Subtitled 'A social history of drinking from medieval times to the 21st century in Eastern Cornwall'
Published by the Callington Heritage Centre in 2011, 88 pages. Large A4 size paperback (N7729PE).
From the rear side cover: This book is a brief history of drinking in one part of east Cornwall. The emphasis is on what the ordinary working class folk would have drunk from mediaeval times to the twentieth century. The public house, of course, plays a central role in the history and many of the licensed premises in the area are featured. However it is not just the drinking of alcohol that is covered, there is also the history of non-alcoholic beverages. With the growth of alternative drinks there was the temperance movement that swept through the west country in the nineteenth century. This movement had a profound effect on the way of life in the villages and towns of Cornwall and on the number of public houses in the area. Although this book concentrates on the small market town of Callington and the parishes around it; Calstock, St. Dominic, St Mellion, Pillaton, St. Ive, South Hill and Stoke Climsland , much of the information would apply to any small town in the West Country, particularly if there was mining activity in the area.
Whether you are a local historian with an interest in local pubs or the temperance movement, or a family historian wanting some background information on how your ancestors lived, the story of the drinking options available throughout the last four hundred years or more is a subject that will interest everyone...
The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are 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.