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Richard Robbins was a bootmaker, who played an active role in Launceston during the course of the century.  One of his sons, Sir Alfred Robbins, a

There is only one surviving will with inventory for this period. The relationship, if any, between Denes, who died in 1572 and Robert Lyde (d.

Six wills and three inventories survive for this period. Newnham was a mixed farming village in this period and all worked on the land.

Only two wills survive from this period: one of a wealthy widow from Andwell mill and the other of the poor curate of the chapelry of Up Nately, wh

Richard Phelps is little known today but was a prolific portrait painter and a designer of follies in West Somerset.

Watchet’s seamen included many characters of whom the fictional Anc

St Piran is a typical example of a legendary Cornish saint.

The census returns tell us agreat deal about the people of Codford in the 19th century.

Jane Austen was born at Steventon rectory in 1775.