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Heamoor archive shows fascinating past at Morrab Library

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

By Josh Barrie

  • Class of 1957 - Heamoor Infant School. Do you recognise anyone?

  • One of the archive photos showing a demolished Scout hut in 1941.

  • A print of the original chapel

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AN HISTORIAN from Heamoor in Penzance has uncovered a wealth of information and photographs of the past after delving into Morrab Library archives.

Roy Blewett has written books about Cornwall's past, covering areas including Four Lanes and topics such as male voice choirs, and his latest exploration saw him stumble across a collection of works by a man named Bill Dale.

Born in 1925, Mr Dale documented many local events that involved the area's buildings, and notable characters.

Mr Blewett said the archive begins before the Second World War and continues through the 20th century. On Saturday he gave an illustrated talk on the subject at the Wesley Rock Chapel.

"The archive covers so much heritage," he said. "It talks about old buildings, places, businesses and people who lived in Heamoor. There are lots of old photos – it's a remarkable account."

It appears Mr Dale not only detailed much of Heamoor's recent interest, but his father, George Dale, was a figure who was himself of interest.

George Dale was a horse groomer for the Bolitho family, and also posed on occasions for the great artist, Alfred Munnings, one of the Lamorna creative set whose life was recently dramatised in the film, Summer In February.

"Munnings used him in several paintings – one of them at St Buryan Races.

"I think it's a hugely important archive," said Mr Blewett. "Heamoor sits between Madron and Penzance and has links with both.

"I was very excited to find all this information. It was interesting to see an area I know well."

A number of other fascinating stories have been rediscovered by Mr Blewett.

These include a Scout hut destroyed by a bomb in the Second World War, and an English fighter plane that crashed nearby.

Mr Dale's daughter, Valerie, is now hoping to get the archive published for all to see.

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