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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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