A fantastic week in Cornwall helped by all but two days of great weather. I’ve compiled an online album of the few grounds visited over the past seven days (Truro City, Falmouth Town, Mullion AFC, St Mawes AFC, Helston Athletic) although there are of course many more that escaped our attentions. For now at least. With Junior now living in England’s most south-westerly county there is a ready excuse to go back on a regular basis.
The album can be found here.
Sunny with virtually clear skies again and time for a trip out to Mrs. Extremegroundhopping’s ancestral home, Camborne. For many years she believed that her paternal grandmother’s family originated from the Leeds/Bradford area but it seems that before that they hailed from Cornwall. They were tin miners in the Camborne area and only moved to Yorkshire in the 1850’s. We noted one or two gravestones in the town’s church yard who shared Mrs. E’s surname and whose deaths were around the time that her family would have been in the area. Relatives perhaps?
A few miles away in Pool is the National Trust’s Cornish Mines and Engines. This features two Cornish beam engines in two locations either side of the main Redruth and Camborne road. One is fully operational and it’s worth exploring the inside of its engine house to watch the various parts of the mechanism – including the huge beam – toiling away. There is also a reasonably well done museum/discovery centre but it’s the engines and old mining buildings that you should concentrate on, not least the 36 metre high chimney stack.
I’ve posted three movies (one, two, three) over on YouTube of the beam engine in action for your entertainment (possibly)…
We headed to the outskirts of Falmouth on the way back to our holiday cottage for a quick look at Falmouth Town AFC’s Bickland Park. A rather nice looking venue cut into the side of a hill. The ground has a decent looking wooden grandstand with seating for perhaps 200. There are steep grass covered banks on either side of this, too steep to be used as standing areas, with access to the stand from the back. There are covered standing areas on the other three sides, with a largish car park and club house roadside.
More pictures of Bickland Park will appear in a summary post at the end of the week.