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St. Breward in History

                                                  PART IV

Tradition, Mood and Memories

Written by David Freeman

for Secret Britain

Stone Mason's tools.

 

 

 

Photograph © Jackie Freeman Photography - St. Breward – Cornwall

 

 

 

 

aint Breward in Cornwall was once a string of tiny separate hamlets. Churchtown, Rylands, Limbhead, now Limehead, Wenford, Penvorder, Higher and Lower Penquite.  Built and dependent on the stone of Bodmin's great moor, the village has merged over the centuries into a single village entity with one heart.

 

 It is to the great stone quarries of St Breward that much is owed both in reality in the development of the village of St Breward over the centuries and so too, giving the village a unique beauty which was created by it.

Jackie Freeman, a local award winning photographer, has captured many special images of St Breward and its Cornish setting which give us a sense of what this place is all about. It is a unique insight into the Cornish village, its surroundings and its fine sons and daughters.

 

Disused quarry St Breward Cornwall.

 

 

 

 

Hunt kennels St Breward.

Above: At the disused quarry at St Breward, can be seen long gone unfinished quarrymens work, still sitting where it lay when the quarry was abandoned..

Photograph © Jackie Freeman Photography -

St. Breward  Cornwall

 The Kennels of the North Cornwall Hunt are to be found here in St Breward

Photograph © Jackie Freeman Photography - St. Breward  North Cornwall

 

 

 

 

THE OLD WENFORD INN & the WENFORD POTTERS

 

 

Wenford Pottery St Breward Cornwall.

Photograph © Jackie Freeman Photography - St. Breward  Cornwall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Wenford Pottery Sign.

 Original Wenford Pottery Sign

 Once a traditional Inn and brew house and an exceptionally popular tavern called the Old Wenford Inn, this traditional Cornish cottage and its outbuildings are situated at the bottom of a long and winding hill which is the main route from the south into the village of St Breward.

 

The Old Wenford Bridge Pottery as it was to become after closing as a village pub is a landmark still proudly bearing its distinctive logo designed and painted by the illustrious artist who lived here. The Wenford Inn / Pottery is set within a cluster of charming cottages built in traditional Cornish style nestling on the banks of the Camel on Wenford Lane, St Breward.

 

 In the 1930's a highly creative British potter and author called Michael Cardew, a pupil of the very famous British ceramicist Bernard Leach who saw him as his best pupil ever, took the old Wenford Inn over and the Wenford Inn at St Breward became the Wenford Bridge Pottery and Museum where Michael Cardew created his unique earthenware and stoneware  pottery works of art & traditionally fired his innovative ceramics in wood burning kilns.

 

 Michael Cardew was an inspiring potter, an artist who tutored and nurtured many fine apprentices in his trade including his son Seth, Svend Bayer, Michael OBrien and Danlami Aliyu and many other creative artists at his studios at the Wenford pottery near St Breward.

Cardew had an astonishing life contributing his wealth of experience of pottery design and his great creative talent to many potters who followed his lead and he went of to live for many years in West Africa, travelling the world as a pottery expert teaching and lecturing on the subject of creative ceramics

 Michael Cardew, was rightly awarded both an OBE and an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II for his dynamic contributions to 20th century ceramics and was also elected for knighthood in 1983.

This was not to be as Michael Cardew passed away in before it was awarded.

 

 Sadly, the old pottery at Wenford Bridge with its distinctive sign and run as a commercial pottery studio for long after his fathers death by Michael Cardew's son Seth, himself a fine potter, has long since closed and is currently once again up for sale. Seth Cardew now runs a pottery studio in rural Spain.


Michael Cardew.

Michael Cardew


 

 

PARISH CHURCH OF ST BREWARD:

 

15th Century Porch Doorway  Church of St Breward Cornwall.

Traditional road sign Cornwall.

 

Traditional English road sign

Wenford bridge.

Photograph © Jackie Freeman Photography - St. Breward  Cornwall

15th Century Porch Doorway - Parish Church of St Breward Cornwall

Locally quarried and cut granite lintels and surrounds.

Photograph © Jackie Freeman Photography - St. Breward  Cornwall

 

 

 

Hantergantic Quarry St Breward Cornwall.

 

^ Old quarry gate and sign at Hantergantic Quarry

St Breward, Cornwall

Photograph © Jackie Freeman Photography - St. Breward  Cornwall

 

 

 

 

 

Traditional granite donkey cider press Coombe Mill, St Breward.

 

^ Traditional granite donkey driven cider press at Coombe Mill, St Breward

Photograph © Jackie Freeman Photography - St. Breward  Cornwall

 

 

 St Breward granite buttresses on a Cornish barn.

St Breward granite buttresses on a Cornish barn nearby.

Photograph © Jackie Freeman Photography - St. Breward  Cornwall

        

 

 

 

17th century deserted farm buildings. Treswallock St Breward.

17th century deserted farm buildings. Treswallock St Breward.

Photograph © Jackie Freeman Photography - St. Breward 

Old granite style St Breward.

 

 

 

St Breward's traditional stonemason

Steve Kay a traditional stonemason.

Steve Kay a traditional stonemason is seen here working on a granite block in his workshop in St Breward.

Apart from being extremely good at his job and a master craftsman, Steve brought St Breward into the media spot light by personally losing over 100 kgs in a diet which consisted of drinking beef extract drinks for over a year.

Photograph © Jackie Freeman Photography - St. Breward 

^ Old granite style St Breward

Photograph © Jackie Freeman Photography - St. Breward 

 

The balance of this part of the site will be added soon

St Brewards Traditional Tradesmen

St Brewards Listed Buildings

 

   
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Photographs - Images on this page:

Copyright: 2010 Jackie Freeman Photography St Breward Cornwall .

1/ Disused quarry at St Breward.

2/ Kennels of the North Cornwall Hunt.

3/ OLD WENFORD INN.

4, Potter, Michael Cardew.

5/ 15 century Porch Doorway - Parish Church of St Breward.

6/ Traditional English road sign at Wenford bridge.

7/ Old quarry gate and sign at Hantergantic Quarry - St Breward.

8/ Traditional granite donkey driven cider press at Coombe Mill, St Breward.

9/ St Breward granite buttresses on a Cornish barn.

10/ 17th century deserted farm buildings. Treswallock, St Breward.

11/ Old granite style St Breward.

12/ Steve Kay a traditional St Breward stonemason.

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