Husbandry, John Harvey, mining, and church bells

1711     28th December- John Williams sublets to a Thomas Bluett of Gwinear, husbandman-

               the higher field of Church Close and the long meadow, part of Rose an valley, parcel of 

               the Barton of Roseworthy in Gwinear, with common pasture for his cattle with a half day

               cutting turves in Trevenning moor and a day cutting furze on Halgoose yearly.

                                                                                      (Hendra, volume 1 no 894)

1719      Copper was discovered around this time, Relistian mine was reopened and worked for

              about ten years. 

              Relistian  closes until 1805  

1727     Corn riots in Cornwall

1727     The date inscribed on the font at Gwinear

1730     John Harvey is born.

1740     Around this time Wall Farm was built on land owned by the St Aubyn Family.

1741     Parish population about 1700

1743     John Wesley's first visit to Cornwall. In July he visits Gwinear Parish. It is not known where

              he preached.

1748      Boundary Map showing Carnhell Green where John Harvey worked as blacksmith.

              At Penponds, near. Barripper, not far east of Carnhell is  near where Richard Trevithick's cottage stiil

              stands. The author of this text is married to a Cornishman by the name of Saundry. 

              On the map near Barripper is Vellen Saundry, (Saundry's mill)

1756     John Harvey marries  Anne Pearce, daughter of  

             William Pearce of Gwinear

1758     One of the biggest steam engines in the world,

             with a 70inch cylinder, was erected at Herland mine.

      Boundary map which includes Gwinear

1767     The year in which the first four bells were installed  in the tower.

(This page takes you through to the present day).                                                                 

The Peal of Six Bells 

Treble:  weight 4cwts 1qr. 22lbs.      Key of F    

     Inscription: “I call ye to follow me”

Second:  weight   4cwts.qr.12lbs.    Key of D sharp

      Inscription: God preserve the Church' 

Third:      weight  5cwts. 0qrs. 2lbs.   Key of C sharp  

                                Inscription: ‘God save the church 

                          Fourth:    weight  5cwts. 0qrs. 26lbs. Key of B sharp

                               Inscription:  ‘Penningtons cast us all’  1767

  Fifth: Weight   6wts. 2qrs. 2lbs.  Key of A sharp


   ‘Recast by John Warner and Sons Ltd

                                                                       London, 1903

   Sixth:  weight   12wts. 2qrs.2lbs.  Key of G sharp

        [‘I am a voice ready to cry out’.] Recast in 1956 by Taylor’s Foundry


The two black and white photogaphs tell us so much!  Experts from Taylor's

foundry are returning the bells in 1956,


  Today, the bells are rung frequently  and we welcome new bellringers  and visiting teams too!  

      ( Coach loads of bellringers arrive in summer on bell ringing tours.)


1775   Around this time, John Harvey, blacksmith at Carnhell Green

           fixed an improved boiler in the house of Richard Trevithick.   


           He also discovered how to cast iron pipes.

1779   John Harvey established  a small foundry and engineering     

           works  in Hayle, specialising in the construction of beam

                                                                                 engines which pumped water out of the deep copper mines.