From the rear side cover: In Up Goonown and Goonbell, Clive Benney continues his photographic journey around St Agnes. He resumes where his last book, Down to Dirty Pool, finished and takes the reader through Rosemundy and up to Goonown and Goonbell. Once again a large number of previously unpublished photographs have been included, together with detailed text from contemporary newspaper accounts and people's reminiscences. For those who remember the area as it used to be, it will be a nostalgic trip into the past; for the younger generation and those new to St Agnes, it will provide a fascinating glimpse of how this part of the village used to look.
From the foreword: This book, the fourth in a series about St Agnes, starts at Rosemundy (where the previous volume ended) and will take the reader on a trip from Rosemundy up Goonown to Goonbell. A thousand years ago St Agnes was distinctive for its great tracts of heathland, surrounding scattered islands of fields and habitations. Today it is only along the coast and on the Beacon that the ancient heath survives. Place-names give a hint of this vanished downland - Goonown, Goonbell, Goonlaze, Gooninnis (Goon = downland). With the increase in mining during the 18th and 19th centuries St Agnes steadily grew, and small hamlets at Goonown and Goonbell appeared. The ancient heathland was enclosed and broken up into miners' smallholdings, a cottage with a few acres of small fields. Each little hamlet had it own identity with much rivalry between them. Early maps show two distinct areas, though today it's hard to tell where Goonown ends and Goonbell begins. In the book you will see that Goonown and Goonbell were once self-sufficient with shops, cobbler, post office and chapels, but sadly these have all gone and a trip into St Agnes or even Truro is required to get the everyday essentials. I have continued to extract information from old newspapers, trade directories and other historical documents, but as before I have also relied on oral history from the numerous people I have visited. Chapters include:
The New Connexion Chapel and Masonic Hall
The Lawrences of Goonown
John Lawry's Carpenter's Shop and The St john Ambulance Hall
Ste Harris, Goonown
Goonown Football Club
Goonown Playing Field
Goonown and The Greeny
Goonbell Football Club
The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs but are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.
St Agnes - A Photographic History, by Clive Benney, subtitled 'Volume IV, Up Goonown & Goonbell'
Published by Wheal Hawke in 2012, 106 pages. Paperback (N7738)