Category Archives: General out-takes

Celebrating Pevsner: new research on Cornish architecture (Francis Boutle, 2017)


Nominated for the 2018 Holyar an Gof awards Papers from the 2015 Cornish Buildings Group conference ‘Only a Cornishman would have the endurance to carve intractable granite’ Edited by Paul Holden ISBN 978 0 9957473 2 6 Paperback 168 pages … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Treasures of The Portland Collection’ by Michael Hall, (The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, 2016)


J.D. Salinger wrote in chapter 3 of Catcher in the Rye ‘What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and … Continue reading

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Antony: the first Georgian house in Cornwall


  For the 2016 annual conference the SAHGB is visiting Devon and Cornwall. One of the planned visits is to Antony House, near Torpoint, home of the Carew-Pole family since the early 15th-century. In this article Paul Holden traces the … Continue reading

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War and the Cornish House


When I was asked to do this talk I was conscious that it wouldn’t be an easy subject to talk about. My reservations were based on a single conceit – namely that in my research I hadn’t encountered much primary … Continue reading

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The London Letters of Samuel Molyneux F.R.S. (1689−1728) Lecture given to the Society of Antiquaries of London, 22 May 2014.


Samuel Molyneux was born in Chester on 18 July 1689. He was the third and only surviving child of the celebrated astronomer, antiquarian, philosopher and constitutional writer William Molyneux (1656-98) and his wife, Lucy who died when Samuel was only … Continue reading

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How the ‘King of Cornwall’ Brought History to Life


In 1953 George Edward Michael Trinick (1924-94) joined the National Trust in Cornwall as an Assistant Agent. He rose steadily through the ranks becoming Area Agent in 1956, Regional Secretary of Devon and Cornwall in 1965 and Cornwall’s Regional Director … Continue reading

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No.6 Dear Bloody England. ‘Aesthetic Snobs, Wayward Theories and Bonkers Banks’


As an aesthetic snob and wayward theorist himself John Betjeman claimed that he hated aesthetic snobs and their wayward theories. In 1937 a young Betjeman hoped for ‘friendly bombs [to] fall on Slough!’ adding ‘It isn’t fit for humans now’. … Continue reading

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