St Tudy History Group
Welcome to St Tudy Historical Society.
Known locally as ‘St Tudy History Group’, the Society was formed in January 2014 when its founder, Mr Chris Selby, asked interested villagers to help research the identities of those young men named on the War Memorial.
Their findings revitalised the annual Remembrance Day Service and led to special commemorations held to mark the centenary of each man’s death during the Great War. In 2017 the group held six short ceremonies at the War Memorial to mark the brave sacrifice of the young men and their families. In 2018 we will be remembering a further four young men as well as marking the centenary of the Armistice on Sunday 11 November 2018.
You can read more of the lives of those named on the War Memorial by clicking on the left-hand panel.
The group has gone from strength to strength more than doubling its numbers to 40 in less than three years. Its intention is to discover, preserve and disseminate the history of the Parish of St Tudy while also fostering an interest in Cornish and wider history.
This has resulted in the republication of a beautifully handwritten and drawn manuscript compiled by the ladies of St Tudy Women’s Institute in 1951. Known as the WI Scrapbook, it details many of the principal buildings as well as providing a fascinating social history of the village. A handful of books and CD copies are available at £15 including p&p with the proceeds shared between the WI and the History Group. In addition in 2017 the guidebook to St Tudy Parish Church was updated and republished for the benefit of the Church. Please contact us via the Feedback page if you would like a copy of either of these books.
On-going projects include mapping the graves in the Churchyard, compiling a history of the buildings in Churchtown to create a Village Trail and creating a Village Archive
St Tudy Historical Society usually meets in the upper room of Clink at 7:30pm on the last Thursday of each month (except August and December). A variety of external speakers are arranged with occasional visits to places of interest while members are encouraged to share the results of their own studies during Members’ Interest meetings. Forthcoming highlights include ‘The Okes of St Tudy (Bankrupt Innkeeper and Shipwrecked Missionary)’; ‘Cornish Crosses: Discovery, Repair and Restoration’ and ‘Understanding Cornwall’s Historic Landscapes’ among other subjects. The full year’s programme can be viewed by clicking the left-hand panel.
Previous speakers have given fascinating accounts of the prehistory of St Tudy and its locality; who would have thought that Iron Age St Tudyites probably sat in the same spot as the Clink 3000 years ago? The Clink itself came under the microscope during a discussion on Church Houses - was it a Church House or not? That debate continues. The rebellious Cornish, including Trelawney, were under the spotlight of several speakers while there was a definite theme on local buildings with a visit to Wetherham, talks on Michael’s Cottage followed by a contrasting lecture on the Country Houses of Cornwall plus the first meander around the developing village trail. And that was just last year!
In 2015 we uncovered some fascinating facts including the discovery of several unknown ancient milestones and bridge markers in and around the village, a visit by Oliver Cromwell and his Roundhead soldiers and St Tudy's contribution to the Cornish national anthem. Members also enjoyed a guided tour of the Cornwall Record Office where they were able to handle some ancient texts and historic maps of the village. Members' interest meetings taught us about the history of St Tudy School, Col Toots Williams' amazing trek across Italy escaping from captivity during the Second World War.
The new programme begins on Thursday 25th January at 7:00pm upstairs in the Clink with the AGM followed by Ian Whitehouse giving a talk on two of St Tudy’s Admirals - Sir Richard Onslow and William Bligh. Annual subscriptions are due then and remain at £10.
Although most meetings are on the final Thursday of each month it is important to check the dates in the programme as there are occasional changes.
New members are always welcome so why not come and join us