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From: "John Coles" <>
Subject: Re: Truro Carpet Manufactories
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 84 00:53:54 PST
Hi Joan in Colorado
from John in Cornwall!!!
What a WONDERFUL find... all I ever seem to find in our secondhand bookshops is dog-eared
copies of long forgotten novels, with pages missing. Reminds me of the time we found an old leather bound book on a junk stall in the Midlands. It was labelled "Old Dictionary" and turned out to be an original copy of Dr. Johnson's dictionary... only problem was, it was volume 2 running from 'L' to 'Z'
... so if anyone needs a contemporary definition of any of the words in your new 'Diary' we'll be happy to look them up (as long as they don't start with a letter between 'A' to 'K'.
Yes, please put up some more for us... even if the prices have gone up a tad in the local hostelries
> On my recent visit to England, I found in a second-hand book shop, "Through
> Cornwall By Coach", which is a diary dated 1795, author unknown, but edited
> by I. D. Spreadbury. I will post portions of it from time to time if you
> are interested. The diarist is a London man and I must warn you he is quite
> prim! Here is a part of the visit to Truro
> "In the afternoon we went to see Messrs. Daubuz & Co. Smelting manufactory
> of Tin ore and the different operations to prepare it for the furnace. We
> saw the Ore in the furnace all in liquid; the Moulds where they poured it in
> to shape it in blocks;
This is fascinating, because this would have been one of many smelters... it is amazing to think that we now have only one working tin mine left in Cornwall (at South Crofty) and that is under threat of closure. Even more amazing to think that the only tin now smelted here is in a small experimental plant in Crfoty's laboratory, and that there is now no prospect of building a smelter anywhere in Cornwall because of the pollution levels it would create.
Incidentally, Crofty have just (today) taken on 15 workers made redundant a few months ago. They will be working on exploiting new seams, and their re-employment is due the the 40,000 pounds (about 60,000 US Dollars or 100,000 Austrailian dollars) raised from selling the Crofty Tin Medallion. Well done folks!!!
I understand from Dave Annear that our messages are date stamping as 1984... don't know why, because my computer clock is correct! Anyway, the Crofty re-employment happened today, Monday 8th. December 1997.
Best wishes from Cornwall
John & Anna at Kernow Sound Magazine
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