‘Crackington Haven. A Century of Change. The Memoirs of Alfred Thomas Tilley’ - A Review

Crackington Haven

‘Crackington Haven. A Century of Change. The Memoirs of Alfred Thomas Tilley’ is a fascinating read for everyone interested in Cornwall.

This north Cornwall haven in the parish of St Gennys is described through the experiences of a resident who lived his life in Crackington. Now almost 100 years old Alfred’s memories of the area have been made available in this excellent book with the help of his daughter Julia Woolgar.

The book includes chapters on the History of Crackington Manor Estate, Mining, Farming, Transport, St Gennys School, World War 2, Coast, Weather and many more insights into daily life in a bygone age.

The changes that Crackington Haven has undergone are a reflection of how the whole of Cornwall itself has changed dramatically in the last 100 years. With enormous changes occurring so rapidly it is important to remember how different life was just a short time ago and to ensure that this information is kept alive for future generations. This book does this excellently.

“ …. Crackington Haven is a special place. Sometimes beautiful areas become a victim of their own success. I sincerely hope Crackington will remain a haven of tranquility and peace, a very special place for all generations to come” Alfred Thomas Tilley.

Illustrated throughout with many photographs, maps, newspaper excerpts and line drawings.

‘Crackington Haven: A Century of Change. The Memoirs of Alfred Thomas Tilley’ 2016 is available from the local Post Offices at Crackington and Wainhouse and from Spencer Thorn Book Store at Belle Vue, Bude.

The book is also available by post. email contact: jawoolgar@btinternet.com

184 pages
Price £11.99
Published by Jaislameego Publishing


Select more news from the news item menu



Book Reviews
news titles



BBC Cornwall | Cornwall
Public urged to 'lend a hand' if police are in trouble
Devon and Cornwall's chief constable says he has officers "being assaulted day after day after day".
McFlurry lid caught round Newquay jackdaw's neck for weeks
The bird has defied efforts to catch it in Newquay, Cornwall, and seems able to eat, drink and fly.
Premature twins meet staff who saved their lives
The parents of the boys thank search teams and medics who saved their lives a year ago.
GP Geraint Hughes unlawfully killed by wife in Feock
Geraint Hughes was stabbed to death by his wife who was on home leave from a mental health unit.
Plymouth's historic Drake's Island fortress sold
Drake's Island off the Plymouth coast also boasts a 16th Century barracks once used as a prison.
Cost of outside legal advice doubles at 42 councils
Campaigners fighting council cuts label the amount spent on outside law firms "ridiculous".
Serial sex attacker William Pope jailed for sex attack on girl
William Pope was told he had "destroyed the life of a child" for his own sexual gratification.
Fastnet 40: Sailors remember storm that left 19 dead
In August 1979, hundreds of sailors were caught in a ferocious storm that left 19 people dead.
Extinction Rebellion protesters gather on beach in St Ives
About a hundred protesters took part in the demonstration on Porthmeor Beach in St Ives.
Luke Jephcott & Will Dean: Truro City sign Plymouth and Exeter youngsters on loan
Truro City sign Plymouth Argyle's Wales youth international Luke Jephcott and Exeter City midfielder Will Dean on loan.

BBC News | UK | World Edition
Brexit: Boris Johnson calls for 'anti-democratic' backstop to be scrapped
The plan to avoid a hard border in Northern Ireland is "unviable", the PM says in a letter to the EU.
Andrew Harper death: Man charged with newlywed PC's murder
PC Andrew Harper was dragged along the road by a vehicle after responding to reports of burglary.
Student loan overpayments of £28m going unclaimed
Graduates have paid millions in repayments after their loans have been cleared.
Great British Bake Off contestants revealed for 2019
A new batch of contestants get ready to battle it out in front of the cameras for the Bake Off crown.
Marchioness disaster: Thames historic vessels 'still not modernised'
More than 50 people died when the Marchioness pleasure boat sank on the Thames 30 years ago.
Lightning strike 'partly to blame' for power cut
Regulator Ofgem publishes National Grid report into outage that hit homes and transport in England and Wales.
Edinburgh Fringe: Tourette's charity wants apology over award-winning joke
People with the condition are angered after Olaf Falafel's gag won an award following a public vote.
No-deal Brexit 'could cost farms £850m in profits'
A no-deal Brexit could be a greater challenge than BSE and foot-and-mouth, a researcher suggests.
Man shot dead in Waringstown, County Down
Main Street in the village is closed as police investigate the murder.
Chicken Connoisseur YouTuber: Knife crime warnings racist
Elijah Quashie tells the BBC knife crime warnings on takeaway boxes are either "racist or stereotyping".
Four-year-old Leicestershire boy completes 50th Parkrun
Caleb Bishop, who has run 5km every weekend since his fourth birthday, was presented with a cake.
Show older lesbian women on screen, says Cardiff director
Dame Sian Phillips stars in the film, partly inspired by elderly gay people facing prejudice in care homes.
Why is the UK seeing a rise in measles cases?
Three years after eliminating the infection, Britain has lost its 'measles-free status'. How?
Knife crime curfew plan for 12 year olds
The Home Office is to allow courts to impose restrictions on people police suspect carry weapons.
'My Instagram got hacked and I lost my business'
Micro businesses say Instagram hackers are costing them money by compromising their accounts.
Leeds festival: Headliners Marsicans live down the road
The band who will top the BBC Music Introducing Stage bill are bringing it all back home this weekend.
Knife crime chicken boxes to be taken back to government
A duo gathered solutions to knife crime in chicken boxes and want to take them to the Home Office.
When an ethical vegan met a sheep farmer...
Many vegans boycott woollen clothing on the basis that it is cruel to sheep.
Meet the man who sets off Stormzy's festival flames
We look at why music stars like Stormzy are wanting bigger and more impressive special effects at their shows.
Twitter 'adopts' a Berkshire grandad following viral video
82-year-old Keith melted millions of hearts when a video of him painting his granddaughter's nails went viral.
Stop and search: What are your rights?
With police stop and search powers set to expand what are your rights when approached?
Man's wildflower garden gains attention
Peter Thain decided to sow some seeds after his lawn was ruined by the hot weather last year.
Building Salisbury Cathedral out of matchsticks
Barry King, from Wiltshire, is on a mission to build the world's biggest matchstick model.
Great Yarmouth Venetian Waterways boating lake reopens
The seafront site in Great Yarmouth has been given a new lease of life after it fell into disrepair.
Boys sentenced for trashing Stamford model railway show
The four teenagers deliberately destroyed the £30,000 exhibition in a "rampage" after drinking vodka.
Call for crackdown on junk food price deals to tackle obesity
Health groups want restrictions on multi-buy promotions in a bid to tackle obesity.
Fermanagh bomb: PSNI plea for political progress after murder bid
Police blame dissident republicans for the attack on officers and the Army close to the Irish border.
999 ambulance target times 'should be reinstated for stroke victims'
Mair Gore was told she would have to wait two-and-a-half hours for an ambulance after having a stroke.

Find accommodation in Cornwall

Cornwall holiday accommodation directory search for hotels, holiday cottages, B&Bs, camp sites, self catering.

   Extra Options


Online advertising in Cornwall. Low cost high quality internet advertising for your accommodation or business


The above code is the QR Code for this page


© AWMP Creative Media, all rights reserved, modifications by Choughmountain Design