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From: "John Coles" <>
Subject: Re: MAY DAY Memories - in Cornwall !
Date: Sat, 02 May 98 21:23:01 PDT
Ernest Hamley wrote:
> May Day Greetings to Fellow Subscribers
> However, the Temple Church went into dereliction in the 18th cent., but
> this <picturesque and historical> little church, rebuilt in 1882 today
> celebrates the 115th Anniversary of its restoration and re-opening by
> the Bishop of Truro on MAY DAY 1st May 1883 - when, the book caption
> says, <the moorland re-echoed to the joyful sound of the church bell in
> the tower> (PS-John of <KerSOUND> pl note and doubtless savour that!- E)
> MAY DAY is a lovely sort of <Cornish> Day, isn't it? Would to goodness
> the Bells of moorland Cornwall could ring out more for our MEBYN KERNOW!
Dear Ernest, (and Hi to Ann in California, who has been missing us with Server problems)
John (of Kersound) has noted the above 8-), and will do his best to get some atmospheric recordings of the bells of Bodmin Moor for a future tape.
Strangely enough, I was thinking that only the other day, as I was down at Riverside, which is the little valley which runs between St. Stephens (by Launceston) where we live on the top of one hill, and Launceston (otherwise anciently known as Dunheved) on the other hill.
The bells of the pretty little church of St. Thomas were ringing, and the bells of the majestic and grand church of St. Mary Magdelene were ringing up in the town, and the sound was echoing back and forth off the hills.
There was an ancient Priory at St. Thomas, and I went and stood in the ruins of the Chancel (the only bit now left) and listened to those bells, closed my eyes, and tried to imagine those times hundreds of years ago, before the Reformation of the first half of the 16th. Century, when exactly those same sounds echoed from those bells, the Priory bells, the surrounding bells of the various Saint's chapels...
> Hoping my Cornish Cousins and members of the HAMLEY's (700 years give or
> take) & PEDLAR's (13 of my direct maternal generations - mid-Cornwall)
> <Over the Pond> in the USofA and elsewhere around World will find
> interest and enjoyment in this <one-off> thread. PS I'll promise
> potential 'purist' protestors that I'll not to take so much msge-time in
> future ... but somehow its nice to get these thoughts aired occasionally
Many thanks for the enjoyment, Ernest, and your message took no longer than 4 seconds to download.
Kind regards, John.
John & Anna, Producers of
'KERNOW SOUND the SOUNDS OF CORNWALL'
The magazine you can listen to,
produced in Launceston, Cornwall.