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ISBN: 9780857041845
AUTHOR: Reg Jenkin
The Book of Helston
The Book of Helston
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First published in 2003 and quickly sold out, this new edition of The Book of Helston, published to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee, brings the story of the community fully up to date. A new section highlights what has happened since the book was first issued, and new images capture how the Jubilee was celebrated. A fine multi-purpose building has been built on the site of the old cattle market. This building, along with the Lakeside Cafe, Skateboard Park, Playground and ‘events square’ gives a whole new dimension to the area. All this and more features in this unique publication which is a vital record of the history and inhabitants of the ancient parish of Helston for all to treasure.

Helston stands on the River Cober, which was once rich in alluvial tin and provided real wealth to the town, which has existed for over 1000 years. It became a borough in 1201, but was a Royal Manor in the time of Edward the Confessor, at about AD 930. The list of Mayors dates from 1284 and includes many famous names of the area.

During the past 50 years a great deal of open space has been taken up by new housing, the population has increased, the nature of work and pleasure has changed, but the 8th of May, by tradition, remains Flora Day. The character of the Furry Dance has been carefully preserved through the centuries and it remains a dignified, yet delightful and happy occasion, which should not to be missed if the opportunity arises.

The book gives a brief introduction to the history of Helston, but essentially celebrates the last one hundred years of the town. Through the inclusion of over 250 photographs, supplemented by detailed captions and a lively text based on Reggie Jenkin’s stories of life within the town, this superb book will be an heirloom for anyone living in the borough, or for those with family associations with it.

Reg Jenkin is a proud ‘Helstonian’, born during the Great War. Apart from a short period in London and five years of war service, when he returned with Inger his Norwegian wife, he has lived within the town itself and has meticulously recorded the changes that have taken place over those long years. Derek Carter, although a physicist by training, has always been interested in local History. He met his wife, a relation of Reg, whilst at University, which originally brought him to Cornwall. He worked closely with Reg on The Book of Helston and has also published a detailed History of Helston Cottage Hospital.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 184 5, hardback, 210x297mm 160 pages. New Edition October 2012.

Web Price: £24.99
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