James Stevens farmed at Foage, Zennor and Sancreed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He kept a Diary in 1877 and from 1892 to 1912, which was transcribed and published in 1977 by the late Peter Pool as A Cornish Farmer’s Diary. I’ve now produced my own edited version of this book, concentrating on entries relating to people and places, and this is available as a free PDF file.
The original 1977 edition (1978 reprint), which includes entries relating to farming techniques and practices not reproduced in my edition, is freely available through the website dedicated to the life and works of Peter Pool (managed by his step-brother, Andrew Pool). The link to the list of scanned books is https://peterpool.co.uk/books/
For people researching their family history I’ve put together indexes of over 400 surnames and place names mentioned in the book, plus some businesses. You can view these via the menus above. The Diary could also be useful to anyone with an interest in Cornish local history, historical diaries, old farming techniques, and national and international events of the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. I’ve also produced a volume of ‘supplementary material’, including family trees, book extracts, newspaper reports and poems, which I’m happy to email as a PDF file, also free of charge.
If you’d like to read some entries from the Diary and their background stories, have a look at my posts on the right.
For more information (including details of my ‘Diary’ Facebook Group), you can get in touch with me via the ‘Contact’ menu link above.