Working my way South from Amesbury to Cornwall, I’ve managed to spend a couple of hours in Liskeard and then St Ive (not St Ives) on the way to Penryn. At Liskeard I found the shop (now a hairdressers) that used to be the Wenmoth and Son foundry, and in St Ive I visited the graves of my great grandfather and great grandmother, along with my great great grandfather and great great great grandfather. The experience of the day had me reflecting on the significance of knowing one’s family roots, and of being able to traces some connection, not only with the people, but with the land they come from. In my case, Cornwall, where my line of relatives have worked variously as tin miners, farmers and foundry workers for generations.
Another highlight of the day was when we visited the hotel just up the road from the church and found we were there just in time to see the last fifteen minutes of All Whites – Italy game at the Football World cup!
Photos the the right show…
Top: my sister and I in front of the shop that used to be the Wenmoth and Son foundry
Middle: My sister and I with the three Wenmoth ancestor graves (interestingly, all three are named Nicholas!)
Bottom: a view of the church at St Ive where the graves are found.
For more photos from the trip see my flickr photostream.