Also on this day in 1892…


… James Stevens wrote in his Diary…

Attended the auction of Tremedder [Tremedda], Foage, Tregarthen and Carne at the Western Hotel.  The reserve not being reached the several lots were bought in and sold afterwards to J. Branwell Esq. for the sum of £2900, that being about £1700 for Tremeddar [Tremedda], £800 for Foage and £400 for Tregarthen and Carne, the rent of the first £70, of the second £23 (this being the Lord’s rent), and of the third £15. (Thursday 28th July 1892)

James was an under-tenant at Foage,  farming about 70 acres of land owned by the Gilbert family of Eastbourne.  All the Gilbert properties in Zennor, including Foage, were sold to Mr. J. Branwell of Penzance in July 1892. (According to an earlier Diary entry in March 1877 “attend sale of Foage land at the Western Hotel, Messrs. BRANWELL purchaser at £2,265”, so the Branwell family must have already owned some of Foage).

The land and properties at Foage are now owned by the National Trust, and the farmhouse is a NT holiday cottage called ‘Honor’s House’.  You can take a tour around the house here but I’m sure it bears little resemblance to the Stevens family home of the 1890s!




Author: Ann - Editor of James Stevens's Cornish Diary

My interest in family history began in 2010 and eventually led to the discovery of my Cornish ancestors. One of these was my Great-great-grandmother's sister, Honor Stevens, and her husband, James. Having read a copy of his published Diary I realised how useful it could be to other family and local history enthusiasts, so I spent the next few years re-transcribing it and producing a PDF version. I finished the transcription in August 2016, although it's clear it's going to be a continuing project as I add more background information. As I live about 5 hours drive from Cornwall, I'm able to holiday in the beautiful County of Kernow (or should that be Country!) at least once a year, visiting and photographing the places connected with the Stevens family. I've also been lucky to have the support of direct descendants of James & Honor, as well as local residents and organisations, who have helped with information and photos.

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