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Heamoor village the old days

Discussion in 'Heamoor' started by Halfhidden, Feb 21, 2010.

By Halfhidden on Feb 21, 2010 at 6:19 PM
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    This is a little three page book that circulated the village some 20 years ago! The author has given us permission to publish it here on Picture Penzance, so credit should go to Mrs Shirley Bennetts

    This little book of memories has been compiled with the kind help of older and younger villagers and former inhabitants of Heamoor and although Heamoor is now an expanding village, fortunately, there are still buildings which reflect the scene of a century ago and I have tried to trace back over the years the customs and villagers of the past.
    My father and mother came to live in Heamoor in the 1930's. Father was a builder and traded under the name of R.J. Salmon and, after building five houses in Rosparvah Gardens for a Mr. Tatthill, he and Mr. Henry James (brother-in-law) decided that they would buy a plot of land each. It was then that Nos. 25 and 26 Rosparvah Gardens were built. Being a determined man, my father could not rest until he had built No. 27 (in the garden of our house at No. 26). This ambition was finally fulfilled and we moved into the new house in 1938-

    My earliest recollections of Heamoor reflect back to the small Kindergarten School I attended when I was four. This was run by the two Miss Rescorlas at Spring Park, just opposite the late Bible Christian Chapel.
    I remember how excited I used to be at the end of term when the oldest Miss Rescorla always placed some of her little treasures in front of us and from the oldest to the youngest child each was allowed to choose which present they would like. I still have the little wooden box, painted with pansies, which I chose. The School was then moved to "The Retreat," just below St. Thomas Church. I remember sitting next to Peter Noy (Keens Farm) who sadly died young. Amongst others there were the two White families (Merry Meeting and Polmennor Farm), the Christophers, Pauline Semmens, Peggy Rich, also the Edyveans. Apparently, the Rescorlas were cousins to Parson Lemon of St. Hilary Church. The first owner of "Springfield," so I have been told was Joseph Ruberry (Boat builder).
    After leaving the Kindergarten School, I then went to Heamoor School. I think most of us went there, what times we had, what changes in teachers (due to the 1939 War). There were so many children; children from the village and those from Treneere and the evacuees. Each child had to practice wearing their gas mask; this was part of the school routine. My! how quickly they became steamed up. Rummaging around recently, I found I still have mine!

    I recall being in Miss Osborne's class. It seems incredible that she died in 1986, aged 90. A very remarkable lady. I remember when I first went to Heamoor School my form teacher was a Mr. Cyril Donnithorne, who was very popular with the youngsters, as he made his arithmetic lessons seem like a game to us. At that time, Mr. Alfred Beckerleg was Head Master, he being a very popular person. He used to take the boys gardening while the girls were taught how to knit balaclavas, socks etc., by the female staff. Some of the pupils at Heamoor School in my time were:- Dorothy Nicholls, Jean and Joyce Banfield, Bernice Tippitt, Margaret Stanley, Maureen Bennetts, Sylvia Gamble, Sylvia Wallis, Gerald Ley, Hazel Henwood, Gerald Ley, Leslie and Philip Williams, Frankie Maddern, Nancy and Douglas Shephard, Alfred Nicholls, John White, Ben Brooking, Norman Paddy and Francis Carne. Frankie Maddern joined the Bermuda Police and Philip Williams became a Minister at St. Just.
    The schools at Heamoor and Bosullow were, so I have been told, supported by Government Grant and school fees.

    The Scouts movement was very active in Heamoor and this was run by Major and Mrs. Yenning, who lived at Trannack. The village children used to be invited to a Christmas party each year until; unfortunately, the building was destroyed by a German bomb. I remember how a Mrs. MacDonald used to deliver Christmas goodies to the children.
    Speaking of the War, I feel I must mention how an unknown British pilot gave his life to save the villagers when he avoided the village and crash-landed his bomber in the then fields at the rear of Parc Letta. That memory stays in my mind because I was at my friend's house at Parc Letta when that happened.
    As children, we played at "The Picnics." This was a marshy area "below the now Mount's Bay School and one elderly Heamoor resident recalled how there used to be a large pond there, which was used as a boating pool. This was before the main area of houses was built behind Parc Letta. At one time, there we allotments at Parc Letta, where the green is now. This Crescent of houses was built by T.K. Tonkin just before the 1939 war.
    A blacksmith's shop stood at the top of the lane running beside our house and this was run by Mr. Eddy and his sons. A middle building (now private dwellings) was used by Mr. Cyril Eddy as a coal store and above this were stores used by a Mr. Giles and my father. The horse trough where the horses stopped for their drink is still attached to our wall, the stream flowing from near the Reservoir. There used to be a thoroughfare for cars at the back of Poltair Terrace running down the lane by our house and I used to hear Mr. Stevens, who lived at No. 2 Poltair Terrace, leaving for work on his motor cycle, to travel to Geevor Mine, during the early hours of the morning.
    Just across the road, at Holly Terrace, next door to the grocery shop, lived Miss Janies, the village dressmaker, and her brother and, just around the comer, next door to the Post Office, could be found Bob Flamank, who had a boot and shoe shop. Mr. Flamank lived with his daughter, Hilda, and my childhood recollections recall him as a dumpy man with a large white apron, whose vocabulary always seemed to be, "Yes, Yes, Yes." Hilda had been a spinster for many years and had worked at a wool factory in Penzance until, suddenly, she married, but, unfortunately, her husband died after only a year or so, when she re-married. Albert and Mrs. Rich kept Heamoor Post Office for a while and amongst others who followed were, Mr. Spinks, Mr & Mrs Legg, Mr. & Miss Richards, Mr & Mrs Harry Hosken, until the present owners took over. The 1877 map records a post box being there and near the Sportsman's Inn a Smithy.
    Mr. Hocking (of Carbis Bay) used to live in a small cottage at Carman's Square. On this cottage's foundations have since been built a large house, just above the "Sportsman's," and Mr. Hocking recalled how his father used to pay 2d. a pint for his beer.
    A popular place for the older gents to visit and spend hours chatting about the old days, was at Archie's, the Hairdresser's, who lived near Jamaica Place. When father left home in the morning to have his hair cut we never knew what time he would be home and I was often sent to bring him home. Mrs. Curnow had a minah bird which had a wonderful laugh. I wonder who it copied!
    A Mr. Bishop used to have a boot and shoe shop prior to Archie's Barber's Shop, also a Mr. Roseveare was a shoemaker there.
    At Jamaica Place could be found Mr. Tabb the Monumental Mason, Mr. Hocking recalled how he worked for Messrs. Rodda & Corin, Butchers, at Market House, Penzance and used to travel by pony, and trap to Truro on Market Day and walked back with cattle (25 miles) to Hea Corner. Turning to Hea Corner, Mr. Hocking mentioned that Mr.Joe Stone was a village Shoemaker there from 1906 to 1914.

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