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Goonhavern and its surrounding villages/hamlets have a rich Cornish village history that we are trying to piece together over time. If you have any information, pictures that we can scan or stories to tell, then please let us know either by contacting Derek Brooks via this site or email privately at [email protected] and we will add it to this site to enrich our historic tapestry of Goonhavern and near neighbours through the ages.
Over a 150 year period the village has grown, but services and business have declined since the second world war. Goonhavern has had the following businesses since 1850: Per Kelly’s Directories:– 1856 John Harris – Store; 1867 The New Inn; 1876 Goonhavern C.P.School; 1876 Goonhavern Chapel; 1876 James Buddle & William Brewer – 2 Stores; 1889 William Brewer Stores; James Buddle Stores & Carrier; 1893 John Knight – Carpenter; James Buddle – Shop & Carrier; Mary Ford – Store; 1910 Arthur Salmon – Blacksmith; Henry Parkin – Carrier; Miss Orlarinda Menadue – Stores; Jon Knight – Carpenter; Mary Ford – Post Office & Stores; 1914 Mary Ford – Post Office & Stores; John Knight – Carpenter; Frederick Mitchell – Stores; Arthur Salmon – Blacksmith; 1939 Mary Ford – Post Office & Stores; Sandy Dawson – Cobbler; Elsie Hollway – Central Stores; Frederick Masters – Garage; Percy Westcott – Blacksmith & Norman Whitfeld – Omnibus.
Goonhavern by 2016 has multiplied many times over to house more families than ever before, but the amenities have reduced to to just a Public House, A Shop/Post Office, a Barbers Shop and Camp sites. What used to be a Mining village in 1841 has diversified into mainly tourism. Goonhavern today has a Snooker Club, a Community Hall and a Village Park which older generations did not have. If I have missed someone apologies, let me know and I will add.
Our area for the Domesday Project consists mainly of arable land. There are occasional holiday camps scattered throughout the area and a lot of old disused tin mines especially around Ventongimps and Wheal Frances where mining used to be popular.
The area contains several small villages but there are few shops and so people have to travel to their nearest town from time to time to make purchases or the Internet. The majority of the population, however, is connected in one way or another with the land and consequently is reasonably self sufficient as far as the provision of fresh food is concerned. Apart from farming and work on the land, many of the population supplement their income from the tourist trade which is a growing industry.
Article Courtesy of the BBC Domesday Reloaded Project written in 1986.
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Beth May passed away last month at the age of 98. Beth was a local lady who lived all ther life in Goonhavern and Pernporth. She wrote her life story about growing up and the war years. I have a copy and would be pleased to post it onto you if you could let me have an email address.
I am decended from the House family who owned Ventingimps mill at one time. Also my wife is decended from the Nicholls family of veronica cott.
Look forward to hearing from you
Hello Richard, nice to hear from you, and would love a copy of Beth’s life story. I knew Beth from a little boy, she worked for the Post Office in Truro, and my mother had the Post Office in Goonhavern, of course I new her when she was living down Perranwell, and when we moved into Rose Meadows Beth was our neighbour two doors up. Then she moved down Perran, but I didnt see her much them in latter life. I don’t know if other members who were related, and live here and locally if not be pleased to pass on a copy to them if that’s OK. I am trying to remember the Nicholls family of Veronica Cott, not sure if I knew them, there are 2 Nicholls lines her in GH. I think the Tuck’s lived in Veronica Cottage in my youth, but may be wrong, it was a long time ago. Ventongimps Mill always comes up in conversation, different families who had it, The Reynolds family had it and we distant cousins. My email is [email protected]
My sister and myself will be visiting Rose in early June, 2017. While we live in Brisbane, Qld, Australia, many of our ancestors came from Rose. I notice that you have photos of descendants of the same name as some of them. Our 3 x great grandmother was Grace Penna (1801-1867) and she married Charles Osborn (1798-1855), while her father was Thomas Penna (1773-1848) and he married Grace Davis (1779-1844). Some of the other familes in our ancestral line from Perranzabuloe, which are not specified as Rose, but could be from that location are Pednprase, Trenerry, Trevethan, Bartel, Clark, Calloway and Buddle. Would there be anyone who would know about those families, who would be willing to spend an hour or two and tell us some of their history? Kind regards, Katherine Hammer
I have copied to my Facebook group, “Memories of Goonhavern Past & Present” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1472650986301400/, you can join if you wish and then see any comments that crop up.
Just seen your post and it seems your Thomas Penna 1773-1848 was the brother of my 4 x great grandfather William Penna 1765-1852!
My mother, Margaret Manfield, was caretaker at Goonhavern School from 1970-1983 and died last year, aged 89. I have some photos of her retirement presentation, a newspaper article (not very good quality) and a photo taken in 2010 at the ‘old’ school gates.
Could you email me if you are interested please and I’ll forward them.
Thanks very much,