prizes to Miss F. Minon, Mrs. W. S. Pedlar. Miss D. Chenoweth, Messrs. G. Rowe, L. Tambyln, and W. S. Pedlar.


4th May 1927     Western Morning News

At the annual vestry meeting at Ruanlanihorne, Mr. Geo. Wasley was reappointed rector’s warden, and Mr. J. Coffey people’s warden.


17th May 1927     Western Morning News

To be SOLD, or Let for a term of 7 years, by TENDER, all that very desirable FREEHOLD FARM, known as Gonitor, in the Parish of Ruanlanihorne, consisting of substantial dwelling-house, with garage, and and suitable and convenient outbuildings, and about 78 acres of rich arable and pasture land, now and for many years in the occupation of the Owner.  Adjoins main road, within 8 miles of the market town of Truro and Grampound Road Station; close to church and post office.  The Farm is conveniently situated, well watered. and in good heart and condition.  Possession on Michaelmas 1927.  For viewing apply on the Premises, Mondays, Tuesdays, or Fridays, between the hours of Two and Five p.m., and for further particulars to Blameys, Limited, Estate Agents, Old Mansion House, Truro; or to Mr. F. J. Penter, Gonitor, Tregoney, to whom tenders should be sent on or before Saturday, May 28th. 1927.  The highest or any tender not necessarily accepted.


27th July 1927      Cornishman

Mrs. F. J. Penter, of Gonitor Farm, Ruanlanihorne, recently discovered in an outbuilding on the farm the bottom of a glass bottom, with the date 1745, and the name of N. Blamey, Ruan, stamped on it in raised letters.  There is a Mr. W. S. Blamey, an octogenarian, still residing at Ruanlanihorne.


14th December 1927     Western Morning News


At Tregoney Petty Sessions yesterday, for keeping a dog without a licence, James Pedrick Pertion, of Ruanhighlanes, was fined 5s.


16th April 1928     Western Morning News

Measles in Veryan district.

An epidemic of measles is raging in Veryan, Portloe, and Ruanlanihorne.  Mr. Fred. Lutey, of Trelonk Farm, Ruanlanihorne, who was a successful candidate at the recent Parish Council election, is suffering from a severe attack.


4th December 1928     Western Morning News

Mr Egbert Blamey visited his home at Ruanlanihorne on Saturday after nearly 40 years’ absence.  He left his home in his early teens to join the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (Militia).


12th December 1928     Western Morning News

Ruanlanihorne Theft

James Knuckey, of Ruanlanihorne, pleaded “Guilty” to stealing part of a window from an old cottage at Ruanlanihorne.  William Lock Chenoweth, of Ruanhighlanes, stated that some old cottages belonging to John Peter Fugler, his wife’s uncle, had been blown down during a recent gale, and a window frame was missed.  Constable Magor said that when he went to Knuckey’s cottage, his wife admitted that her husband had taken the frame, which she produced from a bedroom.  Defendant said if he had not taken the frame it would have been smashed up.  The Chairman said a lenient view of the case would be taken, but petty pilfering must be stopped, and future cases would be more severely dealt with.  A fine of 2s. 6d. was imposed.


2nd January 1929     Western Morning News

Ruanlanihorne Party

“Alice in Wonderland” given by the children

Ruanlanihorne Church of England School’s annual party was held on Friday.  Following carol singing, “Alice in Wonderland” was acted by the children, including M. Spear, C. Waters, A. Dawe, N. Davies, K. Pedlar, L. Rowe, K. Emmett, C. Harris, J. Spear, C. Emmett, G. Spear, J. Harris, E. Davies, R. Emmett.


3rd January 1929      Cornishman


Ruan Wesleyan Band of Hope and Temperance Society’s annual festival was marked by a service of song in the chapel.  Mr. W. A. Pedlar was soloist.  Duets were sung by Misses N. Miners, M. Pedlar, and D. Dunn.


14th January 1929      Western Morning News

Ruanlanihorne Memorial Service

The death of Rev. Dr. Davies (vicar of Brandeston and rector of Kettleburgh, Suffolk) has occurred in Suffolk after a long illness.  Dr. Davies, who was the son-in-law of the late Rev. Thos. Major Dunn, was the rector of Ruanlanihorne (Cornwall) for 18 years, and brother-in-law of the present rector (Rev. H. E. Dunn).  A memorial service was held in Ruanlanihorne Church at the same time as the interment at Suffolk.  Rev. H. E. Dunn was the officiating clergyman, and Miss Dunn was at the organ.


30th January 1929      Western Morning News

Ruanlanihorne Reading-room.

At the annual meeting of Ruanlanihorne reading-room on Friday the Treasurer reported a balance in hand of £6. 10s. 7d.  Messrs. W. A. Pedlar and A. J. Grigg were re-elected hon. secretary and treasurer, and the committee were re-elected en bloc.  It was decided to utilise the money for improvements to the room.


5th February 1929      Western Morning News


Continual rain during the last week has caused Ruan River to again overflow its banks.  Around Ruan and Tregony present a picture of an island sea.  There are several feet of water in the Ruan-Tregony road, and all traffic is diverted via Reskivers.  Ruan residents are greatly inconvenienced, as their goods have to be hauled several miles further than usual.  Small holders in the vicinity have had to house their cattle.


2nd May 1929      Western Morning News

KING’S HEAD HOTEL, RUAN HIGH LANES, inder New Management.  Accommodation for visitors.  Teas and luncheons.

W. J. ADAMS, Proprietor.


9th May 1929      Cornishman

Mr. John B. Coad, of the Mill Farm, Ruanlanihorne, has a brood of goslings, one of which has four legs.  The bird is of normal size, and eats and runs with the brood.  The additional legs are attached by a cartilage to the left thigh.


11th May 1929     Western Morning News

Treworgie Vean, Ruanlanihorne, Grampound Road.

MESSRS. BLAMEYS, LTD., have received instruction, to offer by AUCTION, at the Royal Hotel, Truro, WEDNESDAY, May 22nd, at 3.30 p.m. (subject to such conditions as shall be produced and ready, the following FREEHOLD PROPERTIES, viz;-

Lot 1. – All that very desirable FREEHOLD FARM, known as TREOWORGIE VEAN, comprising comfortable dwelling-house, convenient outbuildings, and about 58 acres (more or less) of rich well-watered arable and pasture land, now in the occupation of the owner.  Vacant possession of this lot will be given at Michaelmas, 1929.  The farm is conveniently situated in the village of Treworgie, close to a good road, and is about half a mile from Ruanhighlanes Post Office and within 8 miles from the important market town of Truro, to which there is a daily service.  The tithe with averages amounts to £13 per annum.

Lot 2. – All that substantial Five-roomed FREEHOLD COTTAGE, stone built and slated roof, together with good outbuildings and about three quarter acre of garden and meadow, with a never failing supply of spring water.  Vacant possession of this lot will be given at Michaelmas, 1929, and can probably be obtained at Midsummer, 1929, by arrangement.  This lot offers a splendid opportunity for acquiring a delightful country cottage in the heart of the celebrated Roseland district.  The tithe with averages amounts to 4s. 2d. per annum.

To view apply on the premises on any Tuesday or Friday from noon until five p.m.; and for further particulars to Messrs. NALDER and SON, Solicitors, Truro; or to the Auctioneers, Old Mansion House, Truro.  Dated April 24th, 1929.


30th August 1929     Western Morning News

Harvesting Accident. – When Mr. J. Knuckey, of Churchtown, Ruanlanihorne, was harvesting on Wednesday at Trelissa, Philleigh, owned by Mr. G. Tripp, his right hand was caught in the driving gear of a binder driven by motor tractor.  The index finger was severed.  Treatment was given by Dr. Scott, of Ruanhighlanes.


17th October 1929      Western Morning News

Ruanlanihorne Mill Bridge

Ruanlanihorne Parish Council discussed the condition of Ruanlanihorne Mill Bridge.  The Chairman, Mr. W. A. Pedlar, said it was extremely dangerous, and anyone might fall through the gap.  It was agreed to call the attention of the Rural District Highway Authority to the matter.


25th June 1930      Western Morning News

Miss Nellie Blamey, second daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Blamey, of Churchtown, Ruanlanihorne, has arrived on holiday in Cornwall, from Christchurch, New Zealand, after an absence of 16 years, and is staying with her sister, Mrs. H. Davis, at Lamorran, near Ruan.


18th July 1930      Western Morning News


Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Telegraph Acts, 1853 to 1926, that his Majesty’s Postmaster General, having obtained the consent in that behalf of the body having the control of the public roads described below, INTENDS TO PLACE A TELEGRAPHIC LINE over and along the said public roads, and for that purpose to erect and maintain posts in and upon the same under the powers conferred on him by the said Telegraph Acts.

W. M. BATCHELOR, Suptg, Engr., G.P.O.

From Guide Post on Philleigh Road to Trelonk.  From a point near rear of Ship and Castle Hotel to the School on road leading to Newton, St Mawes.


18th July 1930      Western Morning News

Mr. A. J. Grigg, Trethella, Ruanlanihorne, has been appointed County Council representative on the Board of Ruanlanihorne School Managers, in place of Mrs. Osborne, who has left the parish.


24th July 1930       Cornishman


Charge of obtaining £300 from rector.

At Truro Police Station, on Saturday, before the Mayor (Mr. H. Cornew), James Coffey, of Bramble House, Ruan High Lanes, who was arrested in London last week, on a charge of obtaining by false pretences, £300 from the Rev. H. E. Dunn, rector of Ruan, was again brought up on remand.

Supt. Osborne said he was not prepared to proceed with the case that day, and he applied for accused to be further remanded in custody until Wednesday.

The application was granted.


14th August 1930      Western Morning News

Ruan man kicked by cow

Mr. Wallace Pedlar, of Ruan Church Town, while milking a cow at Barn Farm, Ruanlanihorne, on Monday, was kicked and seriously injured.  It is believed that he has sustained some fractured ribs.


3rd November 1930     Western Morning News


“Terrible crime” by former warden – Exemplary sentence at Bodmin assizes.

“What you did was almost incredibly base.  Blackmail is always a terrible crime, and this is a very grave example of it,”

Mr. Justice Finlay, at Cornwall Assizes at Bodmin on Saturday addressed these words to James COFFEY, clerk, aged 38, whom he sentenced to seven years penal servitude on charges of blackmail, and 18 months’ hard labour on a charge of false pretences, the sentences to run concurrently.

Coffey was found guilty of demanding sums totalling £1,606 with menaces from Rev. Hubert Epaphroditus DUNN, rector of Ruanlanihorne, and of obtaining £300 by false pretences from Mr. Dunn.

Coffey, who was at one time people’s warden at Mr. Dunn’s church, was arrested in London.

REPORT TO BISHOP – Prisoner’s threat to Rev. H. E. Dunn.

The detailed charges against Coffey were of demanding with menaces £100 on September 21, 1929; £300 on January 7, 1930; £200 on May 10, 1930; and other sums, making a total of £1,606, on intervening dates, with intent to steal the same.  He was further charged with obtaining by false pretences £300 from Hubert E. Dunn on June 7 last.

When asked if he pleaded guilty, Coffey said the charge as read was entirely different to that which was read to him at the summary hearing.

His Lordship: What you are charged with is demanding with menaces a sum of money from Mr. Dunn.  The question is whether you are guilty or not guilty. 

Coffey then pleaded “Not guilty” to all counts.

Mr. J. Lhind Pratt, for the prosecution, said there were 12 charges against Coffey, and their substance was that accused obtained these sums from Mr. Dunn by threatening to report to the Bishop that Mr. Dunn had been guilty of indiscretion with the wife of the prisoner, and also threatened that the alleged indiscretion should be exposed by taking legal proceedings against Mr. Dunn.  Under pressure of these threats the rev. gentleman parted with considerable sums of money.

About 1924 Coffey and his wife went to reside at Ruanlanihorne, and were introduced to the rector by Canon Lewis.  The parties became friendly, Coffey and his wife visiting the rector and he visiting them.  In 1926 Coffey became people’s warden, which brought him into closer contact with the rector.  About February, 1928, before the date of any of these charges, Coffey represented to Mr. Dunn that owing to the illness of his wife he was short of money, and he borrowed from Mr. Dunn sums of money from time to time.  It was not suggested by the prosecution that these sums were obtained by criminal means.


In December. 1928, the incident happened which was seized upon by prisoner as an excuse for blackmailing this clergyman.  At that time, when Coffey was ill in bed, Mr. Dunn visited him.  He saw Mrs. Coffey in a downstair room, and there was a conversation between them.  Mrs. Coffey was crying and in trouble, and Mr. Dunn comforted her as a friend and as the clergyman of the parish.  Being a kindly and a simple man, he placed his arms around her in order to comfort her in her trouble.

Prisoner afterwards went to the vicar and accused him of behaving with indiscretion with Mrs. Coffey.  Coffey then continued borrowing money from Mr. Dunn, but in September, 1929, he went to the rector and threatened that unless he paid money he would report the alleged indiscretion towards Mrs. Coffey to the Bishop, and would also commence legal proceedings against him.


The jury continued Mr. Pratt, would find it remarkable that Mr. Dunn believed such stories that the prisoner was trying to help him with regard to the matter, and also that the fictitious lawyer was standing out for more sums of money.  On one occasion £300 was paid to a Mr. Chambers, a totally fictitious person, who was supposed to be a lawyer in the case.

The matters of the supposed lawsuit culminated after these sums had been obtained at the Red Lion Hotel, Truro, last May 10, when a taxi-cab was sent to take Mr. Dunn to see a Mr. Major, who was represented as being successor to Mr. Chambers.  Coffey told Mr. Dunn that Mr. Major was upstairs and that he wanted £500.

Prisoner then represented that he had been able to get that sum down to £400, and that he would provide £200 himself to Mr. Dunn – paying half of the amount.  Mr. Dunn paid him, and was given a receipt.  On this occasion, Coffey said he owed Mr. Dunn about £853, and showed him a cheque for £1,153, saying that Mr. Dunn should pay him the difference in the two sums.

“You may think it astounding,” proceeded Mr. Pratt, “but that was successful, and Coffey obtained in that way £200 from Mr. Dunn.”

Rev. H. E. Dunn said he had been rector of Ruanlanihorne for 17 years.  He visited prisoner’s house on December 10, 1928, when Coffey was in bed and his wife was crying downstairs.  He embraced her once, just out of sympathy, for the reason that she thought she was going to die.

Witness went on to describe the exact amounts which had been taken by Coffey, and said he paid him £300, which he thought was to be paid over to a solicitor.

His Lordship: Did you know that Mr. Chambers was supposed to be a lawyer? – No.

You believed the lawyer was upstairs at the Red Lion Hotel? – Yes.


Mr. Dunn testified to paying the accused £300 as the difference of a cheque which the prisoner showed him, and which was going to pay half of the lawyer’s fees.  Coffey told him that he was going to America, and that he would be back in a fortnight, and that he would bring the cheque back.  He did not leave the cheque, but took it with him.  In fact, he had never returned the cheque, and had paid only £1 on a loan of £200.

Coffey, from the witness-box, said the rector had assisted him, and in return for the most discreditable behaviour he and his wife forgave him.  He understood from the rector’s most profuse apologies that the incident which took place in December. 1928, would not be repeated.  Mr. Dunn was very desirous that he should not lose their friendship, as it would be noticed in so small a locality, and might possibly affect his otherwise good name.


Finally, there was his wife’s visit by invitation to the rectory, when he (Mr. Dunn) again placed himself not only outside of his cloth, but outside of civilization, and it was only because he did not wish to add to his wife’s suffering that she was not there to give evidence.

With regard to the moneys which it was alleged he obtained by threats and menace, no threat or menace was ever used.  He told Mr. Dunn that he intended to go to the Bishop, and Mr. Dunn’s money was his (Mr. Dunn’s) only weapon, and he used it.

“No threats secured his money,” prisoner declared, “he was only too eager to hand it over.  At the time the money came to me I was employed by the Post Office, and had four first-class business references, and an exemplary Army character.  I had no debts but the one with him, neither did I have any need for the money, which he pressed upon me.”

Prisoner added that, with regard to £300, no cheque was passed to Mr. Dunn.  It was shown to him, he (prisoner) explained, that it was quite possible, on his return from London that he could reimburse him for the amount mentioned.

By Mr. Pratt:  It was not his desire for money that explained his conduct towards Mr. Dunn.

Mr. Pratt:  What did you do with the money? – I claim that is irrelevant.

His Lordship:  It is perfectly material.  What have you done with the money? – I am sorry, my Lord, but I cannot answer that.

His Lordship: Very well, but I consider the question is material.  If you do not want to answer the question, probably the jury will draw their own conclusions.

Mr. Pratt:  What became of the cheque for £1,153? – So far as I remember it was in my attache case at the time of my arrest.


His Lordship:  Where was the £1,153? – It did not exist, but a part of it did in my account in a bank in London.

Did it represent some of the money you had obtained from Mr. Dunn? – No, not a penny of it.

His Lordship, summing up, said the case was extraordinarily simple, and it was one of the utmost gravity.  Mr. Dunn had sworn that nothing took place between him and the prisoner’s wife, except an embrace, which was purely paternal and sympathetic, and that it had no connection with any improper thought.  The prisoner, however, said the relations between his wife and Mr. Dunn were entirely different, and much more compromising in character.

After a short retirement the jury announced a verdict of guilty on all counts.

His Lordship, addressing the prisoner, said he had been found guilty of a base and a most terrible crime.  What Coffey had done was most incredibly base, and it was a system which had continued persistently over a long time.  Its result had deprived Mr. Dunn of most of his money.

“Blackmail is always a terrible crime, and this is a very grave and serious example of blackmail.


Mr. E. Charles, who held a watching brief for Mr. Dunn, announced, after sentence had been pronounced, that he had received a letter from the Bishop of Truro, in which he stated that he was very sorry for all that Mr. Dunn had been brought into the matter.  He was afraid, however, that it must be a very trying position for the rector, but he could be assured of his hearty sympathy.


13th November 1930      Western Morning News


Unpleasant adventure for London motorists.

Two London business visitors to the Roseland had an unpleasant experience while attempting to proceed in their car to Ruan via the Ruan-Tredony road.

When they reached the flooded roadway in the area, thinking the water was shallow, they decided to drive through it.  To their surprise, however, before they had gone many yards, they found the engine was out of action.

Removing their boots and socks, the two motorists waded into the water, and after great effort succeeded in pushing their car out of the floods, subsequently starting the engine.

Other instances of cars and horse-drawn vehicles being marooned in the floods have occurred recently.


20th January 1931      Western Morning News


To contractors and others. – The Rural District Council of Truro-Housing of the Working Classes. – Tenders are invited for certain repairs to be done to the Council’s Houses in various parishes within the district of the above named Council, viz.:-

4 at Merther    4 at Ruanlanihorne      2 at Cuby        4 at St. Just-in-Roseland         8 at Gerrans

8 at Portloe      4 at Tregonhawse, Veryan



25th February 1931      Western Morning News

At the annual meeting of Ruanlanihorne Reading Room, Mr. F. Lutey presiding, Mr. J. C. Williams Lord-Lieutenant) was re-elected president and Mr. F. Lutey chairman.  Mr. G. Rowe was elected hon. secretary, in place of Mrs. W. G. Ball (resigned), and Mr. A. J. Grigg was re-elected hon. treasurer.  A credit balance of £1. 17s. 9½d. was reported.


9th April 1931     Western Morning News

At a social gathering in Ruanlanihorne Reading-room on Monday tea was followed by a musical programme.  About £3 was realised for reading-room funds.


29th April 1931     Western Morning News

NOTEWORTHY MATCH – Remarkable achievement by Ruanhighlanes bowler.

Opening their cricket season with an away match at Probus on Saturday, R. A. Truscott, bowling for Ruanlanihorne, secured a remarkable achievement, if not a record, for his club, and it would be interesting to know if it has been accomplished before in local cricket.

Truscott took the first three wickets with the first three balls of the first over in the first match of the season for his club.

The bowlers were on top throughout the match, which ended in a draw, the teams tieing with the low score of 24 runs each.  The bowling was of a high order.  R. A. Truscott securing 4 wickets for 9 runs, and E. Perryman 5 for a like number, for Ruanhighlanes, and T. Hooper 3 for 6, and Chapman 5 for 14, for Probus.


2nd May 1931     Western Morning News

The scholars of Ruanlanihorne Church of England School have sent a further two dozen eggs, making a total of 24 dozen, or an average of over eight eggs per scholar, to the Royal Cornwall Infirmary Egg Week collection.


20th May 1931     Western Morning News

The three scholars of Ruanlanihorne Church of England School who sat for the preliminary examinations in March last for the County Education Committee minor scholarships have all passed.  The successful scholars are Kathleen Pedlar, Jack Spear, and Joe Dingle.


20th May 1931      Western Morning News


Ruan High Lanes v St. Clements  At St. Clement’s.

Ruan High Lanes – W. Miners, 0; D. Chipman, 0; R. Truscott, 1; E. Perryman, 1; S. Rogers, 7; P. Mingo, 0; T. Dunston, 1; E. Allen, n.o., 1; A. Miners, 6; S. W. Moon, 5; Ould, 0; extras, 2; total. 24. (Woodman 5 for 7, H. Moore 3 for 7, E. Grose 2 for 9.)

St. Clement’s – L. Woodman, 1; J. R. Behenna, 3; F. K. James, 20; W. Cattence, 0: E. Grose, 11; H. Truscott, 2; F. Smith,0; C. Passmore, 7; J. Irish, n.o., 5; A. Evans, 6; Another, 0; extras, 5; total, 60, (Truscott 3 for 11.)


4th June 1931     Western Morning News

Ruanlanihorne Parish Council & Sand Dues

Ruanlanihorne Parish Council have decided in future to charge 2d. per ton dues on sand or concrete manufactured to go out of the parish.  The Council have also decided to support the Veryan resolution as to the division or centralizing of the Roseland registration area.


11th September 1931       Western Morning News

Late swallow fledglings in Cornwall

Many swallows in Mr. J. B. Coad’s buildings at Ruanlanihorne have taken wing, but return to nest at night.  They are the second brood bred in the nest this year.  Mr. George Rowe, of Churchtown, Ruanlanihorne, also has a second brood of swallows in his outbuildings nearly ready to fly, and Mr. John Tregunna, of Treworgie Farm, Ruanlanihorne, has a second brood which will take to wing in about a week.


12th January 1932      Western Morning News

A gale swept the Roseland district during the week-end, accompanied by torrential rains.  Slates were blown off roofs in Ruanlanihorne and water penetrated into the bedrooms.  The Ruan-Tregony road is inundated to a great depth, and all traffic to Ruan is diverted via Benie B.Nath, a distance of three miles further round.


5th February 1932     Western Morning News


For many weeks all manner of spring flowers have been in full bloom in the gardens and hedgerows of the Roseland of Cornwall.  Arum lilies are in flower in a garden at Portloe, and in the grounds of Veryan Vicarage and Treviles House, Ruanlanihorne, rhododendron trees are a mass of bloom.


3rd May 1932     Western Morning News


Devoran opened the season on Saturday by defeating Ruanhighlanes by 145 runs to 65, at Devoran.  A feature was the splendid batting of R, Moor, who knocked up 93 runs, and was unfortunate not to reach his century.  Scores: - DEVORAN – R, Moor, 93; F. Horton, 0; W. Rowe, 12; A. J. Rowe, 11; A. Horton, 10; L. Tregaskis, 1; W. W. Parsons, 11; B. Holman, 0; P. Hawke, 6; K. Deeble, n.o., 0; E. Powis, 0; extra, 1; total, 145.  RUANHIGHLANES – C. Dunn, 13; G. Allen, 0; P. Mingo, 5; E. Miners, 11; W. Miners, 13; A. Rundle, 3; A. Miners, 2; J. Blight, 2; T. Paddy, 4; R. Tregunna, 0; C. Harris, n.o., 0; extras, 12; total, 65.  For Devoran F. Horton took 4 wickets for 15, B. Holman 3 for 6, and W. Rowe 3 for 32.  For Ruanhighlanes Miners had 6 for 19 and Allen 4 for 44.


17th May 1932     Western Morning News


Bank holiday mishaps near Truro

Yesterday morning, at Tresillian Bridge, about four miles from Truro, a motor cycle, ridden by Jack J. Williams, of Ferry-street, Torpoint, with a pillion passenger named John Willcocks, also of Torpoint, came into contact with a push cycle, ridden by a man named Spear, of Ruan High Lanes.  All three were injured, but not seriously.


28th July 1932     Cornishman

Mr. Edwin Pearce, of Tregisswyn Farm, Ruanlanihorne, cut a field of ripe oats on Saturday last.  This is very early.


13th August 1932      Western Morning News

Douglas Truscott, aged 9 years, of Ruanhighlanes, fell from the roof of an outhouse on Thursday afternoon.  He suffered face abrasion and shock, but no bones were broken.


18th October 1932    The London Gazette

No 3760

LUTEY, Mary Elizabeth (Widow), and LUTEY, Alfred Gordon, both of Lesingey, Madron, Penzance, lately residing at and carrying on business at Trelonk Farm, Ruan Lanihorne, Cornwall.  Farmers.


Date of Filing Petition – Oct. 13, 1932

No. of Matter – 24 of 1932

Date of Receiving Order – Oct. 13, 1932

No. of Receiving Order – 22

Whether Debtor’s or Creditor’s Petition – Debtor’s


8th December 1932      Western Morning News

Post Office Telegraphs.

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Telegraph Acts, 1863 to 1926, that His majest’s Postmaster General, having obtained the consent in that behalf of the body having the control of the public road described below, intends to place a Telegraphic line over and along the said public road, and for that purpose to erect and maintain posts in and upon the same under the powers conferred on him by the said Telegraph Acts.

P. Thornton Wood, Suptg. Engr., G.P.O.

From High Lanes to Ruan Lanihorne, Cornwall


27th December 1932      Western Morning News

Flowers bloom in Cornwall

At Ruanlanihorne, in the Roseland district of Cornwall, on Friday, a bunch of primroses was picked by Miss Wasley.  Roses were in bloom in Mrs. G. Rowe’s garden; wild strawberries in flower and fruit in Miss Kathleen Hobb’s garden; violets and mignonette (Miss Best), and pansies and polyanthus (Miss Kathleen Pedlars).


27th March 1933     Western Morning News

Miss K. Pedlar, aged 12, a scholar of Ruanlanihorne Church of England School, has been presented with a certificate of merit on behalf of the National Lifeboat Institution, for an essay on “Why I Should Like to be a Life-boatman.”


13th June 1933      Western Morning News

Ruanlanihorne Parish Council

At Ruanlanihorne Parish Council, Mr. Geo. Rowe presiding, a letter was read from the county education secretary, stating that scholars could be retained after school hours to be addressed by managers, but there was no compulsion.  The Chairman, who is a Council School manager, gave notice to rescind at the next meeting the election of manager, instead of triennially, as laid down by the Education Committee.


3rd July 1933    Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette


The election of Mr T. W. Blamey, of Penare, St. Veryan, Cornwall, as church-warden there for the fourth successive year probably establishes a Cornish record.

His father occupied the office before him for fifty-six years, and his grand-father for thirty-six years, so that the churchwardenship has been held in the family for ninety-five years.

The adjoining parish of Ruan-Lanihorne elected two women as their wardens, which is believed to be unique.


18th September 1933      Western Morning News

Madame Gerke, wife of the Second Secretary to the Czechoslovakian Legation in London, with her niece, has been staying at the Duchy Farm, Treluggan, Ruan High Lanes.  This is the farm that supplied Cornish cream to the London Cornish dinner last year, and which was presented to the Prince of Wales, who presided.


29th December 1933    Western Morning News

A motor-car belonging to Mr. Colin Grigg, of Trenonna Farm, Ruanhighlanes, caught fire at the farm and was totally destroyed.


18th January 1934      Western Morning News

Ruanlanihorne Parish Council have passed a resolution requesting that in the event of a Budget surplus a sum should be utilized to prevent flooding of the Ruan-Tregony road.


26th January 1934      Western Morning News

Birds attack lambs

Farmer’s experience at Ruanlanihorne

Mr. R. Langford, who farms Trelonck Manor, Ruanlanihorne, has found a lamb, one of twins born during the night, so badly pecked either by gulls or ravens that it has since died.  Several other lambs on the farm have been attacked this week.


29th March 1934      Western Morning News

At a whist drive in aid of Reading-room funds at Ruanlanihorne Church Town Mr George Rowe was M.C.  Miss Best presented prizes to Mesdames R. Truscott, H. Tregunna, M. Dingle, and Messrs, J.Trevail, C. Miners and E. Reynolds.


18th May 1934     Western Morning News

Miss Best, head mistress of Ruanlanihorne Church of England School, saw a viper cross the road in Ruan Church Town this week.  She killed it with a stone.


11th July 1934      Western Morning News


Ruan man bound over for offertory-box stealing.

Joseph Fredk. Dawes, of Ruan was summoned at Tregony Sessions on Monday for, it was alleged, stealing 2s. 9d. From the offertory box at Ruanlanihorne Church, the property of Rev. E. Dunn.  He pleaded “Guilty.”

Messrs. E. J. Spear, Ruan High Lanes, and W. Jolly, Lamorran, gave records of Dawes’s good character.

Mr. R. L. Frank (Truro), for Dawes, submitted that he yielded to sudden temptation, and as it was his first offence he asked the Bench to bind Dawes over.  If the Bench decided not to convict, Mr. Jolly would undertake to keep an eye on him.

The Bench bound Dawes over for 12 months in £15.


24th July 1934     Western Morning News


Ruanlanihorne’s feast day sports and carnival were held in the Rectory Ground and Glebe Field, lent by Rev. H. E. Dunn and Miss Dunn and Mr. Geo. Wasley, of Glebe Farm.  Sticker Silver Band was in attendance.

The Officials were: - Miss Dunn, chairman; Miss Carbis, hon. secretary; Mr. A. J. Grigg, hon. treasurer; Rev. H. E. Dunn, band marshal; Mr. R. L. Langford, sports judge; and Messrs. Geo. Rowe and Eric Miners, clerks of the course.

Some of the rarest Cornish wild flowers were shown by the children.  The judges were Messrs. S. Oliver and J. Oliver, of St. Austell.  The awards were: Five to eight years – 1, Reggie Johns; 2, Tony Toms.  Eight to ten – 1, Fred Dowrick; 2, Garfield Toms.  Eight to 14 – 1, Eileen Davis; 2, Geo. Spear. 

After the carnival dancing took place in the Rectory Grounds.

The carnival was judged by Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Stephens, Tregony.  Miss Winnie Dunn, of Treworgie, Ruan, was an outstanding competitor, and was the first prize in her class and a special.

Principal results at the sports were: - 200 yards, youth – 1, R. Toms; 2, J. Dingle; 3, G. Spear.  High Jump, men – 1, R. Dingle; 2, Ernest Miners; 3, E. Rowe.  Pebble picking on ponies – 1, Ernest Miners; 2, E. Rowe; 3, Roy Dingle.  Men’s obstacle race – 1, Eric Miners; 2, W. Miners; 3, Roy Dingle.  Throwing weights – 1, Roy Dingle; 2, W. Miners; 3, C. Dowrick.  Tug of war, Married v Single – Single won.  Musical chairs on ponies – 1, Wesley Miners; 2, Ernest Miners; 3, Roy Dingle.

Principal awards at the carnival were: - Adults – 1, Miss Winnie Dunn; 2, Mrs. E. Dowrick; 3, A. J. Grigg. Class 2 – 1, the Misses F. Mitchell and Mrs Williams; 2, the Misses A Dustow and Miss M. Kendall.  Special Class – 1, Jim Webb; 2, Reg Toms.

Mrs Stephens distributed the prizes.


26th July 1934       Cornishman


Falls into sheep dip.

Slipping and falling backwards into a trough of sheep dip, Mr. Richard Pearce, of Ruan High Lanes, had a narrow escape from poisoning while dipping sheep at Mr. S. Hearle’s farm at Veryan.

Mr. A. Lagga, who was also dipping, managed to keep Mr. Pearce’s head from being immersed in the poisonous liquid with a stick, and he was eventually rescued in an exhausted condition.


9th January 1935     Western Morning News


After being flooded for over five weeks, the Ruan-Tregony road is now open to vehicular traffic.  Large quantities of mud and other debris were left on the highway by the inundation.

Great inconvenience has been caused, besides expense, to the inhabitants by the flood.


8th August 1935     Western Morning News

Home from Jersey

Veryan and Ruanlanihorne potato diggers

Some members of Veryan and Ruanlanihorne contingent who went to Jersey for the potato digging have arrived home to resume their seasonal occupation of threshing.  They report that the potato season was not so successful as in previous years, owing to heavy rains and potato disease, but they were treated well by the employers.  Several of their colleagues are remaining temporarily in Jersey, being employed on farms, and the Knuckey family, of Church Town, Ruanlanihorne, are engaged in gathering the tomato harvest.


26th March 1936      Cornishman

A ewe belonging to Mr. Stanley Carbis, of The Barn Farm, Ruanlanihorne, has given birth to four lambs.  All are thriving.


7th May 1936       Cornishman

Roseland Parish erects war memorial.

Eighteen years after the cessation of hostilities, the parish of Ruanlanihorne, in Roseland has erected a war memorial.  A number of relatives of fallen subscribed towards a memorial, and recently the rector and churchwardens obtained a faculty for its erection in the church.  It has now been placed there, and comprises a Cornish polished slate tablet, on which the names of the fallen are inscribed.  Twenty of her men served in the Great War, four of them paying the supreme sacrifice.  One is permanently disabled, two partially disabled, and one other was wounded.  At the service on Sunday evening, Rev. H. Dunn, rector, preaching from the text “Be ye perfect, even as my Father is perfect,” alluded to the sacrifice of the men whose names were on the tablet made for the welfare of the nation.


1st July 1936      Western Morning News

Ruan-Tregony Road Flooding

Mr. Tom Blamey, the county councillor for Roseland, met representatives of Veryan, Ruanlanihorne, and Tregony Parish Councils on Monday and inspected the floods on the Ruan-Tregony road.  They traversed the course of the river and road and discussed means of abating the flooding.


21st December 1937       Western Morning News

No “L” Plate

Ruanlanihorne Man Fined At Truro

A case that was the first of its kind at Truro came before the city Bench yesterday, when Phillip Morris Williams, of Ruanlanihorne, was summoned for driving a motor cycle while the holder of a provisional licence and carrying a passenger who was not the holder for at least two years of a driving licence other than a provisional licence.

Sergt. Grubb said the regulation had been in force for some time and the defendant had been advised by the police as to the regulations.  He had been previously convicted for not displaying the letter “L” and for not having an efficient braking system.

The Bench imposed a fine of 5s. and also one of 10s. for not displaying the letter “L.”


24th August 1938       Western Morning News

Hunting Appointments. Tomorrow.

Dartmoor Otter Hounds – Set Bridge, Ruanlanihorne (W. Cornwall) – 10.30.


18th May 1939     Western Morning News

A primrose having 35 separate blooms on one stem was picked by Mona Higman, aged 6, a pupil at Ruan Lanihorne Church of England School.  Mona was also the first child in the school to find a dog-rose this year.  (Mrs.) Margaret Keast, Hendra Barton, Truro.


27th July 1939     West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


IN ACCORDANCE with the provisions of the Union of Benefices Measures, 1923 to 1936, and the Statutory Rules made thereunder, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that they have certified to His Majesty in Council a Scheme for effecting the union of the benefices of Philleigh and Ruan Lanihorne both situate in the County of Cornwall and in the Diocese of Truro.


24th August 1939    West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

Historic Church – To be renovated at Ruanlanihorne.

Raising £46 towards the £100 required to pay for the renovation of Ruanlanihorne Parish Church, a fete was held in the Rectory grounds on Saturday.

Welcoming Mrs. W. M. Coode, of Trewarna, St. Austell, who performed the opening ceremony, the Rector, the Rev. E. V. Dunn, said that the proceeds of the fete would be used on a very worthy cause, the Trewirgie aisle of the church, which badly needed renovating, and was well worth preserving, for it was historic.  The church was dedicated to St. Rumon, the first bishop in Cornwall, whose body had rested in the Trewirgie aisle for many years until it was discovered and taken to Tavistock Abbey.  The tomb still remained in the aisle.  The east corner of the aisle and the outer tower required pinning, and the remainder of the money would be spent on repointing the inside of the tower.

Mrs. Coode congratulated the parishioners on arranging the fete, and remarked that although it might have meant a great sacrifice they were doing their part for posterity.  They might feel that Ruanlanihorne was only a little parish, but the outposts of the church were doing a great work. – Major S. Carwithen, Philleigh, proposed a vote of thanks to Mrs. Coode, and the Rev. T. H, Delbridge (rector of Tregoney) seconded.

The fete was organised by the rector, who was secretary, with Mr. W. J. Brenton as treasurer.  A carnival in the evening followed by dancing on the lawn, music being supplied by Mr. P. L, Ellis’s (Tresillian) radio equipment.

Stalls and competitions were in the charge of:- Produce and sweets, Mesdames A. Dunn, V, Carwithen, and M. Waddington; Cake, Mrs. W. J. Brenton and the Misses E. Daddow and R. Wasley; Variety, Mrs. R. Dunn, the Misses A. Waddington and J. Dunn; Pound, Mesdames J. B. And K. Coad; flowers, Miss T. Mitchell; buttonholes, Miss B. Best; black diamonds, Mrs. H. Conbeer; bran tub, Mrs. G. Rowe; lucky table, Miss B. Best; card table, Mr. J. B. Coad; jumble, Mrs. W. Pedlar; hoopla, Messrs V. Wasley and C. Johnson; duck-sticking, Mrs. V. Wasley; bowling for pig, Mr. W. Pedlar; darts, Mr. T. Dunn; goldfish, Mr. And Mrs. Geary; books, the Rev. E. V. Dunn; teas, Mrs. R. Truscott, Mrs. A. Goldby and Miss J. Blight.


31st August 1939     West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser




Senior Warden: Mr. J. Spear, Ruanhighlanes.

Mr. W. G. Ball, Trevilas, Ruanhighlanes.  Telephone No., 265 Veryan.


15th September 1939     The London Gazette

At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 8th day of September, 1939.

PRESENT, The KING’s Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

WHEREAS the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England have, in pursuance of the Union of Benefices Measures, 1923 to 1936, duly prepared and laid before His Majesty in Council a Scheme bearing date the 20th day of July, 1939, in the words and figures following, that is to say: -

“We, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England, acting in pursuance of the Union of Benefices Measures, 1923 to 1936, and of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners (Powers) Measure, 1938, have prepared and now humbly lay before Your Majesty in Council the following Scheme for effecting the union of the Benefice (being a Rectory) of Philleigh and the Benefice (being a Rectory) of Ruan Lanihorne, both of which Benefices are situate in the County of Cornwall and in the Diocese of Truro:

“Whereas Commissioners appointed at our request by the Right Reverend Joseph Wellington, Bishop of Truro, pursuant to the provisions of the said Measures to inquire into and report upon the union of the said two Benefices of Philleigh and Ruan Lanihorne duly made their Report to the said Bishop of Truro and therein recommended the union of the said two Benefices and the terms for effecting the union, and the said Bishop of Truro signified in writing his approval of the said Report:

“And whereas we, the said Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England, have prepared this Scheme for the union of the said two Benefices which Scheme is based upon the terms recommended in the said Report but with the assent of the said Bishop of Truro embodies certain modifications thereof:

“And whereas the said Benefice of Ruan Lanihorne is now full the Reverend Ernest Victor Dunn being the present Incumbent thereof and the said Benefice of Philleigh is at present vacant:

“Now, therefore, we, the said Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England, with the consents of the said Joseph Wellington, Bishop of Truro, and of the said Ernest Victor Dunn (testified by their respectively signing the Scheme) do humbly recommend and propose to Your Majesty as follows, that is to say:

“1. That the said Benefice of Philleigh and the said Benefice of Ruan Lanihorne shall be permanently united together and form one Benefice with Cure of Souls under the style of ‘The United Benefice of Ruan Lanihorne with Philleigh’ but the Parishes of the said Benefices shall continue distinct in all respects.

“2. That upon the day when any Order of Your Majesty in Council ratifying this Scheme shall be published in the London Gazette the union shall forthwith take effect and the said Ernest Victor Dunn if he is then Incumbent of the said Benefice of Ruan Lanihorne shall be the first Incumbent of the United Benefice.

“3. That upon the said union taking effect the Parsonage House at present belonging to the said Benefice of Ruan Lanihorne shall become and be the house of residence for the Incumbent of the United Benefice.

“4. That upon the union taking effect a part of the total endowments of the Benefices be constituted an United Benefice, that is to say, (a) a part producing £55 per annum of the sum of money appropriated or to be appropriated by Queen Anne’s Bounty to the said Benefices of Philleigh and Ruan Lanihorne pursuant to the provisions of Part II paragraph 2 of the Third Schedule to the Tithe Act, 1936, and paragraph I of the Eighth Schedule to the same Act shall be severed or diverted from the said Benefices of Philleigh and Ruan Lanihorne and shall be appropriated by Queen Anne’s Bounty for the augmentation of the Benefice of Mevagissey in the said Diocese of Truro, and (b) a further part of the aforesaid sum of money as if invested in £3 per cent, Redemption Stock at the date of transfer would produce £60 per annum of the aforesaid sum of money shall be transferred to and become vested in us, the said Ecclesiastical Commissioners, to be held by us as part of and for the benefit of our Common Fund.

“5. That after the said union has taken effect the course and succession in which the respective Patrons shall present or nominate to the United Benefice from time to time as the same shall become vacant shall be as follows, that is to say, the right of presentation shall be exercised by the Patrons of the said two Benefices alternately, the Patron of the said Benefice of Philleigh having the right upon the first presentation to the United Benefice to be made after the union and every alternate right of presentation and the Patrons of the said Benefice of Ruan Lanihorne having the right of presentation upon the second presentation to the United Benefice to be made after the union and every alternate turn thereafter.

“Provided always that nothing herein contained shall prevent us from making any other recommendations and proposals relating to the matters aforesaid, or any of them, in accordance with the provisions of the said Measures, or of any other Measure of the National Assembly of the Church of England, or of any Act of Parliament.”

And whereas drafts of the said Scheme have been duly published in accordance with the provisions of the said Measures and Notices have been transmitted to the persons or bodies entitled under the said Measures to receive Notice requiring any objections to such draft Scheme to be stated or transmitted in writing to the said Ecclesiastical Commissioners within the time prescribed in the Statutory Rules applicable to proceedings under the said Measures:

And whereas certain objections have been so stated or transmitted to the said Ecclesiastical Commissioners within the time prescribed in the same Rules:

And whereas the said Ecclesiastical Commissioners after giving full consideration to such objections have deemed right to make a modification of such draft Scheme:

And whereas public notice of the certification to His Majesty in Council of the said Scheme and the consent thereto in writing of the Bishop of Truro has been duly given in the manner and within the time prescribed in the Statutory Rules aforesaid:

And whereas no appeal has been made to His Majesty in Council within the period of one month after the date of the said public notice in accordance with the provisions of the said Measure against the said Scheme or any part thereof by any person who has made objection as aforesaid to the said draft Scheme:

And whereas the said Scheme has been approved by His Majesty in Council:

Now, therefore, His Majesty, by and with the advice of His said Council, is pleased hereby to affirm the said Scheme and to order that the Benefices therein recommended to be united shall be united to the extent and for the purposes recommended in the said Scheme and further to order and direct that the said Scheme and every part thereof shall be effectual in law immediately from and after the date when this Order shall have been duly published in the London Gazette pursuant to the said Measures.

And His Majesty, by and with the like advice, is pleased hereby to direct that this Order be forthwith registered by the Registrar of the said Diocese of Truro.

Rupert B. Howorth.


12th October 1939      West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser


Who spoke to him about unscreened lights.

“I won’t pay.  I am not guilty and I will go to prison if necessary.  I will not be beaten,” declared Jack Tucker, of Treworgie, Ruanhighlanes, at Tregoney Sessions, on Monday, when the Chairman (Mr. W. L. P. Croggon) told him that he would be fined £2 and 5s. costs, for assaulting a police constable in the execution of his duty.

Defendant pleaded not guilty to a charge of assaulting P.C. Appleton, who, in evidence, said that at 9.45 p.m. on September 11th, accompanied by Mr. W. J. Brenton, he visited Tucker’s house regarding some unscreened lights.  He told defendant that there were two bright lights coming from the house, but defendant denied responsibility.  One window was not covered at all, and the other had a lace curtain and some newspaper over it.  He went inside the house with Mr. Brenton and defendant, and here again, defendant denied responsibility, saying that his mother was the responsible person.  Without warning, defendant struck the witness on the chest three times.  Witness told defendant it was a serious matter to strike a police constable in the execution of his duty.  Mr. Brenton prevented defendant from striking witness any more.

William John Brenton, retired farmer, and A.R.P. warden, of Treworgie, Ruanhighlanes, corroborated.

“A Very Serious Offence”

Defendant said that P.C. Appleton came to his house enquiring about the lights and he told him that he was not the householder.  The lights were nothing to do with him whatever.  He did not strike the constable on the chest, but tapped him with his finger.  He had no intention of assaulting the constable.  Mr. Brenton did not get between him and the constable, but “was like a little dog behind P.C. Appleton.”

The Chairman said it was a very serious offence and defendant was liable to imprisonment.  As it was his first offence, however, they would only fine him £2 and 5s. costs.  He pointed out to defendant that it did not matter whose house it was, but that the person who was using the light was responsible.  It was his job to see that the light did not shine out of the window.  He hoped it would bre a lesson to defendant to learn how to control his temper.  Both Mr. Brenton and the constable were doing their duty and were not only protecting defendant, but also other people and also the country, and it was defendant’s duty to help them.

“How long do you want to pay?” asked Mr. Croggan.

 Defendant: I won’t pay.  I am not guilty and I will go to prison if necessary.  I will not be beaten.

The Chairman: Do not be so foolish.  We shall give you a few weeks to pay and if you do not make an effort you will go to jail.

Defendant:  I don’t mind.  I will go to jail now if necessary.

Defendant went back to his seat in the court muttering “I am not guilty.  I am not going to pay,” and at the conclusion of the court, when the Chairman told him that he would be given a month to pay the fines, he again remonstrated and was led from the courtroom by police constables.


14th December 1939     West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser

RUANLANIHORNE SOCIAL. -  A social, organised by Miss B. L. Best, and held in the Church Hall, on Saturday, realised £1 15s. 11d. For materials to make comforts for the Forces.  Songs, instrumental music and recitations were appreciated.  Miss A. Dunn accompanying, and there were competitions, games and dancing.  Songs were by the Misses Pedlar, Greet, Wasley, C. Rowe, Best and Mitchell, Mesdames Truscott and Coad, Miss G. Wasley and Mrs. Dowrick recited, and the musical items were by Mr. J. Woolcock, Mr. Greet (Tregoney), and the Ruan Quartette (Messrs. R. Toms, F. Dowrick, and the Wasley brothers).


21st May 1940     Western Morning News


American Had Lived 16 Years In Cornwall.

Thomas Marshall Martyn, of Tregisswyn Farm, Ruan High Lanes, near Truro, an American by birth, who stated that he had lived in this country since he was nine years of age, was fined £2 at South Powder Sessions, at Tregoney, yesterday for failing to register as an alien.

Supt. J. Burrough, Truro, said that defendant was born in America in November, 1912.  His father was a naturalized American and was registered as an alien.

Defendant told the Bench that he had lived at St. Stephen’s for eleven years, and at Tregisswyn for about five years.  He had never given the matter any thought.


2nd July 1940      Western Morning News

Diocesan News From the Registry.

Institutions.  June 7 – Rev. P. E. H. Stott to the united benefice of Ruan Lanihorne-with-Philleigh.


4th December 1940      Western Morning News


Nearly 400 Animals Destroyed In Cornwall.

Still another case of foot-and-mouth disease in the Roseland district of Cornwall has been confirmed.

The outbreak was on the farm of Mr. R. H. Paull, trestain, Ruan High Lanes, and 16 cattle and 13 pigs were slaughtered.  The farm adjoins Treworlas and Trevithick, where outbreaks had occurred.

This makes the seventh case confirmed since Saturday, and the outbreaks have involved the destruction of 272 cattle, 116 pigs, 4 sheep. And 2 goats, a total of 394.


6th December 1940     Western Times


There has been a serious increase in the outbreaks of foot-and-mouth in the Roseland district of Cornwall, the first outbreak being followed by five more cases.

The disease was first notified at Treworlas, the farm of Mr. W. J. Miners at Ruan-High-Lanes, where 32 cattle and 61 pigs were slaughtered on Saturday.  The new cases are all in the same area.  They are Messrs. Dingle Bros., Trevithick, Ruan-High-Lanes (32 cattle and 17 pigs); Mr. C. T. Roberts, Trevisky, Portloe (28 cattle); Mr. S. E. Bennetts, Calendra, Veryan (50 cattle, 4 sheep, and 65 pigs); Mr. R. M. Osborne, Gwendra, Veryan (34 cattle, 20 pigs, and 2 goats); and Mr. Pascoe, Court Farm, Philleigh (80 head of cattle of all kinds).  The movement of all cattle is prohibited within a radius of 15 miles, and the cattle markets of Truro, St. Austell, St. Columb, Redruth and Camborne will all be closed for some weeks at least, unless there are further outbreaks.


7th January 1941    The London Gazette

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.


Notice is hereby given in pursuance of Section 49 (3) of the Diseases of Animals Act, 1894, that the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries has made the following Orders: -

Order No. 6009 (Dated 24th December, 1940.)

Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Infected Areas)  Special Order No. 79 of 1940.


1.      Contracts the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Infected Area around Ruan Lanihorne and Liskeard, Cornwall, as from 29th December, 1940, to an Area comprising the districts situate within approximately 5 miles round Ruan Lanihorne and approximately 15 miles round Morval, Cornwall.

2.       Revokes Orders Nos. 5995 and 6001.


Order No. 6010 (Dated 25th December, 1940.)

Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Infected Areas)  Special Order No. 80 of 1940.


1.      Revokes Order No. 6009 and contracts the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Infected Area around Ruan Lanihorne and Liskeard, Cornwall, as from 29th December, 1940, to an Area comprising the districts situate within approximately 15 miles round Morval and approximately 15 miles round St. Mewan, Cornwall.

2.      Revokes Orders No. 5995 and 6001.


14th January 1941     Western Morning News

Cattle Disease Risks

Fines At Tregoney For Straying Animals

For allowing animals to stray in an area infected with foot-and-mouth disease, fines were imposed at Tregoney Sessions yesterday as under: Garnet Couch, St. Just-lane, a calf, £2; Hy. Jas Fugler, Pen Quarry, Probus, three cows, £2 10s; Fernleigh Toms, Ruanlanihorne, dog, £1 and costs; Catherine Knucky, Ruanlanihorne, dog, £1; Thos. Hy Elliott, Rosevellon, Tregoney, dog, £2; Alfred John Tucker, Ruanlanihorne, dog, £1 and costs; Richard R. Trebelcock, Tresawle, Probus, dog, £2; Jack Matthews Watson, Reskivers, Tregoney, dog, 10s; and Tos Hy. Johns, Ruan-high-lanes, dog, £2.

John Peter Julyan, Trevelvek, Tregoney, was fined £2 10s for permitting carcases of sheep to remain unburied so that dogs had access to them.


17th January 1941     The London Gazette

Order No. 6020 (Dated 4th January, 1941.)

Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Infected Areas)  Special Order No. 3 of 1941.


1.      Revokes Orders Nos. 6005, 6010, 6012 and 6018 and declares an Area comprising the districts situate within approximately 15 miles round Ruan Lanihorne and Liskeard, Cornwall, to be an Infected Area for the purpose of preventing the spreading of foot-and-mouth disease, to which Area the provisions of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Infected Areas Restrictions) Order of 1938 are applied.

2.      Provides for the temporary modification of the provisions of Article 8 of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Infected Areas Restrictions) Order of 1938 in regard to the movement and straying of animals grazing on Bodmin Moor and St. Clear Downs, Cornwall, which form part of the Infected Area.


Order No. 6023 (Dated 9th January, 1941.)

Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Infected Areas)  Special Order No. 6 of 1941.


Extends the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Infected Area around Ruan Lanihorne and Liskeard, Cornwall, declared by Order No. 6020 so as to include the parish of Tavistock, in the County of Devon.


24th January 1941   The London Gazette

Order No. 6027 (Dated 16th January, 1941.)

Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Infected Areas)  Special Order No. 10 of 1941.


1.      Contracts the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Infected Area around Ruan Lanihorne and Liskeard, Cornwall, as from 21st January, 1941, so as to form two separate areas comprising (1) the districts situate within approximately 5 miles around Ruan Lanihorne and (2) the districts situate within approximately 15 miles around Liskeard, Cornwall.

2.      Releases the Area around Ruan Lanihorne, Cornwall, from restrictions as from 26th January, 1941.


23rd August 1941      Western Morning News

SHORT NOTICE – PARISH OF RUANLANIHORNE, CORNWALL, IN THE ROSELAND DISTRICT (8 miles from Truro, 12 miles from St Austell). – TO LET BY TENDER, on a yearly tenancy, from Michaelmas 1941, all that very desirable FARM, known as TRETHELLA, extent about 180 acres, situate in the parish of Ruanlanihorne, and now in the occupation of Mr. A. J. Grigg.

For conditions of letting and further particulars apply to the undersigned, who will receive tenders up to and including Saturday, 6th September next.  No tender will necessarily be accepted.

W. J. P. Thomas, Burncoose Office, Gwennap, Redruth.


9th December 1941                   Western Morning News

Claud Scott, King’s Head, Ruanlanihorne, was at Tregony yesterday fined 15s for parking his car on the wrong side of the road.


13th April 1943     Western Morning News

ABSENT SERVICE – Cornish Doctor’s Court Protest.

Dr. F. S. Scott, Ruanhighlanes, Veryan, summoned at Tregony Sessions yesterday for non-payment of rates amounting to two guineas, protested against his not having a service for which the rate was charged.

Mr. R. W. Barratt, Clerk to Truro Rural Council, said the rate was a special one for the collection of house refuse, but the collection was not from the whole of the parish, and defendant refused to pay because it did not extend as far as his house.

It was perfectly true, but it was something novel to suggest that where the local authority undertook certain public health services and duties they were bound to supply those services to every individual ratepayer in the parish.

If any rural authority were compelled to go to every isolated house the cost would be enormous.

Dr. Scott said he was not disputing that he owed the money, but he complained that he owed it for something he had never had.  He had not taken the law into his own hands, but came there to see what remedy he had.  He had asked for the service and wanted to see if he could have it.

The Bench made an order for payment.


11th May 1943     Western Morning News

For black-out offences fines were imposed at Tregony Sessions yesterday of £1 each on Jos. Hy. Chynoweth, Roseland Cottage, Ruanhighlanes, and Albert Josiah Grigg, Myrtle House, Fore-street, Tregony, and of 10s. on Maurice Waters, Garfield Villa, Grampound Road.


27th January 1944      Cornishman


Messrs. J. Tremain May and Trevail, of St. Columb, have on the instructions of the owner-occupier, Mr. R. Langford, sold by private treaty “Trelonk Farm,” Ruan Lanihorne, and the whole of the live and dead stock will be sold by public auction on September 14th next, full particulars of which will later appear in the advertisement columns of this paper.  The purchase price has not been disclosed, neither has the name of the purchaser, but it is understood he is at present farming on an extensive scale in Yorkshire.


6th May 1944       Western Morning News

TO LET, FUR. BUNGALOW, sit. at Ruanlanihorne, nr Ruan High Lanes, Truro, containing 2 bedrms, lounge, dining-rm., bathrm. and lav., kitchette, - For terms and further partics, apply to W. H. Cornish, Auctioneer and Estate Agent, 23 River-st., Truro. Phone 2867.


27th June 1944      Western Morning News


Two Defendants Fined £10 At Truro Court.

George Albert Harris, a lorry driver, of Ruan Church Town, Ruan High Lanes, was charged at Truro yesterday with the theft of 19 ½ cwt. Of iron, valued £2 8s. 9d., belonging to the U.S, War Department.

Defendant, represented by Miss L. Ashworth, told the Court that some iron had been dumped on the river bank, and he thought it had been scrapped.

The Bench gave defendant the benefit of the doubt and dismissed the case.

Defendant was also summoned for receiving War Department property, valued at £46 10s., and pleaded “Guilty” to a technical offence, and Miss Ashworth said American soldiers told him the property, which had obviously been under water, was of no use and was going to be dumped because they were leaving.

Phillip May. The Bungalow, Newbridge, Kenwyn, pleaded “Guilty” to a similar charge, and it was stated that American soldiers told  him “it is no good; take it away.”

Each defendant was fined £10.


4th July 1944     Western Morning News

Flt-Lieut. R. T. HUNTER, R.A.F., of Rythe Court, Portsmouth-road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, late a member of the Stock Exchange, who died in September last, left £1,285.  Probate has been granted to his widow, Mrs. Peggy G. Hunter, of Trelonk, Ruan High Lanes, near Truro, and his brother, Harry L. Hunter, solicitor, of 112, Kennington-road, London. S.E.11.


21st July 1945     Western Morning News

Forgotten Village

In the parish of St. Ruan Lanihorne, near Truro, is a field, locally known as Sheepstall, site of the former village of Sheepstall, a place of some importance during the Middle Ages.

Annual feast of the village was kept on July 20, and the village also had a weekly market and annual agricultural fair.

Sheepstall was originally a hamlet within the parish of St. Ruan Lanihorne, and Lords of the manor were successive members of the Lercedekne family.  They encouraged development, with the result that additional cottages were built and prosperity came to the villagers.

A chapelry of St. Margaret was built and began to rival the ancient parish church two miles away.  An important leper hospital was established in association with this chapel, and in 1334 Sir John Lercedekne secured a charter for a weekly market and annual fair.  At that time the River Fal was navigable as far as Tregoney Bridge, not far from the village.

Eventually, however, the village began to decline, cottages, leper hospital, and chapelry fell into decay, and market and fair were discontinued.  No traces of the village now exist, and the name of the field of Sheepstall is the only reminder of the once prosperous village.


4th September 1945     Western Morning News

CORNISH RECTOR – Preferment to Suffolk Living.

Rev. P. E. H. Stott, rector of the united benefice of Ruanlanihorne-with-Philleigh, near Truro, has received preferment to the living of Gislingham, Suffolk.

Mr. Stott, who was ordained in 1928, held the benefice of Lanner, near Redruth, before his appointment to Ruanlanihorne-with-Philleigh.

He is widely known among Churchpeople in the deanery of Powder, and he is a representative of the Low Church school of thought.


20th September 1945      Cornishman

To Investors, Farmers and Others.


Important Sale by Auction of Attractive Freehold Agricultural and Cottage Properties, Etc.

LAMB BROS, have been favoured with instructions to offer by AUCTION (Subject to conditions) at the GLOBE HOTEL., TRURO, on WEDNESDAY, 3rd OCTOBER, 1945, at 3 p.m. precisely the following valuable FREEHOLD PROPERTIES, xiz.;

Lot 1.-TREWORGA FARM, Ruanlanihorne, comprising 46a. Or 32p., let to a Mr. E. A. Miners, on a yearly Michaelmas Tenancy at a rental of £80 per annum.

Lot 2.-COTTAGE and GARDEN at Treworga occupying about 1r. 18p. Let to Mr. J. Blight, at a rental of £5 10s per annum.



26th March 1946     Western Morning News

Rev. Robert Owen Mossop, R.A.F., formerly curate of Earley, Reading, has been appointed to the rectory of Ruanlanihorne-with-Philleigh.


1st August 1946       Western Morning News

BELLAMY & PARTNERS will offer by AUCTION, at the GLOBE HOTEL, Truro, on WEDNESDAY, 14th August, 1946, at 3.30 p.m. (subject to the National Conditions of Sale (13th Edition) and to such special conditions as shall be read), the FREEHOLD COUNTRY RESIDENCE, GARDEN, AND GROUNDS known as the “HUNDRED HOUSE,” situate at Ruan High Lanes, Truro, extending to 4 acres or thereabouts.

The residence is substantially built, facing S.E., with sea and extensive country views, and contains:-

Ground Floor – Entrance hall, 34ft. 6in. X 10ft. 6in; drawing-room, 22ft. 0in. X 24ft. 6in. Into bay; library, 22ft. 6in. X 16ft. 4in.; dining-room, 22ft. 6in. X 15ft. 0in.; conservatory, 10ft. 0in. X 23ft. 0in.; pantry; kitchen, 13ft. 4in. X 11ft. 6in., with Esse cooker; scullery with sink (h. & c.).

First Floor – With oak staircase, spacious landing, 21ft. 6in. X 8ft. 0in.; bedroom No. 1, 22ft. 6in. X 15ft. 0in. (fitted basin, h. & c); bedroom No. 2, 16ft. 0in. X 22ft. 6in.; bedroom No. 3 or dressing-room, 15ft. 4in. X 11ft. 0in.; bedroom No. 4, 15ft. 4in. X 21ft. 0in. (fitted basin, h. & c.); bedroom No. 5, 17ft. 6in. X 7ft. 10in. (fitted basin, h. & c.); staff bedroom 13ft. 6in. X 13ft. 0in; and secondary staircase, bathroom (h. & c.) and w.c., linen-room.

The outbuildings comprise:- Garage, 18ft. 9in. X 19ft. 6in.; generator-house and battery-room; small garage, 10ft. 6in. X 16ft. 6in.; dairy; 3 coalhouses, summerhouse, boat store, tool and potting shed.

The glasshouses comprise:- Greenhouse, 16ft. 9in. X 8ft. 0in.; vinery, 29ft. 6in. X 14ft. 0in.; tomato-house, 31ft. 0in. X 11ft. 0in.;

Well-laid-out gardens and grounds, with flowering shrubs, lawns, lily ponds, tennis-court, and plantations.  Productive kitchen and fruit gardens and well-stocked orchard.

Services – Modern sanitation, water supply from well by electric pump, electricity generated on the property.

The property is within 2 miles of Pendower Beach, with safe bathing and boating, and the River Fal is within 3 ½ miles.

Vacant Possession will be given on completion.

For particulars and permission to view apply Messrs. Russell & Creswick, Solicitors, 9. East-parade, Sheffield; or Bellamy & Partners, 22. Grant’s Walk, St. Austell.


1st November 1948     Western Daily Press


Two boys of Truro School, Cornwall, have died of infantile paralysis.  Alan Pascoe, of Mabe, near Penryn, died on Friday, and Granville Keith Shepherd, of Ruan Lanihorne, on Saturday night.  Both were boarders.


29th August 1949     Hull Daily Mail


In a remote part of Cornwall, more than a dozen miles from a railway station and far from the usual haunts of holiday-makers, a colleague walked into the one inn in a tiny hamlet and found, to his surprise, three other Yorkshire men.

“Well that makes four Yorkshiremen altogether!  I’m a native of Otley,” said the innkeeper at Ruan Lanihorne.

Taking refreshments in the old inn were Mr Tom Byass, member of the well-known Driffield farming family, and Mr George Cross, who was born near Withernsea.  Mr Cross this year became head gamekeeper for Lord Falmouth.

Mr Byass bought a farm near Ruan a few years ago, and has settled down to the Cornish style of farming.

Mr Cross said he had relatives at Welton.  Neither have lost their Yorkshire accent yet.


2nd March 1950     Western Morning News

Diocesan Registry. – Institution: February 4, Rev. R. O. Mossop to the Benefice of Constantine, having vacated the United Benefice of Ruanlanihorne with Philleigh on the same day.


15th June 1950      Cornishman


Error of Judgement.

In the view of the coroner’s jury at an inquest at Truro on Monday, on 21 year old Percy Mingo, of Treluggan Farm, Ruan High Lanes, an error of judgement was responsible for the accident in which he was killed.

A verdict of accidental death was returned, and it was stated that Mingo met his death on Saturday, when he left his home to go to Portscatho.  The coroner, Mr. L. J. Carlyon, said that about a mile from his home deceased tried to negotiate a right-hand corner but ran into the wall; he died at the Royal Cornwall Infirmary.

Sitting in a garden at Treswithian Farm, Portscatho, was a holiday-maker, Mr. Walter James Lawry, of London.  He saw deceased come past pretty fast and lean over to the right.  Suddenly the front wheel seemed to slide out and the collision occurred.  He said Mingo appeared to have banked over too far.


20th June 1950     Western Morning News


Lot 2.  All that Freehold FARM situate in the Parish of Ruanlanihorne, about ½ mile from Ruan-High-Lanes Post Office and about 12 miles from Truro, known as TREWORGIE FARM, as now let to Mr. J Tregunna on a yearly Michaelmas tenancy at the low rent of £90 per annum.  The property comprises substantially-built Dwellinghouse containing sitting-room, dining-room, 4 bedrooms, kitchen, dairy, back kitchen with separator house in the back court; main electricity installed by the Tenant; suitable outbuildings together with good arable and pasture land the whole extending to an area of 57,876 acres or thereabouts.  This farm is healthy and in a good state of cultivation.  Tithe redeemed, Land Tax, payable by Tenant, £3 2s. 1d. per annum.  To view this Lot apply at the farmhouse, where a plan may be inspected, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Two p.m.

For further particulars apply to the Auctioneers, Grampound Road and Truro, or to R. L. FRANK & CAFFIN, Solicitors, Truro.


3rd July 1950     Western Morning News

Diocesan Registry. – Institution: June 15, Rev. W. J. Norman to the United Benefice of Ruanlanihorne with Philleigh.


19th September 1968    The London Gazette

Particulars of Registration Area

This Registration Area is identical with the Administrative area of the County of Cornwall.

Provisional Register of Common Land


Registered Name of Common            Approx Acreage          Parish                                      Remarks

Ruan Saltings                                      25                                Ruanlanihorne                         /


14th January 1971   The London Gazette

SIMCOCK, Joseph Ernest, of Barn Farm, Ruan Lanihorne, Truro in the county of Cornwall, Farmer, lately residing at New Farm, Woodhouses, Whitechurch in the county of Salop.


No. of Matter – 57 of 1970

Trustee’s Name, Address and Description – Ellis, John Edwin, Maxwell House, 167, Armada Way, Plymouth, Devon, Chartered Accountant.

Date of Certificate of Appointment – 7th Jan., 1971


8th February 1972  The London Gazette

SIMCOCK, Joseph Ernest, of Barn Farm, Ruan Lanihorne, Truro in the county of Cornwall, Farmer, lately residing at New Farm, Woodhouses, Whitechurch in the county of Salop.


No. of Matter – 57 of 1970

Last Day for Receiving Proofs – 22nd Feb., 1972

Name of Trustee and Address - Ellis, John Edwin, Maxwell House, 167, Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 1JH


1st February 1973    The London Gazette


Notice is hereby given that an application is being made to the Cornwall River Authority by William John Palmer of Penpill, Stokeclimsland, Callington, for a licence to obstruct or impede the flow of springs and stream by means of earth banks and inlet pipe at O.S. 360 in the Parish of Ruan Lanihorne, Truro.

The object of impounding water by means of the works is coarse fishing.

The capacity of the reservoir at overflow level will be 1,500,000 gallons.

A copy of the application and of any map, plan or other document submitted with it may be inspected free of charge at Trenestrall, Ruan High Lanes, Truro, at all reasonable hours during the period beginning on 1st February, and ending on 28th February 1973.

Any person who wishes to make representations about the application should do so in writing to the Clerk of the Cornwall River Authority, St Johns, Launcestion, before the end of the said period.

Signed W. J. Palmer (723) Date 24th January 1973.


27th October 1983     The London Gazette

31. (1) Creating a new benefice of Ruan Lanihorne;

(2) uniting the benefices of Veryan and Ruan Lanihorne; and

(3) uniting the benefices of St. Just in Roseland and Ruan Lanihorne with Philleigh, in the diocese of Truro.