England's Past for Everyone Cornwall


England’s Past for Everyone ran two concurrent projects in Cornwall. The first, led by Professor Nicholas Orme of the University of Exeter, documented the origins and growth of Christinanity in the county between 500 and 1560 as part of a wider examination of religious sites in Cornwall was published in 2010 as VCH Cornwall volume II.  Professor Nicholas Orme also acted as the Architectural Consultant on the this project.

The second Cornwall project was led by Dr Joanna Mattingly and looked at the fishing communities of Mousehole and Newlyn in the Mounts Bay area of Cornwall. Architectural consultants Eric Berry and Nick Cahill were commissioned to produce a report on a large merchant's house in Mousehole called Keigwins and to examine the morphology of Mousehole and chart its physical development..

During the life of England's Past for Everyone, both projects received valuable administrative support from Coral Pepper, Victoria County History (VCH) of Cornwall, the VCH of Cornwall Trust and the Cornwall Records Office.


Cornwall and the Cross: Christianity 500-1560 (ISBN: 978-1-86077-468-3) was written by Professor Nicholas Orme and published by Phillimore & Co. Ltd in 2007. A foreword was provided by the Right Reverend William Ind, known locally as Bishop Bill, who also launched the book at an event at St Michael’s Mount on Saturday 29 September 2007 (see gallery). The book looks at the people and places of Christianity in Cornwall. It considers how Cornwall came to be Christian after the end of the Roman Empire, and how its religious history developed through the Middle Ages and into the Reformation.

Cornwall and the Coast: Mousehole and Newlyn (ISBN: 978-1-86077-489-8) was written by Dr Joanna Mattingly and published by Phillimore & Co. Ltd in 2009. The book was launched on Saturday 21 November 2009 at a barn dance led by local band the Newlyn Reelers. The launch was attended by local artist Jeremy le Grice, who also provided the book’s foreword. The book looks at the history of the two ports - from the medieval market of Mousehole to the controversial slum clearance programme in 21st century Newlyn. Themed chapters consider issues including the Newlyn artist community and the survival of the Cornish language.

Schools Resources

Two school projects took place. Coral Pepper acted as Education Co-ordinator for both.

The Religious Sites school project was produced in partnership with John Welham, History Advanced Skills Teacher at Camborne Science and Community College; and St Meriadoc Primary School. Based on Professor Orme’s research John Welham produced a programme of work looking at the establishment of Christianity in Cornwall, pilgrimage and the lives of the Cornish Saints. The materials were trialled in both schools in the 2007 spring term. Pupils from Camborne School took part in a pilgrimage to St Michael’s Mount as part of the book launch celebrations in September 2007.

The Penwith school project was produced in partnership with Claire White of ‘Sense of Place’, an education project run by Cornwall County Council. Based on Dr Mattingly’s research the material looked at the ‘comings and goings’ of Mousehole and Newlyn. Aimed at Key Stages 2 – 3 the materials were designed to support the transition from primary to secondary school. In early 2007 materials on the Jewish settlement in Penzance and fishing in Mounts Bay were trialled by Year 7 pupils of Mounts Bay School and feeder primary schools.

The materials and resources from both projects are available from the EPE Schools Learning Zone (www.EnglandsPastforEveryone.org.uk/schools)