About the Diary

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. 

However, if you’d like to read the original 1977 edition, which includes entries relating to farming techniques and practices not reproduced in my edition, it’s possible to buy copies of this book online – full details are…

Stevens, James (1977) A Cornish Farmer’s Diary. Edited by P.A.S. Pool. (ISBN: 0950559601)

… or you could see if your local public library can borrow a copy for you via their interlibrary loan service.

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, 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.

If you’d like to know more (including details of my ‘Diary’ Facebook Group), please contact me via the menu link above.