Category Archives: History

Percy Jenkin

The final resting place of Percy Jenkin

Percy’s parents, James and Mary Jenkin lived at Lower Downgate with their four daughters and five sons, most of whom who were born there and all baptised, either at home or Downgate Chapel, as Bible Christians. James was a miner although a few years later, he was recorded as being an invalid. That didn’t stop his eldest son George working in the mines too. Next in the family was Alfred who joined the Territorial Force. Then came Ephraim who joined the Royal Navy and was a stoker, first class, on HMS Vivid. Percy was next and he went to work for Mr. Lawry Rickard as a live-in waggonner at Manaton. The youngest brother Stanley got work at Trewassick for Mr. Nicholas Coad. He lived in, and looked after their cattle. Continue reading

“And Some Came Home” – support project now

Esme and Seth Blaze show their support for Callington Town Band’s Community project, ‘And Some Came Home’, when they put their tokens in the Town Band ‘Bags of Help’ slot at Callington Tesco.  With just a week or so to go they are hoping that the Town Band, in which both their parents play, will be a worthy winner.

And remember that you can support the project in other ways by coming along to the first Singing Workshop in Callington Town Hall at 10am on July 21st or by volunteering to act.  Contact Shirley Morse (01579 360336 or for more information.

This is the first event in the re-running of ‘And Some Came Home’, the successful community commemoration of WW1 that was first performed in 2014.

With a cast of local singers, actors and musicians the 2018 performances will take place in the Town Hall on October 26th and 27th with free admission.

If you can’t make it to the first session and would like to take part in any capacity then please contact Shirley Morse now on 01579 350336 or

Family Connections Guest Book

Family Connections.

DID YOU KNOW that there is a South Hill Guest Book linked to the South Hill Connection website?

Our Guest Book link has been tucked away at the bottom right hand corner of the Home page, and as the list of up-coming events has got longer, the Guest Book has been pushed almost into oblivion!   I will shortly be editing the page to bring it back into the limelight.

Entries are moderated, so only bona fide comments are visible to the public.

Recently, there have been a couple of new entries on the Guest Book. In September a message was left by Elizabeth Myers in Cheshire:

My paternal grandmother (nee Elizabeth Lark) was Cornish and her (very faded) baptism certificate states that she was baptised on the 14th November 1856 in (what looks like) “Lanteague” in the parish of South Hill. The minister’s name is also unreadable. Does Lanteague or a similar name ring bells with anyone please, I would love to know? My family history researches are extensive but this is still a mystery. She and my grandfather John Myers settled in his home town of Dalton-in-Furness in what is now Cumbria. Many thanks.

And in November, from Joy Hungerford in Kent:

My SYMONS family come from South Hill; earliest known, John, b about 1600, then Sampson, Sampson (whose Will mentions Higher Manaton and Maders), Rachel (who married William WEARING). Continue reading

Who was St Sampson?

Recently our church received a beautiful quilted banner from South Hill Piece Makers of St Sampson, the patron Saint of our Church, but who was he? Why is this church dedicated to him? We know a few things basis in historical fact.

Of all the so-called ‘Cornish’ saints, Sampson is the only one for whom there appears to be documentary evidence written at the time he was alive: there is a reference to a bishop, probably our St Sampson signing his name with other bishops who attended a church council in Paris in 562. Sampson also has the distinction of being the only ‘Cornish’ saint whose biography, was written less than 200 years after his death.

Sampson was the son of a noble family from South Wales, born in the early 500s. He was regarded as a miraculous child because he was born when his parents had long given up hope of having a child and was named after the Biblical Samson in the book of Judges.  He was educated in a monastery at Llantwit Major where he eventually became ordained. Continue reading

St Sampson’s Day

The piece makers of South Hill have kindly given St Sampson’s Church a wonderful quilt showing St Sampson.  This will be gratefully received during the service on Sunday 23rd July  at 11.15.  and will be hung for all to see.  Come and learn a bit more about who St Sampson was and what relevance he has today.

Church History

We have some amazing history right in our midst. St Sampson’s Church is a grade one listed building and contains many hidden gems. Some are visible and many are recorded in the history books. One of the factors making St Sampson’s significant, is that the area in which the present church stands may have been one of the earliest centres of Christian worship in Cornwall. It is a place of spiritual focus, with a Christian community believed to have been worshiping here for over a thousand years. It is also a place with much historical interest and it still draws people through its doors enveloping them in that special serene embrace, which many people experience. Take some time out to experience it for yourself. The church is unlocked during daylight hours. Have a wander around the grounds and inside the church, below are some things to look out for.

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Lawrence House Museum, LAUNCESTON

Are you a Meccano person?

Lawrence House Museum is looking for any Meccano enthusiasts, old or young, who Maccanocan help us make new models from a collection of authentic Meccano. Toy curator, Sylvia Wright would love to hear from you if you are interested in helping.

Telephone the museum on 01566 773277 or email to leave her a message and she will get back to you.

If our summer continues as unpredictably as it has so far, Lawrence House Museum is an ideal free excursion for all ages. If it’s too hot, it’s lovely and cool inside and the garden is a great place for a picnic.  As it’s free, you can come in as often as you like. There’s a “Find the Beatrix Potter characters” quiz for children who can also track down the Mermaid of Widemouth Bay and her trusty Seahorse, Hippy, who are having fun hiding in the Museum.  She may reveal her name to children under 12 who find her and they can take part in our Mermaid naming competition.

Then for rainy days you can take home one or two of our Mermaid colouring sheets especially designed by local artist, Karen Farrington, and enter our colouring and painting competition. You can even write a story about her.  She used to be a Barbie “Spy Doll” so how did she end up alone on the beach at Widemouth?  We want to know!  Continue reading

South Hill Old School Pictures


As well as the South Hill Old School open day on July 16th when we invite everyone interested to join us and bring their stories and pictures. We are collecting local pictures and memorabilia in general and with the parish hall being 50 years old this year, at the Harvest Supper in September a display will be on show. We encourage you to let us know if you have items we can photograph and a page on this web site will be created to preserve these details. Ph Ali 384544 or email Thank You

The Battle of The Somme

2nd/ 3rd July Rilla Mill Village Hall 10-4pm To mark the 100th Anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme An Exhibition inspired by the stories of 100 men from Linkinhorne Parish who served in the Great War.

The Battle of the Somme was fought at such terrible cost that it has come to symbolise the tragic futility of the First World War. Its first day of conflict remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and it was felt deeply at home.

By the first day more than 19,240 British soldiers had been killed and nearly twice that number wounded.

Many of the soldiers who had signed up were everyday young men from close-knit communities across the UK who subsequently suffered horrible losses. They were good friends, neighbours and colleagues who signed up together on the promise they would serve alongside each other. It sounded easy. These patriotic volunteers were sold on the romance of war, “Your Country Needs You”, and became known as the ‘Pals’ battalions.

The 100th anniversary provides an opportunity to commemorate the Service and sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the battle, to reflect upon the human cost of conflict and to have hope for a more peaceful world. Continue reading

Queen’s Birthday Celebrations


2pm on the note the Golberdon gal’s choir & new Golberdon Philharmonic orchestra struck up with God Save The Queen and more rousing renditions to get the Queen’s Birthday celebrations well under way at the South Hill Parish Hall in Golberdon. Continue reading