Historic maps of Longdowns and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Longdowns maps
We have no photos of Longdowns, although we do have photos of these nearby places:
Penryn| Constantine| Gwennap| Perran Wharf| Falmouth| Flushing| Mawnan Smith| Maenporth| Port Navas| Mylor| Devoran| Mawnan| Helford| Gweek| St Day| Feock| Redruth| St Anthony| Carn Brea| Manaccan| Helston| Trelissick| Camborne| Malpas
Longdowns area books
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Memories of Longdowns
I used to stay at Tregonning Farm and have many fond memories. I remember listening to Stithians Band - have not been back for a few years - a lot of houses have been built and still keep in touch with the people at the farm alas my parents are both dead but the memories will never fade.
My grandfather and his family all lived in Busvannah. Alfred Charles Thomas was born in 1887 (according the family bible which has been passed down to me as the last survivor carrying the name). He had a number of brothers and sisters: I seem to remember that Henry was gassed in the Great War, and only died in the 1930's. As a child in South Africa, I had to write to his sisters Mabel and Nora. The last letter I received from great aunt Nora was in 1965. My grandfather emigated to South Africa in 1912, where my father and I were born. My grandfather opened a butcher shop in Hillbrow Johannesburg, in which he was considerably successful. He always told me that the Thomas familyy were either farmers or butchers, going back as far as he was ever told. I have no photos of early years, just one of my grandfather after he retired back to Busvannah in the 1950's.
My last connection with my family was in 1978... Read more
B & B And Evening Meal in A Constantine Home
I believe I was about 12 years old when I stayed with my parents in a bed and breakfast house in Constantine that also did an evening meal. They were a beautiful Cornish couple and had a water pump outside the house that my father accidentaly knocked over when reversing his Humber Hawk car. I vividly remember the lady of the house making traditional Cornish pasties for tea one evening and they were the future blueprint for me for all pasties, consequently I have never tasted anything as good since. I now live in Australia but have recently re-visited the Cornish Riviera and tried without success to taste a pastie as good as the one I had made by a lovely lady in Constantine. I would love to know the name of the couple and their B & B which I'm sure has long been turned into a holiday cottage.
FISH STRAND QUAY
Yes, I 'grew up' on Fish Strand and still use it to this day. My father kept various boats off the quay and we always had a dinghy moored there, and we still do, my father is now in his 90s and I have 2 grandaughters. I remember people like Willie Henderson and Alec Henderson, and Arthur Randall. Chards Ice House stood on one side before they built the car park, it was always a good place to scrounge a fish head to go crabing off the end of the Quay having first purchased your hooks and codline from Boxalls, it was 1/2p a yard Many happy hours were spent learning to swim off the steps and diving for coins thrown by the 'visitors'. Anyone reading this who remembers me please get in touch.
Falmouth Fishstrand Quay C1960s
Ah yes, I remember going with my mother to Fishstrand Quay ice house to buy mackeral and crab. It was like a huge walk-in freezer with lots of large fridge doors and had massive latches on them with lots of ice blocks here and there, and you could always hear the fridge generators kicking in and when they stopped, only then could you talk to the fish man. I think there may have been two fish men, brothers working there, one only had one arm I think. I also remember seeing Steve Turvey learning to swim from the stern of a dingy after school and early evenings. On Saturday mornings after going to pictures at the Grand or Odeon, my cousin and I would play on the foreshore of Fishstrand, climbing on scafolding at the back of the shops. There always seemed to be sinking boats moored off the quay. I remember when I got home, my mother asked me where have I been, I said "pic's with Keith,... Read more
My wife and I had an holiday in Falmouth, a flat overlooking the docks area. We would travel all around the area, we thought it was a beautiful place. We visited the Brewis family. Peter Brewis was the site agent on a site I worked on in the Midlands. I often wonder how the family is now, well I hope.
Damn Good Lodgings
go to blacksmiths cottage for fine fayre