James Stevens farmed at Foage, Zennor and Sancreed in the late 19th & early 20th centuries. He kept a Diary in 1877 and from 1892-1912, which was originally transcribed and published in 1977 by the late Peter Pool as A Cornish Farmer’s Diary.

I’ve now re-transcribed this version, concentrating on entries that could be helpful to people researching individuals and families who lived and worked in West Penwith, Cornwall at this time.  I’m also continuing to add background and supplementary information, including family trees.

The Diary could also be useful to anyone with an interest in Cornish local history, national & international events of the time, historical diaries and old farming techniques.

The new version is in PDF format, fully searchable, and contains indexes of over 400 surnames and place names, plus some businesses – these indexes can also be viewed via the menus above.

This is available free of charge, so if you’d like me to email you a copy please contact me. I also have a JSCD Facebook Group (a closed group) which includes photos of people and places connected with the Diary.