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FAMILY HISTORY GROUP This Group is now closed







U3A History Group


Our regular monthly meetings will start on Monday 13th September 10am - 12 noon at Kea Community Centre in Playing Place.
The title of September's talk is "Monument Watch - Protecting Cornwall's Historic Environment".
All welcome.

After such a long break, it was good to welcome members of the history group to the outdoor meeting on 19th July. So many fingers had been crossed for good weather that the sun shone almost too brightly, but fortunately there was plenty of shade in the garden!
After introductions and drawing up the programme for the coming 12 months, we turned to the subject of the meeting – the history of the village of Carnon Downs. The early history was defined by archaeological finds such as worked flints, a Bronze Age round house found in the Carnon valley, and the many Bronze Age burial mounds on the surrounding high ground including in the village itself. The medieval settlement of Trevella on the outskirts of the village was recorded in C12 and the nearby manors of Goodern and Kea were recorded in the Domesday Book. The modern village of Carnon Downs grew up around a crossroads over the downs on the C18 turnpike road from Truro to Penryn. More people moved to the area due to the growing industry in the Carnon Valley and the 1841 Tithe map shows the Chapel and a number of cottages and smallholdings. More cottages are shown on the 1880s OS map, but the main development of the village occurred between the wars and during the 1960s and 70s. Recent developments have also increased the size of the village. The group took a short walk around the village identifying buildings from the early maps and the different later developments. As you can see, they also visited the barrow in the centre of the village – thanks to Jon Skelton for the photograph.
The next meeting is Monday 13th September 10am to 12noon at Kea Community Centre, Playing Place. The subject of the talk is Monument Watch – protecting Cornwall’s Historic Environment.
Please bring a face mask, hand sanitiser and your own refreshments including drinking water, and sign the attendance register on arrival. Please also bring your current Carrick u3a membership card. Do not attend the meeting if you or anyone in your household have any symptoms of COVID-19. It is recommended that face masks be worn inside the Hall.
New members welcome but please contact the group leader before attending.
Sheila James, skjames@uwclub.net, tel. 01872 870745

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